MasterChef: The Professionals Debuts at Top Spot

2013 Jan 21 |  Written by:  | Tags:

Going against the dismal ratings of its recent seasons, the MasterChef franchise has made a successful comeback last night when MasterChef: The Professionals premiered with a solid 1.17 million viewers.

MasterChef: The Professionals‘ first episode introduced celebrity chef Marco Pierre White to the program, alongside regular co-host Matt Preston, as judge to 18 professional chefs from different parts of Australia.

The program ranked third behind Nine News Sunday (1.5 million) and Seven News (1.2 million), according to the overnight ratings from OzTam. It also won the Ten network’s key 18-49, 16-39 and 24-54 demographics.

In response with the launch’s reception, News.com.au reports that a spokesperson from Ten Network has informed the public, “We are pleased with how MasterChef: The Professionals performed last night, it is off to a good start.”

One hopeful eliminated in the first MasterChef 2013 episode

Last night’s episode featured three-person teams competing at an intense three-course dinner challenge for 120 guests at the MasterChef restaurant. The first unlucky chef to be eliminated is Matty McKenzie, whose career started off at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen Melbourne (115-117 Collins St) that reopened as The Kitchen Cat in January 2011. McKenzie, Cameron Bailey and Akuc Chol struggled with their duck tortellini dish that they had to prepare as a team. Matty McKenzie aspires to build his own restaurant chain, the Outback Matty’s Bush Kitchen.

With a strong start and a change of competitors’ line-up from previous seasons’ amateur cooks, MasterChef: The Professionals is expected to bring more suspense and higher expectation from its audience and show’s critics.

MasterChef The Professionals 2013 contestant Matthew Mckenzie had to leave

MasterChef The Professionals 2013 contestant Matthew McKenzie was the first to leave (picture: Channel 10)

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