Why I love Masterchef Australia and what makes it special
Masterchef Australia — Throwback to the 11 seasons — Data analysis of contestants inside and outside the kitchen
I am a huge fan of Masterchef Australia and the latest 12th season was delightful and different. The participants from the previous seasons came back to win and there were 3 new and wonderful judges. It was certainly a fine season and probably more successful due to the timing at which it was aired.
But for those like me who missed the original judges, here is a throwback look at the previous 11 seasons.
Masterchef Australia started in 2009 and has always stood out from other culinary shows for its affability, camaraderie, and food culture.
The 11 seasons had 264 contestants, more than 100 guest chefs, umpteen number of cooking sessions and a plethora of tasty dishes created.
But more importantly, what we saw in these seasons was tons of positivity, heaps of heart-warming bonds formed, countless dreams realized, and innumerable fortunes changed. All this has made Masterchef Australia rise to stardom and become a household name across the world.
In my opinion, what made the show a cracker of a program and an absolute hit was the 3 rockstar judges who were critical yet kind in their judgement, really serious about food but full of humour, benevolent and encouraging, great mentors and wonderful human beings.
For me, Masterchef Australia is synonymous with Gary, Matt and George!
The British Australian chef is like the brother that the contestants have, a generous and genuine person who does not hold back while appreciating as well as telling the hard truth. He is a star even outside the Masterchef franchise with his other shows, podcast and upcoming book.
The tall and hefty food critic is known for his colourful attire and kind words. He is warm and makes the contestants feel at home. He is an adored household name in Australia through his weekly food column.
Yes George! is what the participants chant and making George sweat is their goal. The Greek origin chef is funny and flamboyant. He has numerous restaurants in Australia and one in Greece along with publishing quite a few cookbooks.
With the myriad of different flavours experienced during these 11 seasons, the one most explosive flavour of all is these 3 wonderful judges.
The show with its optimistic perspective, persevering contestants and supportive judges has been a motivational and emotional watch. The friendships of the participants and the chemistry of the judges have been a feast for the eyes.
In fact, I have gobbled up every comment of these judges like a decadent truffle.
For me, some episodes are like the appetizers, leaving you wanting for more, some were like heavy desserts that have you feeling very full and some others were like the perfect meal that satisfies the soul.
Now, as all the 3 judges who are friends bid adieu to Masterchef Australia, we take a look at the 11 seasons — the participants, the winners, where they come from, what do they do, what did they excel at and an overview outside and inside of the kitchen.
Data Analysis of the 11 seasons
The demographics of the contestants and a look at how the winners performed throw up some remarkably interesting insights.
Foremost, Masterchef Australia is one heck of an equality promoter with the number of men and women participants being almost equal though females have a slight edge in winning. As for the age group, most of the participants are in the age bracket of 20 to 40 years and all winners are under 40. New South Wales and Victoria regions dominate in terms of the number of participants and winners.
What is even more interesting to note from the data is that there is no secret ingredient to win the coveted crown of Masterchef Australia. Among the 11 winners, some ace the pressure tests while some are mystery box masters and then some, who make it to the top as generalists without specializing in any specific area.
Hoping to fall in love with the new judges soon but till then, reliving these memories is my cheat eat!