Masterchef Australia – Andy and Ben Cooking Up Some Projects
Masterchef winner Andy Allen and his best buddy Ben Milbourne are cooking up some project ideas together.
They talked to TV WEEK and they said they had a couple of ideas.
They told the magazine:
“We’re pitching one to the LifeStyle Channel, which would be us [travelling to] my hometown in Tassie, then going around the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, where Andy grew up, to see what got us to where we are. Then, we’d finish it off with a trip to Mexico.”
The second idea the duo have on the boil involves Masterchef judge and food critic Matt Preston.
“It would be a Charlie’s Angel – type situation, where we’d go out to do challenges he’s set for us,” Ben says.
“We’ve kept in pretty good contact with him,” Andy adds. “He’s always there for advice.”
Andy also talks about how he wrote his cookbook and does say he did write the recipes. Something I was a tad suss about due to how fast the book was released combined with his lack of food experience.
TV Week writes:
Not only did Andy take out season four’s title, he also secured a lucrative book deal and the chance for the world to check out his favourite recipes. Problem was: he didn’t have many to offer.
“I had to provide the publishers with 80 to 100 recipes and have them tested in three weeks,” he says.
“I was so inexperienced going into the show – I didn’t have 80 recipes!”
Panic set in, and there was only one person who could calm him down.
“I called Ben and started freaking out,” Andy recalls.
“If you look at previous winners – Julie Goodwin is a mum ad cooks every night, same with Kate Bracks, and Adam Liaw is one smart dude – then there’s me who’s 24 years old and a sparky.”
Alone with a laptop and a million thoughts running through his head, Andy began jotting down all the food that inspires him. It’s this list that forms the basis of his first book The Next Element.
“I had most of the recipes by the time I went down to Tasmania to see Ben. Then, we tested them all and we surprisingly didn’t have many stuff-ups,” says Andy.
Would you watch a cooking show with Ben and Andy? Would you like to see them on TV again? Has anyone actually bought Ben’s cookbook?