A host of media and television personalities joined Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan last night for the launch of MasterChef Australia 2011. They were joined by this year’s contestants -whose names and identities are still under embargo- along with Maggie Beer, Adriano Zumbo, Neil Perry, Justin North amongst other celebrity chefs. I must admit I don’t watch television much but I simply adore Masterchef and was stoked when I was sent to photograph the launch party last night.
The food on the night tasted even more divine than they appeared:
Gary Mehigan thanked sponsors, Network TEN and Fremantle Media Australia. “You have to admit when you watch all the other shows on telly, the production values on this show are second to none,” he said. “It’s the best looking show on television.”
The series kicks off on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island when a giant one tonne mystery box arrives suspended from a helicopter. Other challenges see MasterChef travelling to the pit of the Sunrise Dam mine in the West Australian outback, two kilometres out to sea on the longest jetty in the Southern hemisphere in Busselton, as well as heading to the vineyards of Margaret River. Rick Stein meets contestants for a masterclass in Kuala Lumpur, and closer to home the contestants cook on the beautiful beaches of Cronulla.
Mehigan said, “This year the contestants are honest, earthy, upfront kind of people. The sort of people you want around you that make you smile, make you laugh, make the hair stand on the back of your neck. There will be some tears. And when they’ve stopped there will be some more. But if there’s one thing you have to remember, it’s that this is the MasterChef series you will remember. It is incredible.”
Matt Preston and George Calombaris then introduced Matt Moran, who joins as a regular guest judge.
To end, here’s a behind the scenes shot of Channel Ten’s entertainment reporter Angela Bishop taking a photo of the series’ judges on her iPhone as they are being interviewed. A full gallery of the images from the night is here.
MasterChef begins 7:30pm Sunday May 1st – I for one can’t wait!