Masterchef: The Professionals – Interview With The Final Three
The Masterchef finale is on tonight, and I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with the finalist Sarah, Rhys and Rhett. We talked about future plans, how random those knife draws were, and sexism in the Masterchef kitchen.
Check out the interview below:
Reality Ravings (RR): Rhys why did you go on the show?
Rhys: To challenge myself it was something I had not thought about doing before, and the opportunity came up and just went for it.
RR: What about you Sarah?
Sarah: To raise my profile in the industry and the opportunity came up, it was something I would not really think of doing.
Rhett: Same reasons really, and big challenge, it is almost expected for us to keep going… this is the opportunity you get and you take it.
RR: Rhett what did you think of the editing you received on the show? Do you think it was a true portrayal and are you happy with it?
Rhett: No they have got to have a villain on these shows and I think it was me towards the end. I treated the show as work really I was not playing games or anything like that and that’s me on the show.
RR: You’ve created quite a bit of chatter how have you found the social media side of it all?
Rhett: I don’t read it a lot, I’m not on Facebook or anything like that.
RR: Rhys what was the aspect of the competition you found the most challenging?
Rhys: The time constraints really. Putting up meals I was not 100 per cent happy with.
RR: Was it frustrating for you in those challenges in the time you were given was just too short, just so they could get some drama going?
Rhys: Yeah definitely it annoyed me a few times, but that is the game you just have to roll with the punches.
RR: Sarah – What was the aspect of the competition that you found the most challenging?
Sarah: It was all really challenging. The time restraints were a big thing, also being with so many chefs constantly was challenging as well, chefs are a breed of their own, so being with so many of them in the house and on the set.
RR: One thing we did not see much of on the show, and we only saw hints of it, was the tension between some of the chefs. Firstly there was some tension between Cameron and Cassie, and in the latter episodes there was apparently some tension between Rhett and Luke. Was there tension on the set and did it impact on who you wanted to hang out with?
Rhett: Not really, we’re all chefs we all got along pretty well actually. I think they are definitely trying to create some now, but I just did not see it there really.
RR: Then you and Luke did get on then?
Rhett: Yeah we’re fine. You could film one service in anyones kitchen and it would look like there is insane tension there. It is a very volatile environment, so you could easily make some up.
RR: Was there anything that surprised you about being on a reality TV show? Was there anything that shocked you?
Rhett: The editing.
RR: The slice and dicing?
Rhett: Yes, they can make you whatever you like, that’s the biggest thing for me.
RR: What about you Sarah? What was the most surprising thing about being on a reality TV show?
Sarah: Before I went into the show I knew nothing about TV, so just little things, like how many times you were asked to do things to get it right, and the right camera angles and stuff like that. That was an eye opener. Also the number of cameras there were. I was fairly camera shy for the first few weeks and having cameras on you all the time it was hard to get your head around.
RR: What was your favourite challenge Rhys?
Rhys: Was probably the Mansfield challenge, though the pop up restaurant was pretty fun as well. The ones I enjoyed most was the ones we lost unfortunately. I enjoyed them all really.
RR: What was it like working for Marco Pierre White, was it what you expected?
Rhys: I was pretty scared at the start before we got there because of his reputation, but after you got to know him a bit he is an absolute pleasure working with him.
RR: Rhett – Was there any pet peeve you had about the judging and what aspects were being judged?
Rhett: It depends what they were looking for on the day. Sometimes they would say Rhett this was too simple, and then other times they would say Rhett this was too complicated and why don’t you do your simple stuff again.
RR: The Wednesday night episode [top four pop -up restaurant], how it was edited it looked like you and Michael the focus was on having a smooth service and picking simpler food to prepare, as opposed to Sarah and Rhys’s more complex dishes as we know they took longer to get out. Do you think that the time factor, they should have been penalised more for taking over an hour to get their mains out?
Rhett: Yes and the editing was one second that was shown that a person said they had been waiting over an hour for their food. In my industry where I work you wait an hour and half for your food it is not right.
RR: Sarah – Were you surprised who did not make it through the competition? Was there anyone that was eliminated early that surprised you?
Sarah: I definitely thought Nathan would be in the top three. I knew Michael would be up there. There were a few decisions that came down to who performed on the day, like when Coop left, he was a really good chef and he got eliminated before chefs that were not as good.
RR: One of the things talked about early on in the series on Reality Ravings was there was some sexism in the kitchen when it came to the service challenges that the female chefs were shunted onto desserts, as Cassie and Bonnie were stuck on them quite a few times.
Sarah: I did not feel that personally.
Rhett: It depends what you do in the kitchen. I’m a head chef so I was happy to do the dockets it is what I do a lot of. A lot of those girls had done pastry work, and pastry is harder then anything. It was not like they were put down the back, they were put down there because it is difficult and I am better at calling dockets and they were better at that.
Rhys: I don’t know if it was a fair call about girls just being put on pastry, I did many myself. Bonnie was good at doing pastries, Bonnie was happy doing pastries and there was probably a time where Cassie got put on pastries when she did not want to be there, but we are all professional chefs and you should be able to work anywhere in the kitchen in the end.
RR: So Rhett were you ever put on desserts in a service challenge?
Rhett: Yeah I did it once or twice. The very first episode and here and there on a couple of other ones. It is definitely not what I do a lot of. It is one of those things you are either good at it or your not.
RR: After being on the show is it going to change your direction now or where your career is heading?
Rhys: It won’t change my approach to food, I have always loved food and I always will, but as far as careers go I can see myself going a different way, like in TV or something like that. I will have a crack at anything.
RR: So you would be open to any media opportunities that might emerge out of this?
RR: What about you Sarah?
Sarah: I have still got the dream of a destination restaurant on the South Coast of NSW.
Rhett: I want my own restaurant. I think you have to use the show whilst it is on and get anything you can get.
RR: What type of restaurant do you want?
Rhett: It will be in Queensland. It will be Asian/Vietnamese/Thai. A bit more outdoorsy, somewhere where people can come on a Sunday afternoon and eat into the afternoon and drink into the night. I bit like Thailand really where it is really laidback and relaxed.
RR: What was the worst challenge for all you guys?
Rhett: The Morrocan/Mexican challenge [Sarah agrees].
RR: With those “random” knife draws how random were they?
Rhys: Very very random.
RR: So your saying the conspiracy theory that they all had the same names on it were not true?
Rhys: I have a feeling the first one, the fish and chip one, may have been rigged, as there was a lot of seafood in the pantry, but after that I am pretty sure they were all pretty much random.
Rhett: They would have to be – you can’t hold that much produce. If you have nine knives there with nine different cuisines you need nine different pantries.
RR: Wasn’t there the Shannon Bennett one the rabbit? That would have had to have been rigged. You just don’t have a stack of rabbits just sitting there.
RR: Rhys would you go on another reality TV show and which one would you go on regardless of talent?
Rhys: [Sarah suggests Big Brother] I don’t know about Big Brother. I would not have a clue, I don’t know if I would not go on another TV show.
Sarah: If I had to pick one I would like to give The Block a crack.
Rhett: I don’t know about reality, I would definitely do something else if it was related to television.
RR: Rhys I have a question from a fan for you. Where in Western Australia are you cooking?
Rhys: Out of Broome on a charter boat.
RR: Well that makes it a bit difficult for fans to stalk you. Would you be looking at moving into a more restaurant environment?
Rhys: I am just going back to the boat, but I would not mind running my own restaurant that is for sure.
RR: Good luck with the finale on Sunday.
The Masterchef: The Professionals finale is on TEN tonight from 7.45pm.