MasterChef Australia – Why Is George Colambaris So Freaking Sensitive?
OK George Calombaris so MasterChef Australia got beaten in the ratings by Hey Hey, however his bad mood seems to have continued throughout the week first with a rant against food bloggers in Herald Sun (blogger Eating Melbourne Blog has it in more detail)
But basically he said:
Celebrity chef George Calombaris believes online reviewers don’t have the credibility of their mainstream counterparts and bloggers are unsympathetic if there’s been a bad night on the floor, or the kitchen’s understaffed.
Critics from newspapers and magazines generally visit a noshery at least twice before writing their review.
“They monitor it and see what’s going on,” Calombaris says. “These are trained professionals. These critics know what they’re talking about. They’ve got a palate. They eat, that’s their job, that’s their living. (Bloggers) have no idea about restaurants. They’ve got no idea how they’re run.”
This is not the first time George has bagged out bloggers. At the Sydney and Melbourne Food and Wine Shows, he bitched about them having a go at him for licking his knife. (Yes that was me). But it would appear that one of the reasons he dislikes them is that he cannot control his own press through them. Because most blogs are independent there is no cosy relationship between the publicists and the journalists that can exist in some mainstream media organisations.
George also banned writer, Windsor Dobbin, this week who made a negative comment on Twitter about him. Windsor has an article online at the Brisbane Times which shows a) how sensitive George is, and b) how vitriolic he can be.
Maybe he needs to be given a guest judge role on Australian Idol to liven things up a bit.