It’s strictly boring . . .
Mercurio’s Menu Channel 7, Saturday, 5pm Feast for food lovers Duration: 30 minutes
NOTHING would crush a TV star’s ego more than being sacked for being boring, but that’s exactly what happened to Paul Mercurio in August. Mercurio was dumped from
two weeks before its eighth season. He was gutted by the decision and suspected an unnamed Seven executive, who had told him his judging style was boring.
‘‘To be the only one to go, I can’t help wondering why it was me,’’ he said at the time. ‘‘Of course that person had a hand in it.’’
Eight months later, the 46-year-old father of three says he has moved on from the disappointment of Channel 7’s decision. He remains a judge on the New Zealand version of and his home-grown show for food lovers,
is a ratings success.
It is ironic the very thing that makes Mercurio such a good fit for a laid-back authenticity— is probably the thing that saw him dumped from There wasn’t much room for ‘‘nice’’ amid the overthe-top antics of Todd McKenney, Helen Richey, Mark Wilson and flamboyant guest judge Bruno Tolioni.
‘‘One of the reasons I went when they decided to change the format of the show is I wasn’t playing a character, I was just being me,’’ he says. ‘‘Perhaps that wasn’t interesting enough.’’
is doing well, however. The latest series has expanded beyond Victoria to take in the Hunter Valley, Sydney’s Cabramatta, Kangaroo Island, Townsville and even New Zealand.
The travel component has been ramped up and the dishes simplified.
‘‘It’s not a cooking show, it’s more of a foodie show,’’ Mercurio says. ‘‘It’s a show you can watch with a beer or a wine and spend half an hour relaxing and getting a bit of inspiration.’’