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Matt The Fat Joins Kyle The Vile

Masterchef Australia Matt Preston continues his multi-faceted media career by joining Kyle Sandilands on his breakfast show.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Matt Preston has signed a contract with Austereo which will see him appear on Kyle’s breakfast show on a “semi-regular basis”.

The article states:

Preston will join the show as a sidekick to the top-rating duo of Sandilands and Jackie O at the end of February, pitching in with celebrity interviews and adding his insights on the world of food, restaurants and star chefs.

I think it is a great gig for Matt Preston, but I am a bit perplexed by it. Are Today FM looking to expand their demographic or do they think Matt Preston will be a good fit with their current audience .

The contract is rumoured to be six figures. Congratulations to the popular Masterchef judge who has said he would like to get into commercial radio.

January 12, 2011   6 Comments

Celebrity Chefs The New Rock Stars!

A Monash academic has said celebrity chefs are the new rock starts or moving into the territory where they once were. Really I would have thought that was so 2009.

The Courier Mail reports Monash University academic Angela Higgens says “People can relate to celebrity chefs,”

The article reports:

“Singers and actors have a huge talent but they don’t say ‘you can do this at home’.

“It’s about accessibility and achievability. Chefs are instructors not performers.”

MasterChef Australia has fuelled the rise of celebrity chefs such as Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, joining established international stars such as Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.

Ms Higgens says the “rise and rise” of the celebrity chef started with the breakdown of traditional family life.

“We used to cook with our mothers,” she says. “These days, with both parents often in the workforce and smaller family units, we are turning to celebrity chefs for reference.”

I am not sure I agree with everything she is saying. However one thing I do know is if my daughter when she is a teenager has a poster of Matt Preston on her wall I will be very disturbed.

January 4, 2011   3 Comments

The Daily Telegraph List The 25 Most Influential People On TV

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It is that time of year for lists, and the Daily Telegraph has now put out their list of the 25 most influential people on TV. What was interesting was the reality stars that were on the list as well as the ones they left off.

Matt Preston was number 2 on the list, behind Jessica Marais who took out the number one spot. Also George Colambaris and Anna Gare were on there, but where was Gary Mehigan? He did not make the list. If I was him I would be feeling a tad peeved today. As I thought he proved when he was absent for two weeks from Masterchef Australia this year due to an injured knee that he brought some levity to the show.

He is a nice balance to George and Matt more exhuberant personalities, and ham acting.

Other reality stars that made the list were Manu Feidel, Danni Minogue, Peter Maddison from Grand Designs, and Scott Cam from The Block.

December 29, 2010   5 Comments

Chris Badenoch And Julia Jenkins Beer Restaurant Josie Bones Is Open

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The much awaited Josie Bones the beer restaurant owned has now opened in Melbourne. It is operated by Masterchef alumni Julia Jenkins and Chris Badenoch.

As you would guess it has a lot of focus on beer and the whole of the beast eating. In fact if you are vegetarian don’t bother going, as there is a headless pig photo above the bar.

However a few tweets are very positive tweets about the restaurant and on other online review sites. Though it does make me wary when the people that love it only have written one review.

However Melbourne food blog Eat, Drink, Stagger rated the food, but had a few issues with attitude from the bar staff. There are no reviews from the mainstream media yet.

The couple have bought in a head chef to lead the kitchen, but I am sure the loved up Masterchef couple were the masterminds behind the menu.

Josie Bones in on 98 Smith St, Collingwood if you have eaten there come and tell us what it was like.

December 28, 2010   8 Comments

Chris Badenoch Is As Non-Discriminating With His Meat As He Is With His Women

Chris Badenoch is currently doing the rounds promoting his cookbook The Entire Beast.

In this interview in City Weekly Chris reveals that his views on meat appears to be similar to his approach to women.

He states:

“I don’t discriminate between animals,” says Chris Badenoch. ‘‘There are too many tasty ones.”

Chris received notoriety for romancing fellow Masterchef Australia contestant Julia Jenkins as well has having a few women on the outside as well.  For the record he is still with Julia.

He also is pretty hands on with his meat:

“As long as the animal’s lived a happy and free-range life and was slaughtered humanely, that’s what matters.”

“People these days are so desensitised to the fact they’re eating animal and they don’t like anything to look like the animal,” he says. “But people shouldn’t eat meat if they can’t cope with where it’s from and what it is.”

Badenoch says that buying whole animals, rather than separate parts, is also a “smarter and cheaper way to buy”. “If you just buy a chicken breast, you also don’t know what the rest of the animal looked like – you can’t see its quality.”

Badenoch says he got the ideas for his recipes from a combination of the cookbooks he owns, eating at different restaurants and talking to butchers. “And once you get to a certain point, you can just see a piece of meat or a bit of produce and use your imagination to come up with ideas.”

Chris is also opening a beer eating establishment Josie Bones with Julia, the website says it will be opening before Christmas so they better get to it.

December 7, 2010   9 Comments