How much do MasterChef contestants get paid?

Are you any good at cooking? If you consider MasterChef the ultimate reality TV show, there are two reasons to go on it. Not only can you crow to your friends that you're better than they are at cooking, you'll also earn a lot of money. The contestants put their blood, sweat and tears into their culinary creations, so perhaps they need a little reward for the hard work. When there are up to five million viewers, you expect to enjoy your slice of the revenue.


According to the UK website, "MasterChef sets out to find the UK's best amateur cook", so that suggests there's no prize money on offer for UK contestants. That's not the case in Australia where the winner pockets $250,000. In the UK, the best a contestant can hope for is to take enough acclaim to be able to make money as a result of the exposure, as Ping Coombes did in 2014 by publishing a book about the show. The 2013 winner, Natalie Coleman, is another who published to make money, while the 2011 winner, Tim Anderson, set up his own restaurant to make the most of the exposure the show gave him.


As mentioned before, the Aussies are happy to give their champion a payout. The 2019 winner, Larissa Takchi, took home $250,000. That's a long way from the small allowances handed out in the past. Back in 2013, each contestant was given $630 per week. That's not a lot more than the $583 a week an entry-level cook can expect to earn.

New Zealand

Last season's winner took home a Skoda, a knife-set, and had the opportunity to work with season two winner Nadia Lim and her healthy eating company, My Food Bag.


As with the Australian show, the winner is paid handsomely in the USA. They earn the same $250,000 given to the Australian winner. They have to put up with Gordon Ramsay though, so perhaps they need a little danger money. He featured as a guest chef in Australia, but the American contestants have to deal with his brand of constructive criticism every week.


Canadian champions are also paid, but they don't earn as much. The winner of each season gets $100,000 cash prize money, the MasterChef Canada trophy, and the title of MasterChef Canada. Not bad for a show that's only been around for six seasons.


The winner gets $250,000 and the opportunity to publish a cookbook full of the recipes they love to make. There's also a cash prize for the junior show. Contestants on MasterChef Junior México can earn MXN 1,000,000. That sounds like a lot, but it's only the equivalent of $44,971.71. Still, that's not bad for the contestants as they're all kids aged between 8 and 13 years old.


The Indian show is also lucrative, but the winner doesn't just get a cash prize and a trophy. The contestants compete for their own cookery show, the chance to have their own cookbook published, and ₹10,000,000 in cash. That's a combination that has to be better than anything offered by the other shows.

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