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Masterchef Australia – Former Contestant Claims It Made Him Fat

Craig Young from season three Masterchef Australia says the show made him fat.

Newsflash: If you are going to enter a cooking show, chances are you are going to put on weight!

Young told the Sunday Telegraph that wen he entered the Masterchef house he weighed 110kgs and after he left he was 125kgs and had to book into a weight loss clinic to get it off.

He told the Sunday Telegraph:

“The biggest problem was that you were not allowed to leave the house,” he said. “So I found it quite hard to exercise at all. There were some weights in the garage, but that was not a nice place at all to exercise.”

Young said the program’s producers were “paranoid” about people leaving the house because “they were worried about paparazzi”.

“But I never saw a photographer outside,” he said. “There were nine days where I had nothing scheduled and I was going stir crazy and it would have been so much easier to go for a walk or jog . . . but that’s the rules of the show.”

Young said other contestants also had problems with weight gain because MasterChef was “not a low-fat food show”.

Well it would appear the scene where Hayden comes jogging into the house was staged. No wonder there was no sweat on him.

I liked Craig but seriously I am not feeling much sympathy for him on this issue.


1 JaniceG { 10.30.11 at 12:25 pm }

On one hand, I agree with you that he should have expected this problem on a cooking show. Also, he still had control over what he put in his mouth.

OTOH, I’ve never understood this whole “isolate everyone in a house” aspect of MasterChef Australia – other cooking shows don’t feel the need to do that (and are far superior, too!) Agreed that MC Australia has to house contestants from out of state somewhere but the forced isolation, group housing, and communications blackout doesn’t seem to me to add anything. So what if the contestants can potentially look up recipes? They still have to perform on the day. For example, for The Great British Bakeoff, the contestants know (or can easily guess) what some of the challenges are going to be. Most of them even rehearsed them at home and there was still a fair share of screwups and bad choices on the day of the competition.

2 AngelSN86 { 10.30.11 at 2:20 pm }

But they showed heaps of footage in the most recent season of people working out on exercise equipment? Arena was a physical trainer and they showed her training people as well.

3 brain dead dave { 10.30.11 at 8:12 pm }

Sitting hours on your ar$e playing Cello and appearing on Ma$terlard, what does this peanut expect?

4 seepi { 10.30.11 at 10:12 pm }

Nine days doing nothing in a house with only your workmates/competitors does sound a bit dire.

5 Mac { 10.31.11 at 11:47 am }

So I guess all the scenes involving the contestants working out and exercising in the gym room were all just special effects and stunt work.

6 littlepetal { 10.31.11 at 12:03 pm }

There is a gym room in the house. Why can’t he walk on the treadmill?

7 Culinary Boner { 11.03.11 at 4:54 pm }

Maybe he needs to take up the advice of that latest govt health campaign and SWAP the cello for the double bass.