MasterChef competitor Jonny Trevathan watches his demise
with Luggate Hotel manager Becs Leonard last night but says
his television career is not all over yet. Photo by Mark
A burnt pork chop and a mediocre salad have ended Tarras
farmer Jonny Trevathan's run on television cooking show
but there is a ''but''.
After watching his demise with friends at the Luggate Hotel
near Wanaka last night, Mr Trevathan said the production
company that made MasterChef wanted him to star in another
And in keeping with the bearded sheep, beef and venison
farmer's laid-back approach to television, Mr Trevathan
professed not to know what the new programme was about except
that he would be filmed at home in Tarras and it would happen
in the first week of next month.
Last night, in an out-of-character move, the Luggate pub
switched its television sets from the cricket - with New
Zealand poised on 60 for one - to the cooking show so patrons
could watch their local celebrity.
Mr Trevathan did not give the game away, and when he became
one of the four eliminated from the show there were just a
few quiet handshakes and the odd ''good on ya, mate'' from
Jonny Trevathan with Luggate Hotel manager Becs Leonard.
Photo by Mark Price.
He admitted coming unstuck with the pork chop when he
thought he had it cooking in the oven, but the oven was not on.
''The light was going; the fan was going but nothing else was
And the salad, described by one of the judges as
''mediocre'', had wilted in the heat of the kitchen.
Mr Trevathan said he had not expected to get as far as he did
in the competition and was happy to return to farming.
''I'm used to producing the food and what I produce I cook at
home for other people, and they seem to enjoy it. That's the
Mr Trevathan's main cooking show legacy may well be his
comment the previous week: ''I like to cook meat, except for
chicken. To me, chicken's like a ladies' meat, so it's more
of a vegetable.''
Last night, he put pork ''almost'' in the same category as
''It's a white meat as well so - I'm a red meat man.''
He does not know the outcome of MasterChef but is
picking David and Kelly as real contenders and Elliot as a