The Kitchen Musical: A Mouth-Watering Melting Pot

Masterchef Malaysia is a real joke. There, I said it.

I can attest to that after finally catching an episode over the long weekend. For a while I didn’t want to believe how embarrassing it actually was until I saw one episode with my own eyes. Maggi Mee Goreng – like seriously? Let’s say if the show was a restaurant and I’ve just had a meal there, I’ll definitely walk away with a bad taste in my mouth and I’d probably never return again.

Now, with Masterchef Malaysia down in the dumps, I need something else to fix my eyes onto when I run on the treadmill at the gym. Yes, I am aware of the irony behind what I’ve just said. But, try to look at it like dangling a carrot to run slightly longer and further. And that’s when I bumped into this…

The Kitchen Musical, featuring a pool of delicious looking cast from all around Asia comprising of the handsome Stephen Rahman Hughes, the wide-eyed Karylle Tatlonghari, a dreamy Christian Bautista, the serious Arthur Acuña, and a sizzling villain Rosemary Vandenbroucke along with a few more up-and-coming new faces from around the region.

This new TV series is said to be a tantalizing tale told in episodes of an hour each, adopting the dramatic telenovela story telling styles and merging it with the lip-smacking artistry of the Food Network together with the song and dance approach of TV’s most loved series currently, GLEE.

Each episode includes a couple of specially re-arranged and re-recorded popular hit songs animated with dance sequences around a mouth-watering menu of dishes and desserts that promises to be as luscious and addictive as the show itself. However, from what I hear, all comparisons to GLEE stop right there as The Kitchen Musical is slightly more grown-up.

The story revolves around the culinary journey of a rich young girl who starts working at her father’s famous fine-dining restaurant, The Avilon, straight after graduating from the culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

So for the sake of all the treadmill TV addicts and foodies out there, I hope this pan-Asian genre-busting (not to mention multi-million dollars) production will dish out better than the local Masterchef. It is kinda like fusion cuisine, it can be neither here nor there. But with the right amount of ingredients and techniques, the results can be spectacular. And with all that yummy dishes, drama, dance and music thrown in one show…here’s hoping!

P/S: The show has been showing since October. Has anyone seen the show yet? What do you think of it?


AXN (SG/MY/HK) Sat 2.40pm & 8.00pm, Sun 3.15am & 9.20am, Fri 9.05pm
AXN (TH/ID) Sat 1.40pm & 7.00pm, Sun 2.15am & 8.20am, Fri 8.05pm
AXN (PH) Mon 9.05pm & 11.50pm, Tue 1.05pm, Wed 8.10pm , Sat 2.25pm, Sun 3.30pm, 10.45am
Studio 23 (Philippines) Saturdays at 7.30pm
NTV7 (Malaysia) Tuesdays 8.30pm
Metro TV (Indonesia) Saturdays 9.30pm, Sundays 11.05am
10 Responses to The Kitchen Musical: A Mouth-Watering Melting Pot
  1. ciki
    November 8, 2011 | 9:35 am

    Don’t think I have time to watch either, but yeah, agree that second one is definitely the better choice! haha :P

  2. Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah
    November 8, 2011 | 9:57 am

    This could be one of those rare occasions where I would probably pick the fusion dish over the maggi mee goreng, if you know what I mean. :P

  3. Baby Sumo
    November 8, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    I just saw this last week – thought it was pretty good and entertaining!

    • A Lil' Fat Monkey
      November 10, 2011 | 2:57 pm

      I’ve yet to watch a whole episode, but from what I’ve seen over youtube, the production looks amazing!

  4. Sean
    November 8, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    i hadn’t watched masterchef malaysia before, but i just found episode one uploaded on youtube. only 10 minutes into it so far, and it’s not really holding my attention, but they’re introducing the contestants and giving us their back story. some of them seem genuinely nice. wonder if there’ll be any backstabbing and bitching later on :D

    • A Lil' Fat Monkey
      November 10, 2011 | 2:56 pm

      I stand corrected. I’m loving the on-going drama with Chef Riz. Now that’s what I call reality TV… on in this case, a reality check!

  5. Pureglutton
    November 8, 2011 | 10:31 pm

    Yes, I’ve watched this and I LOVE it! Got eye candy somemore! And YES i TOTALLY AGREE that Masterchef M’sia is teruk. You watched an entire episode (hats off to u!) – I didn’t… I watched snippets of 1 show and had enough! Oh, I was cringing too!

    • A Lil' Fat Monkey
      November 10, 2011 | 2:55 pm

      Well i was at the gym running. Not like I’ve got any where else to go. LOL

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