All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, we bid a fond farewell — until next year — to our favourite ever reality TV program (except for maybe The Swan and Celebrity Rehab): MasterChef.

While you bite your nails down to the nub in anticipation of the final battle between fruity, feisty Poh and fuzzy, frenetic Julie, have a look back at Crikey‘s best MasterChef coverage.

masterchefsmallMasterChef! The true truth! First Dog reveals why MasterChef is the most watched show in the entire universe.

prestonMatt Preston: The Movie A tribute to the newest and most watchable television personality in years. Matt Preston, we salute you.

The Crikey offices have a visitor! Matt Preston came to visit Crikey. No really! First Dog tells the tale.

MasterChef’s recipe for success What is it about MasterChef that’s just so addictive? Courteney Hocking serves up a few ideas.

Channel Ten cooks up a big year in ratings Ten is the success story of the year, with MasterChef serving up record ratings for the network, writes Glenn Dyer.

That was the year that was in TV. Next year will only be worse At the end of 2008, Glenn Dyer had this to say: “Ten has to replace Big Brother, so we will get MasterChef. It’s a rip off of a UK format seen here on pay TV. Don’t hold your breath.” Oops.