Neil Perry Puts The Knife Into Masterchef Australia
I will be very surprised if Neil Perry is on Masterchef Australia next season, as in the Sunday Telegraph today he takes a huge swipe at the juggernaut program calling it a “game show”.
The article by Jonathan Moran said:
Neil Perry says MasterChef contestants, hailed as the best amateur chefs in the nation, would struggle to survive in a real restaurant kitchen.
“If you leave MasterChef and think that you are now one of the great chefs of Australia, I think you are probably up for a pretty rough ride,” Perry told The Sunday Telegraph.
“These people are just nobodies with very little experience, and [aided by the show] are able to be exposed and have opportunities. That’s why people go on the show.
“Most of them don’t go on the show thinking they will be opening a restaurant … most go on there to get enough media fame to be able to go on and do more media things.”
He also took a swipe at Saint Marion (gasp) saying:
“I haven’t seen anything to suggest that any of [them] would warrant their own television show on a commercial network,” he said.
Perry was unimpressed with the plan by eliminated favourite Marion Grasby’s to develop a range of sauces, and Aaron Harvie’s idea to open a wine bar, saying they’d need more than marketing to succeed.
“You’ve got to have a really good palate and you’ve got to understand the process if you want to put your own spin on it rather than just put your name on it,” he said.
“And writing a cookbook is a really difficult thing to do.”
Asked if he was surprised to see Grasby eliminated from the show, Perry said: “I’m not disappointed to see any of them go. There are quite a few life shattering things going on in the world, and I think someone being voted off MasterChef isn’t one of the big disasters. It’s a game show.”
But he did say there was a positive side of the show:
“The good thing is MasterChef gives cooking more notoriety, it gives people more of an insight into cooking fresh food at home and it gets their kids inspired,” he said.
“That’s the really great spin-off of Masterchef, not necessarily the talent that it might unearth because there are already many good chefs in Australia.
I love the way both Neil Perry and Gary Mehigan this year have reminded viewers there are much more important social issues in the world than Masterchef. Gary when he was under pressure about the Callum re-plating saga, and Neil Perry now.
I note he doesn’t suggest that it would be better to donate $50 to World Vision, rather then spend it on a steak at his restaurant. Anyway other then that I think he makes some salient points.