MASTERCHEF: L-R: Aaron Sanchez, Gordon Ramsay and special guest Wolfgang Puck in the special 2-hour episode of MASTERCHEF episode airing Wednesday, Aug 31 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
The Rigorous Cooking Classes Behind MasterChef
By Stacie Adams
Among the countless cooking competition shows on the air these days, "MasterChef" still manages to rise above the rest. Because the competition is so fierce, many viewers wonder what exactly goes on behind the scenes and may be surprised to learn just how much is expected from contestants during their time there.
Contestants on “MasterChef” are subjected to an arduous weekly schedule, as they compete and are expected to prepare meals every single day of the week, except Sunday. Instead, they spend Sundays in cooking classes, which are highly structured to ensure the contestants are fully aware of what will be expected from them upon entering the culinary world.
Additionally, contestants are forbidden from using recipes while they participate in the competition and instead must memorize ingredients, cooking times, and preparation techniques. Fortunately, they’re only required to make one dish at a time, which makes it easier for the judges to focus on the skills and talents of the competitors.