Tears, laughter and dish after dish of delicious food have been the key ingredients so far in this season of Master Chef. Throughout seven episodes of auditions, the judges – often acting more like part-time therapists – met dozens of aspiring chefs willing to battle it out for a spot on the show.
Just 12 finalists – six men and six women – emerged unscathed from the harrowing audition process, presenting not just one but two dishes to the show’s four veteran judges – Yonatan Roshfeld, Haim Cohen, Eyal Shani and Michal Ansky – to even be considered for the show. Every contestant had to first send in a rice-based dish to be taste tested blind by the judges, who would decide if they wanted to then meet the participant.
The 12 selected for the show impressed the judges every step of the way, and beat out the other 38 who’d also received a prized apron for spots in the final team.