OK, I admit it.

We’ve been watching Masterchef – known in our house as MonsterChef. Nothing much else gets done.

As the competition has proceeded, it has (naturally) become more and more interesting, and when you have a recorder that allows record / playback you can skip the extremely long ad breaks.

Product placement and sponsorship anybody? The show must be a marketeers dream. Coles banners all over the place, and more steri-packs of Campbells Real Stock than you can poke a stick at. And Scanpans. And on and on.

But what really stands out, what I notice more than anything else, is how NICE the contestants are. To everybody. To each other. After watching Gordon Ramsay’s Hells Kitchen, the contrast is staggering. In Hells Kitchen, the contestants are mean, nasty, manipulative, lying, and just downright nasty. Masterchef is the opposite. Does this say something about Australians, or are they just targeting a different demographic?


Is it an Australian show? We seem to pinch these things from others but have to say, I am totally addicted. And I agree. It’s nice to see someone achieving on their merit with no ‘teams’ or’strategies’ I’ll miss if after Sunday. We’ve even been trying out their recipes. I won’t miss George though, the man eats like a pig. One of my bug bears is table manners!

Comment by Baino | July 16th, 2009 9:11 pm | Permalink

We three love it too. And I was chatting to River about this the other day (she hasn’t been watching it) and think that the reason it’s become a hit is that Aussies are pretty decent people (that’s why there was only one season of Australian Survivor because they were all too nice and fair with each other) and the judges aren’t there to be mean, just honest.

Unlike Baino, I have no intention of cooking any of the stuff they do, but just love watching it. During that god-awfully complicated chocolate mousse cake event that ousted Justine (Love Chunks is devastated; he loves her and Poh), we were commenting on technique re the caramel and thickness of the biscuit base like it was a footy game!

I’ll miss it when it ends, too because it was the one show that we’d rush to watch. Together. I *won’t* miss Tess ‘we are all real’ the chicken stock woman – surely her family is screaming in agony about being served chicken casserole every damn night!

Comment by Kath Lockett | July 17th, 2009 7:44 am | Permalink

Aussies just aren’t able to debase themselves for TV in the way that the Americans and the Japanese have.

And we’re the richer for it. Every household I go into now there’s a discussion about MasterChef. I hope we continue to produce or secure the local rights to shows of this quality.

Comment by Daniel | July 17th, 2009 9:10 am | Permalink

It’s been ripped off from a BBC show of the same name. The format here is a bit different.

Comment by Wally | July 17th, 2009 6:09 pm | Permalink

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