This Monday a new edition of Master Chef Argentina (Telefe, 21:30), after having enjoyed success with various editions of “celebrity”. The culinary reality returns with the debut at the helm of Wanda Nara.
The programme, of British origin, first aired in 2005 and broadcast in more than 60 countries, was successful in Argentina, where it had two editions for the general public, two for children and three famous And now back to the screen with an edition of unknown, but very talented chefs.
This is how a group of contestants of all ages and from different provinces of the country will compete in a series of culinary challenges to impress a panel of expert judges made up of Damián Betular, Germán Martitegui and Donato de Santis.
In 2014 the first edition of MasterChef Argentina was held and the winner was Elba Rodriguez, a nursing student who went down in history not only for hitting the jackpot but also for her peanut soup recipe.
The story of the young nurse who as a child had learned to cook for her family won over the followers of the program but also the jury, which in that first edition included chef Christophe Krywonis.
“When I arrived at the first test, which was at the Hippodrome, I didn’t even know what MasterChef was and who the judges were because I had never been able to go eat in restaurants or travel like my colleagues who knew the world of gastronomy… I didn’t I had never done a course and I traveled by bus with my family to record the final. It took me a long time to get there”, she acknowledged, excited, in an interview.
Although she continues to work as a nurse with her position at the Wilde Early Care Unit, in the Avellaneda district, Elba is now linked to cooking, her great passion. And you also remain connected to the media,
«From Monday to Friday I work in a television channel, in Unife, I cook in Viva la vida (from 9 to 13) which is a magazine and I do what I like best, that is cooking», Elba told her a few days ago. through Nosy (Net TV, Monday to Friday at 5pm), the cycle of Carlos Monti.
In 2015, a new edition was held and the winner was Alejo Lagauarde, who stood out for the great creativity that his dishes had since he used different ingredients and cooking techniques. Despite his great culinary talent, his program mates didn’t see him well because they saw him enlarged and this earned him the nickname “Masterchef’s evil”. Despite this, the participant made it to the finals and defeated Martín Matroni.
Later, the chef launched a business called Alejo Lagouarde Catering Co, where he also has his own YouTube channel, Cocinando con Alejo.
For now, the next two successive editions were children’s versions and their winners were Maria Sassola and Sebastian Flores.
The three winners of Masterchef Celebrity
Finally, the last three editions of the contest have been with celebrities and their winners have been Claudia Villafañe, Gastón Dalmau and Micaela Viciconte.
The first edition of Masterchef Celebrity in Argentina was a total success in ratings and a gamble because it took place during the pandemic: it premiered on October 5, 2020 and ended on January 18, 2021. The champion was Claudia Villafañe and Analía Franchín was runner-up.
The second season of celebrities aired on Monday February 22, 2021 and concluded on Thursday June 24, 2021. The champion was Gastón Dalmau and Georgina Barbarossa came in second.
In 2022, Mica Viciconte defeated Tomás Fonzi in the finals and received a prize of $1,500,000. In addition, the champion was awarded a one-year scholarship to study at the Mausi Sebess Institute of Gastronomy.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.