Masterchef Contestant Adam Bowen Puts The Boot Into Producers
Maybe the reason Masterchef producers like to pick younger contestants is because they are more controllable after they leave the Masterchef Australia house.
As it appears Adam Bowen who left the show of his own accord is unleashing in post show interviews.
Here are some gems from him in an article in NINE MSN:
Former MasterChef contestant Adam Bowen has criticised the show’s producers for not caring enough about contestants and claims they are playing with contestants emotions for ratings.
Bowen — who shocked fans when he quit the show during last night’s elimination pressure test — also fears the show could have a lasting negative effect on some contestants who have put their lives on hold to compete.
“I don’t think the producers care enough about the contestants,” Bowen told ninemsn.
“They’re there to make a high rating show.”
The successful 31-year-old scuba dive business owner also hit out at producers for trying to break down contestants’ self-confidence.
“I found that difficult to see, the stress on people’s faces, I found that tough to see people question themselves when they’ve never questioned themselves in their lives,” he said.
“And that’s where the emotion comes from on MasterChef.”
“The little 14-year-old fat kid that I used to be, you know I thought I’d put that behind me … [but] MasterChef brought him back out,” he said.
“It’s a process that I found difficult being involved in, TV.”
Bowen said contestants were not given enough opportunity to prepare for cooking challenges and it was “like being a marathon runner and only being trained to walk”.
Having walked out on the show after realising he did not want to be a professional chef, Bowen told ninemsn he thought MasterChef was too important for some contestants who would be devastated if they didn’t win.
“I really think that people are putting their whole lives on the line. People in the top fifty quit their jobs,” he said.
“It puts a big void in peoples’ lives. It can and it will affect some people a lot longer than others.”
Bowen said he realised he no longer wanted to compete in MasterChef after the sustainability challenge, where each team had to cook for customers at Sydney’s pop-up restaurant The Green House, producing the least waste possible.
“I was doing the sustainability challenge and there was something Gary said to me and one of the celebrity chefs,” he said.
“I just realised why would I want to be owning a restaurant? I don’t have the personality to be a chef or just deal with the sort of chef’s personalities.”
Bowen said the stereotype of the angry, screaming chef was what put him off the industry as a teenager.
“I experienced chefs in the Hyatt when I was 17, 18, and didn’t really like the way they operated,” he said.
“My industry and the dive industry is all about building up peoples’ confidence. Customers come along in diving to be encouraged and supported.
“With some of the chefs you don’t really get that encouragement.”
He also said in the Courier Mail that the show broke up his relationship as he was only allowed a 10 minute phone call each week.