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Critic turns producer

MasterChef judge Matt Preston in talks for next season already, would love to be part of the Indian edition too.

tv Updated: Aug 13, 2011 13:45 IST
Rachana Dubey

The third edition of MasterChef Australia went on air on August 2. And within two weeks, it found its top 24 contestants. The show is already a rage with those who have watched its previous seasons and those who’ve only tuned in for this one. Judge Matt Preston, one of the world’s top food critics, is already in talks for the fourth edition of the show with its producers.

“Yes, I’ve been in talks, but I still have to give them a nod. We haven’t finalised the details for the next season yet,” he adds, stating that he didn’t expect the previous and this season to work. “I was told everything was going wrong with the show. The idea, the fat ugly judges… the works. But I think all the wrongs put together made a right concept.”

When asked if he watched the Indian edition of the show, which was judged by two chefs and actor-producer Akshay Kumar, and the American short edition, with Gordon Ramsay as the judge, Matt nods and says, “Yes, but not entirely. I loved the work done on the sets of the Indian show. It was pretty good. The dishes looked great. The entire package was well crafted. Even the US edition was superb! But when I watched them, I tried looking for my co-judges and myself because one isn’t too used to seeing other faces on one’s show. I didn’t feel jealous, but it was a bit weird.”

Considering that the second season of the show is Indian edition has just gone on the floors, would his co-judges and he like to be part of it too? “Of course,” he exclaims. “We would love to visit the Indian set sometime. But that’s something not entirely in my hands. I would like to wish the season all the best. I hope they find someone really worthy.”

Apparently, Matt, who has written for several magazines on food, and has hosted shows around cooking, plans to become a producer hopefully within this calendar year. “Yes, I have been in talks with broadcasters in Australia and the US for my shows. They will be largely around travel, fashion and food because they’re my passions,” he says. “The show with food will be something I’m looking forward to start soon because I want to travel to different places and bust the myth that only certain kind of dishes comprise the main cuisine of a land. And who knows, I could start with India!”