Stars col­lide

Masterch­ef­fers into the week two pres­sure cooker

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page - – Deb­bie Schipp

They’ve cleared the first hur­dle – the cro­quem­bouche – now the MasterChef All Stars have to sur­vive what­ever chal­lenges pro­duc­ers throw at them.

From tonight, the shin­ing lights of three sea­sons of MasterChef Aus­tralia have their rep­u­ta­tions on the line five nights a week as MasterChef All Stars hits top speed.

The cho­sen 12 – sea­son one’s Justine Schofield, Poh-Ling Yeow, Chris Bade­noch and Julie Good­win; sea­son two’s Aaron Harvie, Jonathan Dad­dia, Mar­ion Grasby and Cal­lum Hann; and sea­son three’s Ku­mar Pereira, Dani Venn, Hay­den Quinn and Kate Bracks – were rein­tro­duced last week.

Team Yel­low, sea­son three’s shin­ing lights, trumped the chal­lenge to win money for char­ity, but Hay­den Quinn knows there’s no liv­ing on past dishes in this kitchen.

Quinn and his 11 co­horts didn’t think twice about ven­tur­ing into the MasterChef kitchen again for All Stars, even if, for Quinn, he was in the MasterChef house as re­cently as a year ago for six months.

“It’s great shar­ing the house with peo­ple who have gone be­fore us and get­ting to know them,” Quinn says. “There are ob­vi­ously still nerves when you hit the kitchen, but the tone is re­laxed and fun. And I’m learn­ing again – ev­ery time you are in the kitchen with a dif­fer­ent group of peo­ple there are news tastes, new smells, and new tricks you can mas­ter,”

But don’t mis­take ca­ma­raderie for a lack of com­pe­ti­tion.

“Put any of us in a com­pet­i­tive sit­u­a­tion and we want to take it out,” Quinn says.

For sea­son one’s Justine Schofield, the re­turn was worth tak­ing just two days off af­ter com­plet­ing her new show, which airs on Chan­nel Ten.

“I lit­er­ally I got off film­ing 90 episodes of Ev­ery­day Gourmet, then had a cou­ple of days to pack my bags for this,” she says. “Hav­ing a sec­ond chance of cook­ing in this crazy kitchen was ir­re­sistible.”

Al­most as ir­re­sistible, it seems, as the de­li­cious cook­ing smells that come out of the MasterChef house when the All Stars fin­ish film­ing each night.

“We have the dream pantry that has ev­ery­thing you can pos­si­bly imag­ine, so as much as we’re ex­hausted af­ter film­ing all day, we still have the time to sit around the ta­ble and have a nice din­ner most nights,” Schofield says.

“It’s like a mini hol­i­day – but slightly stress­ful when we get into the kitchen for chal­lenges.”

Aaron Harvie en­tered MasterChef sea­son two in an at­tempt to get out of his old job and find a place in the food in­dus­try. “This time it’s about chang­ing some­one else’s life and do­ing it for char­ity,” he says. “The first time I was in there

I equated it to like a prison that we were all try­ing to stay in. In­stead of es­cap­ing we were fight­ing to stay.

“This time around it’s a very dif­fer­ent feel­ing be­cause we’ve all been through it and know what to ex­pect. It’s a re­ally good vibe.”

While the three can’t agree on a win­ner – al­though they say sea­son two’s Mar­ion Grasby is an awe­some tal­ent – they are unan­i­mous on who is most en­ter­tain­ing in the kitchen.

“Jonathon Dad­dia, hands down. He’s an ab­so­lute crack-up,” says Quinn.

“He’s a fun guy,” adds Schofield. “Some­times you’re so busy laugh­ing at him you for­get how good a cook he is.

“But com­pe­ti­tion-wise it’s re­ally any­one’s game on any one day. That’s how tight the com­pe­ti­tion is.” MasterChef All Stars Sun­day, 7.30pm, Mon­day - Thurs­day,

7pm, Ten

ED­I­TOR Deb­bie Schipp LAY­OUT An­gela Short RE­VIEWS Deb­bie Schipp, Rosie Squires, Briana Domjen, Tay­lor Auer­bach and Zoe Nau­man COVER MasterChef All Stars Hay­den Quinn, Justine Schofield and Aaron Harvie NSW AD­VER­TIS­ING SALES EX­EC­U­TIVE Vanessa Zorzi (02)...

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