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Masterchef: 4 Reasons I hate the show I love to watch

It’s common knowledge that these shows are more about competition than they are about cooking.

Quite frankly, though I like to cook, I can’t say I’ve learned a thing from the many cooking shows I have watched over the years. And while I despise Hell’s Kitchen this other Ramsay product is a little more palatable for a few reasons.

First of all, the people here actually know how to cook. These home cooks outperform many of the supposed journeymen on Hell’s Kitchen who seem to often as not come up against a common ingredient like cilantro and admit to never having used it. Second, I am a sucker for foodporn.

You could have a woodworking competition but the thing about food is everyone eats. And a lot of people cook so you do have that common demographic.

So the hates about a show I cannot stop tuning into. (Many of these hates are common to other reality shows).

1. Were these writers all raised on Teletubbies? That show I think might have been the first to repeat segments within a show. But it was for children and the stoned. This supposedly for adults show has to recap after every commercial as though the audience was comprised of people who had lost all short term memory. (Of course, it also means less material is required to fill an episode. Without the repetition you might get this down to a leaner 30 minute slot.)

2. Perhaps the one thing that bothers me the most, and I also see Ramsay going on about this in his other shows, is that no diner should ever have to wait for food after they have decided they want it. He loses his mind if there is any delay of gratification. Of course, on Hell’s Kitchen, diners have been known to wait over an hour for the appetizer which is bizarre. I have never experienced that at an actual restaurant.

On a recent Masterchef, it was a group of children who had to be satisfied and Ramsay was losing it because they were HUNGRY. No wonder there is an obesity problem if this is considered a reasonable response.

Overall, you could argue that though being able to perform quickly and efficiently should be part of the chef skill set, that making the food great takes second place to making it fast.

3. There is that reality show narrative syntax where someone reacts to a statement with let’s say pursed lips and the camera zooms in as though the world has just come to an end. No doubt, this can be traced back to soap opera cliches but it really does make you wonder once again about whether this show is really aimed at adults or children.

4. Finally, and this is a logistic matter. People appear to be interviewed in the middle of intense time trials about how they feel about things. Those interviews have a background that lets you know they are not at their stations madly preparing food and yet otherwise we are told how tight the time is to do what they are doing.

But I do keep watching.

4 comments on “Masterchef: 4 Reasons I hate the show I love to watch

  1. Funny – In Australia it is MasterChef that has given me the 12 year old the love to cook….

  2. and I forgot to rant against the blatant product placement but I do agree re the inspirational potential…maybe that’s what’s at the root of my watching…despite it being no help in developing skills, watching it, like watching a show about exercise, makes me feel like I actually am engaging in it…

  3. […] could take this a step further and tie it in with the protocols now in place in reality television where the reaction shots and sound bites are weighted toward providing emotional rather than […]

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