chef - Roee Berkovitch - November 29 2010
Winner Ina Kravatzky. Record rating of 36.9 points. Photo by Roee Berkovitch
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Saturday's season finale of the Israeli version of the hit reality television series "Master Chef" notched a record rating of 36.9 points, the television franchisee which produced the show, Keshet, announced yesterday. The show recorded a high of 40.7 ratings points during the announcement of the winner, Ina Kravatzky. In total, the show pulled in a total of 1.6 million viewers, a number which represents 54.5 percent of total viewing households.

The rating result is even more impressive when considering the numbers that were culled from the Jewish demographic. The show registered a 41.6 among Jewish viewers, making it the second-most watched program in the last decade. Maccabi Tel Aviv's basketball game against Bologna in May 2004 notched a 46.1 rating.

When comparing the show to the 10 most watched non-sports programs among all viewers, the "Master Chef" finale emerged on top. The only other non-sports show in this list is the 2005 Eurovision song contest.

"Master Chef" is an Israeli spinoff of the original British concept which is broadcast on BBC. The show offers amateur chefs an opportunity to earn the title of ""Master Chef"" by carrying out a series of tasks and missions designed to gauge the participants' culinary prowess. A panel of expert judges, which includes known chefs and restaurateurs, is tasked with grading the contestants' performances.