MasterChef Australia – An Update
New Idea this week did an article on life after MasterChef Australia for some of the contestants.
Here is what they are up to:
Max Markson, celebrity agent, said she could be our next Margaret Fulton. He also thinks Julie will be earning money off MasterChef Australia in 25 years’ time, and he thinks she will be a millionaire.
“the sky’s the limit. Other finalists who didn’t do as well are picking up deals worth $50,000 to $100,000 and getting offers of $3000 and $5000 for personal appearances.”
Julie is currently perfecting recipes for her cookbook as the manuscript is due by the end of the month. New Idea obviously did not want to cross promote a magazine that is not in their stable, as they managed not to mention that Julie has also got a monthly column with Woman’s Weekly.
As usual there is more news about Chris’s private life than what he is doing with his culinary skills. However he is holding a fundraiser to raise money for stray dogs. Also he is looking for premises for his planned bar and restaurant, and doing cookery demonstrations – including one with brewer Chuck Hahn at the recent Taste of Melbourne festival.
He denies he is seeing Julia saying ” We catch up with each other from time to time,” and “But I’m single and very happy. Julia and I are just friends. I have dinner with a lot of people.”
He has been spotted with Julia at Coda last week, and also at another nightspot in Toorak later in the week.
I wonder what Homaxi thinks of this. Has he completely broken up with her, but are they still sharing an apartment.
Also what does Julia think about not being acknowledged as being his squeeze. But then this seems to be normal behaviour for Chris.
Gemma Pritchard was also a long term girlfriend and revealed to New Idea his cheating both with women and in the MasterChef Australia game.
He said “The whole thing was ridiculous. I ignored it” about the New Idea article. “I’m no love rat.”
Mmmmm well how does he explain the text messages. The other thing is why has no one kicked up a fuss about him having a mobile in the house. As these days it is akin to having a computer because you can get internet access. Was he able to look up recipe ideas on the web? Also was he able to contact Coles to order in bone marrow for the cooking for the legends challenge. Not that it mattered as he tanked on that challenge.
Justine has said she has had thousands of letters from admirers, but the were mainly teenage boys. Post MasterChef Australia Justine fled to France for eight days with her family to escape the spotlight before taking advantage of job offers.
She had planned to move to Paris for a year, but cancelled when MasterChef judge Matt Moran offered her work experience in his restaurants.
Justine is also paid to do cooking demonstrations, endorse products and cook at private function, and she is working with fellow contestant Lucas Parsons to host a monthly degustation dinner in Sydney.
She appears to be a bit of a loser out of this post MasterChef Australia job fiesta. She said “I’ve become a recluse since MasterChef. She has been giving cookery demonstrations btu she is hoping to become a freelance food writer. “MasterChef has opened up a lot of doors,” she says.
She also says she is still looking for love.
Poh Ling Yeow:
She has been writing a book of her signature Malaysian recipes. Also she is busily painting for a new exhibition of her artwork, which will open at Adelaide’s Hill Smith Gallery in November.
Poh is yet to take up Curtis Stone’s offer to work with him in LA. She is mulling over some incredible offers saying “I’m not making hasty decisions. I really want to make something good out of this and not just cash in on the immediate hype.”
She is also ‘madly in love’ with Johnathan Bennett, a member of the MasterChef TV crew.
Poh will be joining some other famous chef’s next month at the Sydney International Food Festival next month.
Sam is not working with food, but is back working as a call centre manager in Melbourne. But he maintains he is happy. “I always said that if this stopped tomorrow I’d go back to my life and be content,” he says. “I don’t have to need to change my life to be happy.”
Lucas is celebrating the fact that his wife Simone is expecting their second child in January. So clearly the rumour he had split with her was very wrong.
He is working on a secret TV production, as well as creating food and wine experiences for corporate golf clients.
But the judges have also been reaping the rewards.
Will be release his book Cravat-a-licious next month. He has also signed a deal with Sony BMG to create a music compilation album, which you can play while you’re cooking up a storm. It’s due for release in November.
Max Markson also says that it is his understanding that Matt Preston’s agent his asking for in excess of $250,000 for him to do commercials.”
He is filming Boys Weekend for the Lifestyle FOOD channel while his other show Good Chef, Bad Chef has been picked up by the UKTV.
George will release a cookbook called Greek Cookery From The Hellenic Heart later this month. Also he is working on opening his third Melbourne restaurant, as well as being an ambassador for Coles and Zoos Victoria.
However he also has female admirers flocking to his restaurants.