Cody Karey Returns to the Kitchen, While Jon Hameister-Ries is Sent Home on CTV's MASTERCHEF CANADA

TORONTO, April 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The kitchen had a revolving door on tonight's MASTERCHEF CANADA, which saw previously eliminated home cook Cody Karey (@codykarey) of Vancouver, B.C. return to the competition after competing in an intense egg challenge, while fellow Vancouverite Jon Hameister-Ries (@jonhr67) was eliminated by judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile. The home cooks were challenged to replicate a dish that helped define judge Michael's culinary journey – a sea scallop mousse – and Jon's dish failed to properly set, resulting in his elimination. In the next episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA airing Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. CT) on CTV and CTV GO, the Top 7 face a cook-along Mystery Box Challenge with judge Claudio Aprile, followed by a Tag Team Elimination Challenge that pairs up the home cooks to replicate an elaborate afternoon tea tray. 

In tonight's episode, the remaining Top 7 home cooks were greeted with a surprise twist from the judges: they would not be cooking. Instead, the judges each invited one previously eliminated home cook to compete to earn back their spot in the MasterChef kitchen: Andrew Al-Khouri of Halifax, N.S.; Cody Karey of Vancouver, B.C.; and Kevin Gregory of Fredericton, N.B. The three returning home cooks were challenged to make three perfectly cooked egg dishes in eight minutes – given only five eggs that they'd need to complete them. Andrew and Kevin's dreams of returning to the competition were dashed by a cracked yolk and overcooked eggs, while Cody was given back his white apron and a second chance at the MASTERCHEF CANADA title.

In addition to re-entry into the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen, Cody was given the chance to choose the home cook who would enter the pantry and be saved from the impending Elimination Challenge, and would also decide what dish the home cooks would be preparing. Cody's surprise selection was David Jorge, who was asked to choose between three dishes that represented an important step in the judges' culinary journeys, and settled on judge Michael's sea scallop mousse with lobster. 

Puzzled by their savoury mousses, the home cooks struggled with getting the right flavours and textures, to set their dishes in the ramekin bowls, and to properly free their lobster meat from the shell. Jennifer Innis experienced a major setback, and minor breakdown, after realizing she had forgotten to grab eggs from the pantry, a crucial binding agent when making mousse. She managed to overcome the error, and persevered in the challenge. Christopher Siu continued to dominate the kitchen and was named the winner of the challenge with his perfectly cooked lobster and accurately replicated mousse. With their mousses falling flat, Cody, Jon Hameister-Ries, and Michael Motamedi found themselves in the bottom three, with Michael saved by the great flavours of his dish. Jon was ultimately sent home due to his watery mousse, which also mistakenly contained lobster tail cartilage.

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MASTERCHEF CANADA remains the #1 Canadian series among the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos for the broadcast year to date, and has a season average of 1.6 million viewers. A Top 20 show with total viewers and in all key demos this spring, MASTERCHEF CANADA had a season-high overnight audience of 1.6 million viewers on April 12, making it #1 for the day.

In the next new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA (Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m./8 p.m. CT), the Top 7 home cooks face a Mystery Box Challenge starring a rack of lamb, but they aren't cooking alone. MASTERCHEF CANADA judge Claudio Aprile cooks alongside them with the same ingredients, showcasing the skills of a true MasterChef. Then, the winning home cook receives a strategic advantage in a classic Tag Team Elimination Challenge, pairing up their competitors to replicate an elaborate afternoon tea tray.

The home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:

  1. Christopher Siu, a Pharmacy Student from Markham, Ont.
  2. Cody Karey, a Recording Artist from Vancouver, B.C.
  3. David Jorge, a Concrete Contractor from Surrey, B.C.
  4. Jennifer Innis, a Dental Hygienist from Vernon, B.C.
  5. Line Pelletier, a Canadian Military Veteran and Computer Specialist from Moncton, N.B.
  6. Michael Motamedi, an Entrepreneur from Toronto, Ont.
  7. Sabrina Poirier, an Office Manager from Montréal, Que.

MASTERCHEF CANADA also streams on demand on CTV GO and CTV.ca, and episodes encore following their broadcast premieres Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on M3, Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

Viewers can watch Jon live on CANADA AM (Weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), and CTV MORNING LIVE ATLANTIC (Weekdays at 7 a.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic) on Monday, April 20 as he discusses his time on MASTERCHEF CANADA.

The MASTERCHEF format is represented internationally by Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan is executive producer, along with Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director, Cathie James. Shine America's Paula Warwick is Creative Consultant. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
#MasterChefCanada
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
@MasterChefCDA
Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile
Christopher Siu@Baker_Siu
Cody Karey – @codykarey
David Jorge@concrete_cook
Jennifer Innis@JenniferInnis
Line Pelletier@TheSaucyLine
Michael Motamedi@MichaelBaffi
Sabrina Poirier@Sabrinapmtl

Facebook:
facebook.com/ctv
facebook.com/MasterChefCDA

Instagram:
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BellMediaPR
Claudio Aprile – claudioaprile1
Christopher Siu – baker_siu
Cody Karey – codykarey
David Jorge – concrete_cook
Jennifer Innis – jensheninnis
Line Pelletier – TheSaucyLine
Michael Motamedi – MichaelBaffi 
Sabrina Poirier – Sabrinapmtl

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

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Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), 2014 – 2015 Broadcast Year to Date: Sept. 22, 2014March 29, 2015; Spring 2015: Feb. 23, 2015March 29, 2015, final data.

SOURCE CTV

For further information: Tanya Koivusalo, CTV Networks, 416.384.2664 or tanya.koivusalo@bellmedia.ca; Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca


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