How it works
THE 66-episode MasterChef Malaysia, in Bahasa Malaysia, premieres next Saturday on Oct 22 on Astro Ria (Ch 104). The series is being recorded at a specially-built studio kitchen at Bukit Rimau, Shah Alam in Selangor. A consultant from Shine International, distributors of MasterChef, has been overseeing the recording of the programme here.
The format of the show is similar to MasterChef Australia where contestants have to undergo a series of different challenges every week. In the segment Mystery Box & Invention Test, contestants are given the same box of ingredients and must create a dish using only those ingredients. In Pressure Test, the bottom three from the previous night’s challenge are given a recipe for a particular dish they are to emulate within an allocated time.
In Celebrity Chef Challenge, the winner of Mystery Box & Invention Test must prepare a local celebrity chef’s signature dish. In Offsite Challenge, contestants are divided into two groups and assigned to different tasks ranging from preparing for a banquet to a wedding dinner. In Elimination, the weakest contestant from the losing team of Offsite Challenge will be eliminated. In Masterclass, judges run a culinary class for the remaining contestants, which usually relates to some of the previous weeks challenges. The judges show how some other dishes could have been made, or work again on one of the contestants’ dishes and incorporate tips on how to improve it.
Astro Vice President Khairul Anwar Salleh said: “This joint effort is a great collaboration in promoting this programme to Malaysian viewers who come from different backgrounds. After watching foreign culinary talents from the United States, Britain and Australia, it is time to feature Malaysians and their culinary prowess.”