Aussie Masterchef

Well that was a long drawn out start wasn't it, I don't know why they bother with all the early eliminations. A bit of a yawn so far

Chef_rainrain1, Jun 15, 9:49 am

Ii am so over both that one and MKR. Won't watch them now.

Chef_jan2242, Jun 15, 10:23 am

It sure was a yawn. And it reminded me of the hype, padding, loud music - and sob stories - to come. But as long as they've moved on from the fennel everything, savoury ice creams and 'quick' pickles that dominated the last series, I'll give it a go!

Chef_kaddiew, Jun 15, 10:25 am

Just can't stand this modern trend of loud hollering and whooping from female spectators/audiences.

It really grates, so once they start on the competition proper, if it continues, I won't be watching - certainly not with the sound on anyway.

Chef_socram, Jun 15, 9:08 pm

I've only watched the first episode. The whole "show biz" aspect has really got out of hand, especially the screaming but also the prancing around . I guess the contestants are told to "act like a winner". I fast-forwarded through it and tried to watch only the cooking and judging bits.

Chef_davidt4, Jun 16, 10:37 am

I missed some of it when doing the dishes. but it may have only been boring stuff like info about the contestants. Just cook, dammit!

Chef_ruby2shoes, Jun 16, 10:45 am

Two episodes in, and I'm over it. Maybe recording it or watching it On Demand, with fingers on fast forward and mute, is the only way to go.

Chef_kaddiew, Jun 16, 3:22 pm

I agree all the shouting and carry on is too much. I just want to see them cook and the end creations.

Chef_grouch, Jun 16, 4:02 pm

Can't stand it so don't watch it. I found The Great British Bake-off a lot more relaxing and interesting. I don't know what they have to have so much yelling and dramatics - it really is only a cooking show.

Chef_sherrydog, Jun 16, 8:25 pm



The problem is, it isn't really a cooking show. It's a game show with all the hoopla that that involves - with food.

I agree, the GBO (and the very grown up UK Masterchef) are far better.

Chef_kaddiew, Jun 16, 11:02 pm

I agree too. But that doesn't make superstars of the contestants and the judges.

Chef_cosimo, Jun 17, 11:41 am

Just started watching it Online.

Sure it is slow in the early stages, but you know it will get better as you get more invested in it.

Chef_spike_01, Jun 18, 7:54 am

Well I watched the last 2 shows this morning.

The bar has been lifted, the 1st 24 cooked better than when the show 1st started 10 years ago.

Chef_spike_01, Jun 24, 4:06 pm

I agree with those who doen't like the hype/noise/yelling etc, but the standard does seem a lot higher this time around.
We have to realise that it's heavily edited to make it as dramatic as possible & surely that's not necessary?
I record it too, so that I can fast forward the bumf & bluster.

Chef_samanya, Jun 24, 4:40 pm

Gotta keep this thread going for 3 Months.

Everyone who has watched Master Chef knows it will rock later on.

Chef_spike_01, Jun 24, 7:03 pm

I gave up on this show a couple of seasona ago. the judges are awful and the stupidity of 'not understanding' a dish really grates . these pretentious types forget there are plenty of people in the world who can eat food without 'understanding it'

Chef_karlymouse, Jun 25, 7:38 pm

all mousse and ice cream and ethnic foods . anything thats quick to make it seems!

Chef_lofty010247, Jun 30, 1:23 pm

I have started watching, but will keep quiet for a while as I saw a couple of episodes in Australia. Will wait for those eliminations to screen before commenting.

Chef_maplekiwi1, Jul 1, 1:10 pm



. This show really is an abomination.

Chef_herself, Jul 1, 2:53 pm

Talk about ethnic diversity. Is this now PC driven?

Chef_socram, Jul 1, 2:58 pm



Weird comment. No, it's reflective of cosmopolitan Australia.

Chef_blands70, Jul 3, 10:36 pm



I definitely agree with you re the UK Masterchef, slick, 99% cooking & you rarely know anything about the contestants until the final.
The Australian version is, as mentioned, more a game show, and I now either forward to the cooking or just don’t watch. And, it’s going to take eons till the finals!

Chef_iriegirl, Jul 6, 11:49 am



we wondered that too

Chef_slimgym, Jul 6, 12:25 pm

As above - the ethnic diversity among the contestants reflects the ethnic diversity in Australia. And thank goodness it does.

Chef_davidt4, Jul 6, 1:34 pm

Sounds like we are the only ones enjoying it. Some great recipes so far, a couple that I will be making at some stage.

Chef_biggles45, Jul 7, 9:05 pm

I liked the look of the grain salad looked good. Don't want to go looking for recipe.

Did you notice the guy on the balcony lending on the lady, didn't look good.

Chef_slimgym, Jul 8, 6:01 am



To me it just looks like they ticked all the boxes

Chef_slimgym, Jul 8, 6:01 am



I did, something going on huh? I bet some of those sports people went into a steak shop on the way home and had a decent feed

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 8, 7:53 am

I want to try Maggie Bears apple tart but need a substitute for her verjuice.

Chef_coolnzmum, Jul 9, 11:09 am



The closest substitute would be a mixture of cloudy apple juice or white grape juice, and cider vinegar, in equal parts.

Chef_davidt4, Jul 9, 11:40 am



You don't seem to get it. They are selling advertising for their sponsors and the TV station. While a show like this has ratings nothing will change.

Chef_cadmus, Jul 10, 12:42 pm



Get what?

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 10, 2:17 pm


I understand that, but the balance seems somewhat skewed from the actual demographics.

Chef_socram, Jul 10, 2:45 pm



They (The Masterchef show) are selling advertising for their sponsors and the TV station. While a show like this has ratings nothing will change.

Have you any idea how the prizes and locations are paid for ?

Chef_cadmus, Jul 10, 3:42 pm



White wine vinegar with about a teaspoon of castor sugar to 100ml works well. And her recipe itself works well too except that I cheated and used just one sheet of Countdown/Essentials ready rolled puff pastry. I truly did not expect it to stay together when I turned it over but I have made it twice now and bang on each time

Chef_g14us, Jul 11, 5:57 pm



You're telling the story

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 11, 6:26 pm

I see The Crumb/Soil is alive and well again this season. Why?

Chef_kaddiew, Jul 13, 9:48 am



I know I said I wasn't going to comment but. I thought that guy's lamington inspired dish looked really unappetising - as did the one that sent the maker home.

Chef_maplekiwi1, Jul 13, 11:15 am



I didn't see who went home, but I agree, his lamington-inspired mess was. a mess.

Chef_kaddiew, Jul 13, 5:59 pm

Nigella is quite small really, she looks more buxom on her own cooking shows. maybe she's been on the treadmill.

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 14, 9:44 am


I thought the same . she looks great & way more natural in her manner than I've seen her before & I liked her encouragement to the contestants.

Chef_samanya, Jul 14, 10:49 am

she has lost a heap of weight. IMHO (which doesn't really matter) too much

Chef_duckmoon, Jul 14, 3:24 pm


Denise went home.

Chef_spike_01, Jul 15, 7:05 am

does anyone else get sick of the way these adult people gush over the chefs, I get really embarrassed the way they carry on.

Again we are only seeing 5 then one of them goes and they bring in another one, ben seems to be nice

Chef_slimgym, Jul 16, 2:40 am



I imagination they are following directions. I get a bit sick of the manipulation of the contestants. They are living in a glass bubble,so faux sympathy from the judges has them crying & spilling their guts on TV.

Chef_maplekiwi1, Jul 16, 7:20 am

That Adele aye? Talk about dodging bullets.

Chef_lou-ie, Jul 16, 1:26 pm

There she goes. IMO should have gone last week instead of Denise. Next off or hopefully shortly is the woman who looks like she used to model. I think she is flying on the seat of her pants as well. Looks frazzled whenever the pressure is on.

So far liking Chloe, think she has some excellent potential. And calm. Who is this years Tamara?

Chef_lou-ie, Jul 19, 9:10 pm



Even though Denise had way more potential than Adele, & even though stuffing up something as simple as corn fritters was embarrassing I still think the judges made the right choice. Denise's offering was inedible.

As soon as the judges said there was no chocolate in that cookie dough thing I knew it was (finally) Adele's time to go.

Well done to Chloe for putting up 4 good dishes in 75 minutes. Any easier challenges they always give an unfair amount of time.

Chef_maplekiwi1, Jul 20, 7:18 am


She has always looked great and is a great advert for chocolate - and not just Whittakers either!

She is one of that small group of very unpretentious celebrity cooks/chefs who is a delight to both watch and listen to.

As soon as I see a chef wielding tweezers, I'm totally switched off.

Chef_socram, Jul 24, 10:22 pm