By Patrick HiegerAlthough 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.