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Masterchef Australia Season Two – Different Elimination Rules This Season

The family guy... Food critic and <i>MasterChef</i> star Matt Preston.

The Masterchef Australia publicity team must be working their goddamn patooties off, as every where I turn I see Gary Mehigan, George Colambaris or Matt Preston’s face starring out at me. Thankfully I have not started dreaming about them.

Today there is a big article in the Daily Telegraph TV supplement where again the crew reiterate the cooking talent is better than last year, but one of the most interesting changes is to elimination where the Survivor (ie peer nominated) format is replaced by the decision made by the judges.

Here is how they think the show will remain interesting:

Behind the scenes, MasterChef’s creators Fremantle Media have been working extraordinarily hard to ensure the amateur cook-off not only repeats its success of last year, but gains on its position.

“We want to make MasterChef the best food show in the world,” an excited Matt Preston said during an exclusive backstage visit to the set last month.

“We want to ramp it up to another level.” To make sure MasterChef stays ahead of the game, the producers have devised some clever rule changes designed to stump the 24 contestants who have made it through to the final rounds.

For viewers, the rule changes will make some of the elimination processes easier to understand. For example, the Survivor-like elimination process that occurred during the early rounds of series one has been thrown out in this series. It’s replaced by fairer decisions made strictly by the judging panel of Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.

According to Preston, the changes have made the show significantly better.

“Certainly it’s more transparent,” he says. “The contestants thought they knew the rules – well, they didn’t.”

Also the level of cooking skill has improved:

Some of the contestants who made the top 20 last year were still learning the craft; this year’s contestants are sharper and fiercer in the kitchen. As Preston says: “They’re (the contestants) three times better (than those on the first series of MasterChef Australia. If we pulled a top 20 (out of the two series) we’d get 15 from this series and five from the last series.”

Hopefully they have kept a nice balance of making some changes to keep it interesting, but not too many to keep the factors we still liked about the Masterchef Australia.


1 Anonymous { 04.14.10 at 1:33 pm }

Hmm, I do like that rule change – it keeps the mediocre contestants from voting out the talented contestants who are considered talents.

But I don’t know… I felt like last year was so incredibly mediocre, culminating in Julie’s win. If they want it to be the best show in the world about food, then perhaps they should focus more on cooking and food……….

2 Anonymous { 04.14.10 at 1:34 pm }

Considered threats, I mean…. Need more coffee.

3 Reality Raver { 04.14.10 at 4:39 pm }

Anonymous agree, I think this year they would have clued into that trick. Also stops alliances.

4 Sourkraut { 04.14.10 at 9:56 pm }

Couldn’t give a shit how they do it as long as the best cook wins regardless of race, creed, color, sexuality, marital status, economic status, partner status or any other enbigoting factor that ten may choose to fuck up the real deserving winner
Raver LUV the picture of Matt. That’ll give the droolers something to have orgasms over! ha

5 Wurstsemmel { 04.16.10 at 7:30 pm }

It is a good shot but I don’t think there’s much drool factor left after those kitchen wipe ads.