Former MasterChef contestants joined George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston, Matt Mora, execs from TEN and Shine, plus media and sponsors last night for the launch of the fourth season at Luminare in South Melbourne.
Amongst the guests were graduates Poh Ling Yeow, Kate Bracks, Hayden Quinn, Chris Badenoch, Julia Jenkins, Philip Vakos, Michael Weldon, Dani Venn, Kumar Pereira, Rachel McSweeney, Jimmy Servai, Skye Craig and more. In attendance were James and Nikki Warburton, David Mott, Beverley McGarvey, Mark Fennessy, Matt Campbell and producer Margie Bashfield.
Angela Bishop was MC for the night, which included a three course meal consisting of dishes drawn from previous seasons.
Producers are adamant this season returns to the heart of the show with more Invention Tests, Mystery Boxes and fairer Immunity Challenges. It kicks off in Melbourne, frequently touted last night as “the food capital of Australia.” Locations include the historic Melbourne Exhibition Buildings and Monsalvat Estate in Eltham.
David Mott, Chief Programming Office, described the show as one that viewers hold dear.
“MasterChef this season brings the programme back to basics, to what people have always loved about the MasterChef brand in Australia,” he said.
“It is about the real food, it is about the real people and their stories. What you’re actually going to see is that it expresses their character through the food that they prepare.
“Our contestants are here because they know we will honour their stories and respect their dreams as they get to the food industry.”
A sizzle reel was played with Mott asking media not to give away some of the Top 24. The fourth season will also include an appearance from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
The evening also featured a door prize of a trip to Bangkok -surely a hint at the show’s international destination for 2012?
It all begins Sunday 6th May at 7.30pm.