Competitors start your…ovens! MasterChef Australia just confirmed its premiere date for 2021

Start slicing those onions.

By Maddison Hockey
Turn up the gas and get ready to get cooking...or at the very least drooling over some impressive dishes.
MasterChef Australia has announced its premiere date for 2021 and, it's soon!
The 13th season is set to begin on Channel 10 from Monday 19th April at 7.30pm - NOT Tuesday 20th like originally revealed, which is vitally important to note because you don't want to miss a single ep.
Much to our delight, last year's judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo, are returning once again.
The trio took over from MasterChef stalwarts George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, and exceeded all fans' expectations.
This year's MasterChef season is expected to arrive around Easter time in April. (Network Ten)
"Our esteemed judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen return to the MasterChef kitchen ready to be surprised, intrigued and inspired by the country's next generation of culinary superstars as they battle it out for the title of MasterChef Australia and a cash prize of $250,000," the statement reads.
Some of the show's most loved guest judges and esteemed chefs will also be returning to the series to share their expertise.
"In 2021, MasterChef Australia will be seasoned to perfection with some of the world's most recognisable and beloved chefs including the Queen of the kitchen Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal, Massimo Bottura and Clare Smyth, all set to challenge the top 24 contestants.
"Plus, homegrown sensations including Curtis Stone, Kirsten Tibballs, Darren Purchese, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Scott Pickett, Poh Ling Yeow, Callum Hann and Reynold Poernomo return to put the cherry on top of a must-watch season."
Judges Jock Zonfrillo (left), Andy Allen (right) and Melissa Leong (centre) will return this year. (Network Ten)
We can only expect the delicious bar to be raised once again this year and can't wait to tune in.
MasterChef will continue to air on Wednesday and Thursday nights after its premiere on Tuesday.
Our first look at this year's contestants has also been revealed.
The first batch of contestants have been revealed. (Network Ten)
Leading the pack and first to be revealed is Brent, who compares his cooking style to his face - "not refined at all", then Kishwar, who hails in from a big family of cooks, and Minoli, who at the age of 31 lost her sense of taste.
Also appearing this season is part Taiwanese, part Burmese, part Chinese cook Therese, who has one specific foodie passion, and that is French pastry, and Elise, who is a self-confessed feeder and says her love language is food.
"I want to make people happy, I want to make things beautiful," Elise admits in the trailer.

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