07 May, 2021

Gary Mehigan

The chef and host speaks on his Indian food adventures

Gary Mehigan

A new TV show, an Australian BBQ, tracking dabbawallas: lots on your plate on this trip.

It’s for the pilot episode of my show Far Flung. We visited the Maharaja’s kitchen in Jodhpur, the Old Delhi spice market, the Chennai fish market, and sent out special tiffin boxes across Mumbai.

What made you pick these places?

It’s about the characters you meet, their anecdotes, and the stories you can tell through them.

What continues to make Masterchef Australia popular?

George (Calombaris), Matt (Preston) and I seem to get the best out of contestants. I’m not sure other versions of Masterchef have vested interests in contestants as we do and therefore don’t seem to have hit the spot.

There are more Indian contestants on the show of late.

It’s a snapshot of what Australia is all about. People who accuse us of ‘constructing’ are stereotyping themselves.

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