Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Matt PrestonWhen reality television came into the kitchen, it was easy to turn a blind eye. After all, the promos for MasterChef Australia reeked of a Big Brother approach, with intimidating stares from imposing judges, contestants with shared living arrangements, emotional video diaries, eliminations and tears, and all the accoutrements that are meant to fool viewers into believing they are watching somebody’s ‘reality’.

Until Matt Preston stepped in. Impressively tall and larger than life, he sat at an adjoining table at the prestigious Marque Restaurant, the night I was treated to a celebratory birthday dinner. With his flamboyant style and trademark cravats, the staff doted over the man known to be one of the best food journalists and restaurant critics, a man of international acclaim. And he in turn was ever so charming, unlike the way he was portrayed in the promos that filled prime time television.

One episode of MasterChef was sufficient to turn this die-hard heretic into an eager fan. Either dinner time was reorganised to fit around the show, or meals were served in front of the television, eagerly awaiting “Matt moments” such as those when his face contorts with pleasure at the dish he is sampling before he delivers his verdict.

“Because I like you, Andre… I’ve swallowed it” may be his most memorable line to date, titillating audiences with a dash of saucy humour, earning him a status of the new sex symbol, along with Facebook fan pages dedicated to the man and his cravats, even a movie tribute.

But it is his critiques of the contestants’ creations that are MasterChef’s true pièces de résistance. They arrive like the much anticipated petits fours served with coffee after an elaborate dégustation menu: small, concise and bursting with either a welcome sweetness or the bitterness of dark chocolate.

* Photo Credit – Masterchef


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.