Aaaand, we’re back. Masterchef UK is on our telly boxes once again. It only feels like yesterday that Shelina, Tom and Andrew sweated buckets in Thailand and thoroughly educated us in the way of the mango. It’s early days but I think, ladies and gentlemen, that we’re in for a real treat!
First of all, the producers have decided to go old skool. No X Factor style auditions this year. Initially this made me sad as it’s clear any attempt at modernisation of MC has been shelved. Of course, I am a fan of OZ MC and think our version became neither here nor there – the audition process didn’t sit that well as everything else about the show remained the same. All or nothing people, all or nothing.
While the show remains safe, our contestants seem quite adventurous. The standouts from day one were Dale and Emily. Dale produced restaurant standard plates with not much in the way of mistakes (or nothing that couldn’t be ironed out easily) and Emily was good but had the potential to throw it all away (almost literally).
Episode two introduced Ingrid, a hip looking chick from Brighton and James, the man with the teeth. It was obvious that when asked about his training he replied ‘dental technician’ – of course you did, James, I need sunglasses just to look at you. He came out of the same skinny, pretty mould as Dale and these two are definitely going to go far.
Towards the end of the 90 minute show which included the first quarter final, the remaining four cooks presented two courses to previous MC winners, Steven, Shelina and James. Poor old Emily! She left it a little late to put her lamb rack in the oven. “You’ve got 20 minutes, how long do you need?” “35!” After seemingly burning the yoghurt coating and throwing it into the oven, it appeared to be completely raw. She started to cry and said “I refuse to serve them this” which is fair enough but she had a wander out the door and Gregg talked her back. The rest of her food was still shit, mind and she left along with Ingrid, never to return.
Our first Masterchef 2013 semi-finalists are Dale and James, hoorah!