There’s a whole myriad of television shows devoted to food and cooking. Some of my favourites include Food Safari on SBS, The Cook and the Chef on ABC and of course the highly entertaining Iron Chef on SBS.
More recently, I’ve been tuning into Masterchef on Channel Ten. It’s really a show designed for entertainment value rather than a “foodie” show as such. the most interesting episode is where the judges of the show offer the contestants a cooking demonstration, as this presents the opportunity to pick up a few tips.
The other night I tried their pureed broccoli dish (replacing the suggested cauliflower with broccoli which I had in the fridge) and it was remarkably simple to make and delicious.
However, when it comes to “judging” (and I use that term loosely), the contestant’s dishes, I wonder whether sometimes the judges criticism should be taken as seriously as they make out. Obviously, it all adds to the drama of the show, and clearly the judges’ opinions matter a lot to the contestants, but are food critics really the be all and end all of determining what makes a tasty meal and what doesn’t?
I read somewhere that someone once said that ” people who can cook – cook, those that can’t, write about others that can” (or words to that effect).
What do you think…?