MasterChef, a television program that continues for the second consecutive season, which premiered this month, is a step towards the promotion of Greek cookery and products. The author of “Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart”, Chef George Calombaris, a man proud of his Greek roots and a defender of healthy diet, is taking part in the judging panel of the show for the second season as well.
Who is George Calombaris
George Calombaris has been awarded more accolades for his work than most receive in a lifetime, and this exuberant chef is still just 31 years of age. Returning to MasterChef Australia alongside old boss and fellow chef Gary Mehigan, and food critic Matt Preston, Calombaris brings the passion and fire to Season Two’s judging panel. Before joining the MasterChef team last year, Calombaris had been voted as one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World by the Global Food and Wine Magazine. An internationally successful restaurateur, George owns three restaurants in Melbourne and one in Mykonos, Greece. His flagship Melbourne restaurant, The Press Club, was awarded The Age Good Food Guide ‘Best New Restaurant 2008’ with George named ‘Chef of the Year 2008’. It was also in 2008 that The Age Melbourne Magazine placed George in the Top 100 Most Influential People.
In September last year, Calombaris released his second cookbook Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart, focusing on the very best cuisine from his Greek taverna restauraunt – Hellenic Republic. Though Calombaris is currently flat out in the MasterChef kitchen, he also manages find time to inspire his team and create new restaurant concepts such as the upcoming St. Katherine’s in Kew.
Source: MasterChef Website
MasterChef Premiere Breaks Records
The season premiere of the second series of MasterChef Australia was watched by an average of 1.7 million viewers nationally – an increase of 19 per cent compared to last year’s debut episode which was watched by 1.43 million people .
The highly anticipated return was the most watched show of the night in Australia.
The reality cooking show delivered Channel Ten its best Monday night audience of the year and its highest rating program of the year.
Source: Adelaide now
Source: On information from Neos Kosmos
Caption: MasterChef judges, George Calombaris (second to the right)