Agassiz resident Tammy Wood during the elimination challenge in the last episode of MasterChef Canada.

Agassiz cook Tammy Wood is among the top 10 remaining home cooks on MasterChef Canada

Next episode sees Wood and other competitors cater a Harbour Cruise wedding

A grueling Elimination Challenge featuring “odd couple” ingredients pushed Kristen Dwyer of Conception Bay South, N.L., to her limit, resulting in the decision by judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile to send her home.

In this past week’s episode, the Top 11 home cooks participated in their third Mystery Box Challenge, where they were required to bake and decorate a four-layer birthday cake that expressed something about them. In a new twist, the judges announced that they would choose two Mystery Box winners, offering the home cooks more incentive to put their best dessert forward. The judges were so impressed with the colourful results they requested four cakes to taste, with Christopher Siu and David Jorge’s delicious creations ultimately keeping them safe and out of the Elimination Challenge.

In the Masterchef Canada pantry, the judges explained to winners David and Christopher that the theme for the night’s Elimination Challenge was “odd couples” – ingredients that don’t appear to complement each other, but actually work together nicely. The home cooks were assigned the following pairings: bacon and chocolate, salmon and licorice, and chorizo sausage and grape jelly. Together, Christopher and David had the extra advantage of strategically selecting which home cook would work with each pairing.

Due to the lack of grape jelly flavour in Kristen’s shredded chicken and chorizo tacos, and Jon Hameister-Ries’ failure to manage his time, the judges placed them both in the bottom two. After a suspenseful reveal, the judges announced that Kristen would be leaving the Masterchef Canada kitchen.

In the next new episode of Masterchef Canada (Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m.), the home cooks face their biggest team challenge yet: catering a beautiful Harbour Cruise wedding. They are tasked with creating stunning French-inspired canapés, appetizers and main dishes for the bride, groom, and their wedding guests. Back in the Masterchef Canada kitchen, the losing team faces a Pressure Test that stars another French specialty – a technique-driven dessert that separates at least one home cook from their culinary dream.

The Top 10 home cooks vying for the title of Masterchef Canada and the $100,000 cash prize are:

–       Andrew Al-Khouri, a Tax Officer from Halifax, N.S.

–       Christopher Siu, a Pharmacy Student from Markham, Ont.

–       Cody Karey, a Recording Artist from Vancouver, B.C.

–       David Jorge, a Concrete Contractor from Surrey, B.C.

–       Jennifer Innis, a Dental Hygienist from Vernon, B.C.

–       Jon Hameister-Ries, a former Pro Football Player and Financial Advisor from Vancouver, B.C.

–       Line Pelletier, a Canadian Military Veteran and Computer Specialist from Moncton, N.B.

–       Michael Motamedi, an Entrepreneur from Toronto, Ont.

–       Sabrina Poirier, an Office Manager from Montréal, Que.

–       Tammy Wood, a Retail Clerk from Agassiz, B.C.

MASTERCHEF CANADA also streams on demand on CTV GO and CTV.ca, and episodes encore following their broadcast premieres Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on M3, Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.