A Blind Elimination Challenge Mishap Sees Tammy Wood from Agassiz, B.C. Sent Home From CTV's MASTERCHEF CANADA

TORONTO, April 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Sea snails and conches were on the menu on tonight's MASTERCHEF CANADA, which saw Tammy Wood (@saucysgotgame) of Agassiz, B.C. eliminated from the competition by judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile. The difficult Elimination Challenge saw the home cooks switch stations after they had already chosen their ingredients, forcing them to rethink their culinary vision. The next episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA airs Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. CT) on CTV and CTV GO, and features the biggest twist yet: three eliminated home cooks – Andrew Al-Khouri of Halifax, N.S.; Cody Karey of Vancouver, B.C.; and Kevin Gregory of Fredericton, N.B. – are given the second chance to cook their way back into the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen.

In tonight's episode, the remaining Top 8 home cooks were surprised to discover MASTERCHEF judge, Chef Graham Elliot in a large Mystery Box. After being revealed, he presented the home cooks with the smallest Mystery Boxes in MASTERCHEF CANADA history, which were filled with tiny proteins and vegetables. Initially baffled by the petite ingredients, and facing large expectations, the home cooks battled to create art on a plate for the four judges. The judges called forward four dishes for tasting, and ultimately named David Jorge the winner, who was granted immunity from the Elimination Challenge, and was given the power to choose the live underwater creatures his fellow home cooks had to prepare – clams, crab, or a combination of conches and sea snails.

With the reveal that conches and sea snails had been chosen, the home cooks planned their dishes and selected their ingredients – only to find out that they were all switching cooking stations and instead had to work with the new ingredients at hand. The home cooks were challenged to adapt to the unfamiliar choices, and some shone, while others fell short. Christopher Siu's paella and Michael Motamedi's ceviche were named the top dishes, while in the bottom two, Jennifer Innis' cioppino didn't feature the seafood prominently enough, and Tammy Wood's conch ceviche was deemed too dry and lacking balance by the judges. In the end, Tammy said a tearful goodbye as she left the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen.

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In the next new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA (Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m./8 p.m. CT), three eliminated home cooks – Andrew Al-Khouri of Halifax, N.S.; Cody Karey of Vancouver, B.C.; and Kevin Gregory of Fredericton, N.B. – return for a single chance to cook their way back into the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen, by preparing three egg dishes in eight minutes. The home cooks then face a demanding Elimination Challenge, replicating the first dish that one of the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges mastered as a professional chef.

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. David Jorge, a Concrete Contractor from Surrey, B.C.
  3. Jennifer Innis, a Dental Hygienist from Vernon, B.C.
  4. Jon Hameister-Ries, a former Pro Football Player and Financial Advisor from Vancouver, 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 Tammy live on CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET) and THE SOCIAL (Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), as well as on CTV MORNING LIVE ATLANTIC (Weekdays at 7 a.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic), on Tuesday, April 14 as she discusses her 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.


Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile
Christopher Siu@Baker_Siu
David Jorge@concrete_cook
Jennifer Innis@JenniferInnis
Jon Hameister-Ries@jonhr67
Line Pelletier@TheSaucyLine
Michael Motamedi@MichaelBaffi
Sabrina Poirier@Sabrinapmtl


Claudio Aprile – claudioaprile1
Christopher Siu – baker_siu
David Jorge – concrete_cook
Jennifer Innis – jensheninnis
Jon Hameister-Ries – jonhr67
Line Pelletier – TheSaucyLine
Michael Motamedi – MichaelBaffi 
Sabrina Poirier – Sabrinapmtl

About CTV
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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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