Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Buzz of Masterchef Australia

When I started watching Masterchef on the Food Channel, I was immediately captured by how the show was all about passion for food. Yes, I am fond of watching cooking shows especially the ones where chefs (amateur or professional) battle it out in the kitchen. You've got your Iron Chefs (Japan and America). It is more a battle arena for the World's elite "Foodistas". And you've got the Gordon Ramsay shows (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, etc). But to be honest, I'm hearing more swear words than seeing more cooking getting done.
The format that Masterchef UK showed was clean, and honest. I guess the best thing about it was that it was all about the food, and the cooking. Yes, people clamoured for success in a career in the food industry, but that doesn't get in the way of a good and well executed dish.
When Masterchef Australia was announced several months back, I knew that people would be seeing a new format. Unlike the UK version, Masterchef here in Australia already showcased the contestants from the start. Auditions were here held, but unlike Idol, the center was on food knowledge and cooking passion. Yes, this follows much of the format from the UK version, but Channel 10 has added more flavour into the mix.
I am actually surprised by the vast success of this show. It's proven because even my kids and their friends at school have interest in the now famous contestants. And of course they also love to see the great food that's being prepared. As detailed in a recent article on the Age, the show has changed the landscape of reality TV. And yes, it is for the better. It just goes to show that you can have reality TV that gives more of a positive impact on all ages. It is one thing to eat food, but it is totally another thing to clamour for food that you've prepared yourself. The show has certainly tapped into this.
As this current season is about to end, people are just buzzing to find out who is Australia's first Masterchef. I myself am wanting more and can't wait for the next season. I suppose the challenge for myself is to try and audition.