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MasterChef Australia versus MasterChef US

Updated on June 20, 2013
MasterChef Australia
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Having watched the entire Season 2 of MasterChef Australia last year, I was ecstatic to realize that there was a US version of the hit reality show.

With Gordon Ramsey as one of the judges, I thought to myself that this had to be a hit, right?

I couldn't have been more wrong...

To say that I was disappointed in MasterChef US - Season 1 is an understatement.

However, on the bright side, it's refreshing to realize that a reality TV series from another country other than that of the US, has managed to provide much better entertainment and viewing pleasure for a change (in my opinion).


MasterChef Australia Judges: George, Matt and Gary
MasterChef Australia Judges: George, Matt and Gary

6 Reasons Why I Choose MasterChef Australia


  • MasterChef Australia had 84 episodes, while MasterChef US only had 8 episodes.
  • Gary, George and Matt are far more entertaining than Gordon Ramsey and his team of judges.
  • I think MasterChef Australia's Recipe website is better than that of MasterChef US.
  • The contestants are more relatable and easier to like on MasterChef Australia. On the US version, possibly due to there only being 8 episodes - there's no time to get to know the contestants. I didn't find myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for my favourite to go through, but rather reaching for the remote to change the channel.
  • The manner in which the contestants are told that their food is terribleon the US version is in my opinion, quite disgusting. Sure, the producers are probably looking for some sort of entertainment factor seen as the judges bring none of this, but being outright rude in order to up ratings, really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. We have enough of that on American Idol or the X-Factor and at least those shows are entertaining in other ways without putting someone down for fun.
  • It's easier to recreate cooking MasterChef dishes at home as seen on the Australian version, than it is to try to cook dishes made by the US contestants.

MasterChef US Judges: Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsey and Graham Elliot
MasterChef US Judges: Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsey and Graham Elliot
The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver
The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver | Source

Jamie Oliver on MasterChef Australia

Jamie Oliver - "The Naked Chef", and one of the best and well known chefs around the world, made an appearance on the MasterChef Australia earlier in 2012, to battle it out against one of the contestants.

Born in May 1975, Jamie Oliver is an English chef, restaurateur and media personality. He is known for his cookbooks, food-focused television shows such as "The Naked Chef", and his focus against the use of processed foods in national schools. He also strives to constantly improve the unhealthy diets and poor cooking habits in the UK and the US.

Jamie Oliver's speciality in cooking is Italian cuisine, although he has a broad knowledge in food from across the world.

Meet the Contestants of MasterChef Australia Season 2

10 Facts From MasterChef Australia - Season 2

  1. Matt Preston broke one plate
  2. Each of the contestants had 4 aprons
  3. Marion Grasby won 5 challenges
  4. Johnathan Daddia faced 9 eliminations
  5. There were 150 mystery boxes served up over the course of the season
  6. 55 ingredients were used in Christine Manfield’s spice-roasted squab and turnip cake Pressure Test dish
  7. There are 130 people in the MasterChef crew
  8. MasterChef Australia season 2 was filmed over 28 weeks, a total of 1500 hours
  9. The MasterChef recipe for Créme Brûlee has been downloaded 101, 037 from the website
  10. In the oyster terrine pressure test, 192 oysters were shucked

MasterChef SA contestants
MasterChef SA contestants

MasterChef South Africa

The first season of MasterChef South Africa was aired in March 2012 and filmed at the Nederberg Wine Estate in Paarl in the Western Cape, South Africa.

So far, I am really enjoying this first season and extremely proud of what South African reality TV has to offer in terms of cooking contests. The show takes much of it's inspiration from that of the Australian version. One thing that I really enjoy about this show is that because it is longer than a month, you are able to get to know the contestants and really pick out your favourites.

The judges were well chosen for this show and they include Executive chef of The Michaelangelo Hotel in Sandton - Andrew Atkinson, Pete Goffe-Wood - owner of Kitchen Cowboys Cooking School, and Benny Masekwameng - Executive chef of Monde Vino Restaurant.


MasterChef SA judges: Andrew Atkinson, Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood
MasterChef SA judges: Andrew Atkinson, Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood

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The Author

Melanie Chisnall is a freelance writer from Cape Town, South Africa.

A self confessed "MasterChef Australia" addict, she has not missed a single episode of Season 2 and is eagerly awaiting the airing of Season 3 in South Africa. She is still a Gordon Ramsey fan - even after watching the US version, and "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares" is another one of her favourite shows.

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      RedSturtz 5 years ago from A land far far away....

      I love the Australian version. Glad we don't have Gordon Ramsay, he can be extremely rude sometimes!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I agree with you there. Although I find him very entertaining to watch on Kitchen Nightmares, something just didn't come across well with him on MasterChef. I think they should have chosen an American Chef to host the US version.

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      Thomas 5 years ago

      I totally agree. I too like watching masterchef australia

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by :) Looking forward to Season 3!

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      Robin Oatley 5 years ago

      Though I wasn't the most loyal follower, I have seen quite a lot of episodes for Masterchef Australia. I just love the way George and Gary interact with each other and with the contestants. Matt I liked a little less; you can't always have it all ;)

      I haven't seen Masterchef US, but with Gordon Ramsay, I can imagine how rude a show it must have been. Sometimes I wonder whether it is partially a play for him, as his trademark, or that he, in fact, is such an ass as he appears to be.

      Voting up and sharing!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Robin! :) I must admit, I'm not a huge Matt fan either. But, I quite enjoy watching shows where there's at least one person I don't particularly like - keeps things interesting (and ratings up I imagine!) Same thing with Gordon Ramsey. I doubt he's like that in person, we'll probably never know - but I'm still a huge Kitchen Nightmares fan. Can you imagine anyone else doing that show?! :)

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      Robin Oatley 5 years ago

      Haha, it'd probably be quite boring when you like everything about a show! And you're right, who else could do Kitchen Nightmares. He can really pull people back to reality sometimes. But contestants at Masterchef are motivated already, so then it'd be just annoying when he does his act.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I *love* Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares, but can't imagine him as one third of a "team" of judges! He's not, and never has been, a team player. The prima dona gene that makes him a treat to watch on KN does not allow him to play well with others. I haven't seen either version of MasterChef, but think I'd prefer MasterChef Australia! ;D

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      JamaGenee, absolutely! I'm a huge Gordon Ramsay fan as well, but I will definently NOT be watching a US version of MasterChef again! A prima dona - that he is indeed, and why he makes such good TV (and strangely enough, comes a cross as so likable to his audience!)

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Yes, amazing how he comes across as a really caring individual on Kitchen Nightmares! The icing on the cake is when he changes from street clothes into his chef's jacket on camera and takes "eye candy" to a whole new level. ;D

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      kjrzeek1 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I loved the MasterChef US TV show, and can't wait for the new season. It makes me want to cook something new every time I watch it! Thanks for the Hub!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi kjrzeek1 - Gordon Ramsey certainly adds appeal to the US version, maybe I was expecting too much after watching the Australian version. I'll give it another go when it shows in SA next! Thanks for reading :)

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      M&RTY 4 years ago

      Master Chef Aus is based on ratings and its directed day by day on ratings, non of the amateur chefs and judges are virtuoso chefs! and the show is corrupt, as to why Poe came back! yes based on ratings!. Master Chef US is a brutal! 1 month competition, extremely brutal and no holds bared. It's more like an Iron Chef with Amateur Chefs. However Aus version is for the family, US is for thick skinned Adults.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi M&RTY - That's a great comparison you've given between the two shows, and while I agree on your statement that MasterChef Australia is more aimed towards families for vieweing, I'm not sure about the ratings done by viewers. I'm not in Australia and can't comment on what happened outside of the show, but from what was shown on TV - the judges had the final say. If you compare it to the likes of American Idol, for example - the voting systems are completely different. Gordon Ramsey may be the most famous chef out of the 6 chefs in these two shows, but all 3 MasterChef Australian judges are well qualified to be there. Two are chefs and own their own restaurants, and Matt is a world renowned food journalist and restaurant critic. There are people who enjoy watching the grueling one month competition for MasterChef US, and maybe I would have also - but after seeing the Australian version - for me, it doesn't come close. I'd rather then watch Iron Chef. But each to his own - there's a show for everyone, I just prefer the Australian version, and I'm happy to say that this is the direction that the South African version has chosen to go! Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

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      pttlynn1 3 years ago

      I would like to see the US contestants do some of the challenges on the Austalian version. The Aussie version is much more entertaining and all of the contestants support one another despite the competition.

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      pttlynn1 - I agree! I just found the US one too short, and more focused on the judges being nasty for entertainment than on the actual contestants and their cooking skills.

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      melchizedek 3 years ago

      nice blog but i kinda disagree... For me Masterchef USA is the best. Every epi is so intense. having few episodes is perfect cos it's like a classy food teaser, it makes you crave for more. having those scary judges on the show can develop the contestants' skills to work under pressure. Masterchef US never fail to thrill me and my family. Watching each epi makes me hold tight to my pillow.. I hope u can watch it again without comparing it to MC Australia, I'm sure u will also like the thrill it gives to its viewers.

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      John Shimizu 3 years ago from Somewhere on the island of Oahu in Hawaii

      IMO MasterChef Australia is a lot better than MasterChef U.S. Yes, Gordon Ramsay and Joe What's-his-name are rude, but I find some of the contestants even worse. I have no idea why anyone would cast Krissi and/or Natasha. Sure, they can cook, but they're so nasty to watch. And it seems like the U.S. version encourages all this ill behavior with their ridiculous "advantages."

      I like the Australian version because it focuses more on the cooking than the contestants. And it shows the contestants trying to cook their best instead of intentionally getting messed up by their peers to cook their worst like in the U.S. version. I also like Gary and George. Matt is OK, but I find his judgments to be sometimes inconsistent. But, overall, I prefer the Australian version over the U.S. version. Although I was rooting for Audra last year, I was glad that Andy won. And I hope Lynton wins this year.

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Melchizedek, thanks - I met someone recently who told me the same thing. Maybe I'll give it another try when it's back on our screens. If nothing else, it's entertaining - I'll give you that.

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thevisitor967 - We are just gearing up to watch MC Australia season 4 here and I can't wait! I'm glad you enjoy it too, thanks for the comment :)

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      John Shimizu 3 years ago from Somewhere on the island of Oahu in Hawaii

      MelChi: Enjoy MC Australia Season 4. Keep an eye out for Rishi and Christina. They're the ones to watch.

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      Jody 3 years ago

      I ahev watched several seasons of the Britih Masterchef, some Australian, all the South African and recently watched the first Amercian Season. I am a big fan of the format, I personally think the US version is a bit short and the Australin a bit drawn out but I enjoy wacthing both. My dissappointment with the US version lies in the level of cooking though, even in the final it never gets anywhere near fine ding restaurant level cooking. if the US candidates had to cook a dish by Luke Dale Roberts from the SA version they would not know how to start! The level of th eUK version seems (to me) even higher, probably because after 15 seasons or so the candidates are just better prepared. I wonder if this is because the average American still had to 'like' the food and FOX network did not want to take chances? If so it is a pretty sad statement about American cooking, and the confirmation of a stereotype.

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      FlixUjin 3 years ago

      thevisitor967: yeah right, Rishi in MC Australia season 4 is a beast! He works like a machine and food is mostly awesome

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks @thevisitor967. Just finished watching it, although I missed a lot of episodes. Was rather hoping for Julia to win. But Andy's a good guy I guess - he deserved it :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @Jody - Completely agree with you about the US version. I was SO disappointed when I saw the 1st season. To me it felt like it was just all about the entertainment and judges screaming at everyone. You barely saw the food and when you did, it looked like something anyone could whip up! My dad keeps telling me to watch the UK version, and after you mention it here, maybe I should!

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      nataliedavis 22 months ago

      I live in the US and find Masterchef Australia to be the superior program by far. It has to do with cathering to the mainstream American audience unfortunately. The difference between Gordon Ramsay's UK and US shows are testament to this: The British versions of his Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares are wonderful and interesting whereas his US versions are dumbed down and loaded with faux drama rather than useful information or anything entertaining. It's a shame. There are those of us in the States who recoil at the pabulum American program producers air. Thank goodness the Internet allows me to view international versions of shows rather than the US dreck.

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