One of the contestants from this season’s ‘MasterChef Australia’ has highlighted it is not just a cooking competition, but “engaging TV”.
Harry Foster, who was recently eliminated from the Channel 10 show, said he understood why some of his co-stars are getting more air time than others, and it comes down to drama, time constraints and “the way producing a television show works”.
“What people need to understand is, let’s say for instance the first episode, it was shot over two days,” Harry told HuffPost Australia.
He said there were “12 hours of footage times by 10 cameras because there’s 10 different cameramen there”.
“That’s 120 hours of footage, and you need to condense that to 50 minutes of television. Obviously they can’t highlight everybody, they can’t feature everybody.”
Harry explained producers are “not going to highlight” a contestant if nothing particularly dramatic or compelling occurs while they’re cooking.
“If you don’t have any screw-ups or you don’t do anything particularly that great or particularly that interesting, or nothing really goes wrong for you, then they’re not going to highlight you in the episode because they want to make engaging TV,” he said.
Harry acknowledged this could’ve led to some confusion amongst viewers in recent weeks and that “because people don’t really understand the way producing a television show works, they can get quite worked up about it”.
Derek Lau, who appeared on ‘MasterChef’ in 2019, said the producers’ editing makes sense because “the viewer also loves seeing highs and lows”.
“It’s all part of the way the guys create the show by putting Reynold on, because he’s methodical, he creates amazing dishes and a viewer loves that,” he told HuffPost Australia.