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MasterChef Australia – TV Week Answers The Question You’ve Been Thinking

TV Week answers some of the questions that may have been niggling the viewers throughout the series. Hopefully some of your queries have been answered.

Does host Sarah Wilson or the crew ever get to taste the food off camera?

“Everyone in production is watching their weight, as the food on offer at the end of every shoot is delicious,” series producer Judy Smart assures us.

Who prepares the example dish for the celebrity chef challenge?

The celebrity chef comes in early to prepare it. “Such is the skill involved in the dishes that very few people could replicate them” Judy says. Recipes can be found at

The judges taste a lot of food. Are they worried about putting on weight?

Food critic Matt Preston has an interesting theory about the side effects of being a MasterChef judge. “The irony about this show is that I’ve lost weight!” he laughs. “I’m sure there’s a diet book in it. It’s because we taste lots of little bites every 30-40 minutes. You’re always full, so you don’t eat as much food.”

Do The contestants taste each other’s food?

“If there’s a chance for the contestants to wander around during a challenge, they’ve been known to dip a finger in the other competitors’ dishes,” Judy says.

Do the contestants get any time off?

The contestants do get time off. On weekends, they have work experience placements in different Sydney restaurants where they hone their skills.

Are the contestants still cutting themselves as much as they did at first?

“The contestants remaining in the competition are really proficient – but they still get nervous, and that’s when accidents happen,” Judy say. “There are still a few cuts – as ther would be in any professional kitchen.”

How often is the pantry replenished?
The pantry is restocked before and after every challenge to ensure it’s always full.

What has been the hardest challenge to set up

Coming up, the contestants will have to cater a wedding! “This was the most difficult, without a doubt,” Judy says. “Not only was it problematic logistically, but there was the added pressure of it being such an important event for the bride and groom, their families and friends. There’s no room for error in a wedding.”

How many aprons does each contestant own?

Each contestant has at least six personalised aprons, including white, red, blue, black, a chef’s coat and spares.

What are the basic ingredients supplied for the mystery box and invention challenges?

“It depends on the core ingredients and what our food producers consider important to the potential variety of dishes that can be made,” Judy says.


1 Wurstsemmel { 06.09.09 at 2:33 pm }

Maybe we should rename this series Weight Watchers. Maybe not. Sorry Matt, I have yet to notice any weight loss.

2 Injera { 06.09.09 at 7:25 pm }

How many aprons does each contestant own? Seriously?

Apart from that one, some fairly good questions and interesting responses. Have to agree with Wurstsemmel in that Matt Preston’s weight loss has gone un-noticed in this house.

3 Reality Raver { 06.09.09 at 10:14 pm }

Considering Matt is never there, maybe that is how he is losing weight.

4 Wurstsemmel { 06.10.09 at 12:28 am }

He might lose a kilo or two if he dumped the cravats

5 Reality Raver { 06.10.09 at 1:10 am }

Wurstsemmel – what is with wearing two cravats? I don’t get it. I wonder if there has been a surge in sales of them since the show started.

6 Wurstsemmel { 06.10.09 at 8:58 am }

Personally, I don’t get wearing even one cravat. His signature style? Yeah, but it all seems a bit contrived and always leaves me wondering what is he hiding or what other oddities he might be wearing under his clothes.