HESTON TURNS UP THE HEAT
DURING MasterChef Australia’s Heston Blumenthal Week, the contestants don’t know what’s hit them – and that’s just how the celebrity chef likes it.
The week features a series of popup restaurants in unlikely places. But that isn’t the half of it. Instead of recreate-this-recipe-style challenges, the competitors are hit with concepts inspired by Blumenthal’s love of science, history and the senses.
The first night is about astronomy – “create a two-course meal inspired by the Big Bang”. On another night, contestants have to cook a dish based on one of the colours of the rainbow.
Crazy. But Blumenthal reckons it shows MasterChef Australia has gone to a level no other TV cooking show can touch. “You are now starting to cross from one sense to the other, and that is so advanced,” he says.
So why does he keep coming back?
“MasterChef Australia is the catalyst for the biggest food explosion I’ve ever seen [anywhere in the world],” he says. “The idea that Joe Public can sit there and watch the TV and say, ‘Heck, if they [contestants] can do that, I can cook something’, is fantastic.”
SUNDAY TO THURSDAY, 7.30PM, TEN By Colin Vickery