Masterchef Aus­tralia Sea­son Nine

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EVEN though the for­mat of this re­al­ity cook­ing show hasn’t changed much over the years (i.e. same old, same old), I find my­self watch­ing ev­ery episode (yes, five days a week, ev­ery week).

What’s most amaz­ing about the show is how the con­tes­tants – and they’re all home cooks – seem to have recipes they can pull out from the top of their heads at a minute’s no­tice. How do they do that? Mea­sure­ments too? Ev­ery week? That’s in­cred­i­ble.

It’s also ad­mirable how they think on their feet. Sure, some­times the dishes fall flat but that’s re­al­ity, right?

This sea­son my two favourites are the Malaysian girls Sarah Tiong and Diana Chan. Not only are they strong cooks, they stick close to their her­itage pre­sent­ing dishes that speak of their cul­ture and up­bring­ing. I hope they win.

There are things about the show that an­noy me. A lot. One main thing is the way the judges fawn over the con­tes­tants. I am sure they’re all good cooks but to com­pare them to es­tab­lished, even Miche­lin star chefs? Also, what’s it with ev­ery­one mak­ing ice-cream dishes for ev­ery chal­lenge. Is ice cream Aus­tralia’s na­tional dessert? – S. In­dra­malar

MasterChef Aus­tralia airs at 8pm from Mon­day to Fri­day on Life­time (Astro Ch 709).

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