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Master Chef Argentina Episode 2: Eggs Benedict, For Some Reason

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

We’re on to Episode 2, and thankfully, unlike the first season, we’re already full on into the competition. Twenty contestants – Diego, Patricia, Sol, Alejo, Matías, Mercedes, Jacinto, Alan, Lia, Francisco, Julia D, Martín, María, Nadia, Juan Pablo, Claudia, Simone, Mariana, Julia N, Sebastián – glare at the camera during the opening montage, each after stirring or pouring or throwing something, while music like the march of the brooms from Fantasia plays on.

Master Chef Argentina Season 2 Kicks Off With Tears

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

Masterchef is often viewed, particularly by those of us in the restaurant world, as a sort of ugly stepchild of the Top Chef franchise. But it really isn’t – first off, the original Masterchef, the UK version, was around years before the first episode of Top Chef was ever dreamt of, having first been broadcast in 1990. But there’s no question that the MC franchise has engendered more national spinoffs than any television cooking competition in history – actually, probably than any television competition of any sort. And it doesn’t have a set format – each national version takes their own approach, from the matter of fact, stiff upper lip British version, to the fun and games and demonstration classes of the Australian, to the American Idol-esque US approach.

Master Chef Chile: “Top Chef Seemed More Like A Battle Of Egos” (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13]

[Canal 13]

Although it doesn’t really matter now, Top Chef Chile could have been a very different show, had it landed in the hands of the producers of Master Chef Chile, which will premiere this Sunday, October 26.  Sergio Nakasone, the mastermind producer behind many of the hit reality programs on Canal 13, had the chance to tackle Top Chef, but didn’t want it.  Top Chef seemed more to us like a battle of egos between people who were already involved in the business.  Here, instead, you tell the stories of common people, which we follow as they take their first steps as a chef until they become one,” Nakasone told El Mercurio.  Those are high hopes for a group of 40 amateurs chosen out of a massive casting.

However, with a producer who’s got the Midas touch, as well as a 750 square meter studio full of the latest equipment and an endless pantry of ingredients, Master Chef Chile, couple with Top Chef Chile, could ring in a whole new era of programming, and perhaps culture, for Chile.  At the very least, after a casting scandal in which a beauty queen got in and those who didn’t accused the show of fixing the casting, it will be interesting to watch.  You’ll find us on the sofa on Sunday night. 

Master Chef Chile Premieres October 26. Here’s The Preview (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Canal 13 / Master Chef]

[Canal 13 / Master Chef]

If the nearly 120 weekly minutes of the wildly popular Top Chef Chile just aren’t enough to satisfy your culinary competition viewing needs, don’t worry.  This Sunday, October 26, that other cooking show, Master Chef Chile, will premiere, giving you twice the viewing options and double the drama.  Ready?

Unlike Top Chef, Master Chef is a competition composed of amateur cooks earning their kitchen stripes week in and week out.  Expect more tears, more dishes that look like mush, and apparently some military helicopters.  Watch the preview and get stoked.  The production value looks pretty top notch.