Shannon Confirms What We Thought – Need To Be Middle Class To Win Masterchef
An interesting interview in Nine MSN with Shannon Smyth the 26 year old receptionist from Queensland who basically confirmed what has been discussed intermittently on this blog, that you need to be middle class to win Masterchef Australia or Junior Masterchef.
People have frequently commented on this blog that to be able to produce some really good dishes you need to have used the high end ingredients, and have a wide variety of eating experiences.
For example who is going to let a 10 year old loose with a good piece of tuna, or steak?
Shannon in the article said she felt she was at a disadvantage to the other contestants because of her poor childhood. Also her current job as a receptionist would not give her a big income to spend on fresh high quality ingredients and dining experiences either.
The article states:
Eliminated MasterChef contestant Shannon Smyth says she was disadvantaged because she came from a poor background and had not travelled much or experienced high-end cuisine.
The 26-year-old from Brisbane lost last night’s elimination cook-off against Craig Young, 43, in a round where contestants were allowed only three ingredients and 15 minutes to cook their dishes.
Smyth said her childhood of cheap and basic food put her at a disadvantage to some of the other contestants.
“The food was basic, it was spag-bol, it was tinned and frozen, it was all those things and it’s so far removed from the foie gras and truffles of MasterChef,” Smyth told news.com.au.
Smyth said she started cooking for her family, headed by her single-mother, from the age of 13.
She also said she had to try to make up for her lack of travel by reading cookbooks about different countries’ cuisines in between filming the reality show.
“I felt really intimidated while I was there … even Ellie’s [Paxton-Hall] been to Europe and she’s 21,” she said.
“We never travelled when I was a kid.”
What do you guys think? Is she making a valid point?