Reddit user reveals what it's really like auditioning for MasterChef: 'Super hectic'

The post has given a rare insider glimpse into the auditions as contestants typically sign strict NDAs, shrouding the process in secrecy.

Social media platform Reddit has recently offered a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes world of the beloved TV cooking competition, MasterChef Australia.

A curious user took to the platform, eager to hear firsthand accounts from home cooks who had undergone the rigorous audition process and gain insights into their experiences and the challenges they faced.

Melbourne, Australia - September 25, 2015: Close-up of MasterChef kitchen building in Melbourne during daytime. MasterChef is a competitive cooking game show in Australia.
A MasterChef hopeful has shared what it's like to audition for the show. Photo: Getty

"Keen to hear stories from anyone who has auditioned for MasterChef and how the experience was/what the trials were like," the person wrote.

One user responded, sharing their personal journey and offering a glimpse into what it's really like to audition for the popular show. The candid response provided a detailed account of the multi-stage audition process, shedding light on the elements that make it a unique and nerve-wracking experience.

According to the user, auditions are conducted on a state-by-state basis over several days, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement.


"Unless it's changed, it's kind of a mystery box with a limited open pantry, then a signature dish the next day if you're invited back," they said.

These components, as revealed by the Reddit user, form the core of the audition experience, testing not only culinary skills but also creativity and adaptability.

MasterChef Australia 2023 contestant Ralph
The Redditor explained the audition itself consists of a "mystery box" challenge with a limited open pantry and a subsequent "signature dish" evaluation. Photo: Network 10

The user went on to say the auditions don't involve celebrity TV judges but are judged by the show's producers. The auditionees are then subjected to a series of interviews and assessments, presumably to gauge their personalities, passion for cooking, and overall suitability for the show.

"Then you wait until you get the call if you're in or not to the filmed auditions," they went on to explain.

For those who make it past this stage, the journey continues with filmed auditions, where contestants cook in a high-pressure environment alongside multiple other hopefuls.

"Filmed [auditions] were over a few days, super hectic with multiple people cooking at once," they explained. "You don't know when you'll be cooking until you're told like 15 minutes before. Rest of the time you're cheering for the other contestants."

Despite the competitiveness, the Reddit user also shared that the atmosphere during the filmed auditions was surprisingly "positive" and "good fun".

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