Table of Contents
- 10th Season of Masterchef Ordered!
- When Will MasterChef Season 11 Return on Fox?
- ‘Masterchef’ Season 10: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the newest culinary challenges
- Release Date
- Where to watch ‘Masterchef US’?
- If you loved ‘Masterchef’, you may also like:
- Gordon Ramsay
- Lesson Plan
- Gordon’s Journey: Learning from Masters
- Method: Kitchen Layout
- Mastering Ingredients: Vegetables & Herbs
- Make: Poached Egg & Mushrooms on Brioche
- Method: Knife Skills
- Make: Elevated Scrambled Eggs
- Method: Breaking Down a Whole Chicken
- Make: Chicken Suprême with Root Vegetables
- Mastering Ingredients: Fish & Shellfish
- Gordon’s Journey: Becoming a Master
- Method: Breaking Down a Whole Fish
- Make: Salmon with Shellfish Minestrone
- Method: Making Pasta Dough
- Method: Rolling Pasta Dough
- Make: Lobster Ravioli
- Mastering Ingredients: Beef, Lamb & Pork
- Make: Beef Wellington
- Advice for Life
- ‘MasterChef Junior’ is the Crowning Achievement of Gordon Ramsay’s Career
- What Gordon Ramsay Is Really Like on ‘MasterChef’
10th Season of Masterchef Ordered!
FOX ORDERS 10TH SEASON OF TELEVISION’S NO. 1 COOKING SHOW, “MASTERCHEF,”
TO AIR DURING THE 2018-2019 SEASON
Season Nine Finale of MASTERCHEF Airs Tonight @ 8/7c on FOX
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a tenth season of hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF, it was jointly announced today by FOX, Endemol Shine and Gordon Ramsay. Season 10 will air during the 2018-2019 season. In addition, multi-award-winning television producerNatalka Znak has been added as executive producer.
Now in its ninth season, MASTERCHEF is television’s No. 1 cooking show and is averaging 6.4 million multi-platform viewers.
On tonight’stwo-hour season finale of MASTERCHEF, the three remaining home cooks will face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a three-course menu for the judges. The home cook with the best overall menu will be crowned the winner. Watch the top three compete for the prize of a quarter of a million dollars and the coveted title of MasterChef in the all-new “Finale Pt. 1/Finale Pt. 2” two-hour season finale episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, Sept. 19(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
MASTERCHEF is looking for the next batch of talented, passionate and skilled home cooks to compete for the coveted white apron. And, for the first time ever, Gordon Ramsay’s very own culinary team will be hitting the road with the casting team! They will be his eyes and ears, checking you out, and tasting your very own culinary creations. The nationwide casting calls have begun and will continue throughout September.
MASTERCHEF open casting calls will be held as follows:
New York, NY Saturday, Sept. 22
Chicago, IL Saturday, Sept. 22
Los Angeles, CA Saturday, Sept. 29
Dallas, TX Saturday, Sept. 29
For additional casting information, please visit: http://masterchefcasting.com/
MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Danny Schrader, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF on Facebook at facebook.com/Masterchef/. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefonFOXand join the discussion with #MasterChef. See photos and videos on Instagram @MasterchefonFOX.
ABOUT NATALKA ZNAK
Natalka Znak is a multi-award-winning television producer who has created some of TV’s biggest hits, including “Hell’s Kitchen,” the international hit format “Love Island” and “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” currently in its 14th season in the U.K. She is currently the President of Znak & Co, the international production company she founded that specializes in entertainment, factual entertainment and factual formats, with offices in the U.K. and U.S. Most recently, the company produced MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS, a two-hour special for FOX; and “Revolution,” an eight-episode physical gameshow for SKY UK and FOX. Prior to that, Znak was the Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Zodiak U.S. She ran the company’s Los Angeles and New York offices and worked with networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, History, Lifetime, A&E, Own, TLC and Spike, producing shows, including “Hardcore Pawn,” the critically acclaimed “Killer Karaoke,” the award-winning “Wifeswap” and “Secret Millionaire.” Znak started her career in the U.K. in politics before becoming Controller of Factual Entertainment for ITV Studios in London.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog,which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment.
ABOUT STUDIO RAMSAY
The next-generation multimedia production company Studio Ramsay was founded in 2016 by Ramsay and has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that include a scripted arm focused on food-related themes and development of new talent on a global front. The catalog of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. Studio Ramsay’s first production, live “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay,” premiered last summer in the U.S. on FOX, and its second FOX series, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” was one of the summer’s most-watched new series. Its first daytime cooking series, “Culinary Genius,” premiered on ITV in the U.K. and was syndicated on FOX stations in the U.S. last summer. His documentary series, “Gordon on Cocaine,” premiered in the fall on ITV to critical acclaim. “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, is also produced by Studio Ramsay.
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy nominated, multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic that are seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows “The F Word,” “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back,” “MasterChef,” “MasterChef Junior,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown,” as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.
When Will MasterChef Season 11 Return on Fox?
Of course, you already know this. ‘MasterChef’ features the legendary celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as the host and judge. Known for his fiery temper, strict demeanor, and expletive-packed blunt attitude, this British chef, restaurateur, writer, TV personality, and food critic owns several restaurants, which have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total. His signature eatery is Chelsea, London’s Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. He has evolved to be one among the most influential figures in reality television, hosting multiple programs such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef Junior, and Hotel Hell.
Alongside Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and restaurateur Joe Bastianich featured as the judges in seasons 1 to 5. In seasons 6 to 8, Bastianich was replaced by Christina Tosi. However, Bastianich returned in season 9 as the third judge. Season 8 saw chef Aarón Sanchez being the second judge instead of Elliot. Since season 7, we also witness several guest judges, who make special appearances in the show.
Without Gordon Ramsay there’s no show, so obviously, he is going to return as host for season 11.
What is MasterChef About?
The format of ‘MasterChef’ is similar to that of the original BBC series with the same name. The show takes us to the MasterChef warehouse in LA that houses a huge kitchen with multiple cooking stations. This venue also has a balcony, a fully packed pantry, a freezer, a fridge, along with a lavish seating and dining area.
Among all the participants, an initial round decides who will be the remaining 16 to 18 contestants. Challenge types can vary. One certain task may ask participants to do regular jobs, like dicing onions, where the judges observe their skills. In between, judges decide if a particular individual should progress to the next round. Another challenge tests the contestants by asking them to make any cuisine, that revolves around one ingredient or theme. Even this round can be used to eliminate participants.
In order to avoid monotony, the format undergoes changes from season to season. For example, season 5 has no auditions and 30 competitors are directly invited to challenge each other in the venue. Season 6 asks 26 semi-finalists to embark on a cut-throat competition with another competitor making a dish with the same staple ingredients.
In season 9, 43 chefs are divided into teams of 2, 3, or 4. They have to battle with each other in order to secure a position among the top 24. Each of the three judges gives out 8 aprons and mentors the contestants throughout the season. After this, begins the formal competition. It features a 4-event cycle, spread out over 2 to 4 episodes, with 2 chefs being eliminated after the second and fourth event. Let’s now brief you on these events.
In ‘Mystery Box’, all the cooks are given a certain box that contains the same ingredients. They have to curate a dish within a certain time frame. Judges choose 3 dishes based on appearance and technique. After the taste trial, the trio of judges selects one winner, who holds an advantage in the elimination test.
In the ‘Elimination Test’, the mystery box winner is taken to the pantry, where he is given a brief about the theme. Themes can involve using a specific ingredient, recreating a dish, etc. The participants get a few minutes to collect all the required ingredients to make the dish, after which 2 winners are announced as captains for the subsequent challenge. Here, the creator of the worst dish is also eliminated.
In ‘Team Challenge’, the contestants are divided into two teams, where each team has to make a time-bound dish for the staff of a certain restaurant. Diners taste the dishes and vote one winning team. In the ‘Pressure Test’, the members of the losing team from the previous round compete with one another to cook a cuisine within a limited time frame. Even here, the creator of the worst dish is eliminated.
After only 4 chefs are left as the finalists, the judges eliminate 2 chefs to select the last two finalists. Here, the challenges can include a face-off competition or serving signature creations to VIPs. Judges make their decision based on taste, technique, and composition. The final winner is given a grand prize of $250,000, their own cookbook, a MasterChef Trophy and the title of Masterchef.
When Does MasterChef Season 11 Start?
MasterChef Season 10 premiered on May 29, 2019 and came to an end on September 18, 2019. Dubbed as the no.1 cooking show on TV, the show is bound to be renewed by Fox. And just like previous seasons, it is quite likely that MasterChef Season 11 will also start on the last Saturday of May, which means, May 30, 2020.
While we wait for season 11, check out the teaser for season 9 to refresh your memories.
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‘Masterchef’ Season 10: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the newest culinary challenges
‘Masterchef US’ is coming back with a new season and brings with it some major changes! The Fox show that aired first in 2010 had its ninth season conclude with Gerron Hurt being declared the winner. Now, the show is back with another season to find the best cook through a series of exciting and grueling challenges, with some of the culinary industry’s biggest names forming the judges’ panel. Acclaimed chef and one of the most popular judges on the show, Gordon Ramsay, has reportedly said that the competition will be on “a different level” now, and we cannot wait! Here is all you need to know about season 10 of television’s biggest culinary show:
Season 10 of ‘Masterchef US’ will premiere on Fox starting Wednesday, May 29, at 8 pm ET. It will air on Thursday nights, too, beginning Thursday, June 20 at the same time.
Gordon Ramsay (Getty Images)
Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich will be returning to host, mentor, and judge the competition. They will pick 20 incredible home cooks from a batch of culinary talent, who will then go on to compete for the $250,000 grand prize. Here are the 36 contenders who will fight to make it to the top 20 in season 3:
1. Brielle Gunderson – Stay-at-Home Mom
2. David Ke – Electrical Engineer
3. Fred Chang – Revenue Analyst
4. Sarah Faherty – Former Army Interrogator
5. Deanna Colon – Vocal Coach
6. Camerron Dangerfield – Product Analyst
7. Dorian Hunter – Creeler
8. Noah Sims – Septic Systems Foreman
9. Alegan Garner II – Clinical Psychologist
10. Luca Schifanella – Scientist
11. Kelly Palazzolo – Carpenter
12. Liz Linn – Events Consultant
13. Micah Yaroch – Kitchen Porter
14. Vivian Aronson – Yoga Instructor
15. Windy Ross – Child Protection Supervisor
16. Manjula Sarkar – HR Director
17. Wuta Onda – English Teacher
18. Evan Tesiny – Sales Coordinator
19. Kimberly White – Shoe Designer
20. Lydia Carlston – Model
21. Shari Mukherjee – Stay-at-Home Mom
22. Charli Spiegel – Bartender
23. Subha Ramiah – R&D Director
24. Renee Rice – Receptionist
25. Sam Haaz – Attorney
26. Michael Silverstein – Real Estate Flipper
27. Nick DiGiovanni – College Student
28. Jason Keefe – Truck Contractor
29. Jamie Hough – Fisherman
30. Anthony Rivera – Telecom Service Manager
31. Ari Goodstein – Sales Manager
32. Allen Soriano – Entrepreneur
33. Bri Baker – Cocktail Server
34. Mollie Guerra – Account Manager
35. Sabina Pincus – Software Sales
36. Keturah King – Freelance Writer
A general view of atmosphere at FOX’s ‘Masterchef’ as it celebrates 100 Episodes at Walt Disney Studio Lot in 2015 (Getty Images)
The new season will see some new and exciting challenges, as the home cooks will face a series of challenges, including cooking for a 10th-anniversary pool party, and catering a former ‘Masterchef’ winner’s wedding reception, feeding NASCAR drivers at the Irwindale Speedway and, for the first time in the history of the show, traveling to the UK, to take over dinner service at Chef Ramsay’s flagship London restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
“Everyone’s trying to outsmart us,” Ramsay said about the contestants on season 10, adding: “This competition is on a different level now.” The show’s executive producer will also see a change this year, with Natalka Znak, who previously worked on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, taking over as head showrunner.
Where to watch ‘Masterchef US’?
If you miss out on the show’s episodes on Fox, fret not, you can stream them on Hulu. ‘Masterchef’ is also available at $1.99 an episode on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. You can also find the episodes on Fox’s official website.
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Welcome to Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen. Meet the Michelin star chef and learn what he has got planned for his students.
Gordon’s Journey: Learning from Masters
Learn how Gordon became one of the most recognizable chefs in the world. Hear how his passion for cooking brought him from his mother’s home to some of the world’s greatest kitchens.
Method: Kitchen Layout
Take a tour of Gordon’s own kitchen as he shares the design concepts driving its layout. He’ll show you how just a few good pots, pans, utensils, and a hot plate are all you need to get cooking.
Mastering Ingredients: Vegetables & Herbs
Do ugly vegetables taste better? Which are the most versatile herbs? Gordon shows you how to select great produce to create phenomenal dishes.
Make: Poached Egg & Mushrooms on Brioche
Learn how to make perfect poached eggs every time as Gordon shows you how to master one of his go-to breakfast dishes.
Method: Knife Skills
Knife skills: The basics are so important. Gordon shows you how to properly sharpen and hold these critical tools, and the best ways to practice and improve your knife skills.
Make: Elevated Scrambled Eggs
Even in a restaurant kitchen, cooking eggs is one of the most difficult tasks. Learn how to make the perfect scrambled eggs and elevate them by adding sea urchin and white truffle.
Method: Breaking Down a Whole Chicken
Butchery 101. Learn how to get every ounce of goodness from a chicken by breaking it down into parts.
Make: Chicken Suprême with Root Vegetables
Ditch dry chicken. From the stove to the oven, learn how Gordon creates a simple, yet delicious entrée using this humble protein. You won’t want to miss the way Chef Ramsay roasts his root vegetables before plating this dish.
Mastering Ingredients: Fish & Shellfish
Learn Gordon’s top tips on what to look for at the fishmongers to make sure you only get the best quality ingredients.
Gordon’s Journey: Becoming a Master
Gordon details his path for mastering his craft, from opening his first restaurant, to gaining his third Michelin star, and to building a culinary empire.
Method: Breaking Down a Whole Fish
Do you find the thought of tackling a whole fish intimidating? Gordon gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to fillet a whole salmon.
Make: Salmon with Shellfish Minestrone
Gain essential tips and tricks for cooking skin-on fish fillets. Gordon shows you how to perfectly cook salmon and create a delicious, light supper with an elegant shellfish and vegetable minestrone.
Method: Making Pasta Dough
While studying in Italy, Gordon learned the process of creating handmade fresh pasta for incredible Italian dishes. Now, he’s sharing what he’s learned with you.
Method: Rolling Pasta Dough
Gordon shows you how to roll out delicate, paper thin pasta that’s perfect for ravioli, tortellini, fettuccine, and a variety of other noodles.
Make: Lobster Ravioli
Since its opening, only one dish has remained on the menu at three Michelin star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay: lobster ravioli. Now, Gordon shares the recipe for its signature filling and shows you how to shape and fill your ravioli to perfection.
Mastering Ingredients: Beef, Lamb & Pork
Gordon didn’t always have the luxury of cooking with expensive ingredients. Here he shows you how to get the most from a variety of cuts of beef, lamb and pork.
Make: Beef Wellington
He’s served over a million of this classic dish all around the globe! Now, Gordon demystifies his iconic Beef Wellington for you to share this showstopper with friends and family.
Advice for Life
The path hasn’t always been easy for Gordon. Listen to his universal advice for how to succeed.
Wrap up your MasterClass with a few final words of encouragement from Gordon.
‘MasterChef Junior’ is the Crowning Achievement of Gordon Ramsay’s Career
Earlier this month, MasterChef Junior returned to Fox for its sixth season. A few episodes in, it’s clear that the show hasn’t lost any steps. It remains superlative — the rare reality TV show that feels real and is actually pleasurable to watch. The show still works because it has a simple premise, kids ages 8-13 compete to create the best dish and the winner gets $100,000 and the coveted MasterChef Junior Trophy, and because the showrunners aren’t obsessed with reinforcing that premise. Rather than focusing on competition, the show lingers on Gordon Ramsay, spotlighting his delightful rapport with children. It’s essentially a show about a tough guy who is great with kids. That’s it and that’s enough.
Putting kids on TV is always a risk because they are generally either too self-conscious or not self-conscious enough. This risk is compounded by the meta-textual fuzziness of reality television, which depicts organic emotions by inorganically triggering them. Kids, as a species, want attention so they are prone to tying themselves in knots on camera. What Ramsay does, which is genuinely impressive, is give them enough attention that they stop and just focus on cooking. And watching a child try to do something really well is genuinely pleasant. The stakes always feel high.
And, yes, there are technically other judges on the show, but no one cares when Ramsay is out there offering up the best work of his tele-culinary career.
People who aren’t watching this show, either because they’re busy or because they are foolish, have likely heard rumors of Ramsay’s kid-whispering abilities. It’s impossible to overstate — well, perhaps not impossible — how impressive they are to behold and how interesting they are in the context of the famously foul-mouthed chef‘s larger oeuvre. Before Junior came along, it was easy enough to believe that Ramsay was a telegenic prick. But it turns out it’s not so simple as that. At his core, the show suggests, he’s a passionate man who believes that honesty and hard work are the building blocks of success. He is merely fanatical about potential.
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Why is Ramsay so great with kids? Because unlike a lot of adults, Ramsay doesn’t talk down to kids like they’re sweet little idiots or bumbling, obnoxious monsters. He’s savvy enough to understand that kids respond well when they’re actually treated like human beings and while he obviously tones down his language and anger when he’s interacting with kids, he’s not afraid to shoot straight with them and offer up constructive criticism.
While the occasional kid can’t stand the heat, most enjoy Ramsay’s blunt honesty and it’s a blast to watch him banter with children. Whether he is celebrating a kid for creating a delicious dessert or gleefully trading barbs with a kid over a failed parfait, Ramsay is fantastic at pulling younglings into the adult world without patronizing them. In the third episode of the new season, for example, he approaches a young girl named Beni as she is preparing a New York strip steak. Ramsay can see that she is nervous so he provides some encouragement. She relaxes. She pauses. She tell him that she’s up to the task.
And, in that moment, the audience gets to watch her learn a lesson about shutting out the noise and going all in on something. Adults get to relearn how to proceed with passion, a skill often discarded after decades of triangulation or mitigated success. This is beautiful TV. This is uplifting TV. This has very little to do with cooking.
As long as MasterChef Junior allows Ramsay to interact with kids in an honest way, the show will continue to set itself apart from other reality shows that rely on gimmicks or manufactured drama to manipulate viewers. The amazing thing about the show is that it sets children up to succeed and then provides them the room and safety to fail without being humiliated or devastated. It is a reality show that models powerfully good adult behavior. There aren’t many of those.
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What Gordon Ramsay Is Really Like on ‘MasterChef’
We all know Gordon Ramsay’s reputation: Gruff, demanding, prone to shouting—but with an admittedly good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself every once in a while. With the new season of MasterChef premiering on May 30, that familiar take-no-prisoners attitude will be returning to your television screens, for better or for worse. Ramsay’s fans (and his many detractors, who have recently criticized him for his bullying behavior in the kitchen) might be curious to know what he’s really like once the cameras switch off. Chef Aarón Sánchez is once again joining the judging panel this season, and he revealed what it’s really like to work with Ramsay on the show
“I’ve been very blessed to have him as a colleague,” Sánchez told Food & Wine. “He cares about his family immensely. He’s around them at all times when he’s not shooting or working at the restaurants.”
Ramsay has proved that he’s a much more supportive mentor to kids—his daughters often cook with him, and on MasterChef Junior he’s far more encouraging that he is tough. However, Sánchez promises that you’ll see that supportive side of Ramsay on MasterChef, too.
“You have an extremely limited amount of time with them on other shows. They’re in the door and they’re out of the door and you don’t really have a chance to mentor the way that we would like,” Sánchez, who has served as a judge on Chopped in the past, said. “We really nurture these competitors over multiple weeks. We’re teaching multiple skillsets.”
This season, the MasterChef team will be working with a range of amateur cooks: School teachers, lawyers, and people who work in finance, among others, are all competing this season. Sánchez compares the atmosphere on the show to “a marathon” (rather than a sprint), during which the judges will “give the tools and the lessons to cook professionally.”
Even the most dedicated mentors need a break every once in a while, though, and Sánchez reveals that during breaks in filming, he and Ramsay often enjoyed a beer (preferably Miller Lite) and conversation together.
“We had a good time,” he says with a laugh, and then becomes more serious. “Gordon is extremely wise, unbelievably talented, and unbelievably caring.”
Maybe after six successful season of MasterChef Junior, Ramsay has decided to soften his approach to coaching the would-be chefs this season. He’s much more likable when he’s a good mood anyway.
MasterChef premieres on May 30 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
What it’s actually like to take part
Words by Lorna Robertson
MasterChef filming days are full on and always involve an early start. The night before, I’d often take a long bath to try and relax but that’s easier said than done. The whole time, I’d be running through my recipe for the following day in my head from start to finish, obsessing over the minor details.
For rounds that weren’t an invention test, we were sent a brief beforehand and would have a short period of time to design a dish and submit a final recipe, but time was always the enemy when you’re juggling a full time job and MasterChef!
I’d ensure my hair was washed, blow-dried and curled the night before so I didn’t have to do it in the morning and could have the maximum amount of time in bed as my alarm would go off at 6AM sharp.
MasterChef is filmed during the winter so it’s always pitch black and freezing when you wake up but the adrenalin kicks in immediately. I am a big on make-up kind of girl and took the more-is-more approach to putting my face on for MasterChef and I’m very glad I did and there’s no one on hand to do your make-up – it’s all down to you.
The MasterChef studios are in Stratford and while their kitchens have just about any piece of equipment you may need, we were able to bring in bits from home. Personally, I’ve found that nothing gets a puree quite as smooth as my blender so more often than not, I’d be lugging a carrier bag full of blender pieces in with me as well.
By 8.15AM, everyone had arrived at the studio so we would all line up outside to film the famous slow-motion walking shots. Never one to stick to suitable flat shoes, I spent a lot of time ruining takes by slipping on the wet cobbles, much to the amusement of the cameramen. It’s also surprisingly hard to walk together as a group, in time, while looking straight ahead – so it’s no wonder we all look so serious!
By 9.30AM, it’s time for the interviews. These last around 15-20 minutes where we’d be talking about anything from what dish we were cooking to how well we thought you were doing so far in the competition.
Unless it was an invention test, we would always go into the kitchen beforehand around 10.30AM to block our ingredients with someone from the home economics team. They would have the recipe and method we had already submitted and would work down the list to ensure that nothing was missed off. I was utterly rubbish at writing down my method and equipment list so there would always be something I had forgotten.
By 11AM, it’s lunchtime. It may be a cooking competition, but we’ve still got to eat. Lunch was courtesy of an outside catering company which must be a tall ask for the entire cast and crew of MasterChef.
Once we’d all finished around 12.30PM, it was our turn to cook. A quick freshen up of make-up and a trip to the loo and we were whisked out the door and into the studio where John and Gregg were stood waiting. As soon as John had uttered ‘you’ve one hour and thirty minutes, let’s cook’ everyone sprang into action.
There are no clocks in the kitchen and as I don’t wear a watch, my first step was to always start my kitchen timer so I knew exactly how long I had left. Time seems to go twice as fast as normal in that kitchen. At some point, Gregg and the team would come along to chat with you about your dish.
As the time came to an end and we stepped away from our benches, it was always nice to have a reassuring hug from everyone else and a quick look at what they had done, before being taken back into the green room, while the team took shots of the food while it was still fresh. At this point, a much needed sugar rush was overdue, so cans of coke were chugged and bars of chocolate inhaled while we waited to go back in for judging.
The call would come around 3PM when the judges were ready and we would all line up nervously awaiting our fate. One by one, we would take our plates up to John and Gregg for the tasting. On screen, each person has around 30 seconds – one minute of judging but in reality it’s SO much longer! This means that inevitably there are some negative comments in there and regardless of the positives, all you seem to remember are the negatives. Fortunately everyone is in the same boat and although it’s a competition, you can’t help but feel genuinely sad when one of your fellow contestants gets bad comments.
Then comes the never ending wait. Once judging has ended, it’s back into the green room to wait for John and Gregg to decide who’s leaving. The majority of the time, you could tell who in the room had got the worst feedback and was the most likely to go, however that doesn’t make it any easier when you know you’re in the lower end of the pack. No one is guaranteed safety so it’s always a very long and nerve-wracking wait.
A decision is made around 5.30PM when the group is called back into the kitchen and lined up. Then it was usually time for a quick drink at the pub with the remaining group, before heading home to research, test or write up more recipes before doing it all again!
But, I’m guessing you probably still have some questions, so here goes…
Doesn’t the food go cold before the judges eat it?
All of the food is eaten at room temperature on the show when it is cooked in the MasterChef kitchen.
Do you still have a job?
Yes of course I still have a job! As much as I would like to just do MasterChef for the rest of my life, I would be very poor, very quickly.
Do you have to buy your own ingredients?
For practising at home yes, but for cooking on the day, there is an incredible home economics team who order all of your ingredients for you and make sure everything is laid out ready to go before you start cooking. This is why you have to be so precise and careful when submitting final recipes because if it’s not on the list, it probably won’t be on your bench.
Does filming take up a lot of time?
It takes up a lot of time yes. I averaged at about 2-3 days a week for roughly three months which really takes its toll when you are trying to hold down a normal day job at the same time! MasterChef is a once in a lifetime opportunity though so you just have to knuckle down. The days spent filming were always the ones I looked forward to most so it was definitely worth it.
Is there someone there to do your make-up?
No there isn’t! You go onto camera exactly as you are which for me was very nerve-wracking. I love makeup and was very into my lipstick during MasterChef but you just have no idea what you’ll look like on camera! The majority of the comments I’ve had since MasterChef has aired have been about makeup and not my cooking though, so I must have done something right!
Do they tell you what to wear?
In a way, yes, They recommend you don’t wear stripes or a white top as they can do funny things to the camera. Also anything with a logo on isn’t allowed, but apart from that it’s up to you.
MasterChef finals week continues tonight and Thursday at 8pm, and conclude Friday 8.30pm on BBC One
Three relative unknowns – chefs Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen and food writer Melissa Leong – have been cast as the new judges on Channel Ten’s popular reality show MasterChef Australia.
The trio of younger, more diverse and considerably cheaper reality TV judges will replace the household names Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, who announced suddenly in July that they were leaving. Ten said at the time it could not meet the demands of the three former judges.
Today’s announcement surprised many who believed well-known personalities such as Poh Ling Yeow, Kylie Kwong, Adam Liaw or Maggie Beer may be cast in the roles.
Zonfrillo is the owner and chef of the three-hatted restaurant Orana and Bistro Blackwood in Adelaide and has hosted television shows including Nomad Chef and Restaurant Revolution.
“When I think of MasterChef Australia, I think of discovering new talented cooks with fresh ideas and creativity,” Zonfrillo said. “There hasn’t been a season yet where I haven’t been surprised by just how talented some of the undiscovered cooks are, so much so that many of them have worked in my kitchen over the years. I can’t wait to get in that kitchen.”
The first female judge on MasterChef Australia, Leong, is a first-generation Singaporean Australian. She is a writer and broadcaster who has hosted a cooking show on SBS. “It came as a huge surprise for me, and is without a doubt the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said. “I am really looking forward to getting stuck in!”
Allen is well known to MasterChef viewers after winning the title in 2012. When his Rosebery restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, was awarded a chef’s hat, Allen became the first MasterChef Australia contestant to take out the culinary honour.
“I entered this competition as a contestant in 2012, somehow I won it, and then I went out into the big, bad wide world of hospitality,” he said. “To be asked to be a judge, and to come full circle back to MasterChef Australia, is really flattering and really special. I’m stoked because it means that I’ve done the hard work to be here. You don’t ask Joe Blow to be a judge on MasterChef Australia.”
Network 10’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, said the new judges would be joined by the better known guest judges Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Curtis Stone for the new series in 2020: MasterChef Australia – Back To Win.
“Their combined culinary credentials coupled with their passion and sheer joy for food, and their relentless enthusiasm to explore ingredients, preparation and cooking methods ensures we are in for a real treat,” McGarvey said.
The resignation of the three judges in July followed revelations that Calombaris’s companies had underpaid staff at his restaurants by nearly $8m.
The concept of MasterChef was first created in the UK and originally ran from 1990 to 2001. The concept was then revamped by Franc Roddam and the competitive cooking show was relaunched in 2005 in the UK. While the series was not shown in the UK for five years, other countries realized the potential for the series and began to create their own versions of the series. MasterChef USA was first aired in April 2000 and it is now in its tenth season. Throughout its history, the show has seen many changes. So, how has MasterChef USA evolved since season one?
Initially, MasterChef USA was run for two seasons in 2000 and 2001. The format remained the same for both seasons, with 27 amateur chefs competing in a range of cooking challenges and being eliminated until only the best remained. The winner was the recipient of a range of culinary-related prizes. The series was relaunched in 2010 simply titled as MasterChef, just like the UK version. However, the format differed both from the UK version and the former MasterChef USA. In fact, it was most similar to MasterChef Australia.
This format involves the competitors taking part in a cycle of four challenges, including the mystery box, elimination test, team challenge, and pressure test. This cycle covers between two and four episodes and someone is eliminated at the end of the elimination and pressure tests. This format has remained pretty much the same throughout seasons one to nine. The main difference between the seasons has been the line-up of judges. For the first five seasons, the judges included British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, American chef Graham Elliot, and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. Bastianich left at the end of season five and was replaced by pastry chef Christina Tosi between seasons six and eight.
Graham Elliot had also departed by season seven, leaving only Gordon Ramsay as an original judge. Instead of replacing him with a permanent judge, there was a series of guest judges. This was the biggest change in MasterChef so far. One of the guest judges that appeared during season seven was celebrity chef and restaurateur Aaron Sanchez, and he became a permanent third judge for season eight. Christina Tosi then left, with Bastianich returning for season nine of MasterChef.
Viewers who are tuning in to watch season 10 can expect some big changes, says Good Housekeeping. Season 10 was launched on May 29, 2019, and the judges returning for this season are Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Aaron Sanchez. The prize is the same as in previous seasons, as the winner will receive $250,000 in prize money. One of the most significant differences in season 10 is the number of contestants competing in the cooking competition as they have gone bigger than ever. When the series first started, there were just 14 contestants. This number increased until there were 22 contestants taking part in seasons four and five. In seasons seven and eight, this figure dropped back down to 20 contestants, and then 24 people in season nine. There are a whopping 36 people at the start of season 10 who are all fighting for one of the coveted top 20 spots.
According to Gordon Ramsay, the standard of the competitors has risen over the years, and viewers can expect some top-level cooking from the new contestants. He has explained that home cooks are developing more skills than ever, thanks to the media and information available to them. People are also buying professional level equipment to use at home, thus developing their culinary techniques.
Ramsay has also said that the challenges are getting crazier. This is in part thanks to the new producer, Natalka Znak, who was previously the producer for Hell’s Kitchen. Some of the planned challenges include cooking at the wedding reception of a former MasterChef winner, catering for a 10th-anniversary pool party, and creating exquisite dishes for NASCAR drivers. Possibly one of the most exciting challenges for the contestants is taking a trip to the UK to run a dinner service in one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.
In an interview with Variety, host, judge, and executive producer Ramsay said that he treats the show like running a restaurant. This means getting creative each season to make the show interesting and including challenges that viewers will want to watch. In previous seasons, Ramsay has shown the contestant how to break down a chicken. This season, they wanted to do a creative take on this task and to up the ante in recognition of the greater skill level of the chefs. Therefore, viewers will see the contestants taking part in a challenge that involves them breaking down a chicken while blindfolded.
There is also a greater focus on mentorship in this season. Viewers will see the professional chefs doing skills demos and offering the contestants guidance and advice. This is perhaps in response to viewer criticism of previous seasons regarding a lack of support from the judges. Viewers felt that the judges were overly critical of the contestants and this led to some viewers turning off their televisions. As this is the tenth season of the show, the producers wanted to tackle the production in a different way to create a celebratory feel for the anniversary of the series. One way they are doing this is o have the judges arrive by helicopter with fireworks going off in the background. They also want to offer the contestants something better than the $250,000 prize. So, this season, contestants are also competing to win mentorship from Gordon Ramsay.
Overall, it looks like viewers can expect some exciting changes now that the series is in its tenth season. The producers have clearly listened to viewer feedback regarding the series and made necessary changes to keep viewers interested and watching until the end of season 10.
MasterChef is coming back in just a few days — and by the sounds of it, things are definitely going to be heating up in season 10.
The competition show will once again aim to find the best home cook out there through a series of grueling challenges, all while some of the biggest names in the culinary biz critique their every move.
To get you up to speed (and give you a few spoilers of what’s to come), here’s the full story on season 10 of MasterChef:
When does MasterChef season 10 start in 2019?
Really soon, actually! Season 10 is slated to kick off on Fox starting Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET. It will reportedly be on Thursday nights, too, beginning Thursday, June 20 at the same time.
Part one of the premiere episode will feature 36 home cooks battling it out for a spot in the top 20. A special twist called the “Judges’ Pass” will save one lucky cook from leaving. The first episode will re-air on Friday, May 23.
How can I watch new episodes of MasterChef?
If tuning in on Wednesday nights isn’t really an option for you, don’t sweat it — there are many ways to enjoy the cooking show. For starters, you can watch the series on Hulu (the streaming service offers a free trial or starter pack of $5.99 a month for a one-year subscription with limited or no commercials). Otherwise, MasterChef is also available at $1.99 an episode on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.
Finally, you can use your TV provider username and password to unlock the episodes on Fox.com. Fox is compatible with AT&T U-verse, Spectrum, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Frontier Communications, Xfinity, and more.
Who are the judges for MasterChef season 10?
Like in past seasons, Hell’s Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay will return to host, mentor, and judge the competition. Alongside him will be culinary wizards Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez. Eventually, Gordon, Joe, and Aarón will be tasked with choosing the best cook and awarding that contestant $250,000 and the title of “MasterChef.”
Who are the 2019 MasterChef contestants?
Below is the full list of all 36 contenders fighting for a top-20 spot and a coveted white apron:
- Brielle Gunderson – Stay-at-Home Mom
- David Ke – Electrical Engineer
- Fred Chang – Revenue Analyst
- Sarah Faherty – Former Army Interrogator
- Deanna Colon – Vocal Coach
- Camerron Dangerfield – Product Analyst
- Dorian Hunter – Creeler
- Noah Sims – Septic Systems Foreman
- Alegan Garner II – Clinical Psychologist
- Luca Schifanella – Scientist
- Kenny Palazzolo – Carpenter
- Liz Linn – Events Consultant
- Micah Yaroch – Kitchen Porter
- Vivian Aronson – Yoga Instructor
- Windy Ross – Child Protection Supervisor
- Manjula Sarkar – HR Director
- Wuta Onda – English Teacher
- Evan Tesiny – Sales Coordinator
- Kimberly White – Shoe Designer
- Lydia Carlston – Model
- Shari Mukherjee – Stay-at-Home Mom
- Charli Spiegel – Bartender
- Subha Ramiah – R&D Director
- Renee Rice – Receptionist
- Sam Haaz – Attorney
- Michael Silverstein – Real Estate Flipper
- Nick DiGiovanni – College Student
- Jason Keefe – Truck Contractor
- Jamie Hough – Fisherman
- Anthony Rivera – Telecom Service Manager
- Ari Goodstein – Sales Manager
- Allen Soriano – Entrepreneur
- Bri Baker – Cocktail Server
- Mollie Guerra – Account Manager
- Sabina Pincus – Software Sales
- Keturah King – Freelance Writer
What can we expect to see from MasterChef this year?
Based on what Gordon has told Parade about the new season, fans are likely in for a wild ride.
“Everyone’s trying to outsmart us,” Gordon teases about the contestants this year. “This competition is on a different level now.”
Adding on to Gordon’s point, Aarón said: “People at home are more prepared — they have Japanese knives, they have fleur de sel, they have really good Le Creuset pots, they’re accessing information, so they’re really coming well-prepared to this kitchen.”
What’s also going to be different this year is the show’s executive producer. Natalka Znak, who previously worked on Hell’s Kitchen, will be taking over as head show runner and creating “crazier-than-ever challenges” in “exciting new locations.”
Some of these “crazier-than-ever challenges” include cooking for a 10th anniversary pool party, catering a former MasterChef winner’s wedding reception, creating dishes for NASCAR drivers, and even traveling to the U.K. to run a dinner service at one of Gordon’s restaurants (lol, no pressure).
Sounds like the show is really upping the ante. Time will tell if it lives up to the hype!
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