Iron Chef Australia – Chris Badenoch V Neil Perry
In programming gold Chris Badenoch, from Masterchef Australia Series One will appear as a competitor on Channel Seven’s Iron Chef.
I am sure the production company and SEVEN will be canny enough to put him up against Neil Perry, Iron Chef Australia/Asia after the snaffu that Neil got himself earlier this year about the Masterchef contestants. The uber-chef said (see previous blog post here) that the Masterchef contestants would struggle to survive in a real kitchen, and that it was a “game show”. Neil later said he had been misquoted.
It will be interesting to see if Chris will be able to produce four dishes in an hour as his food philosophy is very meaty, slow cooking. But he will have his partner in life and of his new restaurant, Julie Jenkins, to be his sous chef. I will just be watching the show for that dynamic.
The Herald Sun states:
Badenoch and Jenkins are now business, as well as romantic, partners. Josie Bones will be a beer bar with matching food.
“All the doubters out there have been proven wrong,” Badenoch says.
“We’re doing the restaurant together and it will be a combination of our ideas.”
Badenoch says he relished the chance to return to television.
“It (Iron Chef) was the opportunity to push myself,” Badenoch says.
“It’s one thing cooking against other amateurs (on MasterChef). Going up against guys of this calibre (Perry/Grossi/Brahimi) is a rare opportunity.”
Victoria’s Sacha Meier, Head Chef and manager of Lorne’s Ba Ba Lu Restaurant and Bar, will also be one of the challengers onIron Chef.
Other challengers are Sydney’s Dan Hong (Head Chef, Lotus Bar and Bistro), Adelaide’s Judyta Slupnick (Head Chef and owner of Phore Seasons), as well as Perth’s Matt Stone (Head Chef, Greenhouse Restaurant) and Herb Faust (Head Chef, Scotch College).
Iron Chef will screen on Channel 7 in mid-October.