The Top 4 contestants learn what Challenge will be kicking off MasterChef finals week.
Seasoned veteran Curtis Stone gives the hopefuls his tips on creating memorable and achievable recipes.
Kate's cake stack requires ultimate precision.
Alana adds a family snap to the mix to give her recipe photo a truly personal touch.
The judges assemble the contestants and their recipe testers to hear the Challenge results.
Michael rejoices with recipe tester Sue after taking the win for his 'Not Just Another Spring Chicken' dish.
Maggie Beer gives Michael a warm welcome as she prepares to reveal his Challenge advantage.
Maggie's terrine is a technical minefield that will test the contestants to their limits.
Maggie Beer warmly embraces the Top 4 ahead of unveiling her technically challenging terrine.
Alana struggles to get the skin off her chicken to make the terrine casing.
Dani begins to layer her terrine, but has she left it too long to get it in the oven?
With her terrine finished and on the serving board, Kate races to add her walnut bread and other accompanying elements to the dish.
Dani's terrine looks the business, but once cut open will it actually be cooked inside?
A brave Michael cooks on despite needing medical attention for a sliced thumb.
The Top 4 hang their heads in shame after undercooked terrines across the board leave them all facing elimination.
Michael pours every ounce of concentration into pin boning his fish fillets.
Kate takes Gary and Matt on a rtip through her memories as she explains the autobiographical tales behind her dishes.
Dani gets the vegetable oil ready to dry her banana fritters, hoping for the perfect golden crunch.
With his plates bursting with colour, Michael's dishes are certain to catch the eye, but will they excite the taste buds?
Dani's dessert wins no points for presentation, but will the flavours be its saviour?
A brownbeaten Alana looks shellshocked after managing to plate her dishes by the skin of her teeth.
She may be going home, but Dani's irresistable personality shines through brighter than ever as she prepares to say goodbye.
The Top 3 barely have time to enjoy their bubbly and nibbles before discovering they're going straight into another Challenge.
The judges hold the tickets to culinary greatness, but who's destined for where?
Peter Gilmore lends Kate a hand to try and perfect the flavour and look of her orange jelly.
The usually cool as a cucumber Alana discovers it's a whole different ball game when you're plating up before Marque's head chef Mark Best.
An anxious Michael prepares to serve his main, hoping that his venison dish is judged to be true Three Hat quality.
Matt and guest judges Terry Durack and Joanna Savill prepare to put Kate's dish through their exacting paces.
The Top 3 await Gary's announcement of the first contestant through to this year's MasterChef finale.
Michael goes understandably nuts after learning of his Challenge win, and position in MasterChef's Top 2.
Adriano Zumbo joins the MasterChef judges for a snap in the company of his most complex creation yet.
Alana breaks out the rolling pin and gets to work on shaping the framework of her gingerbread house.
Kate painstakingly measures her gingerbread to ensure her walls at the right size.
Overcooking the first batch of gingerbread has Kate holding her head in her hands.
George and Adriano pay Alana's station a visit to see if her house is proving to be fairytale or horror.
Alana has some fun spray dying her gingerbread walls.
Needing an extra set of hands to help her pull her gingebread house together, Alana calls Michael down from the balcony.
Kate embraces the fact that a little icing smoothes even the roughest edges.
Alana poses with her jelly festooned 'haunted gingerbread house', which is thankfully holding together.
Kate's charming creation did just enough in the judges' eyes to win her a place at finale.
Kate can't believe all her hard work has led to a place in MasterChef's Top 2.
Michael and Kate toast their success, and the friends they've said goodbye to along the way.
Japanese maestro Shaun Presland gives Kate some last tips ahead of finale.
Martin Benn welcomes Michael into his kitchen for the last private Masterclass of 2011.
Gary breaks the ice with a little Mat-directed mobile humour.
"Didn't you leave ages ago?" says George, repaying Rachel's comment about his dish with some hilarious backchat.
Gary experiences what it's like to be on the other side of the equation, as he awaits Michael and Kate's feedback on his dish.
Guest Shannon Bennett dazzles the contestants with some fancy canapes.
As Matt Moran evades Michael's handshake as they prepare to see who can make the best rocky road.
Michael and Billy put the finishes touches on their dessert, but is it a Moran beater?
The contestants celebrate the closing stages of this year's MasterChef with some well-deserved fizz.