The Secrets of MasterChef

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MasterChef is one of the most popular cooking TV shows in recent years—and arguably the most popular cooking competition on regular network television. The show’s premise is simple: a group of competitors completes cooking challenges each week in order to beat each other and be named “MasterChef.” The competitors come from all different walks of life and experience levels, and some of the show’s most skilled winners have come from very humble (cooking-wise) backgrounds. The show is not just popular in the United States, but internationally as well—there are MasterChef adaptations in countries such as Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada, just to name a few. Like any popular show, MasterChef does have its secrets—the following are some of the secrets behind this intense cooking reality show.

The competitors are given cooking classes

Multiple times per week during production, the would-be MasterChef’s are given cooking classes by professionally trained chefs. The classes cover everything from the basics in the kitchen—such as how to cook risottos, chop up food safely, bake a pie, etc.—to some pretty specific skills, such as how to best cook a lobster or how to poach an egg. Although the classes can help, contestants have revealed while they learn the basic skills necessary to do the challenges in the classes, they aren’t a substitute for skill and some cooking common sense.

Contestants almost always quit their job after the show

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It wouldn’t be surprising if the winners didn’t go back to their day jobs after the competition, but in reality most contestants—even the losers—decide to quit their jobs after being on the show. The reasons for this are varied; some quit because people at their old job may recognize them from the show, while others decide to quit pursuing something else. About 70% of the show’s contestants who make it past the initial selection decide to pursue a food related career after winning.

MasterChef Australia helps contestants out financially

According to insiders, the Australian incarnation of MasterChef actually gives contestants an allowance of at least $500 per week in order to cover their living expenses, since they obviously can’t be working at their 9-to-5 job while filming the show. MasterChef Australia is the only MasterChef show that is known to help out the participants financially while they are on the show.

MasterChef Junior almost didn’t happen

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MasterChef Junior was a welcome hit for Fox, but the show almost didn’t make it to the air. The executive producers of the Fox network fought against the show because of the trouble that their previous “kid” reality show (Kid Nation) brought them. However, the show’s creators kept up the good fight and Fox relented. Not only has the show’s executive producer described the children as a delight to work with, they are actually more careful when cooking on the set than the adults in the regular edition of MasterChef—and according to Gordon Ramsay, it is the adults and not the kids who have the most accidents with knives. To watch MasterChef any time you want, purchase XFINITY broadband offers today.