Masterchef’s Australia Chris Badenoch Under The Pump
Penguin Australia who is publishing Masterchef Australia’ third place getter Chris Badenoch’s cookbook must have decided he needed to increase his media profile at the start of the Masterchef Australia season two series by giving an interview to the The Age. And also attempt to address some of the more controversial stories that emerged about him when he was on the show.
This is one of the first interviews Chris has given to the mainstream media, as he or his managers appeared to be refusing media requests last year after his very own sexgate scandal exploded in the final weeks of the Masterchef show.
The article titled Masterchef Bad Boy Survives Media Grilling had some interesing things in it.
1. The Show Cast Him As The Villain, And Edited Him That Way
‘They (the producers) never showed me smiling, ever. I spent most of the time I can remember joking all the time but they kindly didn’t edit any of that in,” he says.
”In some of the edits they would cut to me not looking very happy and I’d think, ‘That wasn’t even the same challenge.’
”They recycled a few shots of me looking unhappy.
”It was obvious from day one that they’d cast 20 very different characters and I didn’t have any issue with being painted as the villain at all, that’s just the way it goes. I was more concerned about just cooking what I cook.”
It was unfortunate for Chris that he was cast in this light, as this ensured that he was never going to be allowed to win. He was a good cook, and certainly deserved to be top three. He had played it smart the whole way through the series, however I thought his strategy for the top three cookoff was poor. His three courses were all meat, I think if he had gone for something outside the box and nailed it he may have got into the final.
Also the editing has probably stopped him getting some TV media gigs.
2. He Also Spoke About The Media Attention His Sexgate Scandal Received
”I did find it all quite strange that they would waste column centimetres or TV time worrying about what relationship status you’ve got,” he says. ”And it’s also very biased reporting, it’s never a balanced fact-driven thing. And it’s interesting that I was rarely – or never – asked my opinion.”
Well the positive thing is that it is nice to get his perspective on the whole saga, however I seem to remember he had PLENTY of opportunity to comment on this. In fact I remember A Current Affair asked for comment at the Melbourne Show, and Tracey Grimshaw also stated at the end of a segment they had requested an interview. Also every newspaper and weekly magazine were willing to take a statement from him but none was forthcoming.
I think he needs to remember that the reason his sex life started unravelling was mainly his fault. Most of the media knew he had two girlfriends on the outside, however only really started chasing it after the Julia Jenkins relationship started leaking out. This also occurred at the same time there was an article in NW where he acknowledged his long term girlfriend Homaxi.
As it emerged Chris had another long term relationship who would have been clearly peeved that she had been being lied to for five years. It is my understanding that he does not deny this relationship, nor has he taken any legal action or asked for a retraction from New Idea. I think he is probably angry that he could not keep her silent, not about the claims she was making.
It is my understanding even when rumours were emerging from the set that he and Julia were together, he was still denying it to the media and in private. Also rumours of other liaisons with women were emerging. I won’t be naming them as I am polite like that.
3. He advises Masterchef contestants to practice, practice, practice.
He should also tell them to ensure they have anything scandalous in their past to expect it to come out.
The article was titled that it was going to be a grilling. Personally I thought the “grilling” was a bit like being hit with a bit of wet lettuce, I note there was no questions on the claims he cheated on the show, or his past business dealings something, I would like to know his side of the story.