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A Fiesta Of Reality Cooking Shows For 2013 – But Who Will Be On Them?

With reality TV shows in 2012 either being rating bonanzas or tanking badly, next year it looks like Networks are banking on cooking shows to bring home the bacon in 2013.

The popular veteran shows are back in Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules but they are joined by a few more.

First is Masterchef: The Professional which will see professional chefs competing for the title. This is based on a UK show but hopefully the Australian version will be looking at Top Chef when it comes to the format. Rumours of who will host it include Heston Blummenthal and Marco-Pierre White. It will screen on Network TEN.

NINE will have a new show called The Great Australian Bake Off, based on a UK show. This is to find Australia’s best amateur baker. No news on who will host and judge the show as yet. Donna Hay would be a great fit somewhere on the show.

There are rumours that actor Shane Jacobson may be hosting a cooking show for NINE, but this could be another show they have bought the format for called The Taste.

This is the food show equivalent of The Voice where the judge mentors have to pick a cooking team to mentor based on the taste of the dish only. The contestants can be either professionals or home cooks.

The US version of the show has the hottest cast ever on it with Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre. (See previous gushing blog post on the show)

Again no word on who will be mentors. However people I would be happy to see on the show would be restaurant critics and judges on Iron Chef Australia Simon Thomsen, and Larissa Dubecki.

Also Christine Mansfield would rock as would Colin Fassnidge, Dan Hong, and Matt Moran.

Network TEN had Recipe For Riches is also on their slate where they are looking for a person with a recipe that can be sold on supermarket shelves. There is no announcement on who will be hosting or judging on the show.

Lifestyle Food are also currently casting for another season of Come Dine With Me Australia. Former model Chloe Maxwell is going to be a contestant but you don’t have to be a celebrity to apply. You don’t necessarily have to be a great cook either.

The one big overseas  format that probably won’t be coming to our screens is Hells Kitchen, where dodgy professional chefs vie for a job in host’s Gordon Ramsay restaurants. If the format did come to Australia George Calombaris would be the perfect host. Firstly he has the restaurants of the calibre required give someone a job, but he is at his best when he is working the pass in challenges on Masterchef Australia. He also has the mix of being a hard arse and humour that would make it work.

It will be interesting to see if there are enough contestants to be on these shows and of course the chefs/cooks/foodies to be judges.



1 brain dead dave { 10.10.12 at 11:48 am }

Not everyone likes these shows…The Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia for starters. It’s not only the Networks getting fat off reality television shows that pretend to be cooking shows.

2 TickledPink { 10.10.12 at 11:50 am }

I love these reality cooking shows but I fear too many will start to become mundane.

3 brain dead dave { 10.10.12 at 12:24 pm }

Cooking in duck fat? Fuck dat.

I too fear that the greed of the Networks will turn a fiesta into a siesta, no risk.

4 gidgetvonlarue { 10.10.12 at 2:51 pm }

I do love a good cooking style show – shame Lifestyle Food are so damn lazy with their programming and show choices. I’m watching Hugh Ferthing what ever his name – from 15 bloody years ago! Old dated crappy looking shows fill the channel. Rick Stein is still 40 years old on Lifestyle Food. Why they do not pull their fingers out and buy a SLEW of recent cool cooking shows from America’s Food Network is BEYOND me! Who cares if some of them are about American restaurants – I don’t.

Oh, and Recipe to Riches can fail miserably..I hope. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

5 Morgan { 10.10.12 at 3:39 pm }

I would love to see the US version of MasterChef being aired here, I would hope that Lifestyle Food will pick it up, but it dosen’t seem likely.

6 Ari { 10.10.12 at 7:46 pm }

Masterchef is a great show! Worst part was seeing other channels try to cash in on the food phenomenon. I thought My Kitchen Rules was putting too much reality food shows…now it’s going to be overkill.

Any new ideas? Maybe something that requires actual strategy like Survivor? I like shows where people use strategy. Unfortunately the Australian viewing public prefers contestants who “play fairly” like the annoying cops on The Amazing Race…

7 Matt Moran Chops Himself From Masterchef Australia | reality ravings { 10.14.12 at 12:43 pm }

[…] is which one? There is a plethora food reality TV shows to be screened in 2013 (see blog post A Fiesta of Reality Shows For 2013) and he would probably be best suited for The Taste if NINE goes ahead with it as a mentor […]

8 Are Celebrity Chefs No Longer Flavour Of The Month? | reality ravings { 11.26.12 at 1:00 am }

[…] The Great Australian Bake Off, Recipe To Riches, and possibly The Taste, see previous blog post on these shows coming up in […]

9 Sioux Denim { 11.26.12 at 1:20 am }

Couldn’t agree with you more Ari on your second comment…….