Masterchef Australia – Gary Mehigan Says He Was Misquoted About The Bogan’s.
Gary Mehigan is doing the media rounds as Masterchef Australia is about to start and he is saying he was misquoted on the bogan comment which was in the SMH article MKR Is Chewing Gum For The Eyes.
Gary Mehigan when asked about the comment in a very good interview in Pop Sugar he said:
Yeah, I was misquoted. I do a lot of interviews and some journalists will quote you directly, and some won’t. I was asked whether I thought My Kitchen Rules was ‘bogan television,’ and I said no, I didn’t think it was, and what they actually wrote was, ‘Gary Mehigan says that My Kitchen Rules is bogan television and chewing gum for the eyes.’ What I actually said was, “No I don’t think it was, but a lot of reality television tends to fall into a category where it’s chewing gum for the eyes.” You watch it, and you don’t really watch it, you’re not engaged.
His comments on the boys v girls theme:
Boys vs. girls is fun. It’s tongue-in-cheek — we’ve got the ’50s housewife and stockman, and all this other clichéd stuff, but what’s going to be funny, and what’s going to make those critics feel a little silly, is that when we get into the show you’ll realise that Christine, who’s the ’50s housewife, is actually a lesbian and single mum and she’s got two kids. The stockman, yes he was a stockman and grew up on his mother and father’s property, but they’ve run into huge problems — they lost the farm, his sister fell off her horse and broke her back, so he looked after her for a year-and-a-half, and that’s why he got into cooking; he nursed her back to health. And they [the public] don’t know that yet, so when it goes to air on Monday, they’re going to go, ‘Oh my God, it’s not what we thought it was. It’s not sexist. It’s not stereotypes. They’re not trying to make it something MasterChef wasn’t. It’s just an extension of what that series has always been.’
Also the format for this year’s series:
It’s two weeks [Ed. note: The Gender wars with the boys versus the girls]. Essentially it sets up the series — the main difference this year is it’s set up in weeks, so we do Italian week, Middle Eastern week, ‘Back to the future’ . . . It allows our contestants and the audience to dig their fingers into a theme. So all the challenges are set around that theme. And as always, what we’ve tried to do very deliberately, is have a big challenge, have something that strikes at the heart of the MasterChef fanbase, the whole ‘will they or won’t they succeed?’ We’ve got those essential take home moments. We go, ‘What’s the take home bit? What are people going to talk about? What are people going to cook on the weekend?’
Go to Pop Sugar for the full article it is worth a read.
Masterchef Australia on TEN on Sunday 2 June at 7.30pm