MasterChef 2016 fans seemed to have a lot to say about Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Sadly, their tweets were less than sweet for the latest reality TV food show.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts failed to satisfy the sweet tooth of viewers during its premiere telecast. Celebrated patissier Adrian Zumbo is at its helm, alongside British chef Rachel Khoo. Aside from the monetary prize, the grand winner earns the distinction of the best dessert king or queen Down Under. Moreover, their winning creation becomes part of the Zumbo product line.
Hence, Zumbo’s Just Desserts follows in the tradition of other popular reality TV food shows like MasterChef 2016 but with a sweet twist. A show about desserts would likely score big among audiences since nearly everyone has a sweet tooth. However, this show seemed to have missed the mark. Thus, the onslaught of tweets to express dislike for it. @PDarbyshire seemed to dislike the show from its trailers but probably hoped the actual show would be better. Then again, it was not like that for this Twitter user.
@AdamCosgrove likely summed up the sentiments of many viewers. Yet did it also express the thoughts of the show’s producers? @iamwilliambuck even went as far as to scold Channel 7 for the show. The tweets also targeted different elements of Zumbo’s Just Desserts. @nyckate16 wondered if the contestants were on medication of some form. Alas, the worst tweets seemed to target Zumbo yet praised his co-star Khoo. Thus, could she be the new Nigella Lawson? Then again, would the makeover suggested by @tayzar_14 be possible even after just one show?
Sheer, unadulterated hell. & that was just the weeks of trailers. The show is actually much worse. #JustDessertsAU
— Philip Darbyshire (@PDarbyshire) August 22, 2016
It has to be said #JustDessertsAU is fairly terrible. Such high hopes, such disappointment
— Adam Cosgrove (@AdamCosgrove) August 22, 2016
— William Buck (@iamwilliambuck) August 22, 2016
Were all the contestants given an Xanax prior to the show? The pace is putting me to sleep. #JustDessertsAU
— nyckate (@nyckate16) August 22, 2016
The first Zumbo Test is intense!!!!!! (oh and yummy…) https://t.co/plEPEQ1gIZ
— #JustDessertsAU (@justdessertsau) August 22, 2016
— TheEgalitarianCat (@CatmanForever) August 22, 2016
— Jamie Collins (@JamieCollins) August 22, 2016
— Tay (@tayzar_14) August 22, 2016
Zumbo’s Just Desserts vs MasterChef 2016
Regardless, Zumbo’s Just Desserts managed to earn third place, as 1.08 million viewers watched the show, according to News.com.au. TV commentator Denise Eriksen from The New Daily summed up what Zumbo’s Just Desserts seemed to have missed for its initial offering. It called to mind the fact MasterChef 2016 contestants are able to create careers in the culinary world after the show. Would the contestants of Zumbo’s Just Desserts be able to do the same?
“…the producer’s dream will turn into a nightmare pretty quickly if they can’t deliver what similar shows deliver – exceptional dishes from amateurs every time and, in this case, three times a week,” Eriksen wrote. Thus, would @CatmanForever be right to call it a ripoff?