Getting the recipe right
MASTERCHEF Australia judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan have vowed to stamp out the bitchiness and blubbering that plagued last year’s season of the hit series.
This year, they say, will be back to basics.
Last year, contestants including Jonathan ‘‘ The Terminator’’ Daddia (IT consultant) and Claire Winton Burn (lawyer) fell out of favour with the judges and viewers for their perceived arrogance and repeated crying.
There won’t be any repeat performances. This year’s MasterChef contestants come from a wider range of occupations and include a lifeguard and a fighter pilot.
Fourteen Victorians have made the top 50 for the third series of the ratings juggernaut. New South Wales and Queensland will each plate up 12 contestants, South Australia will have seven and Western Australia five.
In a major twist, there will be no second chance this year. Eliminated competitors won’t be allowed back on the show.
‘‘ We decided to remove things that don’t feel right,’’ Preston says. ‘‘ Hopefully, it will feel more natural.’’
Preston makes no bones about the fact that he, Calombaris and Mehigan didn’t enjoy the second series of MasterChef.
The trio’s displeasure wasn’t just with some of the contestants— it was also aimed at themselves.
‘‘ In series two we were all overly dramatic,’’ Preston says. ‘‘ We were all ‘ performing’ for the first half (of the series), and as soon as we saw what it was like on the TV, we went, ‘ Oh my God, that is so ridiculous, so overblown’.’’
Last season’s Country Women’s Association challenge was an embarrassment. Many of the contestants couldn’t even bake a simple sponge, scone or fruit cake. ‘‘ We’ve become better at