Masterchef Australia May Not Make Your Dreams Come True
Appearing on Masterchef Australia may not mean you are automatically guaranteed your dream job in cooking. Well in most of the contestants cases it is more like not getting that TV show, or media gig rather than a real chef’s role.
The SMH did a quick ready reckoner on what has happened to some of the contestants.
The article said that Julie Goodwin was the biggest selling author in Australia last year, plus she has a Australian Women’s Weekly column and her own cooking show.
But for some of the other contestants it has meant going back to their day jobs with some food work on the side.
The article states:
Others have yet to realise their dreams of a television show: Alvin Quah is a regular on Mornings with Kerri-Anne but while he hopes for a cooking program of his own, the PhD-holding scientist remains working as a scientific affairs manager in the pharmaceutical industry.
Quah blogs – the latest entry on his Cinnamon Pig website is ”in praise of offal” – and writes about food for the Citysearch website.
The article also goes onto say Claire Winton-Burn is no longer writing for The Age nor has she been posting on her blog since September last year.
However season 2 winner Adam Liaw is finalising his cookbook, and his looking to open a restaurant in Sydney in 2011.
Also Marion Grasby has a cookbook deal, as well as her range for Coles. I suspect we may see her on our TV screens this year as well.
However Chris Badenoch who has just opened Josie Bones in Melbourne gets the final quote in the article where he says”If you want to be a chef, you don’t need to go on TV.” I tend to agree.
As the article did not include them all here are what I know what they are doing:
- Matthew Schofield is back working as an accountant, clearly working in a professional kitchen wasn’t for him. Pity as Neil Perry gave him big raps.
- Justine Schofield is writing for TV Week;
- Poh has the highly popular show on ABC and a new book out;
- Carrie was going into catering but not sure if she is getting much work;
- Callum moved to Melbourne to do a internship with George Calombaris, I am not sure if he is still there as that was for three months;
- Jimmy Seervai was opening an indian restaurant in Sydney, I am not sure if it has opened – he wasn’t going to be head chef.
If you know of what any of the former Masterchef contestant’s are doing please add in the comments section.