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MasterChef Australia – Contestant’s Say It’s Not Fair

TV Week has an article about what the remaining contestants think of the re-entry of contestant’s that had previously been eliminated, and it appears they are not happy.

This is what the article said:

The last four contestants in the house – Chris, Julie, Sam and Andre – thought they were on  the final stretch to becoming the country’s first MasterChef winer. But they were rocked by the show’s latest twist, which will see several eliminated contestants reinstated in the competition.

During the team challenge on the HMAS Kanimbla that airs on Wednesday, a handful of former competitors are brought in as reinforcements – and told they’re back in the game, no cook-offs required!

“It’s really irritating,” Chris says. “They just got a ‘get out of jail free’ card – they didn’t have to fight for that right to come back.”

Andre agrees: “I queried  it a little bit that they all get second chances because I’m sure I’m not going to get one,” he tells us. “I’d have liked to see them battle for it. Just a random wild card is a bit unfortunate,”

Judge Gary Mehigan says the decision to bring the contestants back was made in an effort to ensure the competition remained fair. “We had to sit down and ask ourselves whether or not any contestants that belong in this competition had been eliminated by no fault of their own,” he explains. “The last thing we want to see is somebody who, just by pure luck or however the dice rolled, ended up taking out the title. We all felt that there were competitors who were great cooks that deserved another chance.”

But Andre says the judges have got it wrong on at least one count. “I was little bit peeved that one of them was back, even though I really like them,” he admits. “I think that person was here just for the competition, the money and the book deal.”

According to one of the returning cooks, everyone suspected a comeback like this would be staged at some point.

“There were a lot of rumours about people coming back into the competition,” the contestant says, “but I just never thought it would be me – and I didn’t think it would be a second chance.”

It is bound to create even more drama in what’s becoming an increasingly tense race to the finale. Although the contestants reckon the twist hasn’t caused any tension in the house, the returning chefs are aware of the stir they’ve created. “They all seemed really happy to see us, but I suppose in the aftermath they sort of feel they went three steps backwards,” says one. “It’s a massive shock to them. On a strategic level, they’re not happy at all!”

The final four are also concerned that their competition may have an upper hand from having left the show – and one contestant definitely agrees that the break is an advantage. “I’ve had time to refresh myself,” they admit. “They’ve been through the wringer, to Hong Kong and back!”

But for another, the possibility of being eliminated again could prove to be a greater worry. “I’m more nervy because I know once I’m gone, I’m gone for good this time,” they reveal.

Now this gives us food for thought. Chances are high that Poh is back as her elimination was a tad unfair with her saying barley was the ingredient instead of faro. But does this also mean some of the ones that were eliminated on the Thursday night peer votes will be back. Possibly Trevor or Brent?

I love how Andre is complaining he will be getting no second chances, but I thought he has had more then enough chances particularly after strawberry and champagne risotto.


1 Injera { 06.29.09 at 3:03 pm }


This is my worst nightmare. Poh screwed up that elimination challenge by being cocky and choosing a grain before even eliminating obvious ingredients like onion and garlic. And, let’s not forget, had a fair amount of help during challenges along the way. No prizes for guessing that she’s who Andre’s talking about. She’s stated since leaving that she has no interest in being a chef, so this is a wind-up. Grrr.

Plus, even down to the final 4/6, there are still people in the group who can’t cook *cough*Sam*cough*. Do we really need to bring back those who were booted earlier (apart from Justine, of course – she’s welcome)?

2 Jacqui { 06.29.09 at 3:10 pm }

I agree Injera! I was enjoying the show and now they have ruined it for us! It is not fair for them to bring someone back, especially if they did not know before!

3 Laura { 06.29.09 at 4:20 pm }

I am all for this as long as it is JUSTINE coming back! If it is the person “spotted” in the article RR posted earlier then I will be soo mad.

4 Wurstsemmel { 06.29.09 at 5:11 pm }

Just when you think things can’t get any worse…

This is just stupid. One wildcard on the basis of a cook-off maybe but, sorry Matt, no matter how much I like you (and share your birthday), I can’t swallow this.

What was the point of the cook offs?

Masterfarce. Yes. That about sums it up.

5 Mark { 06.29.09 at 5:20 pm }

Tom is definitely back.

6 Injera { 06.29.09 at 5:28 pm }

It does seem a bit odd if they are bringing back contestants who went out on judges’ decisions. There’s some merit in, perhaps, allowing some who may have been dudded through strategic peer elimination back in – say, Brent and Trevor, who were booted “for being the captain” when other losing captains stayed on – but to bring back any who were judged out seems like an admission that… well… the judges are incompetent.

And, because I really can’t get over this, to bring back a contestant who doesn’t want to be a chef would be ludicrous.

Wurstsemmel – Masterfarce it is (although Mastershit can’t be too far behind…)

7 Sooty { 06.29.09 at 6:09 pm }

It’s good if Justine comes back!

No huge fan of Trevor, but if you read his TV week exit interview on their website he says it was Sam (who can’t cook but has mastered the cheeky grin etc) SAM! who asked if he could use some of the bait for his entree dish. I felt that was very unfair then to make Trevor carry the can and for Sam to not even fess up to having had a part in it. (Sauce-gate is never over.)

8 CG { 06.29.09 at 6:53 pm }

Clearly this is all about ratings. Channel 10 thinks they are on to a good thing so they came up with a way to extend its life a few more weeks. I doubt this was planned at the start of the series? Do we know what the original end date was for the series. Is this why there is no elimination this week so they don’t knock someone out and 1-2 days later bring back someone who was eliminated weeks ago? The criteria for bringing people back better be transparent and logical – ie if they bring back a mix of persons eliminated by judges and persons eliminated by peer votes it ain’t gonna fly and will make a farce of the whole competition. This in turn will attract an entirely different type of contestant for the next series: it will be more important to be a “personality” or drama queen than it will be to be a decent cook!

9 Kyvyny { 06.29.09 at 7:23 pm }

Better ploy would be to have these returning losers come in for added pressure on the remaining but barred from actually picking up the title and win. Except for Justine. And Tom. They should be back in with a proper shot. Unless they’re cocky enough to think they can taste parsley. Or that they’re better cooks than Sam.

10 Ange { 06.29.09 at 8:23 pm }

If either of the publicity princesses comes back I will be spewin’.

NO POH and NO LINDA – there are plenty of other TV shows you can get your faces on.

11 Anonymous { 06.29.09 at 9:23 pm }

Eh, I don’t get the uproar. For mainly two reasons – 1, this was something most people were predicting would happen early in the season, so it’s hardly shocking. – 2, Sam, Andre, and Julie are pedestrian, and nothing remotely approaching masterchefs. They have each made very large cooking mistakes and have been given chance after chance after chance. You know what I think is unfair? The fact that far more talented chefs have gone before them. Justine, Tom, Brent, hell even Poh.

12 sourkraut { 06.29.09 at 10:57 pm }

HELL …..Poh is right. i couldn’t contain my glee when she arrogantly chortled out barley and got the big A.
CG you are right. Its the ratings . No more need be said.
Bring back Justine who can actually cook. Failing that bring on the vita wheat girl va va voom!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 Anonymous { 06.29.09 at 11:06 pm }

lol, sourkraut, I love your posts. I was happy when Poh incorrectly called out barley too (btw why the hell did it take her and Chris so long to guess freaking TOMATO!? – idiots), but I think she’s more talented than Sam, Andre, and Julie.

If Justine doesn’t it make it back in, this show is fooked.

14 Reality Raver { 06.29.09 at 11:16 pm }

All the contestants who have come out and some that are still on the show have indicated that Sam cannot cook.

I always thought there was going to be a wildcard re-entry, because how else were they going to be able to get someone back in who had been unfairly booted in the peer elimination nights.

I don’t think there were any major travesty that occurred, but next season I reckon the contestant’s will be a lot savvier and try and take out the stronger players.

I do think I would have like three of four having to go head to head to get a spot back in. A bit like what happened in Top Chef New York, three did a cook off and one got back in the competition.

15 sourkraut { 06.29.09 at 11:25 pm }

“Fooked” In the words of the Ipswich masterchef (fissionchips to the gentry) “PLEASE EXPLAIN” new complex technical term
Sorry I’m down on Poh but 5 of my Asian friends all said she couldn’t even cook chefs salty chocolate balls, let alone my faves, the dreaded CHEESEY POOFS.
Ps when are we going to see Cartman waddle out and eat all the chicken skin?
Sorry i have to disagree about Julie. I’m an old fashioned grump and I knows wot I likes, and I love home style cooking. I guess its a matter of taste, I thought her offerings tonight shat on everyone but Chris, who seems to be learning to smile. Guess the “revelations ” wiped that out, anyhoo he can comfort himself ALLEGEDLY!!!!!!!!! in Julia’s arms.
Yep Wurstsemmel, Masterfarce is right, I,ve been trying to think up a comparison with your extremely amusing Brit show Balls of Steel, but this news has benumbed my mind beyond even that of a half raconteur.
See you all at the choose your own review

16 Patricia { 07.04.09 at 12:25 pm }

I was reaslly disappointed to see the “come backs” The final four had struggled and shown the skills to get to this level (even though I think Sam has been very lucky)
The judges have stated that they are looking for a cook who really wants to be a chef. Poh has since stated that she doesn’t want to be a chef!! Justene has proven thast she has issues with Asian cooking so in my opinion she needs to get the grin and “I know it all” look off her face and get down to it.
Not fair to those who have worked hard to get to the final four.

17 Sam { 07.15.09 at 9:26 pm }

How many chances are they going to give Poh? When she first tried out they didn’t like her dish so she was allowed to run home to mummy to get ingredients for a different dish. Then she was eliminated, then brought back. Now it looks as if she may win. Although I like her I think it is unfair that this is her third chance when Julie and Chris have not had that same preferential treatment. And, to me, that is exactly what it is. Preferential Treatment! She should be GONE. Either, Julie or Chris will have at least earned the title of Australia’s Master Chef and not by getting 3 chances to do so.

18 malin { 07.21.09 at 10:57 am }

Every one like justine, because she is the beauty or I would say model in the show. Even I like her. And judges like her.
But she doesn’t have any amazing cooking techniques. most people like her because she is beautiful.

19 Lee { 11.29.09 at 9:38 am }

Yep, Masterfarce. SOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG to bring back ANYONE ELIMINATED!!!!!!!. Julie and Chris should have been the two finalists, end of story!!! Roll on Masterchef New Zealand (hopefully they learn from the Aussie farce!!!)