Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
Jul 6, 2007 05:06 PM

Master Chef Goes Large!

I know we are in the middle of the Summer of Cooking Reality Shows but is anyone else watching Master Chef Goes Large on BBCAmerica. I am hooked hardcore on this show. No drama, no fanfare, almost no emotion at all...just a cool elimination tournment of home chefs trying to go big time.

BBC has been pulling out some good cooking shows in the afternoons. They are a nice change of pace from the regular FN shows and PBS shows. If you are tired of the drama of Top Chef, the stupidity of Hell's Kitchen, and overall lameness of Next Food Network Star, check out Master Chef Goes Large. However, they are getting ready to name the winner so I am not sure how much longer it will be on. Honestly, I was waiting for someone else on this board to post something about it but no did so I am taking the ball and running with it.

Side Note/Prediction: He may be the long shot...but Mark should take it.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I absolutely LOVE this program! Actually I love all the programs on BBC America.
    But this program seems to be so real, in every way.

    When you say they are ready to name the winner, I think we here in New England may be a few weeks behind. Today's show eliminated Christopher and left Caroline, Tomasina and Mark to compete next week. So I don't really know what to expect.

    Do you watch Rick Stein's program too? It's called Food Heroes. Makes me cry at the beauty of the photography. I remember seeing his seafood program several years ago and was so excited to find this series.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Gio

      I am also in New England and just gone done watching Christopher (who deserved it) be eliminated when I posted. My DVR tapes it for me and I watch when I get home from work while I wait for my wife to get off.

      Is Food Heros the show where the guy travels England to discover truly English food? I have watched that show and found it really eye opening to British food. It makes me feel like I wasted my time when I backpacked across Europe in my early 20's.

      1. re: EvanWilliams

        Yes, Food Heroes is the Rick Stein show. Eye-opening it surely is, and then to watch him cook the fish, the quail, the risotto is inspirational. Simple food cooked simply. I love the passion he has for the foods grown by the small farmers in the United Kingdom. I love to see him go out on the day boats and bring back a few fish to cook and eat that day. It is a beautiful show to watch.

        BTW: I agree about the Christopher elimination. So arrogant!

        1. re: Gio

          What station are you watching in New England.? I get PBS out of Boston and one out of NH. Is it on a PBS station?

          1. re: hummingbird

            Masterchef Goes Large is on BBC America.

    2. I saw Mater Chef a few years ago when it was on PBS. It was an American version Gary Rhodes was hosting. I thought it was a great show. Haven't seen it since but glad to hear it is still being made.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Withnail42

        Today's show at 1:30PM eastern was Episode 10, so I'm guessing this is an old series. But, since I didn't see the original on PBS (strange but true) I look forward to every program. However this is a thouroughly British show, with well known British food critics, master chefs, etc.

      2. how much more realistic are the scenarios?

        i don't think much of any of these shows. stick these people in a 130 degree kitchen in chef's whites for 70 hour weeks for a few months and see what happens.

        also, "master chef" (or a variation of CMC) is a specific title that certainly isn't applicable to any TV contestants i've seen lately

        i think i'm jaded. hah. =P

        1. The show ran a few years ago. I watched it then and enjoy it now. I'm happy BBCAmerica is doing the food thing, but, that said, they are sort of known for craptastic decisions... (countless Benny Hill re-runs! )

          Real glad they are re-running Jaime Oliver.... I like how carefree he is.

          1 Reply
          1. re: delk

            Hahahah....I thought I was the only one that said things like "craptastic"


          2. Masterchef is a great show, this series though IS a repeat, so be careful reading- someone may throw you a spoiler! I also love Rick Stiens food, though he does love to bash the occasional American now and then......