This year’s MasterChef will seek to address criticisms that were levelled at the show last year.
“The two things we needed to fix were Sunday nights –because I think we lost a lot by losing the Mystery Box and the Invention Test, it was one of the great joys ‘What would I make?’ So that’s absolutely back,” Matt Preston told TV Tonight.
“And (the other is) Immunity. We never got it right, all of Series 2, all of Series 3. Hopefully we’ve got it right.”
Last year many viewers felt that Immunity challenges varied wildly in their fairness.
“Preston acknowledges that challenges which ranged from a top chef to a swimmer, created a sense of disparity.
“This year there is a big change,” he insists.
“Immunity will be fought with the contestant, who has won immunity, to be able to choose two contestants to cook with them. They’re always going to be working against the chef with two of their assistants.
“So it’s a much more consistent format of how it’s going to work.”
The show heard the audience criticism last year loud and clear.
“That’s the great thing about Twitter, Facebook and social media, is that you get really quick feedback on what’s working and in the next series you can address the things that didn’t ring true.”
George Calombaris says this season will be “a cracker.”
“This has been the hardest series for us because we’ve had to look back at what we’ve done good, and what we haven’t done good. It’s like any business,” he said.
“The most important thing is it’s back to basics, the raw integrity of the show. That is the contestant, the food and their dream. We’re just there to be the conduit, to lead them on the path, direct them, challenge them, protect them and look after them.
“There’s not those twists that we did in the past, like ‘Oh my God you’ve got to build the Eiffel Tower and you’ve got 20 minutes.’ As much as we give them difficult challenges we’re there to protect them and help them along the way.”
Matt Moran agrees this year the show is all about the food.
“The contestants are brilliant. There’s amazing food, amazing cultures. The pudding is in the dish. Is that what you say?” he asked.
“No, the proof is in the pudding!”
The show returns to TEN soon.