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Trevor’s Exit Interview With TV Week

Here is TV Week interview with Trevor. It was interesting when he said he realised he wasn’t going to win as there were others in the house with so much more food knowledge. Unfortunately he does not name names.

Article About George Calombaris And The Empire Of Restaurants He is Creating.

I have to be honest before MasterChef Australia started I had never heard of George Calombaris or Gary Mehigan. I had never watched Ready, Steady, Cook and I am from that city north of the border. I found an article in hospitality magazine from via food blogger and twitter @tomatom. It outlines all the stuff George has done and the restaurants he owns. It is very impressive.

5 comments

1 Injera { 06.06.09 at 9:17 am }

Interesting quote from George in that article:

“People who want to be chefs think it’s all fanfare and Jamie Oliver. Everyone thinks they can cook but we put reality into that. It’s a realistic, authentic show. We’re there to educate consumers about what it’s like to be a chef.”-

How is putting people on TV – i.e. giving them instant “Jamie Oliver” recognisability – educating consumers what it’s like to be a real chef? This is really where Masterchef Australia misses the mark – it’s all games, and the only real situations (i.e. the work experience) is glossed over. In real Masterchef, the contestants all work a lunch service in a restaurant before they even go through to quarter finals.

I’d say Ratatouille gives consumers a better idea of what it’s like to be a chef than Masterchef Australia does!

2 Reality Raver { 06.06.09 at 12:28 pm }

LOL re: Ratatouille. Maybe George thought that was what he was doing before the editing and reality TV hi-jinks gets to them. We moan that it is now more reality TV show, however I think the better cooks are staying in. And the fishing challenge was a cracker, as have a lot of the other challenges they are mixing it up well. Compare to HomeMADE and the same old, same old each week. Channel 9 would do to take note of how to do reality TV from Ten as they are the masters.

3 CG { 06.06.09 at 12:55 pm }

Oh come on Trev, name names. Who do we think has the greatest “food knowledge”? I’d say Justine given her background with French cooking (and her mum owned a French restaurant apparently)…maybe Chris…but not sure who else Trevor might be referring to?

4 Injera { 06.06.09 at 1:04 pm }

CG, we can also probably figure it out by ruling people out. Julie, for one. Sandra. Hmmm….

Raver, agree that the format is entertaining and that the good cooks seem to be staying in, but George just has to suck it up and acknowledge that he’s entered the ranks of those he dissed in this article:
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/03/07/1235842719224.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, George, just stop pretending it’s something it’s not!

5 onadrought { 06.07.09 at 9:45 am }

A few comments.
I am finding Masterchef one of the most “staged” reality programmes, that is not to say I don’t enjoy it, I do.

Sandra, so annoying, real chip on her shoulder about something. Can’t stand her.

Agree RR, your post about the lemon tasting plate – ordinary, a bit of a wank really.

Catching your own fish, is that what Tetsuya means when he goes sourcing the freshest produce? I don’t think so. Still it was fun to watch.

Using the bait, re the “staged” thing I mentioned above. Was it suggested to them, because I cannot imagine anyone using bait to cook with, esp 5 star cuisine.