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Food is family, family is life

MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris on the show’s new season, and obsessing over food

india Updated: Jun 13, 2012 15:12 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

He has been one of the most popular faces on TV in India for three years now. But ask MasterChef Australia host-chef George Calombaris if he’s watched the desi version of the show and he says no.

“I’ve been to Delhi once, but work kept me occupied so I couldn’t get much time to go out. But I’m looking forward to getting there soon. Greeks and Indians have a lot in common because of Alexander the Great,” he says, jokingly. “But I haven’t watched MasterChef India.”

So if an opportunity to work in India arises, would he be interested?

“Definitely! It’s a cultural place that loves food!” replies George.

Season four of the international cookery show goes on air in India on June 14 on Star World at 9 pm. According to the judge, what we can expect this year is amazing challenges and great honest food.

“We wanted real people and we got them,” he says, without revealing much. “We haven’t finished the series yet, but in the auditions, we had an amazing Ricotta Gnudi (Gnudi pasta) which was delicious.”

Born in a foodie family, the Australian-Greek anchor not only enjoys what he eats, but obsesses over his food.

“I have been taught to love food and enjoy the pleasure of sharing. Food is family, family is life and life is everything,” says the fanatic.

Incidentally, the show’s other two judges — Gary Mehigen and Matt Preston — and George didn’t meet on the sets of MasterChef Australia for the first time.

“We’d always been friends, even before the show kicked off. We all play good cop, bad cop. It’s simple becausefood doesn’t lie. It’s either good or bad,” he says.

First Published: Jun 13, 2012 13:43 IST