HE­STON TURNS UP THE HEAT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

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.”

MASTERCHEF AUS­TRALIA

SUN­DAY TO THURS­DAY, 7.30PM, TEN By Colin Vick­ery

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