(Particularly the ballsy Lancastrian lass who is my tip to beat the moustachioed twatster in the final!)
What I'm less impressed by is how formulaic the programme has become, with contestants slave to the straitjacket of rigid format as they wield their spatulas of conformity. (And, if anybody asks, I'll probably use that rather florid excuse for not entering rather than admitting my shitting fear!)
|Too busy drinking beer to go on MasterChef|
Pretty much every challenge involves having an hour (or, quite often, an hour and 15 minutes) to cook something, which rules out any slow-cooked dishes and indeed discriminates against chefs whose speciality happens to be slow-cooking.
(Yes, I'd probably include myself in that category.)
My other complaint, which may well be a by-product of the first, is that there is nowhere near enough cooking with beer on the show.
And we could all use some additional beer, right?!?
Give us time!
The current format, as well as hindering the more leisurely-paced contestant - also effectively excludes ingredients that cry out for slow-cooking. Cuts of meat like brisket, pork shoulder and scrag end of mutton rarely taste good when flash-fried in a pad thai, and consequently candidates eschew these in favour of a duck egg raviolo or something, which they'll have several attempts to perfect during the 75 minutes.
Likewise, many pulses benefit from a long time on a low heat, as do many classic dishes involving our good friend beer. I could cook my famous chilli in 75 minutes, just as I could make it without using beer, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as good. Several hours and plenty of dark lager are key to perfection on the plate.
It takes several hours to bring out the flavours and knowing how to handle these slow-burning ingredients is a culinary skill in its own right. One that Wallace and Torode don't seem particularly interested in.
It's all edited down into 30 second bursts of footage anyway, so why can't they have challenges involving 20 minutes prep time in the morning and half an hour to serve a dish in the late afternoon?
Give us beer!One brave Masterchef contestant served a Lagerita with her dish - it was more or less roundly ignored - and that's been pretty much beers only involvement in the series.
|Definitely not a scene from MasterChef...|
Lots of B-V recipes call for various styles of beer. Boston Baked Beans benefit from an old ale, while a classic Beef stew works well with porter. Both recipes improve with every passing hour in the oven, naturally.
It's not even just about slow-cooking though. I use kriek in the dressing for my goats cheese and cherry salad which can be prepared in five minutes, let alone 75.
So I wonder if MasterChef, indeed, maybe a substantial chunk of the foodie establishment, has a bit of a prejudice against beer and slow-cooking?
Perhaps it's not sophisticated enough?
Maybe it doesn't look sufficiently pretty on the plate?
It's a shame though, because beery slow food often tastes fucking awesome, and that, surely, should be the most important thing.