Junior Masterchef – Not Everyone Is Feeling The Love
Junior Masterchef is rating fabulously well, and it deserves to be as the kids are dishing up some fabulous food, however not everyone is feeling the love for the show.
I stumbled over this very interesting blog post on Cake Cake, who quite rightly points out that as the show progresses the kids from the higher socio economic backgrounds will have the advantage.
Cake Cake writes:
Yes, it is impressive that at their age the Junior Masterchef contestants know about, and can, temper chocolate/make short-crust pastry/whatever. But in order to get those skills, and to get them to that level, there has been a lot of effort, and a lot of money.
Learning to cook salmon/squid/make pasta involves cooking salmon/squid/making pasta. Often over and over again. For many families, where food is simply for sustenance, not entertainment, buying salmon/squid/fresh pasta isn’t even an option, let alone allowing your eight year old child cook with itmultiple times.
In the beginning I’m sure that basic techniques and ingredients, the classics, will be able to get past the judges. As the competition continues, however, contestants will have to pull out increasingly impressive dishes. Leaving the lower-income participants (if there even are any) in the dust.
I think she is correct in what she says and the show is paralleling real life. There has been a plethora of articles about how people from lower socio-economic backgrounds do not eat as much freshly prepared food due the higher cost and the health ramifications of this. But it does explain why there are so many Sophie and Isabella’s running around the Junior Masterchef set.
In the Adelaide Advertiser Rose Matto also talks about why Junior Masterchef is not great for kids.
Rosa Matto says she has cancelled her regular children’s classes because of the unrealistic expectations of parents, who demand instant results.
“They should enjoy being in the kitchen. Now parents expect them to produce – and not just a muffin. They want a croquembouche, for goodness sake,” she said.
“They just want the spectacular. If I say to them: `I’m sorry, we have to start with knife-handling skills’, they say: `That’s not going to be very exciting’. People don’t want to do the hard yards. Teaching people to cook requires discipline and a great investment of time. What are we doing to these poor kids?”
Ms Matto, a former high school English and drama teacher, said such TV shows as Junior MasterChef had made cooking classes the latest fashion to fit in beside sport, music and other regimented activities in children’s lives.
Also Angela Mollard questions on The Punch whether Junior Masterchef was child abuse or character building. There are some academic saying the former.
Anyway what do you think?