I love Gordon Ramsay’s shows. I am not one for much reality TV, but there’s something awesome and entertaining about watching a British chef cuss out grown adults to the brink of tears. One of his newer shows is Masterchef, which is only in its 2nd season on FOX. The concept is a competition show where amateur chefs around America compete for $250,000 and the title of “Masterchef.” I don’t typically watch much TV, so I was unaware that Masterchef is not just a big show in America, but is itself a global phenomenon. Started in 1990 in England, it has branched out to several countries, such as Germany, France, and Israel. India had its first season on Amul Masterchef last year as well, and from what was mentioned on the American show last night, it sounds like it’s very successful. Hosted by famed Hindi Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, this show had a similar concept to the American version but made enough changes to make entirely a different product.
I think it’s pretty cool to see one show become such an international success. Granted, it’s been around since 1990, but all this success is very recent internationally. However, I wonder if credit will be attributed to the West, or is the concept itself so universally appealing?