MasterChef is believed to be among the highest rating English-language programs in India and watched by millions of people.
MasterChef star Gary Mehigan says in India his experience with the Indian public has been incredible. Mehigan along with Matt Preston and George Calombaris are superstars on the level of cricketers and Bollywood actors. They’ve been mobbed and chased down the road by fans on motor scooters.
In the city of Bengaluru, which they visited last week, more than 80 journalists and bloggers cheered and clapped when the men held a press conference.
“Culturally, food is such a big part of being an Indian and we grow up with memories of our Mum’s khana, which is the Hindi word for food,” said food blogger Tanya Dhar. “The moment you enter someone’s house, the first thing they ask you is ‘Can we get you something to eat?’
“MasterChef Australia was such a big hit when it came to India. And it’s because the three judges — Gary, Matt and George — have such amazing, huge personalities.”