ARTICLE: The science of happiness : Masterchef

ronitfan IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 15 December 2010 at 1:23pm | IP Logged

What is the difference between Masterchef Australia (Star World) and Masterchef India (Star Plus), both of which happen to be on the air? Akshay Kumar. What's the difference between the Akshay Kumar of Masterchef India and the Akshay Kumar we saw on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa (Sony)? A smiling Akshay Kumar on Jhalak. In the cookery talent contest he behaves like it's another season of Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi, scowling or scolding. Lines of seriousness crease his forehead and he screws up his mouth as though the dishes he tests have left a bad taste in his mouth.

Gary Mehigan, one of the judge-presenters of the show Down Under, savours his job as much as the food — with pure enjoyment. And that's the difference between the two. In Masterchef India's enormous kitchen (was it once an Airbus hangar?) everyone is sad or angry, disappointed or grave, tense or scared — there's so much negative energy around it's a wonder the food doesn't spoil. Well, it does, of course and that's why there is much heartburn (don't attribute it to the ingredients). The contestants try hard to cook well, the chef-judges Kunal and Ajay try to entice the best out of them with appetising and exotic recipes, Akshay Kumar eggs them on, but no one looks happy with the results. In contrast, Masterchef Australia is full of the lightness of a well-beaten egg white. The participants seem to love what they do; they experience the joy of cooking. One show has the fragrance of freshly-baked bread, the other has something burnin' and it isn't love. Which one would you prefer to watch?

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scinerd Goldie

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Posted: 15 December 2010 at 1:42pm | IP Logged
i think he is kinda mean sometimes but he just wants perfection. you can see that he truly cares for the contestants. i like master chef india.
rianicia Goldie

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Posted: 15 December 2010 at 4:08pm | IP Logged
I think he is fine. but a litttle more smile would definitely be niceSmile
ronitfan IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 16 December 2010 at 12:30am | IP Logged
He likes the 'khadoos' attitude :P
ketaki27 Groupbie

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Posted: 16 December 2010 at 7:41am | IP Logged
Well I have been watching MasterChecf Australia here in UK for a long time.. and the judges Down Under are also as strict at times.. so dont see much difference, except for Akshay of course!

Akshay is a star and he cannot be like the other 2 judges, else there would be no added value in having him as part of the show. I agree he can be too serious at times (a la Khatron ke Khiladi), but its good to have him saying it like it is on Master Chef too. Instead of being diplomatic and talking good things about all the cooking!

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gr8_mms IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 16 December 2010 at 10:03am | IP Logged
thx for the article
Eventide Senior Member

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Posted: 19 December 2010 at 6:14am | IP Logged
The writer missed out one major difference. The contestants in Masterchef Australia are actually planning to make a career in the field, or switch career. The Indian version has contestants who wish to show off their skills; or what was quite obvious in the prelims, are looking for 15 minutes  of fame. Would Zebi or perhaps Ankita, actually work towards becoming a chef? Highly doubtful. Kandla herself confessed that she wishes to use the show to market her cookery book.

The show, if it had not gone down the drama-melodrama path, would actually have fared better. Glad they have toned down the diatribes.

Edited by Eventide - 19 December 2010 at 6:44am

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