Masterchef: All Stars take on the Olympics

By David Knox on June 10, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 20

MasterChef former contestants are headed back to the kitchen for an “All-Stars” event set to air on TEN during the competitive Olympic period.

Returning are favourites: Julie Goodwin, Poh-Ling Yeow, Chris Badenoch and Justine Schofield from Season One, Callum Hann, Marion Grasby and Aaron Harvie from Season two and Kate Bracks, Dani Venn, Hayden Quinn and Kumar Pereira from Season Three.

Absent are Season Two winner Adam Liaw and Series Three runner-up Michael Weldon.

The All-Stars version will launch after the season four finale and air for three weeks revisiting challenges from previous seasons as contestants raise monies for their favourite charity.

Chief Programming Officer, David Mott, said: “The Olympic period is perhaps the most competitive time in television this year and we have no plans to take a back seat.

MasterChef All-Stars is a fantastic example of ‘event TV’. It is set to be fun, compelling and an excellent alternative for viewers. The MasterChef alumni continue to hold a special interest and affection with our audience and seeing them take on a new challenge will be an absolute joy to watch.”

Still to come in the current season are Rick Stein serving up the mystery box tonight, Jamie Oliver on Tuesday, Heston Blumenthal, catering a Sri-Lankan wedding and a week of challenges in Italy.


  1. David Knox June 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm -

    Err…. You do realise we have multichannels right? This “garbage” is TENs biggest show.

  2. snoopy888 June 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm -

    Put on some old episodes of the Nanny or Mad about You or other comedies from the last two decades in place of this garbage.This Time Fifteen Years Ago They did very well with Seinfeld and hardly needed any form of reality TV at 7pm up against the Home and Away/Sale of the Century Opposition which in the case of the latter is now US Sitcoms of all types or the Block or at Ten Biggest Loser/Masterchef

  3. GG June 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm -

    Yet another “Brilliant” idea from the programming brains at Network Ten – not!

  4. snoopy888 June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm -

    Just Get Rid of the Presenters/Same old Annoying Judges.How on Earth They replaced good quality even though it’s well past it’s time and done to death American Sitcoms with this garbage is beyond understanding.Even The Project on a good day was better.

  5. Butterfly Carnage June 12, 2012 at 8:06 am -

    OMG. Talk about sucking the marrow out of this idea. Master Chef Fatigue Syndrome!

  6. dregatron June 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm -

    Season 3 was a write off for talent, with cooks like Dani and Kumar taking part, it shouldn’t really be called an All-Stars series

  7. snoopy888 June 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm -

    Don’t care for it.Usually watching Old Everybody Loves Raymond/Raising Hope on my Monday Nights off Work anyway over at 11.

  8. Julian June 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm -

    Interesting that Julie Goodwin is on this – She appears lots on the Today Show on Nine – would have thought they would have some sort of contract.

  9. deedeedragons June 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm -


  10. snuh17 June 11, 2012 at 11:03 am -

    I’m curious to see whether some of this years contestants will also be included.

  11. Chris N. June 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm -

    Johnathan was way better than Aaron, but not as popular.

  12. dan June 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm -

    Will record it and watch it after the Olympics I would much prefer junior masterchef rather than a all stars version

  13. Mac June 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm -

    Love it! I won’t be watching the Olympics so will be looking for decent alternatives.

  14. mistaken June 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm -

    Love the concept. But screening it during the Olympics isn’t Ten’s wisest move. It would be a winner hands down any other time.

  15. Guy June 10, 2012 at 11:18 am -

    Brilliant idea but strange an All Stars show is going to air so soon. Usually after at least 5 or 6 seasons in a series. Only thing is not a fan of Chris or Dani. Other than that this is going to rock.

  16. goffy June 10, 2012 at 10:15 am -

    It’s a great idea, But during the Olympics? It’s not thaaaaaat great.

  17. Mr. J June 10, 2012 at 9:58 am -

    I think it’s a good idea and will work, I like that it sound like its a tightly packed 3 week thing, that was JMCs downfall, they got greedy with episode orders.

    But considering it has been renewed for until 2014 it seems a bit early to do an all star season after just 4 seasons. Most other shows go 10 seasons before doing an all star season.

  18. djay June 10, 2012 at 9:06 am -

    This should be great. Go Marion! Love to see Kumar again too

  19. pondie June 10, 2012 at 8:58 am -

    Dani? No thanks.

  20. Timbo June 10, 2012 at 5:07 am -

    This will be brilliant, can’t wait!

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