5 Food Documentaries Every MasterChef Lover Should Watch


Now that the latest season of MasterChef Australia is well underway, we thought it’ll be good to look at some of the guest judges or past contestants that have brightened the stage alongside George, Mark and Matt! Check out what these TV personalities have done other than appearing on MasterChef. :) 

1) Nigella Lawson: Simply Nigella

Nigella Lawson Simply NigellaAs beautiful and inspiring as ever, Nigella Lawson’s latest series – SIMPLY NIGELLA – will introduce viewers to a new pared-down approach to cooking and eating. With a handful of dishes per show, Nigella will use each recipe to connect with the audience like never before – intimately sharing the story of each dish before it’s cooked, revealing just what it is about specific ingredients that makes them her favourites, and giving us her best tips to make life easier in the kitchen and outside of it too!

With indulgent feasts for special occasions sitting alongside tasty everyday meals, Simply Nigella will deliver a true sense of balance between lightness and lushness. From healthy everyday breakfasts and substantial weekend brunches to quick-to-make, lighter suppers that de-stress, and “bowl food” that comforts, Simply Nigella brings us recipes that will be both a pleasure to cook and eat.

Who is Nigella Lawson?

Nigella is a journalist, broadcaster, TV personality and food writer from London, England. In 1998 she published her first cookery book, How to Eat, which then sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller. She’s often labelled as a domestic goddess and has appeared on the third and eighth (current!) season of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge.

2) Poh & Co. Season 2

Poh & Co Season 2In the first series of Poh & Co. viewers experienced Poh Ling Yeow and hubby Jono transforming their somewhat disastrous quarter acre block in the Adelaide suburbs, into a beautiful, edible garden. POH & CO. SEASON 2 expands that humble market stall into a five tent food extravaganza, serving everything from colourful paella to yummy cakes and diet busting pastries, much of which is prepared in their newly leased industrial kitchen! Another big step in itself for our foodie fab four!

Also in this fresh new series, Poh realizes a long-term dream and opens a cafe at the Adelaide Central Markets. It’ll be a major challenge on all fronts, winning over customers, gaining the acceptance of the old time traders and simply keeping her tasty dream alive financially! As if all this isn’t enough, Poh and Sara also decide to develop a range of rather eccentric designer ice cream flavours including Poh’s cherry springer’ and Poh’s fudgy smuggler’. But will the venture be a success or receive the cold shoulder from fussy ice cream lovers?

Who is Poh Ling Yeow?

Poh Ling Yeow is a Malaysian-born Australian artist, actress and runner-up of the first season of MasterChef Australia.

3) Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam

Luke Nguyen's VietnamIn LUKE NGUYEN’S VIETNAM, we take a culinary journey through the southern regions of Vietnam, from Saigon, through the Mekong Delta, and north along the coast to the World Heritage city of Hoi An. Seven towns are explored over ten colourful half hour episodes. With a huge extended family scattered throughout Vietnam, Luke is inspired to learn that they all have one thing in common, a love for food. On our journey we meet many of Luke’s relatives, who share with him the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, and help him discover the tiny cottage industries that have been creating vital ingredients for many centuries.

We travel with Luke as he demonstrates his passion for Vietnam and Vietnamese cooking. He shows us new and easy ways to discover the clean, fresh and fragrant experience of cooking and eating healthy and delicious Vietnamese food. In this DVD, fresh and delicious cuisine is cooked and served in locations that are colourful, noisy and vibrant, the essence of Vietnam itself. With his expert culinary knowledge and simple cooking skills, Luke prepares recipes for the home cook and anyone who wants to try this magnificent cuisine in an easy to follow style that he displays with confidence and passion.

Who is Luke Nguyen?

Luke Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian chef and the acclaimed owner and chef of the Sydney restaurant The Red Lantern. He is also the man behind the restaurant Fat Noodle situated in the Treasury Hotel & Casino in Queensland. He has appeared in the second and eighth season of MasterChef Australia.

4) Adam Liaw’s Destination Flavour: Scandinavia

Destination Flavour ScandinaviaA food revolution has hit Scandinavia! This time on DESTINATION FLAVOUR: SCANDINAVIA, Adam Liaw heads far north to investigate. In what is possibly the cleanest, healthiest, and happiest part of the world, Adam immerses himself in Scandinavian / Nordic culture, history and cuisine to explore the notion of The New Nordic food revolution, and the effect it has had on the region and possibly our future.

Presenter, Adam Liaw believes that Scandinavian food is the Western equivalent of what Japanese food is to Asia delicate, refined and artistic. Destination Flavour Scandinavia explores the traditional foods of the region as well examining its journey to become what is the most dominant creative influence in food today.

Across 6 episodes viewers will be treated to the spectacular landscapes and culinary delights of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Adam meets a parade of famous chefs, cooks and providores and cooks classic Scandinavian dishes, learn traditional cooking methods but also providing his own spin on the central themes found throughout Scandinavian food.

Who is Adam Liaw?

Adam Liaw is an Australian lawyer and television chef who won the second season of MasterChef Australia.

5) Marco Pierre White: Great British Feast

Marco Pierre White Great British FeastFrom traditional classics to long forgotten dishes, world-renowned chef and the godfather of modern cooking Marco Pierre White is on a mission to rediscover all that is great about British food in GREAT BRITISH FEAST. His uncompromising search takes him on a unique culinary road trip around Britain, with its beautiful landscapes and many picturesque villages, as he inspires viewers to re-engage with the environment.

Along the way, Marco meets some colourful characters as he shoots, fishes and forages to find the finest ingredients the British countryside has to offer. Resurrecting age-old recipes and dishing out valuable cookery tips, he then creates amazing all-British dishes that people can cook at home, including updated-version of popular classics such as steak with oysters and fish pie.

Who is Marco Pierre White?

Marco is a British chef, celebrity, restaurateur and TV personality from Leeds, UK, who has been dubbed the first celebrity chef as well as the enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene. He has trained other chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett, and has appeared on MasterChef Australia as a guest judge in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

Who’s your favourite MasterChef guest judge or contestant? Have you seen any of these documentaries? Let us know in the comments!