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AU Masterchef The Professionals and My Kitchen Rules start this month

chris2269 Jan 15, 2013 04:42 PM

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.

  1. ursy_ten Mar 17, 2013 03:41 PM

    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
      chris2269 Mar 17, 2013 04:19 PM

      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
        ursy_ten Mar 17, 2013 04:38 PM

        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
          cresyd Mar 19, 2013 01:57 AM

          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. ritabwh Mar 18, 2013 09:59 AM

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

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        1. re: ritabwh
          ursy_ten Mar 18, 2013 04:31 PM

          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:



          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
            ritabwh Mar 18, 2013 11:52 PM

            ursy, thank you very much for the explanation.

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          cresyd Apr 24, 2013 12:28 AM

          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
            ursy_ten Apr 24, 2013 04:27 AM

            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
              cresyd Apr 24, 2013 04:34 AM

              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
                ursy_ten Apr 24, 2013 05:21 AM

                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
                  cresyd Apr 24, 2013 10:22 AM

                  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
                    ursy_ten Apr 24, 2013 08:27 PM

                    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
                      cresyd Apr 24, 2013 10:33 PM

                      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
                        ursy_ten Apr 25, 2013 12:06 AM

                        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
                          cresyd Apr 25, 2013 12:09 AM

                          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.

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                            ursy_ten Apr 25, 2013 12:20 AM

                            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!

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                              cresyd Apr 25, 2013 12:27 AM

                              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.

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                                ursy_ten Apr 25, 2013 01:01 AM

                                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
                                  cresyd Apr 25, 2013 02:09 AM

                                  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
                  chris2269 Apr 24, 2013 08:12 AM

                  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
                    ursy_ten Apr 24, 2013 08:36 PM

                    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. ursy_ten Apr 25, 2013 06:33 AM

              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
                chris2269 Apr 28, 2013 10:22 AM

                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

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                  ursy_ten Apr 28, 2013 04:24 PM

                  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
                    wattacetti Apr 28, 2013 05:45 PM

                    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
                      chris2269 Apr 28, 2013 05:53 PM

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

                      1. re: chris2269
                        ursy_ten Apr 28, 2013 06:00 PM

                        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
                        cresyd Apr 28, 2013 10:48 PM

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

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