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
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