Last night’s Masterchef episode was one for the ages. While this season has been filled with some wild challenges that involved sushi trains, shocking twists and Katy Pery, this episode gave voice to a very important slice of Australia.
We spoke about this season of ‘Masterchef: Back To Win’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…
The episode was all about instant noodles. And while some of you were wondering where the Mi Goreng noodles were or learning how to pronounce ‘Maggi’ correctly, we saw something quite beautiful on-screen. For hours, during prime-time tv, Australian audiences were subject to Asian culture, Asian representation and Asian women killing it.
As Poh Ling Yeow, Reece Hignell, Jess Liemantara and Simon Toohey were all challenged to “pimp out” two-minute noodles, Asian families around Australia gasped at the sight they were seeing.
Benjamin Law put it best when he said, “This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”
But, he’s not the only one. The #MasterchefAU hashtag was popping off on Twitter, with many praising the Australian-Asian representation on-screen from not only the noodle challenge but the following ‘comfort food’ challenge, which saw both Poh and Jess plate up Asian-inspired dishes.
A lot of the discourse around Masterchef this season has been about the positive representation on screen, with each episode diving into new cultures and giving them a platform to be enjoyed by the wider-Austalia. Additionally, the introduction of an Asian-female judge and the abundance of queer, ethnic and non-men voices on screen make this show feel like it does capture the reality of Australia.
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Funny that Austalia was worried that the new season would flop without the OG judges returning but, after what’s happened this season, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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