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Classic MasterChef moments

As we know, MasterChef has recently returned to UK screens, and the most recent series of MasterChef: The Professionals is about to start screening in Australia on Foxtel. To whet your appetite,  I present the following classic MasterChef moments for your mid-week viewing pleasure. Be warned, there may be spoilers ahead… If you’re not familiar with MasterChef The Professionals, here’s two good introductions: …and here we have Vic & Bob doing MasterChef on Shooting Stars. Just seeing Bob Mortimer as Gregg always makes me laugh. In a more recent classic moment, Digital Journal reports that in tonight’s MasterChef UK, 33 year old contestant Kennedy slices off the top of his middle finger with a potato peeler and it has to be glued back together by paramedics. Ouch. To make matters worse, he is (was?) a professional cellist. I thought about finding that infamous video of Rick Stein cutting himself with…

“A bald bloke, an Aussie and some fantastic food” – the return of MasterChef UK

I have a strange confession to make. MasterChef UK is one of my favourite shows, and I religiously watch every episode be it “normal”, celebrity, professional or junior. I watched MasterChef USA with Ramsay at the helm. But I have yet to see a single episode of MasterChef Australia. My usual excuse is that I get TV from Foxtel or the Internet, and there just isn’t enough on free-to-air to warrant the cost and effort of getting an aerial. But the reality is that the snob in me hates the fact that MasterChef has become such a phenomenon in Australia, bringing with it a plethora of new cooking shows like My Kitchen Rules, Iron Chef Australia (which thankfully was better than the pitiful UK edition) and the odd-sounding Conviction Kitchen. I feel cheated that so many Australians love this “bastardised” version of MasterChef with its different set and format, without…

Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 7

Ah, all of our old favourites doing the same old challenges we love, all over again. This week – Restaurant Wars. Marcel pisses everyone off. Blais reminisces about working at McDonald’s. Fabio wears a snappy jacket. I can’t put my finger on why, but I’m not enjoying this season as much as I thought I would. At least we have Anthony Bourdain telling it how it really is. For a weekly Top Chef roundup, you can’t go past comedian Max Silvestri’s roundup of each episode on Eater National. Great stuff. You can also see some more Marcel bashing here, courtesy of the folks at Bravo TV.

Michel Roux Jr, at your service…

Following his role in Masterchef: The Professionals, Michel Roux Jr continues his rise towards TV stardom with the new 8-part series “Michel Roux’s Service”, currently showing on BBC2 in the United Kingdom. The premise, as described on the BBC website, is that “Michel Roux sets out on a personal mission to train eight young people as front-of-house superstars” – in short, this is “Jamie’s Kitchen” for waiters. The eight contestants are aged from late-teens to mid-twenties, and include a teenage mother, a cleaner, and a history graduate who can only get jobs in office admin. At the end of the series, two contestants will be given “scholarships” to kick-start them in the industry, and help Michel fulfil his dream of improving the general standard of service in the UK (good luck with that one). We don’t know exactly what the prize is, but I imagine it to be something like…