When I found out that there was going to be a MasterChef Live event I just had to go! MasterChef has been one of my favourite TV shows and I have watched it from the very first series.
We bought tickets for Sunday and had pre-booked for the 11.45am ‘Sharp Celebrity How To’ show with the lovely Julia Taylor and the 1.30pm ‘Mystery Box Theatre’ with Adriano Zumbo, Darren Robertson and Kylie Millar.
When we got there we had a bit of extra time before Julia’s demonstration so we decided to have a walk around. The show was at the Hordern Pavilion and the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney, and both were packed out with exhibitors, demonstration kitchens, and foodies!
There were some great shows and demonstrations around the room by many well-known and upcoming chefs!
Kylie Kwong!!! Ahh one of my favourites!
Andy Allen– Masterchef 2012 Winner!
Dani Venn, hosting at the Blanco Theatre
Amina Elshafei in the Blanco Contestants Theatre
Vincent Gadan of Patisse
Artisan Bakery Classes
Patak’s Barbecue Classes
Alvin Quah at the Ayam Demonstrations
We tasted so many products:
Caesar salad with mayo
Sweet and salty popcorn
Defence Force chef’s creamy raspberry mousse (?). Not exactly sure what this was meant to be but it tasted AMAZING! It wasn’t as green as it looks in the photo though!
Delicious lemon and ricotta pastry
…and bought quite a few as well (review of Wild 1 Sparkling Drinks- Blood Orange, coming soon!).
Some of my favourite stalls which we explored during the day included:
- The Wild 1 drinks- a fantastic 100% Australian owned family company which produces some delicious drinks;
- Patisse’s HUMONGOUS colourful meringues (I bought one in each colour!)
- Sami’s Kitchen– Zaata pizzas are one of my favourite foods and I fell in love with their delicious zaata seasoning on a trip to the Taste of Sydney Festival earlier this year. I was very happy to replenish my supplies with some more great spice mixes!;
- Moochi– delicious frozen yogurt with some cool toppings!;
- Adriano Zumbo- ’nuff said;
- Croquembouche Patisserie– lovely sweet treats from Banksmeadow;
- High Tea in the bath– I never knew bath time could be so delicious, I wanted to eat some of their food-shaped soaps! Such a great idea for presents or high tea/wedding favours!;
- MissChu– this little Asian pop-up restaurant provided us with some yummy treats at lunch time which were very much enjoyed!;
Messy Prawn and Scallop Dumplings
- Spanish Kitchen- we had an absolutely wonderful paella here, full of seafood and so bright and colourful! Great portion sizes as well- we struggled to finish this off; and
- Rekorderlig Cider– always one of my favourites! We enjoyed the free samples and indulged in some refreshments of our own choosing as well. The BEST drink I can think of for a summery day. The only problem is that it tastes so good you’ll forget it’s alcoholic!
Sharp How To with Julia Taylor
Julia’s demonstration kitchen was a great way to learn some of her cooking tips. In this demo she gave us some advice on how to make her famous melting moments biscuits.
The lovely Mindy Woods was the host and she did so well that you would never know that it wasn’t her full-time job. Alice Zaslavsky was always there for some interesting food facts and a bit of a laugh!
We were able to try the melting moments, and they were goooood!
I’m hoping to try making them myself sometime soon using the tips Julia gave us, so please keep checking back for updates.
Mystery Box Theatre
We lined up (for about 10 minutes mind you), for the Mystery Box Theatre and were soon let into a dark enclosed room with a stage at the front of it.
The Mystery Box challenges were lots of fun and host Justine Schofield did a great job of talking us through the dishes with the chefs. Camera-man Ben also entertained the crowd with his cheeky food-stealing antics!
The challenges were great and it was good to see a lot of desserts being prepared right in front of us by some of the country’s most well-known chefs.
Kylie’s quick and easy wonton wrapper stack with marscapone cream and berries
Adriano’s Passion of Chocolate Goes Nuts dessert
Adriano and Darren face off in a cook-off
Meeting the Contestants!
One of the highlights of the day, other than the yummy food, was the opportunity to meet some of the lovely former Masterchef contestants.
Here are some photos of me with a few of them:
With the lovely Audra
Bumping into Alice!
With the gorgeous Mindy- cheeky Alice in the background!
With Sweet Treat Queen Julia!
With Friendly Ben– image courtesy of American Express Australia
I had a really good time at MasterChef Live and would definitely consider going again next year.
If any of my lovely readers went to MasterChef Live this year, or have been in previous years I would love to hear what you thought of it! Would you return? What was your favourite part of it?
Post your comments below!