You’ll be drooling in front of the telly this weekend when Japan’s diverse culinary scene –Tempura, Udon, Ramen, SUSHI, etc. – makes its debut on MasterChef Australia.

Judges and contestants flew over to the Land of the Rising Sun with the Flying Kangaroo to film a week’s worth of episodes focusing on Japanese cuisine and local favourite dishes, which will start airing on Sunday.

Sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in partnership with Qantas, MasterChef’s top 9 contestants will be seen travelling to locations across Japan, featuring local produce such as fruit and tea from a plantation overlooking Mt Fuji, and there’ll be an encounter with Michelin starred sushi chef Kagehisa Imada.


The backdrops to the week include some well known locations and some locations even the most well-travelled Japan enthusiast may not know, including some across Tokyo, which boasts a record 227 Michelin starred restaurants; the Obuchi Tea Plantation in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Tateyama Castle in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture…

In what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, Japan Week will showcase the best of Japan’s fresh produce, innovative local chefs, cooking styles and some of the best culinary destinations.

Image: Sensoji ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

Image: Sensoji ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

The first episode of MasterChef Australia Japan Week will kick off on 2 July at 7.30pm on Network TEN. Click here for more information.

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