MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode have said they wish they had Gordon Ramsay’s ‘delicious’ monetization as new BBC series hits our screens
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MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode admit it’s not just Gordon Ramsay’s cooking that makes them jealous – his earning potential is delicious, too.
The judges return ahead of the 18th series of Britain’s most popular cooking series on BBC1 next week.
The film will culminate in a finale held at Ramsay’s Michelin-starred London restaurant.
John hails 55-year-old Ramsay – who hosts the US version – as “probably the most famous chef in the world”, and admits: “I think he’s very well paid in America.
“It’s a commercial channel. He has huge billboards all over LA, he has a big house there. He’s really, really famous. I think he’s very, very fine.”
As well as his culinary skills, Ramsay’s fiery temperament has made him a star and viewers can see him explode in the new series.
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John explains: “Gordon’s Gordon. He will do what he wants to do. We always work with great chefs and we always have access to their kitchens. So Gordon is one of them.
“He is formidable and precise and that is why he has had three stars at Chelsea for over 20 years. Putting our boys in his kitchen to learn that I think is great.”
Two presenters recalled eating “a very special piece of chicken” at his restaurant. John said: “I remember Gregg eating and saying, ‘Dude! Pow! ‘”
Meanwhile, Gregg advises the contestants that if they want to go all the way, there are certain foods that they just need to eat.
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“If you keep eating the same food, you can get dizzy,” he warned. If everyone cooks scallops, now you’re being very, very critical of people who don’t get it right, because you’re seeing it over and over again. Same goes for freshly made pasta. Last year was the same with lamb.
“It’s a dangerous thing to do like everyone else. If you keep seeing the same dish, the more you will criticize a dish that is lacking. ”
John, 56, agrees: “What I find really annoying is a potato made of fondant. It’s a beautiful thing if it’s done the right way. I remember the chef at Quo Vadis used to make potato trays. I think there are five kilos of butter in a tray and those potatoes are magical. It really took a long time to get it right. ”
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Gregg, 57, also cautions against trying to be too different, saying: “It’s scary. You have to go with what you know”.
“There are loads of things out there that we haven’t seen,” says John. The culinary world in this country is amazing. Whether it’s Somali, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mauritian, Australian, New Zealander – you can get everything. That needs to be celebrated because many parts of the world don’t have that diversity.”
Both hosts applauded Brooklyn Beckham for his culinary endeavors on Instagram.
“Social cooking is playing a very important role in culinary education,” says Gregg. Sadly, it’s no longer in our schools, but anyone interested can now go online and see a range of cooking styles from around the world, and that’s welcome. and should not be ridiculed. “
John added: “Anything that smothers the food and makes things unnerving is absolutely brilliant.”
This year’s MasterChef has been adjusted with an audition round to allow more contestants to take part in the challenge.
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Each week, nine chefs begin by preparing a blind taste test for Gregg and John, which they eat in a brand new tasting room.
“It keeps it really fresh and it keeps us fresh,” says John. This year, we want a lot more people to come to the door. But, of course, with Covid, you can’t set up for nine people in the studio that we had. So we did it as an audition round and that brought us 45 contestants. ”
He doesn’t think the changes will upset viewers: “Gregg and I are the same people. Everything else is subject to change on MasterChef. Candidates are fickle. Transform food. What happens on the plates is subject to change. But we are the ones making sure everyone is happy and soothed and we will always be there. “
* MasterChef, Wednesday 23rd March, 8pm, BBC1
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