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