Masterchef Australia – The Highs And Lows Of Season 2
For three and half months, six nights a week Masterchef Australia has invaded our lounge rooms and lives. Whether you liked it or not Season Two continued the success of season one. In fact it bumped the election debate. With over 5 million viewers watching last nights finale it should be the most watched show of the year.
They are already starting on next year’s show as applications are now open for Season 3 here. If you apply please let us know how it goes. Also come back to the blog later in the week for an blog post on What You Need To Know To Win Masterchef.
Now lets look over the highs and the lows of season two.
- The challenges continued to be big and put the contestants in all different cooking scenarios with some truly amazing chefs. The highlight for me was the Heston Blummenthal challenge, followed by The Amazing Race style episode of London to Paris.
- The contestants – whether they could cook or not it was a great balance of contestants, with big personalities v quieter personalities, and a good mix of different cultures.
- The production values Masterchef showed that not scrimping on this made the show a better viewing experience.
- The guest chefs there were some major names and some fantastic talent Tetsuya, Peter Gilmore and Shannon Bennett just to name a few. Were there any big name chefs not on the show? Also Maggie Beer proved why she is a national treasure.
- Gary Mehigan, always the less showier then George Calombaris and Matt Preston, or as I say the tortoise versus the hares, but when he was out for a few weeks with his bung knee boy did we then realise what he bought to the show. He was the balance between the more exuberant George and the ham actor Matt.
- Jono eliminating eight contestants, and talking back to the judges;
- Alvin’s personality, Marion’s smile and cooking talent, and Aaron’s rock god confidence mixed with a 10 year old boys vulnerability.
- Irmguard being eliminated prior to the top 24.
- The immunity pin was much better then being fast tracked to the final’s week for winning the beat the celebrity chef challenge.
- The blog commenter’s and twitter verse whose observant and witty remarks made the show even better and more entertaining.
- Also props to Channel Ten and the fabulous social media support they give to the show, particularly the official Masterchef website, where recipes were put up as soon as the show had finished.
- The number of spoilers that kept on occurring. People up for elimination were time and time again were shown in future episodes which indicated they were safe. The biggest clanger was 20 minutes in on a Thursday night elimination with Aaron and Marion up for elimination there was a preview which showed Aaron cooking in the Sunday night show. This foretold one of the biggest upsets of the season. In my delusion I kept on hoping it was the editing department playing a trick on us.
- Other clangers were the Daily Telegraph tell readers who was going to be live blogging the following day in finals week, the person about to be eliminated was always that person.
- Kate’s microwave chicken which told us these were not the top 24 amateur cooks in Australia.
- Also the Channel Ten publicity department seemed to have a formula that the person who was to be eliminated on the Thursday would be in the weekly mags and in a big story for the News Limited press. Funny the Joanne Zalm death threats story managed to break the week she was eliminated.
- The Joanne Zalm facebook site and some of the comments said about her did go too far, seriously she is a reality show character who was given some pretty poor editing by Channel Ten.
- Claire Winton Burn was probably the most controversial contestant this season with conflicting rumours about her love life circulating, it probably did stop her getting to the finale. However I don’t believe the New Idea article where a source close to Claire said that her lamb dish was not the worse from the GG challenge.
- Marion and Jonathan not making it to finals week which meant we had to put up with the less talented Aaron, Courtney and Jimmy leaving it really a three horse race in the last six episodes.
- The non-elimination round where both Jimmy and Adam got to stay even though the Coq au Vin they re jigged did not look like they deserved to.
- Matt Preston became a parody of himself and over acted, who can forget throwing the plate on the floor? However when he was his “normal” self and enthusiastically described the food in front of him it made us remember what we loved about him in Season 1.
I am sure you have your highs and lows of the season as well, also stay tuned for blog post, what Channel Ten need to do to make Masterchef even better…