Gordon Ramsay’s MASTERCHEF Premieres
Be sure to check out my review of the fist episode of MasterChef.
So a few months ago I saw the casting call for Gordon Ramsay’s newest food competition show for FOX’s summer line-up. I had made my plans to go to the New Orleans audition and blow away the judges. Then I read the fine print, “We will NOT be considering professional chefs who work in professional kitchens!” Oh, well. You see MASTERCHEF is all about Chef Gordan taking home cooks and turning them into chefs. Here’s how the good folks at FOX sum it up:
Based on the U.K. and Australian smash hits of the same name, MASTERCHEF conducted a nationwide search to find the best home cooks in America. Through a series of elimination rounds one of those cooks will become a culinary master. The winner will walk away with $250,000 dollars and will publish his or her own cookbook.
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Contestants on MASTERCHEF will be judged by a celebrated panel of culinary kings, including, Chef Gordon Ramsay; restaurateur and wine maker Joe Bastianich, owner of some of the most-celebrated Italian restaurants across the country; and Graham Elliot, the youngest four-star chef in the U.S. and mastermind behind Chicago’s first “bistronomic” restaurant.
In the series premiere, the show gets cooking immediately as the home cooks present their dishes to the judges with the hopes of being rewarded the coveted MASTERCHEF apron, which guarantees them a spot in the next round. Throughout the season, contestants will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palate, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills both inside and outside the kitchen. As they’re whittled down, they’ll face increasing pressure, from being asked to slice and dice a truckload of onions to creating incredible gourmet dishes from boxes full of random ingredients to providing an all-American send-off meal for hundreds of U.S. Marines and catering a high-end wedding.
Now I am a big fan of Gordan Ramsay. He is one of the great chefs in the world. I also love that he speaks with the colorful metaphors that intellectually stunted people call profanity. To work in a professional kitchen you have to have thick skin; it’s not a place for sissies. I’m interested to see how “Susie the housewife” or “Hunter the stay-at-home dad” handles the real world. One thing is for sure with MASTERCHEF, FOX and Gordan will make your July sizzle.
Click HERE to meet all 50 contestants on MasterChef.