From its native country to India, America and all over the world, MasterChef Australia has become a phenomenon in the world of food TV. Its judges – Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris – have risen to celeb status in the past four years and George says the success of the show is largely down to the great dynamic between the three of them.
The show has taken them around the world, so what was the highlight of the past series for George? Eating four burgers from four different restaurants in New York in just two hours! What a job!
Aside from the US, the show also set its sights on Dubai for the fifth season, filming a challenge at Atlantis where the contestants had to take over the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, Ossiano, and run a full dinner service for 50 VIP guests. The episode featuring Atlantis, as well as other iconic Dubai landmarks, will air in the UAE on 13 October.
With all this time spent in the country it’s no wonder George has been inundated with offers to open an eatery. He won’t divulge who's been knocking on his door, but we gather that proposals have been coming in thick and fast. And with eight successful restaurants under his belt at the tender age of 33, we’re not surprised Dubai’s big wigs are dying to bring him to our shores full-time. He’s currently in town in association with Bloomingdale’s and Atlantis, hosting a series of cooking demos and a special brunch at Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, and dinner at Ossiano. George says that the key to setting up a restaurant in the UAE would be making sure he has the right staff to deliver his concept 100 percent and keep up his exacting standards. Fingers crossed!
INFO: 27 Oct, Seafire brunch, Dhs550 per person, Ossiano dinner, Dhs995 per person, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 2626. www.atlantis.com, cooking demonstrations, 28 Oct, Bloomingdale's The Dubai Mall,