Eight Home Cooks Remain After One of the Most Difficult Pressure Tests in MASTERCHEF CANADA History

Jacqueline Clark, an accountant from Abbotsford, B.C., is the most recent home cook eliminated from MASTERCHEF CANADA

MASTERCHEF CANADA continues next Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the CTV GO app, as the Top 8 are divided into teams to tackle a set of intimidating ingredients inspired by a nursery rhyme – 

TORONTO, April 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Following a Canadian Oktoberfest celebration and a challenging cheese-filled Pressure Test that saw the home cooks make their own ricotta, MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile revealed that accountant Jacqueline Clark from Abbotsford, B.C. would be leaving the competition. On the upcoming all-new MASTERCHEF CANADA next Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the CTV GO app, the remaining Top 8 home cooks are faced with intimidating ingredients inspired by a nursery rhyme.

On tonight's episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the Top 9 split into three teams and faced off by selling handmade sausages as part of an Oktoberfest celebration at Hansa Haus, a German Canadian Club in Mississauga, ON. As winners of last week's Elimination Challenge, Shawn Karls, Mary Berg, and Terry Adido were the team captains, with each selecting a different meat to work with from pork, lamb, and beef. Cooking for 250 people, each team was responsible for seasoning, stuffing, and grilling their gourmet sausages, as well as preparing toppings and a side.

The Green Team started off slowly with indecisive team leader Terry, but April Lee Baker helped pull them in the right direction after she revealed she's been making sausages with her family for 15 years. Though the other two teams decided on their dishes quickly, Shawn's Red Team realized they had overstuffed their sausages and a number of them broke with only 20 minutes left to go putting them behind with preparation. And trying to get her Blue team back on track after serving a guest a raw sausage, Mary suffered a bad burn to her thumb while working with the grill. At the end of the challenge, the Hansa Haus children's dance troupe performed for the home cooks and revealed that Terry, April Lee, and Jennifer Baglione's Green Team were the winners of the challenge.

Back in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, the Red and Blue team members prepared to face a Pressure Test, and were surprised when the judges revealed each team would have 45 seconds to select a team member who would be safe from elimination. With Jeremy Senaris and Veronica Cham heading to the safety of the gallery, the remaining home cooks were given only one hour to complete one of the toughest Pressure Tests in MASTERCHEF CANADA history. Shawn, Mary, Jacqueline, and Matthew Astorga had to prepare fresh ricotta cheese and then use it to create handmade ravioli as well as gnudi. Both Jacqueline and Matthew suffered setbacks as they didn't have enough ricotta, while Shawn revealed he dislikes cheese and wouldn't taste either of his dishes. In the end, Mary was sent to safety thanks to her ricotta stuffed ravioli in a lemon brown butter sauce, and olive oil and tomato gnudi, while Jacqueline's ricotta stuffed ravioli in a shallot white wine cream sauce and gnudi puttanesca with capers and anchovies ultimately led to her being sent home.

On an all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA (Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), the Top 8 are divided into teams and tackle a set of intimidating ingredients inspired by a nursey rhyme. Members of the losing team must fight to save themselves by mastering a world-class pastry.

The remaining Top 8 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:

For more on MASTERCHEF CANADA, fans can visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada for exclusive content, including must-see videos with the home cooks and the judges, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras.

New episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA are available following their broadcast premiere on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app, and encore Mondays at 8 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 Jacqueline Clark live on CANADA AM (Weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), CTV News Channel (9:45 a.m. ET/PT), and THE SOCIAL (Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT) on Monday, April 18 as she discusses her experience on MASTERCHEF CANADA.

The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol 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. 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; Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting.


Twitter: #MasterChefCanada
Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile
April Lee Baker@AprilLeeBaker
Jeremy Senaris – @chefonfiyah
Mary Berg@mary_berg3
Matthew Astorga@matthewastorga
Shawn Karls@doctor_shawn1
Terry Adido – @grated_nutmeg
Veronica Cham@vronnie17


Michael Bonacini – @chefmichaelbonacini
Claudio Aprile@claudioaprile1
April Lee Baker@April_Lee_B
Jennifer Baglione@Signorinabee
Jeremy Senaris – @onfiyah
Mary Berg@mary_berg3
Matthew Astorga@matthewastorga
Shawn Karls@doctor.shawn
Terry Adido – @grated_nutmeg
Veronica Cham@vronnie17

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