In a recent chat with Matt Preston I decided to quiz him on whether he and Gary Mehigan, as has been reported, did not watch any of this year’s MasterChef series.
According to the Plate of Origin judge, he was looking forward not backwards.
“It’s a bit like looking at your ex’s Instagram. I don’t think there’s any joy going there. I spend more time looking at the the daily ratings, because I’m obsessed by numbers, on TV Tonight,” he said.
“But when you see really good numbers or really bad numbers, how do you feel? So I’m glad I felt really happy that the numbers were really good.
“I don’t think it’s disrespectful, it’s a sign of us moving on. With people like Poh or Laura, I don’t need to see them on TV. I see them in real life.”
Preston acknowledged he does see benefit in watching TV competition however.
“I probably watched more MKR than MasterChef because I wanted to see what they’re doing and if there are any tricks we should be learning from them,” he continued.
“It’s a really hard thing when you move on from 11 years, and I don’t think necessarily watching it is a particularly healthy thing to do.
“I don’t want the memory to be tarnished by any negative thoughts. I’m really happy it did well. It disproves this theory that was voiced by a few people, on your site, that food television was dead. It obviously isn’t. It allows the show to reinvent itself in terms of freshening up the format which is great.
“But that’s also the joy for us. We were more fixated on what we were doing, to try and make Plate of Origin the best possible show it could be and to genuinely be a show that looks to the heritage of (MKR & MasterChef) and cherry pick the eyes to bring you a show that’s joyous and about the food and the strengths of the teams that we have.”
Plate of Origin airs 7:30pm Mondays & Tuesdays on Seven.