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Masterchef US Has Started On ONE on Weekdays at 5.00pm

Fans of Masterchef or just those curious to see what the USA has done with their version of the show can now watch it on ONE TV at 5.00pm.

Thank you to Anna for letting Reality Ravings know it has started screening yesterday. The show is hosted by Gordon Ramsay and the judges are  Gordon Ramsay together with restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot.

From the schedule it looks like they are showing season one, which was made in 2010, this season was only sixteen episodes so far shorter then the Australian version.

Masterchef USA is on at 5.00pm on ONE on weekdays.

April 2, 2013   13 Comments

Masterchef: The Professionals Contestants Have Been Announced

Masterchef: The Professionals must be kicking off the start of the ratings season in 2013 as they have now revealed the cast of professional chefs.

There are eighteen as as expected it is male dominated as the profession is but there appear to be some good cooks there with some very good restaurants on their CV’s.

The contestants are:

The 18 contestants who will appear on the show are (from the press release):

Akuc Isaac Chol: 27, NSW, currently not working

Born in Sudan to an Eritrean mother and South Sudanese father, Akuc is the eldest girl of 11 children. Her family fled to Egypt when she was just six years old and lived there for nine years before moving to Australia as refugees when Akuc was 15. Akuc studied commercial cookery at TAFE before beginning her apprenticeship at Spice Temple, where Neil Perry rated her among the best junior talents across all his kitchens. She finished her apprenticeship at Lochiel House in the Blue Mountains.

Anthony Bantoft: 33, QLD, Private Chef

Private chef to the rich and famous, Anthony has cooked for the likes of Penelope Cruz, Sean Connery, Tommy Lee Jones and Andre Agassi, to name but a few. Based out of Palm Beach, Florida, his job as a private chef sees him work on super yachts and travel extensively around the globe. He began his apprenticeship in Cairns at the age of 15 and was running a restaurant at the age of 23.

Bonny Porter: 23, NSW, Chef

Bonny, 23, found out she was deaf in one ear at age three, and lost the hearing in her other ear when she was just seven. But she has not let that hold her back in any aspect of her life. Currently working as a chef at Sydney’s Rockpool Bar and Grill, where she has been for the past year, she started her apprenticeship at Park Hyatt in Canberra, completing her training at Manly Wine by Gazebo.

Cameron Bailey: 26, NSW, Chef

Cameron began his apprenticeship at est restaurant under the master guidance of Peter Doyle. From est, he went to Icebergs where he worked under Rob Marchetti. It was a big change, which in no time saw him cooking signature dishes for the likes of Elton John and Gordon Ramsay and controlling the pass coordinating 15 other chefs. Two years later Cameron moved to London and worked with Michelin-starred chefs Marcus Wareing and Anthony Dimitri. He is now a freelance chef in Sydney.

Cassie Delves: 19, NSW, Chef

As a child, Cassie’s love of food developed and she spent weekends tending to her fruit trees in her back garden. This was just the beginning, and her real appreciation for food grew when her family began to travel, with her first round- the-world trip at just eight. Upon returning to Australia, Cassie began her apprenticeship at a local bistro in Kiama, NSW, at 16. Cassie did her second year at Bilson’s where she was mentored by Diego Munoz, her culinary hero. She completed her apprenticeship at Justin North’s Becasse.

Chrissie Flannagan: 33, NSW, stay-at-home mum

Chrissie has been out of the kitchen since the birth of her two gorgeous daughters, Lucy (aged seven) and Ivy (12 months). As a recently separated single mother, she feels it’s now time to get back into the workforce and set a good example to her daughters. Her career began at age 16, when she undertook a traineeship in kitchen operations. After completing her apprenticeship she worked and travelled overseas, having worked at the two hatted Bel Monde, The Book Kitchen, Wokpool, Bathers and Fourth Village Providore.

Coop Woodstone: 37, NSW, Catering Manager

Coop started as a kitchen hand at 18 and was quickly promoted to line chef. He got his first head chef position in London at age 24 and has held positions of head chef, executive chef and restaurant consultant since then. He was head chef at fine dining establishment 360 Bar and Dining, Bistrot Marlo and The Storier. In 2009 he started his own catering business with wife Beth. Together they have three children, Viena (aged six), Neve (three) and Sebastian (12 months). Viena has a rare brain tumour and has had to undergo two surgeries in the past year. For Coop, it’s the greatest hurdle he has had to overcome, and it is Viena who inspired him to audition for the show. Coop has a nine year old daughter from his first marriage, Jada, who now lives in Canada with her mother.

Kiah Blanco: 27, QLD, Sous Chef

Born in Innisfail and growing up in Mission Beach in Northern Queensland, Kiah is half Torres Strait Islander (his father’s side) and has a strong connection to the land. He uses local ingredients that he finds anywhere from rainforest to reef and his cooking reflects his surroundings. Kiah got his first job working in the kitchen of a pizza restaurant where his mum was a waitress and has worked in numerous resort restaurants since including Lizard Island in Far North Queensland and most recently Bibesa in Mission Beach.

Kylie McAllester: 27, VIC, student

Kylie started her apprenticeship in Lorne working under George Biron, who introduced her to obscure sorbets, foraging and a local approach to food. She did the second year of her apprenticeship at One Fitzroy Street and was running her own restaurant on the Sunshine Coast with her fiancé Ben when she was just 25 years old. They have since sold the restaurant and moved back to Melbourne, where Kylie is studying nutrition and Ben is a chef at Vue de Monde.

Luke Southwood: 43, NSW, Chef

At 16 and living in Barcelona, Luke spied a notice in the window of a small restaurant, looking for cooks. He applied, got the job, and cooked in Barcelona for six years. Luke moved back to Australia in 1991 and was employed by Maggie Beer at Pheasant Farm restaurant. He later had his own catering company but when this closed he moved to Byron Bay to be Head Chef at Dish restaurant. In 2010 Luke was working in what he dubs an amazing job as a catering manager at Sanctuary Byron Bay, when he was involved in a terrible car accident that saw him have to quit his job. He has been recovering ever since.

Matty McKenzie: 25, QLD, Chef

Matty’s culinary career took off with gusto when he was accepted into Jamie Oliver’s first international restaurant, Fifteen Melbourne, Australia. After successfully graduating from Fifteen Melbourne at the age of 21, Matty landed his second chef position at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. From there, his career soared, with an offer to fly overseas to Hakuba, Japan, to launch the innovative Bar and Restaurant created by Australia’s first winter Olympic gold medalist, Steven Bradbury. Matty then moved to Brisbane, where he was appointed head chef at the famous historical Old Government House Queensland and is currently employed as a private chef and hotel ambassador and works in the private fine dining restaurant Prive 249 of Brisbane’s Sofitel Hotel.

Michael Demagistris: 31, VIC, Head Chef

At 18 Michael began his apprenticeship at DaMunvio, continuing it at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Following this Michael was head chef at Jacques Reymond, where he was pushed hard and taught the finer side of cooking. Michael has been head chef at Sorrento Golf Club for the last seven years. He met his wife Tamara when they worked together at Kingston Heath Golf Club and together they have two children, Elle (aged five) and Luca (six months).

Nathan Brindle: 23, NSW, Head Chef

An artist, competition fisherman and skateboarder, Nathan began his apprenticeship at age 15 when he left Nowra for Sydney restaurant Lucio’s. He ran a catering company called River Deli and then worked at Sepia for 18 months. Nathan is currently head chef at Blancmange in Petersham.

Nick Whitehouse: 41, NSW, Kitchen Project Manager

Originally from the UK, Nick arrived in Sydney in 2009 and has worked at restaurants Koi, Wildfire and Flying Fish. Nick says his main qualities are that he is calm under pressure and organised. Nick was the personal chef for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK tour and had to do most of the work from a van or from the side of stage. He lives with his partner, Angela and daughter Emma (aged two) and says his greatest achievement is becoming a father.

Rhett Willis: 33, QLD, Head Chef

Rhett began his career in Brisbane where he served his apprenticeship at a range of establishments which gave him a rich diversity of cooking experiences. After proving his professional and creative talents at the prestigious Icebergs in Sydney under celebrity chef Robert Marchetti, he was offered the role of head chef at the exclusive Astra Lodge in Falls Creek, where he created an award-winning menu. He has been head chef at Jellyfish restaurant for four years.

Rhys Badcock: 29, NSW/WA, Head Chef

At 14 Rhys moved from the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay to be with his father. Since starting his apprenticeship at 18, he has gone where the work has taken him. Beginning his apprenticeship at Driftwood Estate, he moved onto Cape Lodge where he worked with Tony Howell, whom he credits for teaching him to cook. He has since worked as a certified chef at Dunk Island, a sous chef at Bespoke in Brisbane and as head chef on the Kimberley Quest for the past three years.

Sarah Knights: 27, NSW, Head Chef

Sarah left high school in Year 10 to begin her apprenticeship and has been working in professional kitchens since she was 15 years old. She moved to Sydney in the third year of her apprenticeship, working at est under Peter Doyle. Sarah worked at Bistro CBD, then Bistro Ortolan, before travelling overseas to work as a private chef to an English family. This took her on board a super yacht where she met chef Scott Wade, who is now her partner. Last year Sarah and Scott returned to Sydney together and Sarah began work at Uccello and is now in head chef at Plunge restaurant.

Tracey Holerness: 47, NSW, Chef

Yorkshire-born Tracey has left her entire family in England to follow career opportunities to Australia. Her 28 years in the industry have given her some incredible experience including a stint at The Dorchester Hotel. She was Commis Chef at 90 Park Lane Restaurant when it was awarded a Michelin Star. As Chef Garde Manager on the QEII Cruise Liner, Tracey was one of the first female chefs on the luxury cruiser. Other career highlights include working as the executive sous chef at the Olympic Games in Sydney and cooking a State banquet for Queen Elizabeth II and the Sheik of Bahrain.

December 9, 2012   25 Comments

TEN Launches Their 2013 Schedule And The Reality Is….

it looks like an exciting year for reality TV on TEN in 2013 with Masterchef Australia again headlining the reality genre for the Channel.

The fantastic news is Marco Pierre White will be hosting Masterchef:The Professionals with Matt Preston alongside him. So definitely a thinking woman’s crumpet cast!

George, Gary and Matthew are back for Masterchef to start filming in Melbourne next month. I would like to see an Asian judge there as well. Not just for knowledge of cuisines but also for different faces on screen. Channel Seven have found a ratings winner with Anh Do proving an Asian face can draw in the viewers and it would reflect the modern Australia.

The change in Melbourne will give Masterchef a whole new look and fresh feel which will be good.

The Biggest Loser – The Next Generation will see parents with their children competing to lose weight. this will be interesting in the context of the current debate on childhood obesity. Tiffany Hall won’t be back she is working on other personal projects. However, Hayley Lewis will be host and Michelle Bridges, Shannon Ponton and Commando are back. They are also going to use social media to take it to take the battle of obesity to the next level.

Recipe To Riches is a new food reality show where contestants turn their recipes into products on supermarket shelves. They have aligned with Woolworth’s. This will mean the episode winner product will be on the shelves the next day. Viewers vote via the supermarket by buying the products off the shelves.

TEN is bringing back American Idol fast tracking it from the US. Clearly new Idol Judge is the draw card. Also it is great show for the non ratings period during Summer. Previously Foxtel have fast tracked the show.

Finally good news for Barry Dubois fans The Living Room will be back next year.other shows returning are Can Of Worms, Bondi Vet and Bondi Rescue.

October 23, 2012   18 Comments

Masterchef US Contestant Says Her Food Was Not Tasted Before Being Eliminated

Even though it has been some time I have been writing and delving into the world of reality TV I still sometimes get a shock when I read how it is not so real or indeed fair.

I literally just stumbled over this blog post on Krystal Mandap’s 3 Boys And A Chef about her experience on Masterchef US.

It should be noted Krystal was really happy with her experience on the show, considering she made the decision to quit a new job as they would not let her have leave.

After getting through to the top 100 and slipping through to the top 36 with a meal she said was not the best, it was surprising to read her dish in the next challenge was not tasted. She just presumed they already had in mind who they wanted to put through.

She writes:

The judges did not taste my food here nor did they ever on this ground beef challenge. Not sure what that was all about but it was very disappointing. At this point  they must have had an idea in their heads as to who they already thought the front runners were, at least I keep telling myself that to make me feel better about it!

Overall it was a great experience and yes I would do it all over again!

If you are interested in the behind the scenes of reality TV shows this is worth a read.


October 15, 2012   4 Comments

My Kitchen Rules – Nic and Rocco among reality stars up for Cleo Bachelor of the Year!

Cleo’s list of Top 50 eligible bachelors was announced last week, with some of the hottest contestants on reality TV in the running, including Nic and Rosso from My Kitchen Rules.

The list of 50 bachelors is a good mix of actors, athletes, comedians, musicians and everyday Aussie men making the cut. Among them this year, is a good number of reality hopefuls who now have a real chance of winning something more than a TV competition!

Some bigger names in the running are comedian Matt Okine, Packed to the Rafters actor Ryan Corr, Home and Away and Underbelly actor Richard Brancatisano, politician Wyatt Roy, Rugby Union player James O’Connor, AFL player Israel Folau, Neighbours actor Chris Milligan and Channel Ten news presenter Matt Doran.

I also want to mention NRL player David Williams from Manly, because on his bachelor profile on the Cleo website, he was asked what pisses him off and he said reality television!

Who will you be rooting for? Check out the hunks of reality TV below!

Nic Mazzone and Rocco La Bella – My Kitchen Rules

The two friends are teamed up on Seven’s cooking show, but Nic and Rocco are going head to head in this beauty contest!

While the Cleo competition is for unmarried bachelors, project manager Nic says he’s ready to settle down and get married! His big life goals are to get hitched, start a family and earn enough money to retire!

When asked about what he thought of making it into the Top 50 list, the 26 year-old’s first thought was: “They’re scraping the bottom of the barrel this year!”

Meanwhile, Rocco is already offering to bake cakes in exchange for votes!

The 29 year-old finance manager admits that his first celebrity crush is actress Alyssa Milano, but claims his idea of a perfect date doesn’t exist because it can be anywhere or anything, as long as it’s with the right girl.

Johnny Ruffo – The X Factor Australia and Dancing with the Stars

The Dancing with the Stars hopeful is definitely in for a chance to win, with participation in two high-profile shows. And he certainly had enough votes from the teenage girls when he was competing on The X Factor.

The singer and dancer says he deserves to win the Cleo Bachelor title because he’s “cheeky, down to earth and lots of fun.” But maybe those qualities weren’t enough to get him into the Top 50, as Johnny jokes about sleeping with the editor to get a spot!

Nathan Jolliffe – The Amazing Race Australia and The Celebrity Apprentice Australia

Having won the first season of Australia’s version of The Amazing Race, 26 year-old model Nathan is now eyeing both titles of Celebrity Apprentice and Cleo Bachelor of the Year!

The former beau of Miss Australia Erin McNaught sure is confident about his chances. When asked about why he deserves to win the Cleo Bachelor crown, he says because “I really like winning?”

Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji – Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance Australia

The 24 year-old singer and dancer is currently single after a split from girlfriend and SYTYCDA winner Talia Fowler last year. The couple attributed the break-up as due to work commitments and time apart.

He is currently focused on furthering his music career, and says that his drive and ambition should appeal to the ladies. When it comes to qualities in women, Timomatic likes girls who know how to ‘get down’, and is turned off my cockiness.

Hayden Quinn – MasterChef Australia

The aspiring foodie didn’t win the title of MasterChef in 2011, but he now has commentating gigs on Network Ten across a number of sporting events. The 25 year-old surf lifeguard seems quite comfortable with his masculinity in his interview answers on the Cleo website. He talks about his secret knitting talents and crying during the romance film, Dear John.

For Hayden, the biggest turn-off when looking for a potential partner, is too much make-up. And when asked about how he is in the bedroom, he says he’s “usually asleep”.

Lachlan Cosgrove – Beauty and the Geek Australia

While Lachlan’s reality TV relationship with beauty, Jordan Finlayson is going steady, the 23 year-old geek is still eligible as a ‘bachelor’ as long as he has no plans to wed in the near future!

Lachlan hasn’t always had luck with the ladies, as it wasn’t until Beauty and the Geek Australia that he found confidence is speaking to the opposite sex.

David Cardamone – The Family

Last on the list is the eldest Cardamone brother, David from SBS’s The Family. The 21 year-old university student is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Jess, who also appeared on the reality show.

What David likes in a girl is the confidence in being comfortable in one’s skin and not having to hide behind too much make-up.

You can check out the rest of the Bachelor hopefuls on the Cleo website, where you can also vote for your favourites!

(Source: Cleo)

March 25, 2012   18 Comments