Who Is The “Master”?


There is no need for an explanation as to why cooking is important in any culture. It also goes unsaid that the most popular shows anywhere in the world is the Masterchef series. It can be said that Masterchef reignited the many cooking minds. Hands down, Masterchef Australia has to be the most popular and the most loved of them all the editions. In reality, there are a lot of ticks that goes in favour of Masterchef Australia when compared to the most probably the worst editions of Masterchef, that is the American version. Here are some of the reasons why Australia kicked the butt of US.

1. The important aspect of any show is the presence of judges. The judges in Masterchef Australia set the bar so high neither Gordon Ramsey nor any others could ever jump. Gary, George and Matt has to be the best ever judges because of the way of their presentation. Their approach to judging is simple and to the point. They never spit out bad food or throw them in the trash bin like Joe in Masterchef US. The Aussie judges wanted to be the mentors or guides to the amateur cooks. They offer the contestants various teachable moments.

2. The clash of cultures can be seen vividly in both the shows. The program itself is an example showing the character of both nations. Australians are shown to be more friendly, warm, affectionate, and caring. They are there because they can cook and want to prove that they can. In the US edition, contestants are shown to be bickering about others, trying to be manipulative and annoying.

3. Masterchef Australia spans almost 60-65 episodes per season. It is the significant reason for the viewers to become close to the contestants. Each one becomes a household name, like Poh, Brent, Callum Hahn etc. Masterchef US is only about 13-15 episodes per season. They eliminate the contestants within a blink. Thus, neither the show nor the contestants are etched into our hearts.

4. Masterchef Australia is not trying to rake in the moolahs. They have regular followers for the show. They don’t need to try to increase their TRPs. The US edition hangs by a thread and trying their best to stay afloat. The show is all about showiness. They tend to tweak in situations, in order to increase their ratings. They create a hostile environment inside the room by making people compete against each other in a really hostile way.

5. The way they talk is highly different and worth mentioning. Aussies have a unique slang in which they address each other as “Mate”, or wishing “Have a good day, mate” et al. It is so friendly and it has a nice ring to it. The US is all about calling bad names and proposing wild and really unnecessary arguments over the most silliest of all reasons.

It is of course a viewer’s take as to what to see and what not to see. But it is good to have an idea about the realities hiding beneath their stories. The two shows are representations of what both countries are in reality.

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Chitra is a post graduate in English Language & Literature. She is an avid reader and loves fiction. Writing has always been her passion and she wanted to write her own novel.