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Callum Hann Admits Being A Chef Is Too Hard

In the tell us something we don’t know category, Callum Hann admits to the SMH that the rigours of being a chef is all too hard.

He told the newspaper:

“I guess because I’ve worked as a kitchen hand in my former life I had an idea of how a kitchen runs, but I certainly wasn’t used to working the long hours that chefs work,” he says.

Anyway he is stilling managing to get work due to his appearance on Masterchef Australia.

Hann has been commissioned to travel around the country visiting university colleges, teaching students how to cook healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget that move beyond two-minute noodles.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he says, while tending to the pumpkin for the risotto he’s making for lunch. “Because as a uni student myself (Hann studied mechanical engineering before deciding, via MasterChef, that food was his thing) and having to live off a miserly budget, I’ve got a few good ideas for them.”

He has decided to flick engineering and follow a career in food.

Now, he’s far more focused on following his passion, and quite happy, at his young age, to see where that takes him. When his uni gig is over, he will turn his attentions to developing a food education program in some of the schools near where he lives. And who knows? If that works out, he may look to expand. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK too. “I’d even consider going back to uni to teaching, and (then) teaching home ec,” he says.

It will be interesting to see where he is at in the next couple of years. Is buddy Matthew Caldicott is already back being an accountant, Claire Winton Burn is back working in the law. Let us hope Adam Liaw, and Jimmy Servai’s gets thier restaurant’s up and running to fly the cooking flag for the Masterchef Australia alumni.

Thanks Maz for link.

Also if you want to know what is going on in Callum’s food life go to his blog Callum’s Kitchen.

March 1, 2011   3 Comments

Masterchef UK Continues To Be Criticised

Matt Preston

As I have written previously Masterchef UK has morphed into the Australian version and the viewers in the Old Blighty are not happy.

Well it appears the TV critics are not either.

The Sunday Telegraph writes:

The original no-frills UK show has undergone a makeover to mirror the Aussie ratings blockbuster, with greater emphasis placed on contestants’ emotion, the use of dramatic music, over-the-top judging showdowns and cliffhanger editing.

But it has delivered an almighty backlash in Blighty, with host broadcaster the BBC last week forced to defend the changes to the seventh series.

Irate viewers and the British media have blown up over the new audition process, drawn-out drama and cavernous new kitchen sets.

Under the lengthy headline, “Why the BBC have ruined the recipe by turning MasterChef into some kind of X Factor for foodies”, The Daily Mail’s Marina O’Loghlin lamented: “Season seven is not so much overcooked as burned to a cinder.

Also the critics are having a swipe at Masterchef Australia’s judge Matt Preston, which is bizarre considering he does not have anything to do with the new version of the show.

They write:

In slamming the local version of the British series, The Guardian’s entertainment reporter, Stuart Heritage, singled out Preston, labelling the bon vivant a “boob of a man.”

“He’s … bloated on self-importance and seemingly on the constant verge of a full-blown gout attack,” Heritage wrote last week.

“He’s plainly awful – give him food that he doesn’t like and he’ll just hurl it on the floor like a cross between a dreadful toddler and a gargoyle of a Kenneth Grahame character. No matter what you make of the new changes, at least we don’t have to put up with any of that flatulent posturing.”

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Preston’s response was restrained. “The mark of a good journalist is that they have researched what they have written.

Anyone that watched the show knows I only drop food on the floor that I love – not the food that I hate,” Preston said.

slamming the local version of the British series, The Guardian’s entertainment reporter, Stuart Heritage, singled out Preston, labelling the bon vivant a “boob of a man.”

“He’s … bloated on self-importance and seemingly on the constant verge of a full-blown gout attack,” Heritage wrote last week.

“He’s plainly awful – give him food that he doesn’t like and he’ll just hurl it on the floor like a cross between a dreadful toddler and a gargoyle of a Kenneth Grahame character. No matter what you make of the new changes, at least we don’t have to put up with any of that flatulent posturing.”

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Preston’s response was restrained. “The mark of a good journalist is that they have researched what they have written.

Anyone that watched the show knows I only drop food on the floor that I love – not the food that I hate,” Preston said.

I think Matt won that round.

Masterchef UK will be shown on Lifestyle Food later on in the year. Also Masterchef Australia which is currently filming will launch in April on Channel Ten.

February 27, 2011   5 Comments

Matt Preston To Unleash Himself On US TV

Well we gave the US Curtis Stone, now Matt Preston will be unleashing his cravats on the US.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Matt Preston will be appearing on an episode of US Masterchef. The US version is hosted by reality TV chef king Gordon Ramsay. It is huge exposure (no pun intended) for the food writer with the show rating 6 million an episode.

It will be interesting to see if this episode can see him expand into a career into the US. A guest judging spot on Top Chef Masters perhaps?

February 22, 2011   8 Comments

Masterchef UK Has Taken On Masterchef Australia’s Format

Masterchef UK has taken on the Australian Masterchef format, including a new set, but the purists are not liking it. It has lost 500,000 viewers overnight. Is the show tanking? It will be interesting to see if it claws back some viewers or gets new ones. (Source: Daily Record)

February 19, 2011   4 Comments

Masterchef Australia To Stay On Ten Beyond 2012

Masterchef Australia fans will be happy to know there is no end it sight for the popular show, with it being announced that Ten and Shine Australia will continue to collaborate beyond 2012.

If they run out of ideas they can always have a Masterchef Australia All-Stars season.

The release says:

Network Ten and Shine Australia today announced a multi-year and multi-platform agreement for MasterChef Australia and associated extensions, which will see the country’s most successful television franchise remain at home on TEN from 2012 and beyond.

“This agreement with Shine Australia represents the commencement of an exciting new era in the relationship between Network Ten and Shine, as we seek to most effectively realise the full potential inherent in our content rights across multiple platforms including, but not limited to, broadcast, online, mobile and IPTV,” he [Ten CEO Grant Blackley said.

Shine also produces The Biggest Loser, Junior Masterchef, and the new show The Renovators. I wonder how Fremantle Australia feel about the loss of their big shows.

UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph reveals the three year deal is worth $150 million.

Industry sources claimed Shine Australia, which shopped around the franchise, sought a $20 million increase on top of last year’s deal, which was $25 million plus a $50,000 ratings bonus for each show that topped 1.5 million viewers.

February 15, 2011   7 Comments