tele­vi­sion: Masterchef cooks up an emo­tional drama .......

The heat is about to be turned up in the kitchen, writes

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CHAN­NEL 10’s Masterchef Aus­tralia is about to put the cull into culi­nary. The hit re­al­ity kitchen se­ries will quickly re­duce its present crop of 10 con­tes­tants to an even­tual win­ner in the next three weeks.

For MasterChef judge Gary Me­hi­gan it’s the best time to watch the show.

Ob­serv­ing the con­tes­tants cop­ing with the pres­sure of an elim­i­na­tion each night, while still hav­ing to per­form at their peak, is a high­light, he says.

‘‘In the last week we lose one ev­ery day, which is no dif­fer­ent to any other se­ries, but there’s that com­pres­sion of stress and ev­ery­thing that goes with it, which is the prom­ise of op­por­tu­nity and a prize as well,’’ Me­hi­gan says.

At present in Italy, only nine of the am­a­teur cooks will re­turn to the MasterChef kitchen, af­ter a Euro­pean elim­i­na­tion tonight.

From a start­ing line-up of 50, those re­main­ing are ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian Andy Allen, builder Beau Cook, stu­dent Kylie Mil­lar, physio Mindy Woods, labourer Wade Drum­mond, ac­count man­agers Au­dra Mor­rice and De­bra Sed­er­lan, le­gal sec­re­tary Ju­lia Tay­lor and schoolteachers Alice Zaslavsky and Ben Mil­bourne.

Me­hi­gan says MasterChef is an emo­tional roller­coaster for all 50 con­tes­tants who win aprons at the au­di­tion, but the longer the se­ries runs the more painful each elim­i­na­tion be­comes. He says the show’s clos­ing weeks pull fi­nal­ists back to re­al­ity – be­cause it’s about to change for those who have man­aged to get this far with­out too much drama.

‘‘When they are in the top 10 they for­get all this pain (of be­ing elim­i­nated or the threat of elim­i­na­tion), be­cause it’s all very pos­i­tive,’’ Me­hi­gan says.

‘‘It’s a lovely lit­tle zone and that’s when we get our best cook­ing – it’s be­cause of the process they have gone through. Then all of a sud­den you get to

Gary Me­hi­gan, Matt Pre­ston and Ge­orge Calom­baris in Italy. the last week and the sud­den harsh re­al­ity that the whole thing is go­ing to go away.’’

Me­hi­gan says time con­straints cre­ate the pres­sure-cooker at­mos­phere dur­ing the fi­nal week. The bud­ding MasterChefs are all com­pe­tent, but even the best can come un­stuck if they’re asked to serve a dish they rarely pre­pare.

‘‘It’s al­ways time and task that cre­ates the pres­sure,’’ Me­hi­gan says.

‘‘You can set a task of quiche lor­raine, which is ridicu­lously sim­ple – ev­ery­one makes quiche at home – but put a time limit on it and ev­ery­thing goes out the win­dow.’’ Week­nights, 7pm; Sun­days, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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