The 11th season of MasterChef Australia aired its finale on July 23, 2019 and concluded its successful legacy with judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.
The channel that airs the popular cooking show, Network 10’s, announcement about dropping the hit trio of the biggest reality-cooking series caused a worldwide stir and shock amongst fans and audiences across the world who have followed the show. “Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” said Paul Anderson, CEO of Network 10, in an announcement. This decision came ironically close on the heels of a controversy surrounding Colambaris’s company MADE Establishment underpaying its staff.
According to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, Preston, Mehigan and Calombaris were being paid little over 1M AUD per person.
Anderson also said, “Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world. For more than a decade, the iconic series has shaped and driven the Australian public’s passion for food and cooking, delivered iconic television moments, and made the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true.”
Not just Australia, the show attained cult status across the globe by breaking boundaries and opening up the diverse worlds of food—from exploring latest food trends and new cooking techniques to putting the spotlight on indigenous produce and regional foods and offering a platform to amateur cooks and food lovers. Closer home, MasterChef Australia and judges Preston, Mehigan and Colambaris played a crucial role in broadening the culinary horizons of the common Indian man. Terms like sous vide and quenelles have become part of everyday vocabulary. Read more on why MasterChef Australia earned a cult status in India here.
MasterChef Australia also doffed their hats to India and its loyalty by hosting a Butter Chicken pressure test in Season 10. Young Indian chef Saransh Goila, known for his successful and growing butter chicken chain, took his recipe to Australia for a pressure test where contestants had to recreate the dish on the show. More on how Butter Chicken flew to the Masterchef Australia Kitchen here.
At LF, we too could not resist the charm of MasterChef Australia. The channel is airing MasterChef Australia Season 7 in both English and Hindi. Here are some of the top moments from Season 7:
Barossa Valley Boot Camp – It all started with learning the basics of butchery, whether it was chopping down a lamb or skinning a chicken. The tests included Chinese whispers-style cooking of a two-course meal and seafood relay of oyster shucking and peeling prawns.
Wild West Week at Fremantle Docks – Week 5 of MasterChef Australia Season 5 began at Fremantle Docks. It was an experience like no other where the contestants had to brave the wild seas to haul the catch for the day! The same catch was later used to create dishes within 60 minutes. It’s a nail-biting episode trying to figure which team’s dishes finally makes the cut.
Seven Deadly Sins Challenge –Divided into two teams, 13 contestants had to use seven deadly sins as an inspiration to feed university students. Seven courses in two hours and each course to represent a sin is a task not for the faint hearted.
Club Sandwich with Chips – You will always know how good a hotel kitchen is when they can whip up an outstanding club sandwich. In this episode, contestants had to not only feed Alfa Romeo car enthusiasts, but also race for the ingredients to make the perfect club sandwich.
Lunch orders around Melbourne CBD –Eight final contestants of MasterChef Australia Season7 were tasked with taking lunch orders from office goers working in the business district of Melbourne. Feeding office goers is no easy task and the struggles of the two teams cooking, packing and delivering the lunches is what makes this an exhilarating episode.
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