Matt Moran Chops Himself From Masterchef Australia
Mentor and special guest judge Matt Moran has decided to leave Masterchef Australia because he wants to spend more time opening eateries and pursuing his own cooking show opportunities.
This is code for he has been signed or is going to be signed for a new cooking show. The question 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 judge.
After three years as a special guest judge Matt has not signed to be on the show.
He told the Sunday Telegraph:
“I am not going to renew a contract with Ten. I haven’t actually spoken to them. I’ve loved it, absolutely loved it, but it’s time to move on.”
Moran said he “was sure” he would have a guest role in the upcoming season but said: “I don’t know when, where, how, or what.”
However he also added:
Moran, who is planning to open River Bar in Brisbane in December, said his passion for running restaurants was another reason he reconsidered his role on MasterChef.
“Aria has always been my main gig … but I am sure there will be room for TV next year in some other capacity,” he said.
Matt Moran on Masterchef was a good guest judge and it would have been great to see him utilised a bit more on the show. In 2012 he was mainly seen on the immunity pin challenge on Tuesday nights advising the contestants. He was good at being honest and direct in saying what he thought.
As one of the stalwart reality TV shows Masterchef should look at Matt Moran leaving to bring in some new chefs in the mentor guest judge roles.
Masterchef magazine is also under going some changes with the magazine deciding to only publish when the show is on. This decision was made because of declining circulation, though to be fair most magazines are struggling in this new media environment. When you can now get a lot of recipes online people are not buying as many cooking magazines.