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Masterchef Australia – A Pity Irmgard Did Not Stay In Longer

Seepi a regular commenter on this blog just wrote I wish they had kept Irmgard in a bit longer, and I have to agree.

I am not sure she was the greatest cook, but she was definite personality. I don’t think she would have done very well in the Mise En Place challenge as precision did not appear to be her forte, but I reckon she would have had fun doing it. And it would have been interesting to see her in a taste test challenge.

Even though we hardly got to know her TV Week had a tiny article about why she applied for Masterchef:

Winning a place on Masterchef’s top 50 was a much-needed boost for grandmother Irmgard Kastner, who has endured a roller-coaster of tragic events in the past few years.

Irmgard was heartbroken at the loss of her 19-year-old grandson Mark Zimmer in November 2008, when he was allegedly murdered in a hit-and-run attack Victoria’s Narre Warren.

“Mark died in my son’s arms,” Irmgard reveals. “So I’m not just mourning Mark, but also my son. He’s a broken man now. Mark was so loved.”

Irmgard says she feels unable to move on with her life until the case goes to trial in May, but in the meantime, Masterchef has provided a welcome distraction.

“I feel a bit stuck right now and I think after the trial, I’ll be able to move forward,” she explains. “Masterchef is a big distraction because it’s such a positive experience with really wonderful people. And that’s what I needed.”

The 67-year-old, who has worked in hospitality for many years, is also struggling to adjust to single life after losing her beloved husband, Alfred, to a massive heart attack in 2007.

Alfred a chef, shared Irmgard’s passion for food and she fondly describes him as “quite a character”.

“He would have been a bit jealous to see me on Masterchef,” she laughs. “Chefs always want to be the centre of attention – they’re misunderstood artists, I think. But he would have been thrilled for me.”

It is a pity they don’t give the viewers the ability to vote one contestant into the top 24, as Irmgard was a bit of a fan favourite.


1 Fides { 04.24.10 at 9:40 am }

I’d have loved to see more of Irmagard. Adds a bit of variety to all the pretty young things to have a feisty great grandma on the show. I liked that she talked back to Gary bringing up the pork/lamb debacle during the pavlova challenge.

And hers is a back story I find genuinely touching.

2 dmc { 04.24.10 at 12:51 pm }

Her backstory was touching. She must have been a really rubbish cook for Masterchef not to exploit it.

3 Jaats { 04.24.10 at 1:23 pm }

Irmgard was a wannabe, who thought she had more skill than she really possessed. Her late husband was an executive chef for many years & that background, where she would also cook with him, should have made her ineligible for the show in the first place. I am glad she has gone leaving room for people who really want to experience food.

4 Mac { 04.24.10 at 1:57 pm }

Sorry but this is Masterchef and not Big Brother. If she can’t cook, then out she goes. People complain that last season was too much like Big Brother and not enough cooking, now they want Irmgard to remain in the competition because of her personality. Very hypocritical.

5 Wurstsemmel { 04.24.10 at 10:09 pm }

I loved Irmgard. She seemed a lot of fun and, while it would have been great to see her stay a little longer, I can’t really reconcile that wish with the concept of Masterchef.

6 Reality Raver { 04.24.10 at 10:41 pm }

Wurstsemmel – Is Sourkraut still alive or maybe he is just not watching Masterchef?

7 Wurstsemmel { 04.25.10 at 1:53 pm }

I don’t know. I’ve noticed his absence and missed his comments.

Perphas we need to tempt him out with an inflammatory ‘love Boston Rob’ or ‘Manu boof’ comment?