Masterchef Australia Launch Party – The Stuff You Really Want To Know
Masterchef Australia announced itself on the TV ratings landscape on Wednesday night, by saying yes this is the show you have been waiting for this year and we will be leaving you all in our wake again in 2011.
For once it is not puffery as you will know that it will be one of the highest rating shows on TV, with a lot of chatter off and online – particularly on this blog.
Oh and by the way regular readers I was told by a Season 2 contestant that this blog and comments got a lot of it pretty right last year. So a big thank you guys and lets keep those conspiracy theories coming.
There were Season 2 contestants there and you wonder if this is their last time in the limelight, before we get obsessed with this years contestants. What I found interesting was not which of the contestants from Season 2 were there but the ones that were not.
Marion Grasby was not which I found unusual as I would have thought she would have used it as an opportunity to promote her TV show (yet to be picked up) to the mainstream media. Claire Winton Burn was not there, nor was Matthew Caldicott. But the big question to be asked was where was Season 2 star Irmgard?
The only two from Season one were Julie Goodwin, and Justine who was looking very saucy in a micro mini dress.
Now about Season three – the catchphrase of the evening was “it is going to be all about the cooking”. Which may have been an admission that last year was all about the tears and drama.
Also I was told there was no villain in this series, hopefully they were lying, anyway I am sure if there is not one, we will make one!
I also raised the issue that was a bugbear on this blog, about the editing particularly in early episodes, only showcasing the top three and bottom three dishes in the challenges which meant you knew which contestants would be in those spots. Obviously the issue is length of episode.
Things I found interesting:
- That Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins did not receive any love from the room when they were mentioned in speech by Gary Mehigan. One person did a “Yeah”, and Gary quipped “Who are you his agent?”
- Speaking of Gary, I thought he had the best comic timing of the four judges, however after Matt Preston and George Calombaris finished their schlock Marx Brothers act, Matt proved he was funny as well;
- Matt Preston is the favourite judge of a lot of the Season 3 contestants;
- Jimmy Seevai will be opening his Indian Restaurant in six weeks, this is in Surry Hills;
- Also props to Jimmy about giving me a tickle up about what I wrote about him on the blog, criticising him about his one dimensional cooking style, but I suggested he was on the show to promote future enterprises..
- Jonathan Daddia is looking at foodie enterprises he said it may involve food not made in Australia currently, if it is Israeli cuisine he might find it difficult to open in the Inner West… Hopefully he will do something this year as he has a lot of fans;
- Rumour has it Aaron Harvie got paid a lot to sell out to Pizza Hut, so that explains it, but in the long term I still think it could be a career limiting move, and as they say selling out is only bad when you are the one not doing it;
- Matt Moran is as hot in real life as on screen, he said he will be doing other projects with Ten so hopefully it will be something to do with turning him into Australia’s answer to Tom Colicchio sans the gut. Also I wonder if any TV channel has canvassed a Hell Kitchen type show, as he would be perfect in the role. He does a good Gordon Ramsay without the c**t factor.
Now about the contestants for Season three, there is an embargo on names obviously, but what I did find interesting from the advertisement I had thought it was mainly a young cast, but was pleased to see there were a full spread of ages and ethnicity. Reality TV again shows it does not discriminate on basis of religion, race, or sexuality, well not as much as the Australian dramas.
Also the ones I met were very positive and excited the possibilities that may open up to them by being on this show.
Here is the blurb about the Season 3 contestants:
The Top 50 contestants chosen to cook off for the prestigious title of MasterChef Australia 2011 include;
- 12 contestants from NSW (last year 15) including a DJ and a life guard from Sydney’s Northern beaches
- 14 contestants from VIC (last year 13) in an even male and female split including a graphic designer, a farmer and two publicists.
- Double the number of contestants from QLD with 12 (six last year) including a mum of five, a fruit and veg salesman and a 20 year old nursing student.
- Five contestants from WA (four last year) including a never seen before profession for MasterChef Australia, that of a fighter pilot
- Seven contestants from SA (last year 10) including an award winning wine maker.
Also it looks like the challenges are going to make My Kitchen Rules ones look downmarket.
For this Season’s MasterChef Australia from the very first challenge on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island when a giant one tonne mystery box arrives suspended from a helicopter. Even though George is probably small enough to fit into the box I don’t think he is in it.
Other challenges see MasterChef travelling to the pit of the Sunrise Dam mine in the West Australian outback, two kilometres out to sea on the longest jetty in the Southern hemisphere in Busselton, plus heading to the vineyards of Margaret River.
Also Rick Stein meets contestants for an amazing masterclass in Kuala Lumpur, and closer to home the contestants cook on the beautiful beaches of Cronulla.
A big thank you to Channel Ten for letting me attend the launch and it definitely got me motivated for the upcoming slog of what is Masterchef season.
Masterchef Australia premieres on 1 May 2011 on Channel Ten at 7.30pm.
If you are already feeling jaded about Season three, check out the below 3 minute sneak peek and it shows how this series is going to rock. As usual all episodes will be recapped, with the possible exception of Masterclass – as how many crimes to saturated fats can you write about.