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Masterchef Australia Reality Tidbits

Well Masterchef Australia will be starting in 10 days time on 1 May 2010 and the publicity  machine is well and truly ramping up.

The three judges, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston talked to TV Week.

I have just cherry picked the best bits out of the interview:

Gary Mehigan said: This season, this group of people are just a really nice bunch. They’re upfront,  honest, they tell you what’s on their mind, and they’re straight up about it.

Matt Preston: I think the other thing about them is they’re real home cooks. Pretty much everyone who’s in our top 24 can make a mayonnaise and can make a pastry. They’re aspiring to be great cooks, rather than the next Heston Blumenthal.

On the allegation by Margaret Fulton that George and Gary were jealous about Matt Preston’s breakout success, Gary said: Is there jealousy? no. There is none of that. We laugh at that. I am one of the three luckiest guys on TV. We all get on really well and go out for dinner together – we are perfect dining partners. George was my apprentice and I consider him a really close friend. When I first went on TV with Matt,  him being a food critic and me being a restaurateur, I thought that we would be at odds but we’re not. We compliment each other and have objective conversations.

On have they asked for payrises Gary said I think everyone wants a pay rise! The thing is we need that sponsorship as it is such a big crew and when we shoot off-site, it cost money. To make it big, it takes money. I hate to think how much it costs.

Upfront, real and honest appears to be the buzz words of this seasons Masterchef Australia. I think the viewers will make their own assessment of that once the show starts.

It is funny that Gary Mehigan mentioned cost, as it looks like they are doing a lot of location shoots this year. The sneak peek shows Busselton Jetty, a mine somewhere, and Kuala Lumpur. Also last week they were filming at Green Hill just outside of Bathurst.

In other Masterchef news Justine Schofield from Season One has her new show called Everyday Gourmet. TV Tonight reports it will have a 65 episode run.

The blurb from the TV Tonight says:

Everyday Gourmet is a daily cooking show aimed at the home cook. From the simplest of meals to more sophisticated recipes and techniques, Everyday Gourmet will inspire viewers to get more out of their kitchens.

Upcoming guests include Jacques Reymond, Shane Delia, Scott Pickett, Miguel Maestre and Dominique Rizzo to name a few. Justine also catches up with some popular ex MasterChefs who showcase some of their favourite recipes and chat about what they have been up to. These include Lucas Parsons, Skye Craig, Callum Hann, Marion Grasby and Fiona Inglis.



1 davsimp { 04.19.11 at 9:00 pm }

Never heard of Justine, won’t be watching. I know Julie whatserface came first, and Poh came second and has a cooking show. Was Justine in the last top five or something? If someone gets the heads up when Callum is on though could they let me know please?

2 Reality Raver { 04.19.11 at 9:18 pm }

davisimp – Will try to.

3 Jasmin { 04.20.11 at 7:27 am }

Upfront, real and honest? Sounds like the gist of Margaret Fulton’s Woolworths campaign :)
Hopefully one thing we don’t hear on this show is “I’ve never cooked this before…” Looking forward to it!

4 Injera { 04.20.11 at 9:12 am }

It makes me laugh that the emphasis is on this whole “real, honest” “good home cooks” stuff. I think that’s what Masterchef should always have been about, but those responsible for it being otherwise are the casting folk and those who designed the ridiculously high-end Zumbo-fest, Heston-guest-star challenges, right?

5 skye { 04.20.11 at 11:38 am }

Hanging out for this season. I realised that tragically MC gives me a reason to live through the winter time, in fact I think that may apply for vast swathes of the australian population. Tragic!

6 LF { 04.20.11 at 1:06 pm }

I just hope Matt P’s comments arn’t entirely true – surely someone must make microwave chicken again….. To be honest though, i think MC are just refining their pitch. They’ve lived and learnt what appeals to people the most.

7 skye { 04.20.11 at 2:29 pm }

Agh microwave chicken. oh gross, i’d forgotten about that.

8 Reality Raver { 04.20.11 at 2:42 pm }

I think they realised they threw them in the deep end last year with some of the challenges. The CWA challenge was a culinary disaster.

9 sourkraut { 04.21.11 at 1:49 pm }

The rabbit in the spotlight.
Does Chris B owe her money? (not mentioned on guest list, funny bout that)