The next series of Masterchef New Zealand will have a slight format change with contestants not competing individually but as a duo. TVNZ has started accepting applications so if you and a mate, sibling, parent, cousin or partner in crime want to whip up some cuisine together in aid of TVNZ’s dividend return to the government then get applying.
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MasterChef NZ judge Josh Emett believes the “right man” won the show this year. “The right man won, didn’t he?” he said. “We liked Aaron, I liked Aaron, he was solid and didn’t misbehave like some can when they’re in the house – there’s a lot of food and booze there. He was good under pressure, he just nailed it. He also raised the standard of the show. I think he did a sensational job.”
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On Friday, TVNZ sent out a press release talking up the ratings for Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules. Masterchef, they told us, had “more core viewers than ever before” in the key 25-54 demo. Overall though, it was the lowest rating finale of the four seasons to date.
Last night, Sunday returned to hour long episodes and bounced back to an average audience of 662,450 viewers compared to the week earlier where it only drew in 507,170. From 8pm, TV One dropped down to 383,410 for Food Truck and then 287,420 viewers for Packed to the Rafters. Overall, TV One was down approximately 15% on last Sunday night. With the numbers dropping away as they have post Sunday, one must wonder if TVNZ should just run it for two hours while X Factor is on. Continue reading »
TVNZ aired the finales of the two culinary shows over the long weekend and it seems the drama of MKR was slightly more of a draw for viewers.
Aaron Brunet’s win over Paula Saengthian-Ngam on Sunday night was seen by 532,510 viewers on TV One while Dan and Steph’s triumph over Jake and Elle on Monday night entertained 566,540 on TV2. Continue reading »
In last night’s show, the Top Three contestants had to replicate two dishes from a six-course menu that they had enjoyed the night before at the French Café.
Given four hours to prepare their dishes, they served them to guests including MasterChef judges Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie and eight culinary heavyweights: chefs who had appeared during the latest MasterChef NZ and MasterClass season. Continue reading »
In last night’s show, the Top Four contestants faced the ultimate invention test – cooking whatever they liked, with whatever ingredients they liked.
Performing for not only for the MasterChef judges, they also faced a very hard taskmaster: guest judge Ben Bayly, executive chef of award-winning Auckland restaurant The Grove.
Paula Saengthian-Ngam’s Thai green curry with fish balls and coconut rice was named the best dish of the day. Continue reading »
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The next season of MasterChef New Zealand will take on more of a My Kitchen Rules feel with teams of two allowed to compete.
The official MasterChef NZ Twitter feed just announced the news.
In last night’s show, the Top Five contestants had to replicate the ‘Not So Lemon Meringue Pie’, a contemporary twist on the lemon meringue pie created by guest judge Andrew Brown, executive chef of The George Hotel in Christchurch.
Andrew’s five-star dish involved at least six different cooking processes, including lemon crème brûlée, Italian meringue, macadamia crumble and raspberry coulis.
The Top Five had just 90 minutes to attempt it as well as make a cocktail featuring Lindauer sparkling wine. Continue reading »
In last night’s show the Top Six contestants faced a barbeque and wine matching challenge at the Wither Hills vineyard in Marlborough.
Aaron Brunet’s and Ella Krauts’ dishes sizzled, and they won the challenge with cumin rubbed butterfish on clam panzanella, and pan fried butterfish with a saffron and lemon risotto respectively.
Sushil Ravikumar was thrilled to be cooking with Wither Hills pinot noir, which he matched with wild venison, red cabbage, steamed vegetables and a honey vinaigrette. Continue reading »
The idea is very simple: assemble a bunch of D-list celebrities with no high-diving experience and basically get them to hurl themselves off various platforms for our entertainment.
The Dutch came up with the idea last year, with ITV quickly adapting the format for the UK before ABC in the US and Channel 7 in Australia got on board.
The UK version drew 5.19 million for its premiere while 8.8 million Americans watched their first episode. The Aussie version kicked off last night. Continue reading »