Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Shannon Bennett and Matt Preston

Every year on MasterChef Australia there are some things we are guaranteed to see – the mystery boxes, the pressure tests, the immunity challenges.  

But this year, the show’s 10th birthday, is being billed as ‘a season full of surprises’.

So what can we reveal? We’ve got the lowdown on what to expect from the new season.

The auditions

This year all the winners of the nine previous seasons will be at the auditions to mentor the contestants over the judges’ first hurdle.

So that’s every Australian MasterChef from first-ever champion Julie Goodwin, to last year’s winner Diana Chan. 

As usual, after the auditions, 24 home cooks will earn the privilege of donning the coveted MasterChef Australia apron.

The judges

One thing that never changes is the judges – and we thank the food gods for that! 

Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris are indeed back again for a 10th year, ready to share their talent and insights with a new bunch of hopeful chefs.

Also returning is mentor Shannon Bennett. He will be there for the immunity challenges again this year and is confident he can give away more immunity pins than ever before.

Maggie Beer and Matt Preston

The guest chefs

Get ready for another big name joining the guest judge ranks this year!

For the first time in MasterChef Australia history, internationally renowned chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay will take the contestants through his own week of challenges. 

Returning guest judges include domestic goddess Nigella Lawson, who will again preside over her own week of challenges, Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone and Adriano Zumba.

The challenges

2018 will be another year of nail-biting challenges, featuring one involving the legendary Melbourne Football Club and another which takes place in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. 

The hopefuls will also spend a whole week cooking and competing in picturesque South Australia.

Later in the season, one lucky group of contestants will take part in a challenge like no other seen on MasterChef Australia before – cooking for His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in Darwin, with insight from Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

For those that make it to the Top 10 in this iconic 10th season, a huge surprise awaits. But that one we’ll have to wait to find out!

Who will handle the heat of the MasterChef kitchen? And who will crumble under the pressure?

MasterChef Australia will be cooking up a storm from Thursday 14 June on TVNZ 1 and OnDemand.