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Updated: Masterchef Australia Reviews Are In And It Is Looking Good

Masterchef Judges Portraits in Melbourne

Masterchef Australia premieres tonight and I am looking forward to it. It is no secret that Masterchef Australia is one of the reality TV shows is one of favourites probably related to the fact that it was the show that brought in a lot of readers and commenters to Reality Ravings.

There have been some great season and not so great ones, however the reviews are in and this year looks like it is going to be good.

TV reviewer Di Butler for News Limited says Masterchef Australia is to cooking what My Kitchen Rules was to soap opera.

TV Tonight also has given the show four out of five stars.

It is also good to see that they have finally increased the prize money to $250,000 it was previously $100,000.

Though I was amused when I read this interview with George Calombaris where is was saying the ratings don’t matter. Well try telling Network TEN that George.

The article states:

George, who is a judge alongside Gary Mehigan and Matt, said: ‘I don’t really care about ratings, it doesn’t bother me.

‘To me it’s more about quality and inspiring people. Young kids can learn something by watching MasterChef.’

And in what appeared to be a dig at other reality cooking shows, he said they don’t ham up personal story lines to gain viewers: ‘It’s not a soap opera, it’s about real people with real dreams and it’s for all ages.

He added: ‘Who even knows if these ratings boxes even work properly!’

George also revealed that he is yet to catch an episode of culinary TV rival, Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, insisting: ‘I’ve never watched it.

Well at least he did not call MKR viewers bogan’s as is colleague Gary Mehigan did last year.

Also a great interview on TV Tonight where Gary and George talk about the research that was done to ensure a show was produced that viewers would love.

It says:

“Channel TEN spent a bit of money on research finding out what the audience wanted to see. Out of that Shine and TEN have been completely committed to building on the MasterChef that everybody fell in love with,” Mehigan explains.

“It’s nothing to do with back to basics, it’s about building on the formula that we all love. They said they still love the judges’ line up, the mystery box, and they want inspirational food not everyday food.

“Last year there were too many team challenges and people ended up in eliminations because of team challenges.

“The invention test is about them coming up with something that’s interesting and creative.

“They also apparently hold us in high regard in terms of our transparency and honesty and they see it as the premier cooking competition.”

Though the most disturbing aspect of the interview was Gary revealing his 13 year old daughter watches Real Housewives of Melbourne.

Anyway I will be watching.

Masterchef Australia starts tonight on TEN at 7.30pm.



1 Rachel { 05.05.14 at 3:37 pm }

Yes. Let the latest reality food TV addiction begin… sigh. I am powerless in its grip :)

2 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 3:38 pm }

” The best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour ” ~ Dr.Phil.

Andy, Emma Dean, Julie Goodwin, Kate Bracks etc. What more needs to be said?

I guess a trip on the Titanic “looked good” , too.

3 Rosie { 05.05.14 at 3:40 pm }

I’ll be watching too. With hope in my heart and crossedness in my fingers.

4 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 3:44 pm }

Let hope MC can survive or its too late to save the show with 2 years of rubbish. Based on last night ratings, The Voice over 2 millions and House Rules over 1 million. Hope they can get 1 million viewers.

To George C- rating may not be important to you but poor rating, no MC.

Also Qantas is not a sponsor. Don’t expect an overseas trip.

The other thing is the adverting rates must be much lower now since it has less viewers = less revenue for CH 10.

5 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 3:50 pm }

We don’t ham up personal story lines ,blah, blah. Last year we had Lynton , the broke cattle farm and his sister’s disabilities, just for starters, George.

The Dalai Lama /Kate Bracks Mexican standoff.

How many dead grandparents does it take to change a light bulb in the Ma$terchef kitchen?

FFS. The porkies are flying thick and fast already.

6 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 4:07 pm }

Ma$terchef certainly “hammed ” up a personal story line when they expected a professed vegetarian to impale a pig. Keep ’em coming, George.

7 sarnias { 05.05.14 at 4:07 pm }

The promo does look great. Matt saying they have never had food of this caliber before in the top fifty. I guess they are not looking for the best home cooks any more then, like in series one when it was all chops, mash and gravy. Agree with BDD about the back stories, please, we know at least 22 of them are doing this for their brother in laws cousin’s neighour’s grandfather’s grandmother’s twice dead cat who was, and always will be, their inspiration for cooking.

8 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 4:18 pm }

Funny how George wasn’t querying the functionality of the ratings boxes when Ma$terchef was pulling 2 million plus viewers itself and being feted with accolades like Logies etc. You forgot about those times, George.

Every year either George, Gary or Jowl$y put their feet in their mouths trying to blow smoke up the show’s arse..

9 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 4:27 pm }

Jowlsy try to say we have been there,done that and ratings not impt now.

10 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 4:34 pm }

Jowl$y needs to loosen his cravat and let some more oxygen get to his brain.

11 Emma { 05.05.14 at 4:38 pm }

BDD what’s wrong with Kate Bracks?

12 Georgie { 05.05.14 at 4:53 pm }

Dear, oh dear, oh bloody dear! All this snapping and jerking and thrusting and parrying. I’ll believe it when I see it and will quite happily admit it’s the best MC games EVER – if it is. Watch this space…

13 Culinary Boner { 05.05.14 at 5:10 pm }

Now sorta looking forward to MCA…
Menswear tips.
Hot babes of mature age*.
Gold medal winning cliches & gibber.
Food dreamers dreaming their food dream.
Good cooking?
Bring it on!

* One of the few shows on tele that actually delivers on this front.
Skye Craig –
Alana Lowes –
Rachel McSweeney –

14 Techhater { 05.05.14 at 5:12 pm }

Well Desi and i sitting here with baited breath and waiting for the starting gun to go off.

The only bummer so far is there are no encores scheduled atm so other rtv will just have to wait until the jury deliberates and hands down its verdict.

In anxious anticipation of Shine actually outshining the competition. 😆

15 abc { 05.05.14 at 5:58 pm }

will be watching!!!! not from tonight though!!! and is it true no overseas trip this year?

16 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 7:56 pm }

Show started and we have tears and dreams. Lots of acting from the judges and drama. First 2 dishes Asian!!

17 Morgan { 05.05.14 at 9:26 pm }

The tears and sob stories were there, but there was some good cooking, way better than what we saw from MKR this year. It’s still early days, but MC is off to a decent start, I must say.

18 Sandii { 05.05.14 at 9:33 pm }

Enjoying it so far. They aren’t laying on the sob stories too thick. Some nice cooking which seems to be a bonus not an expectation any more

19 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 9:51 pm }

Yes, there were some good looking dishes. I hope they are not one dish wonder.

20 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 9:53 pm }

Desperate people, dreams ,sob stories and tears. Give them dummies, not aprons.

21 emp { 05.05.14 at 10:24 pm }

After five seasons I still don’t get why they cry at the sight of food

22 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:30 pm }

Tears=apron=Top 5

23 daisy { 05.05.14 at 10:36 pm }

I wonder what would happen if someone went on and said,
“My parents were OK, I never got addicted to anything, my bfs and fiancees are all still alive, I was never abandoned as a child or at the altar and basically can’t say I ever got a raw deal from life. Also I can cook really well, but have never been passionate about it nor had the need to cry over it.

24 abc { 05.05.14 at 10:40 pm }

did anyone really say that they were abandoned at the alter??? @daisy 23

25 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:40 pm }

Why not be honest and say – I like to cook and I like to win $250K. With the money I can fulfill my dreams.

26 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:41 pm }

abc- you miss seeing Ben’s brother

27 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:43 pm }

No back story=no apron

28 brain dead dave { 05.05.14 at 10:47 pm }

I think when as we saw with one of the contestants tonight, your mother has passed on 49 years previously, it’s reasonable to expect people to have moved on and not use it as emotional collateral in a so called cooking competition.

29 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:53 pm }

If I am on MC, I must look sad with tears in my eyes ( by pricking myself with a pin) and say I am an orphan! I lost my dad when I was 6 years old and my mum when I was 26. More tears….. You think I will get an apron?

I could add in more sob story if they don’t give me one.

30 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 10:55 pm }

I saw Today Tonight did a story on the bush fire that destroyed the home of the grand parents of one of the contestants on the Voice.

31 Maz { 05.05.14 at 11:20 pm }

MC is off to a promising start though editing was way too obvious who got through. New sob story drinking game.
1. Doing it for my kids (take a sip)
2. Survived cancer
3. Acquired a brain injury
4.Parents divorced
5. Want to make my parents proud
6.Parent deceased (two sips if it is the mother)
7.Hate my job
8. Doing it for Nan
9.Daddy wrote a letter for his ‘chops’

Don’t know why they set Ben’s brother up like that. Nor the old lady.

Tash’s blog

32 Maz { 05.05.14 at 11:26 pm }

I don’t know LittlePetal @29. Do you have a smart phone that Matt can take a selfie with then you may, just may be in with a chance (oh and I think a goldfish that died when you were six months old might help too).

33 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 11:30 pm }

Oh Max, I forgot. I almost died when I was badly scalded by hot water when I was 3. I have to pretend that I am embarrass with the scars on my calf.

34 Littlepetal { 05.05.14 at 11:34 pm }

There is a couple of dessert queens on MC. I heard the lady that made the macarons also sell them.

35 Smythe { 05.06.14 at 1:57 am }

I hope the crepe suzette lady gets through. I don’t like how they played with her. The crepes looked good and they liked the taste but it wasn’t desconstructed or complex enough for them.

Tears and many back stories as usual. I have plenty of back stories that would make for good drama and would probably easily make it through even if my cooking was not the best. Tears will get you through about 99.9% of the time. Contestants should practice crying before auditioning.

I think it’s funny when they asked the contestants their names since they had the aprons out for most of them when they entered the judging area. I also believe that they knew ahead of time that the guy was Ben’s brother and George’s guess was BS.

Hope to not see any more selfies but have a feeling cell phones will be at the ready to take several more. They have plenty more chef buddies to whom they can send them.

36 daisy { 05.06.14 at 5:28 am }

abc, I haven’t watched yet. They were only backstory possibilities.

37 daisy { 05.06.14 at 5:40 am }

Even Princss Di had a back story. Shit happens. IThey don’t need to highlight the ‘tragedy’. The worst one was when the girl milked her bfs death years before. Not sure his family would have been thrilled.
I saw a show, possibly ‘Community’ where one of the characters was upset at having no back story. In the end, having no back story became the sad back story.

38 Andrea { 05.06.14 at 7:48 am }

I’m enjoying MC so far, they have gone back to the way it used to be.
I like seeing the top 50 and who gets through, glad Ben’s brother didn’t get through though.
Some of the contestants look really interesting like the old lady they were playing with, and those chocolate desserts looked to die for!
So much better than last year when we had the girl vs boy thing.

39 Culinary Boner { 05.06.14 at 9:36 am }

Same old, same old *sigh*

No hot MILFs yet.
Seemingly better cooks. Pressure will tell.
Sob stories and delusional food dreams to the power of 20.
Portly Gary still wearing garish check shirts. Fat Matt still in cravats. Svelte George still being dressed like a sorta lame-ola hipster in jackets with a faux military-style cut.
Same stilted buffoonery from the three amigos, who only break into ‘authentic behaviour’ when chowing down the nosh in their typical gluttonous fashion.
Same lame production, with countless breaks in the action at fake dramatic moments to pile in the ads.
Hopefully it gets better when they get into the competition proper.

Cooking highlights were the older hostie who made her own soba noodles and the younger asian lady who made the macaroons.

40 daisy { 05.06.14 at 10:30 am }

I just saw the intro. I am already hoping the white haired ‘Deb’ type doesn’t get through because she said, pershoo (pursue) and that will annoy me like the MKR twinzh.

41 Joseph Skyrim { 05.06.14 at 10:58 am }

Missed the very start and the very end, but everything in between was quite entertaining for me. Glad to have MC back! :)

42 daisy { 05.06.14 at 11:17 am }

@40 I wasn’t referring to ‘crepe suzette lady’ who had a lisp she couldn’t help but the white haired lady.

Crepe Suzette lady was a funny old thing.

43 priya { 07.24.14 at 7:48 am }

Hello everyone , I m a homecook n a fan of masterchef aus