Masterchef Australia – How To Make Season 3 Even Better.
Season three of Masterchef Australia is already open for applications, and soon auditions will take place all over the country for the chosen few to be given the chance to appear on the highest rating show on TV in Australia.
But for the production company how do you ensure that Season 3 is going to continue to captivate its audience and make the show even better.
Here are a few ideas (obviously some have been mentioned in comments previously by various readers):
- Blind tastings to ensure no favouritism from the judges, however if you are Jimmy it would not matter as they would always know which dish was his;
- In the beat the chef challenges make sure it is an “independent” dish not the chef’s signature dish to make it a more even playing field;
- Not allowing the peanut gallery to shout out advice when the pressure tests ie the elimination challenges are occurring, they should have to live or die on their own merits;
- Better editing – not making it so obvious what dishes are going to be tasted or who will be in the top or bottom three, and show more of the dishes;
- More prize money – the $100,000 is starting to look a bit low rent considering the amount of cash this franchise is raking in. Also casting is key $250,000 would ensure high quality contestants would apply. Also more cash could ensure the knives are out and people play a bit more strategically;
- Don’t let the other contestant’s decide who will be given a second chance. I think Jimmy got back in because he was a safe option, they knew what his limitations were;
- If they are going to show house footage show more of the contestant’s interacting with each other not just to camera or the obiquous bathroom shots;
- In the final’s week - no advice should be dished out by the judges, particularly with menu planning or cooking techniques. It is a competition, Courtney was just about told by Matt Preston to cook pancakes with lemon curd for dessert in the mystery box challenge in final’s week.
Also one of the great things about the show is the challenges, and there were some crackers this year like the army challenge, the cruise ship, and even the dreaded CWA debacle.
So here are my ideas for some challenges for the next season:
- A catering event or meal to be judged by food bloggers – this would have two pluses, as they would be articulate and knowledgable about the food, and they would generate plenty of publicity through their readership;
- A hospital food challenge, see if they can plate up something palatable within a limited budget;
- A vegan challenge, I know they have done this on top chef, but it always send the chefs into a spin;
- Restaurant wars – Ok I know another one pinched from Top Chef, but then about 50% of the challenges are anyway – the two teams have to open a restaurant, devise a menu and then deliver to the public and the judges. This is on each season of Top Chef.
- A wok challenge - more asian food challenges please, I think this could be a good elimination challenge;
- Cooking something from an aisle in Coles – Again a Top Chef one (sorry I am not coming up with a lot that are original) where each contestant is given an aisle where they can only choose ingredients from that section to cook a dish with;
- Get teams to make some products like sauces, chutney’s, jams etc, and see which team sells the most at a local Farmer’s Market. A cross between The Apprentice and Masterchef; and
- Another wedding challenge, including cake, that was fantastic from season one.
What do you think the producers should do to mix it up a bit for Season Three? What challenges would you like to see?