I like MasterChef and am not ashamed to admit it. For those of you who don’t know, Masterchef is a reality TV cooking competition, and the Australian version is currently about half way through its third season.
It is supposed to be based on the original UK version but from what I have heard the only similarity is that contestants cook stuff, the format is completely different. Does that matter? I don’t think so, but a lot of people seem to get upset by it.
A lot of people don’t like MasterChef for lots of different reasons. I agree with some of those reasons and there are things about the third season I don’t like.
But, I still enjoy the show and there is plenty to like about it.
When it comes down to it, it is a TV show, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. It’s not rocket science. Does who wins, loses, gets eliminated, what they do after they get eliminated really affect your day to day life that much? Nope, didn’t think so. Enjoy it for what is, I know I do.
The things I like about MC is that there are lots of tips and tricks you can pick up watching both the contestants cook, and also in the weekly masterclasses, where two of the judges, Gary and George, both excellent chefs and restaurant owners, cook different dishes, often based on the challenges throughout the week.
I also like the fact that it gets people into their kitchens, cooking fresh food and dishes they would probably never have tried. There has been a lot of media about this, and apparently it has inspired kids to cook as well, which can only be a good thing.
J and I have cooked quite a few dishes from the previous series, and have been happy with them. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t rush out and make a croquembouche, though the tins for those profiterole towers sold out the day after that particular episode. We stick to the simpler dishes!
It also makes you aware of chefs and restaurants that you might not have otherwise heard of. The show is based in Sydney but they do travel around a bit, especially so in the current series. Three restaurants/patisseries we recently went to in Sydney came about from seeing them on MC, which was good as the ones we knew we wanted to try weren’t open when we were going to be there.
The last thing I like about MC is it gets people talking; who do you like, don’t like, what dish have you cooked, want to cook, what was Matt Preston wearing?
We have a lot of friends who also enjoy MC and it is great to have a gossip about something a bit fun and that we all enjoy.