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