Television: Masterchef serves up season five ...........
The judges won’t rest on their laurels in their new season, writes
MASTERCHEF judge George Calombaris shares his initials with the Gold Coast.
‘‘Perhaps I should be your Gold Coast ambassador,’’ he laughs. ‘‘I could be GC on the GC.’’
In fact, it wasn’t so long ago Calombaris was spotted enjoying dinner out at Greek restaurant Helenika, at Nobby Beach.
He was with his fellow MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston. The trio tweeted from the restaurant before they made their exit.
Calombaris won’t reveal whether the trio were there in an official capacity for the show, but teases unmercifully.
‘‘You never know,’’ he laughs.
‘‘What do you think? Three MasterChef judges, all together in a restaurant on the Gold Coast. There’s got to be a very good chance it’s related to filming. Now I’m sitting here and I’m looking at the show publicist. She’s sitting across the table from me ... and she’s shaking her head. No. So no. I cannot say any more about it.’’
Like every edition of MasterChef which has come before, series five will come with a few tweaks to the format.
‘‘Some say different. I prefer the word better,’’ he says.
‘‘With every series we’ve got to get better. We can’t just on our laurels, sit on what we’ve done.’’
He adds: ‘‘Better might not necessarily translate into bigger audiences, into higher ratings. I doubt we’ll ever again see numbers like we did in series two.’’
Calombaris says the new series will be punctuated by themes that launch with challenges that pit boys against girls.
‘‘That lasts about a week and then we move on. There are a few things in the pipeline. Kids’ week, Italian week and the masterclasses series, filmed this year in front of a live audience which is going to bring energy and fun to it.’’
In between, says Calombaris, the show also hoped to make some ‘‘political statements in an election year’’.
‘‘ MasterChef has been the sort of show
MasterChef people talk about and we want to keep them talking,’’ he says.
‘‘When the show started you couldn’t walk past a building site without hearing big burly blokes talking about croquembouch, or a kids’ playground where they weren’t giving their parents the five more minutes drill. We’ve put a bit of thought into the sorts of messages we’ll send this time and some will be left of centre and perhaps a bit controversial. We want people to stop and think about what they eat and the way they eat it.’’
MasterChef Australia: Sunday to Thursday, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.
judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan