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Masterchef And MKR Alumni Have Cookbooks Out

Have to say Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules alumni are continuing to crank out the cookbooks.

This time it is Amina from Masterchef and considering she is part Egyptian and part Korean her recipes should be interesting. She is giving a food demo and talk in Sydney.



Also Helena and Vikki Moursellas from last year’s My Kitchen Rules new cookbook is out tomorrow.


February 24, 2015   5 Comments

Is George Calombaris Being Too Paranoid?

In what must be one of the most bizarre stories of the day, apparently a diner at one of Masterchef judge George Calombaris’s restaurants had to sign a waiver to take home a doggy bag.

The story that is on the Daily Mail says Monash University student Ross Katsambanis visited the Hellenic Republic to celebrate his grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. After seeing the left over lamb and dips he asked to take them home.

The waitress then asked him to sign a waiver that the restaurant is not responsible for any illness that may occur from the packaged food.

The restaurant denies this has anything to do with the norovirus that went through the restaurant last year.

The spokesperson for the restaurant group said:

Lauren Calleja, spokeswoman for MAdE Establishments – which operates prestigious restaurants the Hellenic Republic, Press Club and Maha – said the warnings were in the customer’s best interest.

‘We don’t really know how they’re going to store the food,’ said Ms Calleja. ‘It’s kind of out of our hands what the customer does for it after they leave the venue.’

‘It’s more to make sure they are going to eat it they do it in a healthy time and they refrigerate it. it’s in their best interests.

She said food customers wanted to doggy bag had often been left on the plate for a ‘couple of hours’ after they ordered it. ‘We don’t get a lot of (doggy bag requests)’, she added.

John Hart, the CEO of the Restaurant and Caterers Association of Australia, said restaurants were increasingly being targeted by strict liability suits after food had been consumed.

It is a pity that Mr Hart did not give an example of a successful legal suit by a sick customer that in itself would make an interesting newspaper article.

Mr Hart said he was ‘not surprised’ restaurants were issuing legal waivers.

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February 3, 2015   4 Comments

New Reality Food Show Coming To NINE Later This Year

When I read that NINE was going to produce a cooking reality show this year I thought they might be finally doing an Australian version of The Taste, the US show that stars Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson.

However this is not the case.

TV Tonight is reporting the new food show will be “set in restaurants”. TV Tonight says he has heard whispers that the format will see teams travelling the country to dine in and score each others’ restaurants.

NINE is the only commercial free-to-air channel that does not have a cooking show in its reality TV basket.

SEVEN has a new cooking show this year called Restaurant Revolution which looks like it will be similar to their previous show My Restaurant Rules.

Considering food reality is probably my favourite genre I will be watching it.


January 28, 2015   No Comments

Is Reality TV To Blame For These Sex Crazed Groupies?


Apparently there are sex crazed groupies that are stalking Australian chefs. These groupies are allegedly putting together resumes and slipping them to their favourite chefs.

The US site Munchies has an article from an unnamed source (of course) outlining the shenanigans that is going on.

Here are gems from the article:

I’ve been a chef for over 15 years, but it’s only been in the last five that chefs have really become rock stars. The hospitality industry may be synonymous with drugs, booze, and long nights, but something happened when the cool factor of working in a kitchen skyrocketed. All of a sudden, chefs were more desirable than musicians in bands.

The author links the rise in popularity in food blogging but it also it was the time when Masterchef became very popular as well…

The author talks about one particular super groupie:

There was one woman in particular—a customer—and she’s pretty notorious. She would attend all sorts of food events, following certain chefs from one restaurant to the next. She would even deliver a folder on herself to the head chef. In the folder was a sort of resume showcasing her fandom as a foodie, or a groupie. She’d put together a presentation for the chef she had the hots for that included the restaurants he’d worked at, the demos and celebrity appearances he’d made and the ones that she’d been to. She’d also include a list of her ex-boyfriends, a list of her sexual positions, and her favourite food to cook and eat. She approached a few chefs I know, and she did her research. It was definitely stalking.

Who knows if it is true it does sound rather outlandish but I have heard of women waiting outside the door of one popular television chef.

December 2, 2014   15 Comments

Network TEN Upfronts – And Yes There Is Going To Be The Bachelorette!


The Network TEN Upfronts were held at Star Casino last night and it was a plethora of riches for reality fans with the good news that there will be the first series of The Bachelorette.  This announcement was clearly one of the most popular of the evening with the crowd.

This inevitably led to chatter about who would get the title role and since Laurina was at the function people if she was going to be the first The Bachelorette. She would be a good one and after  quick chat with her she revealed a good sense of humour.


If she is not The Bachelorette, then chances are she is going to be parachuted into the jungle for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. TEN announced the hosts for the series Julia Morris and Chris Brown. Getting Julia Morris is quite a coup and will get people tuning in and if it is good keep them watching. The contestants will be revealed on the first night of the series. TEN a pinning a lot on this series and they are expecting that their shows will be the ones that people are talking about on Twitter and in the social media.

There was chatter about why they are not just sending the Celebs to a perfectly good set outside of Murwillumbah, but  this would NOT have put the celebrities outside their comfort zone whereas the “African jungle” will.

Sarah Harris was named as the host of Shark Tank and the five sharks are going to be  Janine Allis (Boost Juice Bars), Andrew Banks (Talent2), Steve Baxter (entrepreneur and investor), John McGrath (McGrath Estate Agents) and Naomi Simson (RedBalloon).

Masterchef Australia and The Bachelor will be the base for building a stronger TEN next year and The Biggest Loser will be given a makeover. It will now be TBL Families. Also it won’t screen until mid-year and won’t be kicking off the ratings year as  it has done for awhile. This is quite smart. Michelle Bridges walked the red carpet alone and Commando was not in the room.

TEN also announced that there will be another franchise announced for next year at some stage. I suspect it will be a reality show.

Within all the announcements there was no Recipe To Riches but after asking Russell Howcroft about it he said they are just waiting to get through this season. It will all come down to rating and Woolworths, I suspect. He also said that wins next week show is a cracker.

Gogglebox is the other new show which is about us watching people watching TV, it is very popular in the UK.

Fans of American Idol will be pleased to know the show will be fast tracked on ELEVEN and they will continue to screen the US version on So You Think You Can Dance and Snog, Marry and Avoid on this digital channel.

The stars were out in force and I chatted to Matt Preston, I wanted to take a photo but he insisted on selfie (regular readers will know I hate selfies). But the bright side is he makes me look petite.

IMG_4466The TEN programming looks fresh which differentiates it from the other free to air commercial channels who are taking into 2015 older/tireder reality TV formats.


November 14, 2014   43 Comments