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Masterchef UK Continues To Be Criticised

Matt Preston

As I have written previously Masterchef UK has morphed into the Australian version and the viewers in the Old Blighty are not happy.

Well it appears the TV critics are not either.

The Sunday Telegraph writes:

The original no-frills UK show has undergone a makeover to mirror the Aussie ratings blockbuster, with greater emphasis placed on contestants’ emotion, the use of dramatic music, over-the-top judging showdowns and cliffhanger editing.

But it has delivered an almighty backlash in Blighty, with host broadcaster the BBC last week forced to defend the changes to the seventh series.

Irate viewers and the British media have blown up over the new audition process, drawn-out drama and cavernous new kitchen sets.

Under the lengthy headline, “Why the BBC have ruined the recipe by turning MasterChef into some kind of X Factor for foodies”, The Daily Mail’s Marina O’Loghlin lamented: “Season seven is not so much overcooked as burned to a cinder.

Also the critics are having a swipe at Masterchef Australia’s judge Matt Preston, which is bizarre considering he does not have anything to do with the new version of the show.

They write:

In slamming the local version of the British series, The Guardian’s entertainment reporter, Stuart Heritage, singled out Preston, labelling the bon vivant a “boob of a man.”

“He’s … bloated on self-importance and seemingly on the constant verge of a full-blown gout attack,” Heritage wrote last week.

“He’s plainly awful – give him food that he doesn’t like and he’ll just hurl it on the floor like a cross between a dreadful toddler and a gargoyle of a Kenneth Grahame character. No matter what you make of the new changes, at least we don’t have to put up with any of that flatulent posturing.”

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Preston’s response was restrained. “The mark of a good journalist is that they have researched what they have written.

Anyone that watched the show knows I only drop food on the floor that I love – not the food that I hate,” Preston said.

slamming the local version of the British series, The Guardian’s entertainment reporter, Stuart Heritage, singled out Preston, labelling the bon vivant a “boob of a man.”

“He’s … bloated on self-importance and seemingly on the constant verge of a full-blown gout attack,” Heritage wrote last week.

“He’s plainly awful – give him food that he doesn’t like and he’ll just hurl it on the floor like a cross between a dreadful toddler and a gargoyle of a Kenneth Grahame character. No matter what you make of the new changes, at least we don’t have to put up with any of that flatulent posturing.”

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Preston’s response was restrained. “The mark of a good journalist is that they have researched what they have written.

Anyone that watched the show knows I only drop food on the floor that I love – not the food that I hate,” Preston said.

I think Matt won that round.

Masterchef UK will be shown on Lifestyle Food later on in the year. Also Masterchef Australia which is currently filming will launch in April on Channel Ten.

5 comments

1 Injera { 02.27.11 at 4:51 pm }

People’s anger over the new Masterchef format even bubbled over into the Guardian’s live-blog of the ICC World Cup. Check out the comments from 20th over on. Hilarious.

2 Wurstsemmel { 02.27.11 at 5:54 pm }

“He’s … bloated on self-importance and seemingly on the constant verge of a full-blown gout attack,”

LMAO
Isn’t this what many have been thinking?

3 Maz { 02.28.11 at 10:04 am }
4 sourkraut { 02.28.11 at 1:35 pm }

Flatulent posturing…. well that one really loosened the bowels. Thank you.
He’s infatuated with the exuberance of his own pomposity!

5 carol { 10.27.11 at 7:59 pm }

I think Matt Preston is absolutely fanstastic….love him to bits. I think he acted like a perfect gentlemen in all the Master chef Australia series.