MasterChef: The Professionals
Chef Marco Pierre White may be internationally renowned but he is in awe of co- star Matt Preston’s genius, writes Annoska Tucker- Evans
HE’S the big name international chef that Channel 10 hopes will be the winning ingredient in its new series MasterChef:
The Professionals. But Marco Pierre White is playing down the hype surrounding him.
The British culinary king has trained the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone, run some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world and been named the ‘‘ godfather of modern cooking’’.
However, he says he is merely a sidekick to the ‘‘ true star’’ of the show, Matt Preston.
‘‘ I am his little sidekick – that’s the reality,’’ White says about Preston.
‘‘ He’s Mick Jagger and I’m Keith Richards. He’s got great charisma, he’s got great stage presence – he’s a star in the true sense of it.’’
In fact, White could not stop gushing about the Melbourne food critic, stating that the opportunity to work with the man he has nicknamed ‘‘ Lord Preston’’ was what encouraged him to sign on for the show.
‘‘ MasterChef is the best show on Earth and it’s more than a cooking show, it’s a journey, it’s educational for the viewers, it’s dreamy, it’s magical, it’s special and to be invited to be Matt Preston’s sidekick, it was a great honour,’’ White says.
‘‘ Cooking food is one thing but tasting food and deconstructing it for the camera is another. He’s in a league of his own.’’ White even goes as far as describing the
Taste contributor as a ‘‘ genius’’ and says he is in awe of Preston’s abilities in the realm of television.
‘‘ He really should work in TV full- time, in my opinion,’’ White says. ‘‘ He should present shows, he should direct them, he should produce them – he’s a genius.’’
While the Michelin- starred chef insists it will be his co- host that makes the new series a hit with viewers, he says the diverse array of contestants will make for interesting and entertaining TV fodder too.
The show sees 18 professional chefs compete against each other in tough and unnerving challenges for the chance to win an around- the- world ticket to work in some of the best kitchens on the planet, plus an undisclosed cash prize.
‘‘ What’s interesting about this show is that it’s a journey of gastronomy, knowledge, emotion, stories – it’s a rollercoaster,’’ White says.
‘‘ All 18 contestants are very different and every so often something surprises you and you see something very clever.’’
There are two contestants in particular White suggests viewers look out for – Cassie Delves, 19, from NSW, and Kiah Blanco, 27, from Queensland.
‘‘ Cassie has a very, very, very rare talent,’’ White reveals.
‘‘ For a young girl of 19 to have the ability she has is extraordinary, and as she matures and develops she will be a force to be reckoned with,’’ he says.
‘‘ And then there’s Kiah. His experience might be limited but what a heart and what a want to succeed.
‘‘ There’s a man who could really do something within the industry just because of that want to learn and want to better himself as a cook.’’
As for how the drama of the series will unfold, White is keeping tight- lipped, simply saying, ‘‘ You’ll have to watch the show’’.
One thing is for sure, though, White and Preston will make one formidable team.
MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS,
TDT, premieres tonight, 7.30pm
TOO MUCH TALENT: Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston are sure to entertain.