MasterChef, the TV Experience

She comes from a kitchen down under…to host a champion residency at MasterChef, the TV experience

Elena Duggan, the winner of MasterChef Australia 2017, is packing her winning apron and flying to Dubai for a debut residency at the world-first dining concept, MasterChef, the TV Experience. 

Available for three evenings between February 18-20 for only AED 329 with a welcome drink, Duggan’s all-inclusive approach to life will be reflected in a five-course flexi-menu where every course is adaptable to diners’ gluten-free or vegetarian requests. 

Kicking off with an amuse-bouche of Lavender Goats’ Cheese and Beetroot Relish with Aussie Dukkha, thefive-course dinner features a treasure trove of traditional Australian flavours and ingredients. 

A choice of starters reflectsDuggan’s advocacy of using natural fruits instead of refined sugar in her cuisine. Guests can opt for Octopus and Mandarins (black olive crumb, fresh oregano, mandarin gel) or Textures of Strawberry (pickled, dehydrated and freeze-dried strawberries, strawberry gel, almonds, watercress, Yarra Valley Australian feta).

For mains, guests can choose from Roasted pumpkin and burrata (zesty pumpkin seeds, orange confit, sage pesto) or Duck and grapes (duck magret, Muscat grapes, verjuice, sunchoke hummus). The latter is the ‘older sibling’ of the masterful quail and grapes dish which helped Elena progress into the MasterChef Australia 2017 final.

Following mains, three of Elena’s favourite summer flavours in watermelon, pineapple and ginger – evoking memories of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland – form an amuse guile to cleanse the palate.

Finally, Duggan will regale diners with her famous Fig, Chocolate, Wattleseed and Macadamia dessert, which collects much-loved indigenous ingredients from near her hometown in Noose Shire. 

“I’m really excited to be bringing my flexible five-course menu to Dubai and I can’t wait to see MasterChef, the TV Experience restaurant up close,” said Duggan, who after triumphing on her second attempt at the Australian edition of the hit TV series has subsequently promoted a gluten-free lifestyle while hosting scores of live cooking demos and shows. 

For regular service, MasterChef, the TV Experience, is open daily for lunch between 12pm-3pm, with daily dinner seatings available between 7pm-11pm. Normal lunch service on Fridays transforms into an exclusive brunch from 12.30pm-4.30pm. For reservations, visit or contact or 04 550 8111.