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AU Masterchef The Professionals and My Kitchen Rules start this month

Really up for this as I love the AU version of these shows. here is a snip about MC Pro

MasterChef Announces its Professionals
Proving their worth in the toughest MasterChef competition yet, meet the seasoned chefs who'll be battling for supremacy in MasterChef: The Professionals.
Some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative chefs are ready to show they’ve got the cooking skills to dazzle under the bright lights of the new and improved MasterChef kitchen.

Under the watchful eye of food legends Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston, these 18 professionals from across the country will need to be at the top of their game if they hope to win a taste of victory.

For the contestant who achieves it, a prize beyond their wildest food dreams lies in wait: a round-the-world ticket to gain experience in some of the best kitchens on the planet, as well as a cash prize to be announced on the show.

The competition will be fierce and the flavours fabulous, as MasterChef once again re-writes the recipe for unmissable TV. Ready to be introduced to the 18 professionals making the culinary magic happen?

TEN’s reality series will launch at 7:30pm on Sunday January 20th.

My kitchen rules is great fun too. That starts the 28th I think.

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  1. Both were really enjoyable. I'll be interested to see what you make of some of the personalities on MKR this year :)

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    1. re: ursy_ten

      I think a little reality coaching has crept into MKR this year. IE trash talking:) still fun. I really liked MC the Professionals. very good Chefs.

      1. re: chris2269

        Yes, I was torn - they aired them both in the same time slot most nights, so we had to copy one or catch up online. That and American Idol! Lol.

        1. re: chris2269

          I have been thoroughly enjoying MC the Professionals and think that such a format could provides a really interesting comparison to Top Chef. Unfortunately, MasterChef in the US doesn't have quite the reputation as it does in Australia - and with Gordon Ramsey's connection to the US MasterChef, I'd be concerned it'd end up more like Hell's Kitchen.

      2. i am assuming this is not a U.S. tv network?

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        1. re: ritabwh

          The AU in the title means Australia, and Chris mentioned in a different thread that s/he watches it on Torrent. I have no idea whether it's being aired in the States, but you can catch up on past episodes here:

          http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/my-kitch...

          http://www.masterchef.com.au/

          Both were very enjoyable, but for very different reasons.

          Note: I have no idea whether they have restricted the video content by country

          1. re: ursy_ten

            ursy, thank you very much for the explanation.

        2. I'm curious what viewers thoughts have been regarding My Kitchen Rules' Comeback Kitchen.

          Not to get too tied up in what is or isn't fair, but it seems to me as if the challenge of Comeback Kitchen tested the contestants in a different skill set. The majority of My Kitchen Rules challenges are more related to testing catering skills (whether catering for a group of 4 or 200), whereas Comeback Kitchen clearly stressed restaurant skills.

          In no way do I begrudge the winners being able to rejoin because it definitely didn't look easy- but I wish the Comeback Kitchen challenge more closely represented what happened in the regular competition.

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          1. re: cresyd

            I agree, different skill set; but I think it was kind of appropriate, because at the beginning I was leaning towards the thought that it wasn't fair to be offered a second chance (only a very slight leaning, it's not like I was really annoyed about it).

            I thought the restaurant setting increased the intensity and added another layer of complexity (e.g. having to time your dishes to be ready at the same time as the other teams'). Mick and Matt certainly earned their place back in the competition, so by the end of it, that slight leaning had disappeared.

            Maybe they were trying to get away from it becoming too much like two parallel competitions.

            1. re: ursy_ten

              I get that - I guess for me (and I'm sure that most of this had to do with editting of what does and doesn't happen) was that it felt as though Comeback Kitchen provided Mick and Matt with a bit more education than just being in Kitchen HQ. Following the creation of the "test dish", Colin would give guidance and comments on how to make this dish better from what items to have on the plate to how to plate the dish. Beyond that - Mick and Matt now have way more insight in what Colin is looking for/likes.

              I think that surviving Comeback Kitchen definitely earned Mick and Matt the right to return.....but I wish it had been designed a bit differently.

              1. re: cresyd

                Oh! I see what you mean - yes, I hadn't really thought about that.

                I'm hesitant to say more in case I spoil anything - are you in Australia / up to date with the episodes?

                1. re: ursy_ten

                  I'm not in Australia - but am now up to date.

                  I'm very happy with the two couples in the final, and I think that various "comeback" options will always have a hint of unfairness. In the Last Chance Kitchen in Top Chef, the contestants never have to work in a team whereas those left in the competition may still have to (and can get tripped up by their partner/team).

                  Overall the fairness aspect doesn't bug me so much because it is reality tv. But watching the Comeback Kitchen, I couldn't help but think that Colin was teaching Mick and Matt (and the other contestants that made it there) so much more than Pete and Manu actually "taught" (rather than guidance).

                  1. re: cresyd

                    I'm very happy with the two in the final as well. They're both amazing teams!

                    Mick and Matt got taught "extra", true - but it didn't get them very much further after all is said and done. The playing field is never level to start with. I imagine Jake and Elle wouldn't be such a formidable team if their upbringing didn't allow them to play with all these wonderful ingredients.

                    I'm just so relieved that Ashlee and Sophia are gone, they made me so angry with their disrespectful attitudes every time I saw them!!!

                    1. re: ursy_ten

                      My comment on what we see before/after editting I think is also important to the fact that the show doesn't start on a perfectly level playing field. Masterchef AU makes it very visually clear through the Masterclasses that contestants are taught along the way - and I wouldn't be shocked if My Kitchen Rules includes some of that that's not aired. Masterchef US (apparently) also has classes that don't get aired or mentioned - but that's their editting choice. Overall, I'm very happy - and my thoughts about Comeback Kitchen were more along the lines of comments than true complaints.

                      Overall, I don't think it's a surprise that Angela and Melina and Mick and Matt made it to the final, because the more time you had in Comeback Kitchen, the more comfortable you'd be with that kind of competitive environment. As happy as I am that Ashlee and Sophia are gone, I do think that had the challenge been something more comparable to what was happening in Kitchen HQ - they would have been more competitive.

                      1. re: cresyd

                        Yeah, it's all good viewing when all is said and done :)
                        It's pretty much the only television I bother to watch.

                        I'll have to look up Masterchef US when the cooking shows over here are done. It would be interesting to compare.

                        1. re: ursy_ten

                          I have to say - I strongly dislike Masterchef US compared to the Australian version. It's pretty much part of the greater "Gordon Ramsey in the US" television model. Very much so a lesser version of the Australian version.

                          For full disclosure, I am from the US (though live abroad now) - and for whatever reason the styles of My Kitchen Rules and MC Au just appeal to me more than the major US cooking reality shows. And especially those that involve amateurs. But I am more than happy to discuss the differences.

                          1. re: cresyd

                            Are you in Aussieland? Just curious :)

                            I think the hosts make a big difference. I really like all the hosts of MKR and Masterchef AU... I imagine that accounts for a lot.

                            The main thing I know about Gordon Ramsay is that he swears a lot!

                            1. re: ursy_ten

                              Nope - in Jerusalem, but downloading and streaming takes care of my cooking television needs.

                              I agree that the hosts have a huge influence over the tone of the show. But also, I think that all US cooking tv competitions have a very aggressive competitive style of how they're put together. Basically the personality types and attitudes of Ashlee and Sophia are heavily encouraged. In shows like Top Chef, it's not so over the top but unfortunately the shows that Ramsey is on really tend to focus on that.

                              1. re: cresyd

                                Interesting! I guess it's a cultural thing, maybe. Ashlee and Sophia are pretty over the top, I agree - thankfully they are quite the exception.

                                I think for the most part we had some lovely teams on MKR AU this year.

                                1. re: ursy_ten

                                  Definitely a cultural thing. Both I think in terms of what folks in the US are happy to watch - but then in the culture of how those shows are made, how contestants act on the show, etc.

                2. re: cresyd

                  I think your right they learned different skills than if they had just been in the MKR kitchen challenges.I'm excited for the final next Sunday

                  1. re: chris2269

                    Me too! Then soon after that, the baking show starts. I forget what it's called, I'll have to go and hunt for it.

            2. Hey, they just announced the next theme for Masterchef AU - Girls vs Boys. Looks like it's going to be interesting!

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              1. re: ursy_ten

                Masterchef UK is just winding down. Love MC AU can not wait.....and yes I'll be the first to admit I have a problem

                1. re: chris2269

                  Lol :)
                  Did you follow MKR AU through to the finals last night? I'm really chuffed with the team that won, though both teams were terrific.

                  1. re: ursy_ten

                    Not the ones I was rooting for to make it to the end, but a better winner than this year's alternative.

                    1. re: ursy_ten

                      The food looked great I wanted mike and Matt in the final but over all good show.

                      1. re: chris2269

                        Yeah, they were sweet guys. I'd have been happy if they'd won too.

                        I saw on television that they have gone into radio since - different stations... and they have ladies giving them their phone numbers!

                        There's a cookbook from this year's best MKR dishes coming out just in time for mother's day. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

                      2. re: ursy_ten

                        The final was really fun tv watching, and their win seems very much deserved.