Wednesday, August 03, 2011

What's So Amazing About Cooking Shows?


Why is everyone currently OBSESSED with Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules and all that jazz?

I have one word to say about such shows:


What is so interesting about watching people cook?  Why are so many Australians hooked on reality TV? We know by now that it's not 'reality', but highly crafted.

Maybe it's because I couldn't eat half of the stuff they cook on these shows anyway.  But even in my pre-arthritis and pre-low starch diet days, I never understood why some people are so tantalised by gloop, garnished with gloop, with more gloop on the side.

I'm proud to say I've never watched an episode of any cooking show.  The most I've ever seen is a few seconds while I change channels, but when I've been asked if I've been watching Masterchef and reply 'no', the horrified looks I get are quite hilarious.  It seems it is THE show to watch for Christians and I must be committing blasphemy by not tuning in.

If you want a reality cooking show, then come to my kitchen.  'Cooking with Sarah on the Farm' doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but you'd get to see me in all my cooking glory with no editing.  Here's what you could expect:
  • An improvised recipe due to me forgetting some of the ingredients, and now the shops are shut and just too far away anyway.
  • Shooing Ebony out of the kitchen.
  • Cooking by candlelight because the power's gone out (thank God for gas stoves and ovens).
  • The smoke alarm going off (fortunately this is a rare occurrence and usually only happens when I get distracted).
  • Me deciding to scrap the planned meal and do something easier instead.
Yes, my friends, THAT is reality.

I suspect the answer to this post may well be, "Each to their own."  Other people probably don't understand why I like what I do either.

I don't get it.  Please explain....


Iris Flavia said...

I don´t know bout those shows, but I loved to watch when Tim Mälzer cooked.

One.... he´s sexy and funny and two: He expains very well, gives info you don´t need to cook but nice-to-know stuff.
He gives tipps on how to find ripe food and such.

But, well... if you cannot eat most of it, it makes no sense, I get that...
I was two days off cheese due to having had a root-canal-treatment and was I happy to have cheese again.

Gombojav Tribe said...

I LOVE MasterChef. But, I'm the only one I know (Christian or otherwise) who seems to be following it. At least here in the U.S.A.

I love it because they are not professional chefs, nor celebrities. They are regular people with regular lives--stay-at-home-moms, construction workers, lawyers, etc. who love to cook and love food.

I'm one of those. Just a regular person--no professional training, but I adore food and I love to make it look amazing on a plate and taste even better. Cooking and eating is a necessity, but for me, it's definitely a hobby, too.

I get some inspiration for my kitchen, too. Like the episode when they all had to do something creative with an egg. I found that fascinating and tried out some of the ideas in my kitchen. Who knew! There's more to do with eggs than fry them! LOL!