Masterchef Australia 2011

This is going to be a rather off beat post, as if the whole last year wasn’t off beat enough for my blog.

Since moving to Denmark, there’s been one thing that’s been constant the whole time: Every night except Saturday, at 7pm (19:00 for the Europeans), MasterChef Australia 2011 has been on. We’ve watched the entire season, and other than maybe the first week, the only episodes I’ve missed were when I went back to Vancouver to defend my thesis and one or two nights when we visited with friends.  That’s probably a good hundred or shows that we’ve watched.

From MasterChef, I’ve dutifully read the Danish subtitles and “reverse-engineered” enough Danish to be able to read the written language.  Everything I’ve bought at the grocery store has been enabled by the words for food I’ve worked out from the tv show.  Additionally, I’ve followed the contestants and learned and tried new recipes from the show.  We even adjusted our dinner time to match the time slot for MasterChef, so that we could make it a part of our evening.

It has been one of the few scheduled items of our life in Denmark.

I’m sad that it is now over.  Even more so, I’m depressed that it’s being replaced by “Backstage with Oprah Winfrey” or whatever it’s called.   I’m *really* not a big Oprah fan.

So, as strange as this is, thank you Master Chef.  Thanks for teaching me Danish.  Thanks for entertaining me for nearly five months, and thanks for all the recipes.  I’m going to miss you, and my evenings won’t be the same anymore.

5 thoughts on “Masterchef Australia 2011

  1. Not that it has the same Danish language school aspect in Australia, but my wife and I got hooked on this last year as well. How can you not love the terribly un-subtle suspense-building break-to-commercial-through-fire thing? Not to mention the repetition across commercial breaks. :-)
    I’m not sure whether this is good news for you or not, but last week the 2012 series of Masterchef Australia started over here and the episodes are available to watch online at So depending on how good the connection is from Denmark and whether or not the people at Channel Ten have tried to block international viewing, perhaps your experience can continue…

    • Hah! The break to commercials are pretty funny, I’ll agree with that. Frankly, my favorite part is just that the contestants are so supportive of each other. In american cooking competitions, like the american masterchef, the contestants are always scheming with each other, trying to figure out how to sabotage everyone else. In the australian version, they’ll wander over to each other’s bench and give tips and shout down reminders from the balcony! What a change.

      Also, much thanks (mange tak! in Danish) for the link – I’ll give that a try when my family and I get home from the hospital!

    • Yep – its blocked. It’s really a shame that people producing content can’t see the big picture. I’ll either pirate it, or just give up on the franchise. Neither of which will benefit channel ten in the future.

  2. Hi Anthony,

    I would suggest you subscribe to a usenet account ( has great price) and use + sabnzd software. You can even use Sickbeard to automatically download episodes for you.

    Warning, access to english TV will impede your language learning (I know, because I am embarassingly behind on my Deustch)

    Congrats on the baby!

    • Thanks for the tip. We’ve been using other sources to find tv shows, but usenet is a good idea. I used to use it a decade ago, but haven’t checked it out lately.

      And you’re absolutely right – watching English TV *is* a good way to slow down learning a new language. Unfortunately, Danish TV is still beyond me, for the most part, and they don’t do subtitles on shows that are already in Danish. :(

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