Right at the start of each episode of Masterchef: The Professionals, a man with a very sensuous voice says something like “twenty professional chefs are putting their reputation on the line.”
I would be alright with that line if they all did well. The problem is, they don’t all do well. I love the show, because, well…pictures of lovely plates of food. But when it doesn’t work out…oh I do feel for them! Even more than the normal Masterchef or the Celebrity Masterchef. Can you imagine how it would effect them going back to a restaurant and everyone who watched the show thinking, “I don’t want to eat where he works!”
There’s not a lot that is worth watching on television….however, I do like Masterchef. There are three versions each year on the BBC, the normal Masterchef – which is always my favourite, the professionals Masterchef which I have started to enjoy almost as much as the original version, and the celebrity version, when around twenty “celebrities” (only five of which do I recognise) test my patience as find that the audience are actually watching because they are interested in cooking, not in celebrities.
But I have to say, I have really enjoyed the episodes of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef which ended last night with a fantastic final. Don’t worry I am not going to say who wins., I know there may be some still planning to catch up on it later.
I just want to say…I really really was impressed by Penny Lancaster’s dishes. I watched her cooking and decided to myself that surely she has had chance to eaten some very fine food in her life.
Overall, there were two contestants that I could not get enough of and I rated as fabulous. One was to my surprise – Bez – he was just brilliant. I also loved watching Melanie Sykes, and probably her dishes are more my cup of tea than most in the competition. But perhaps picking two northerners out reveals some bias on my part.
I also have to mention Megan – one of the celebrities that I had ever seen before – in my opinion she was the most consistently good from the start. She impressed, and oh my, she made gluten free look sensational.
But the one contestant I have been bowled over by is Joe Swash – again did not have a clue who he was, but I did recognise the name of his fiance Stacy Solomon. Joe, Joe, Joe – what a mucky pup – but his progress was outstanding. He went from being the most irritating of all the contestants to being the one I wanted to watch. I actually felt excited for him – what is Joe going to do this week?
So…”celebrities”….bit of a nonsensical term in my opinion….but I love seeing a bunch of people, a few of whom I recognize, most of whom are complete strangers to me…falling in love with cooking. It’s a great show, and it is one of the few shows I actually think are worthy of my taking a little time out for.
I have just had a yummy bowl of soup. Inspired by my favourite show, I did something a bit weird to my soup. I added a dollop of peanut butter. I am glad to say it worked really well. It was a spicy soup. When I added the peanut butter it made it taste like satay sauce.
Now I am ready and waiting in anticipation for the grand finale of this year’s series of Masterchef. I have loved this series. For the first time, I have seen every single episode of the series. That’s what not going out does for you.
I have watched Masterchef for the past three years, but for the last couple of years, I missed a lot of the episodes because I was out and about. Before then I did not have a television for over ten years. My prior recollections of the show are from childhood. My mum used to watch Masterchef when it was presented by Lloyd Grossman, the memories of which make me cringe!
I love all three of this year’s finalists. I have loved watching them work. I liked their personalities. I am very excited about the final tonight. Who will win? Oh, it’s exciting!