So, during the ridiculous, TWOANDAHALFHOUR season finale of Masterchef Australia, I told Carsmile “so, apparently as well as a Celebrity version there’s an All Stars series like what Top Chef do!”. A few minutes later, after the confetti fell and the credits rolled, what happened? A trailer for the aforementioned All Stars Australia!
ROCK. AND. ROLL.
I’m familiar with the concept: former competitors return with previous years represented. They take part in challenges in order to win money for a chosen charity. As far as I can remember, where Top Chef All Stars differed is that winners do not compete – it’s a chance for those who failed to try one more time. In this, the first All Stars for Masterchef, there are two previous champions (with the remaining one being absent due to telly commitments).
Does it include the 2012 winner? A little too soon, me thinks.
This was originally aired during the London 2012 Olympics for three weeks. I think even me, with my love for all things Masterchef would have felt my enthusiasm flag. As it was, I watched a few episodes here and there then abandoned the show only to return for the 90 minute finale.
Maybe I’m used to the Top Chef mentality where the contestants are already professional chefs and the competitiveness never wanes. Back in Sydney, there’s a very relaxed atmosphere, a little too relaxed for my liking; laughs, silliness and what seems to me like faux shock and anguish at the thought of revisiting disaster dishes. Take it seriously, guys! 😉
It also gave me the opportunity to savor the beauty and vastness of the MC kitchen along with the gorgeous house on the hill in which they live. Season five will relocate from Alexandria with a new home yet to be decided. Hopefully it will be Melbourne so when we eventually fly over for the comedy festival and a trip to Chris and Julia’s Josie Bones, I can say we’re in the home of Masterchef, yay!