The Pressure Test Ends Another Home Cook's Time on MASTERCHEF CANADA

Mississauga, Ont.'s Alisha Sood leaves the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen after a tricky Mille-Feuille Pressure Test –
– On the next episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver gives the home cooks an unforgettable challenge, Thursday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV –

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TORONTO, March 31, 2017 /CNW/ - The Pressure Test proves that one wrong move can end a home cook's time in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen as judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile revealed that Alisha Sood, a make-up artist from Mississauga, Ont. would be the next competitor to head home in the latest episode. With eight home cooks now remaining, MASTERCHEF CANADA welcomes renowned chef and food activist Jamie Oliver to the kitchen on Thursday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Go as the home cooks compete for a spot on his menu at Jamie's Italian.

On this week's episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the remaining home cooks arrived at Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks to face their second Team Challenge of the season – creating gourmet burgers and seasoned fries for 200 motorcycle enthusiasts. As the home cooks with the best dishes in the last week's Elimination Challenge, Aaron, Alisha, and Mai were named Team Captains. Aaron, the winner of the Elimination Challenge, got first pick for the Red Team, and chose Trevor and Thea. Alisha, captain of the Blue Team, recruited Matt and Barrie, and Mai chose Justine and Miranda to join her Green Team. The home cooks had two hours to plan, prep, and cook the burgers before their booths opened for business.  The team that sold the most burgers in one hour would win the challenge and avoid the Pressure Test. After feeding 200 hungry bikers and tallying up all the sales, it was Mai's Green Team that came out on top, winning by just 8 orders.

The home cooks returned to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, where Aaron's Red Team and Alisha's Blue Team donned black aprons for the Pressure Test. When the judges asked Aaron and Alisha if, given the opportunity, they would save themselves from elimination, Aaron said yes, while Alisha said no. In a surprise twist, the judges gave the home cooks 30 seconds to decide unanimously who to save on their teams. Alisha pushed her team to save Barrie, and Aaron's team backed his decision to save himself. The remaining home cooks were given 45 minutes to prepare Mille-Feuille, a complex French pastry. Thea, Trevor, and Matt turned out admirable dishes, but Alisha failed to recover from the critical error of adding an egg to her dough, and was sent home by the judges.

In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, "Jamie In The House" (Thursday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), world-renowned chef and food activist Jamie Oliver challenges the remaining home cooks to create a mouth-watering appetizer for his new chain of Canadian restaurants. The winning home cook not only wins a spot on the Jamie's Italian menu, they also get to pair-up their fellow home cooks for a classic MASTERCHEF CANADA tag team challenge. 

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

MASTERCHEF CANADA airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on demand the following day. Episodes encore Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and Sundays at 7 p.m. ET on Gusto.

Fans are invited to visit throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on the home cooks and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. New to this week, the judges share delicious recipes for their favourite burgers. also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season's challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.

Seasons 2 and 3 of MASTERCHEF CANADA are currently streaming on CraveTV, and in encore broadcasts on Gusto.

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. Proper's Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the show runner and executive producer; Marike Emery is the Series Producer; President of Proper Television, Guy O'Sullivan, is the executive producer. For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.


Michael Bonacini – @MichaelBonacini
Alvin Leung@TheDemonChef
Claudio Aprile@ClaudioAprile 
Aaron Polsky –  @foodiedatenight
Barrie McConachie@dateplates
Mai Nguyen@Maicaroon
Miranda Wasstrom@MirandaCooksCA
Thea VanHerwaarden@Thea_van1
Trevor Connie@ConnieTrevor


Claudio Aprile@claudioaprile1
Aaron Polsky - @foodiedatenight
Barrie McConachie - @dateplates
Justine Joyal - @JustineJoyal
Mai Nguyen - @Maicaroon
Matt VanderHelm - @VanderKitchen
Miranda Wasstrom - @MirandaCooksCA
Thea VanHerwaarden - @theavan
Trevor Connie - @TrevorConnie

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