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Masterchef The Professionals – Marco Pierre White Is In Melbourne

It is not just Charles and Camilla gracing Melbourne with their regal presence, also cooking royalty is in town. Marco Pierre White is in Melbourne getting ready to start filming Masterchef: The Professionals with Masterchef judge Matt Preston.

It should be a good pairing. Masterchef: The Professionals will see professional chefs battle it out for the title. It will be great promotion for themselves and the eating establishments they either own or work in.

Also there is a whole new set with the show now to be filmed in Melbourne.

The Herald Sun says:

The famed international chef got his first look at the new Melbourne headquarters of Ten’s cooking show yesterday and is impressed.

The new MasterChef kitchen features a monster pantry that is double the size of the former Sydney warehouse kitchen.

The show’s new Melbourne set also includes new colours, remodelled workbench areas, and a lounge.

“I thought the MasterChef kitchen in Sydney was great, but now I have seen this it’s on a different level altogether,” the Michelin star chef says.

The 18 qualified chefs who will take part in MasterChef: The Professionals are yet to venture into what could quickly become hell’s kitchen.

“I love nothing better than testing chefs,” Marco says. “I want to push them to their extremes so they can discover who they really are and, in doing so, live out their full potential.”

Co-host Matt Preston is champing at the bit to get started.

“I cant wait to see what comes out of the kitchen with Marco at the helm,” he says.

“He is a culinary giant, a perennial over-achiever and a ferociously tough task master.

“He is a slightly scary bloke who can flip between volcanic intensity and a wonderful supportive warmth in seconds.”

Ten is tight-lipped about the challenges the chefs will face in MasterChef: The Professionals, but if the British original is any guide it will be super tough.

In the British version, chefs have to do excel at everything from classic steak tartare to intricate rabbit, venison, squid, and even wood-pigeon dishes.

Ten is set to start the 2013 ratings year with MasterChef: The Professionals, which could pit it against Seven’s rival My Kitchen Rules.

The 18 chefs will compete to win an around-the-world trip to apprentice at world-renowned restaurants, as well as a cash prize.

The casting of the judges is great hopefully there will also be a nice cross section of personalities as contestants.

November 6, 2012   7 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: The Professionals – Rumour Is Marco Pierre White Will Host

A few weeks ago there was a rumour circulating that Heston Blummenthal might be the host of new show for TEN Masterchef: The Professionals.

However at the time Marco Pierre White’s name was also raised. It appears he might be the one getting the gig.

Great coup for Shine Australia and TEN as he was great as a guest judge on Masterchef Australia this year. He appeals to the ladies but also to male viewers as well and he does have a touch of the crazies about him.

Let’s hope this rumour is true.

Also food show fans might be interested in a a guest post for food blog Noodlies about Masterchef Australia and other food shows.

Masterchef: The Professionals hopefully on our screens on TEN in 2013.

October 22, 2012   5 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

Matt Moran Chops Himself From Masterchef Australia

Mentor and special guest judge Matt Moran has decided to leave Masterchef Australia because he wants to spend more time opening eateries and pursuing his own cooking show opportunities.

This is code for he has been signed or is going to be signed for a new cooking show. The question is which one? There is a plethora food reality TV shows to be screened in 2013 (see blog post A Fiesta of Reality Shows For 2013) and he would probably be best suited for The Taste if NINE goes ahead with it as a mentor judge.

After three years as a special guest judge Matt has not signed to be on the show.

He told the Sunday Telegraph:

“I am not going to renew a contract with Ten. I haven’t actually spoken to them. I’ve loved it, absolutely loved it, but it’s time to move on.”

Moran said he “was sure” he would have a guest role in the upcoming season but said: “I don’t know when, where, how, or what.”

However he also added:

Moran, who is planning to open River Bar in Brisbane in December, said his passion for running restaurants was another reason he reconsidered his role on MasterChef.

“Aria has always been my main gig … but I am sure there will be room for TV next year in some other capacity,” he said.

Matt Moran on Masterchef was a good guest judge and it would have been great to see him utilised a bit more on the show. In 2012 he was mainly seen on the immunity pin challenge on Tuesday nights advising the contestants. He was good at being honest and direct in saying what he thought.

As one of the stalwart reality TV shows Masterchef should look at Matt Moran leaving to bring in some new chefs in the mentor guest judge roles.

Masterchef magazine is also under going some changes with the magazine deciding to only publish when the show is on. This decision was made because of declining circulation, though to be fair most magazines are struggling in this new media environment. When you can now get a lot of recipes online people are not buying as many cooking magazines.

October 14, 2012   11 Comments