Julia Gillard guest judge on Junior MasterChef

By David Knox on September 4, 2011 / Filed Under News 17

If you can’t stand the heat get into the Junior MasterChef kitchen?

PM Julia Gillard has filmed a guest appearance for Junior MasterChef.

The Prime Minister will feature as a guest judge in one of the show’s early episodes. The series is currently filming its second season for TEN.

It’s not the first time she has appeared on TV alongside the kids, having appeared on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? when she was Minister for Education.

Source: news.com.au


  1. motto September 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm -

    @catherine – yep, what you wrote came out all sorts of wrong, as you rightly feared.

  2. philm September 5, 2011 at 5:07 am -

    It is this sort of stunt “casting” that damaged the third season on MasterChef.

  3. Tony A September 5, 2011 at 12:19 am -

    I’m against this great big new masterchef.

  4. Mad Max September 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm -

    Desperate much? What’s next, Dancing with the Stars? Gillard has nothing left; the people have spoken.

  5. MandyJ September 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm -

    Jeepers people, bit heavy on the angst? @catherine, I am pretty confident she’s been involved with lots of friends’ and family’s kids, not to mention she was a kid herself, and that she eats every day. She also probably eats a wider range than most of us, between the endless hideous “chicken or beef” events and foreign hosts pulling out their best to impress.

    It’ll be a thrill for the kids. Let’s face it, when they go back to school, it’s a fair bet that their non-foodie mates will be more impressed that they met the prime minister than that they met Brahimi or Tetsuya or whoever.

    (Mind you, I reserve the right to find this excruciatingly awkward and scripted.)

  6. Elisabeth September 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm -

    It is a bit odd, but is it any weirder than when the Dalai Lama appeared on MasterChef?

  7. redcity September 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm -

    In the UK some of the final Masterchef contestants had a challenge cooking dinner at Downing Street for Gordon Brown once, so it has been done before.

  8. John Jackson September 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm -

    @deedeedragons – I think it is can be fun at times when the leader appears on things outside of news/political topics.

    Liked it when Bob Hawke appeared on The Comedy Company with Con the Fruiterer, also later liked seeing Kevin Rudd in his numerous appearances on Rove ( bummer that John Howard never appeared in studio, but only with Rove running after him in the street).

  9. Jas September 4, 2011 at 11:42 am -

    In the interests of saying something positive, I hope the kids enjoyed the experience of meeting the Prime Minister. I remember meeting John Howard as a kid and although I now have nothing in common politically with that side of politics, it was exciting at the time.

  10. catherine September 4, 2011 at 10:53 am -

    I dont want this to come out wrong but its a weird show for the PM to go on. She isnt a cook and even before she was in office she never cooked either. Doesnt anyone remember that photo where her kitchen was bare. I bet the junior chef could do better. I know you dont have to cook to know good food but what happens if a kid puts up a dish she has never heard of.

    Its weird that she is on a show that involves children and food. Two things she doesnt have much experience with.

    Anyway Im guessing this is going to be one of those cringe worthy cheesy tv moments and wont the opposition have a field day with this.

  11. deedeedragons September 4, 2011 at 10:21 am -

    I’m sorry but the leader of a nation should not appear on any show other than news/current affair shows.

  12. Michael September 4, 2011 at 9:22 am -

    I hope they didn’t make a big deal of her being PM, cause’ she might be needing a TV job by the time this airs!

  13. Man September 4, 2011 at 9:10 am -

    hope it fails not cause its masterchef cuase gillards on it stupid woman

  14. Adam Oriti Art September 4, 2011 at 8:53 am -

    How funny would it be if she is ousted before it airs, lol.

  15. Njk September 4, 2011 at 8:19 am -

    One word – weird. You know the government is in trouble when a nation’s Prime Minister has to go on a show like this to win some support. I can’t wait to see her oozing fake warmth around those little rugrats.

  16. ? Man September 4, 2011 at 7:51 am -

    Wait they are kids and it’s gillard.I can see a food fight happing.

  17. Dr_Rudi September 4, 2011 at 6:59 am -

    If they don’t get this to air quickly they could be spending even more time in the editing suite, re-doing the voice-overs.

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