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Masterchef: The Professionals – Female Contestants Confirm Sexism In The Kitchen

Cassie and Bonny two of the younger girls from Masterchef: The Professionals confirmed the show was like real life kitchens where sexism occurred.

The issue was raised on this blog and by commenters on this blog post here and here.

They told the Daily Telegraph were shoved onto desserts by the other contestants on the show even though they were not dessert specialists.

Cassie was particularly frustrated by this.

The article states:

Giving their own insights into the survival skills women need in the “man’s world” of professional cooking, young chefs Bonny Portrr and Cassie Delves admitted they had both had to “turn down” their feminity and fight for respect in the MasterChef kitchen.

Delves, who was praised by White as having “gold in her fingers” said she has hated being dismissed to desserts duty while her mostly male leaders take care of the tough stuff in team challenges.

The 19-year-old said it was “as if we have twice as much to prove” to gain the respect of the older, male peers.

“That was the part I hated the most. I got put on desserts all the time and that’s my weakness (skill). You should play to people’s strengths regardless of whether it’s for an elimination.”

Porter, who works at Neil Perry’s Rockpool & Grill, said there was no room for Gordon Ramsay-style tears.

“The first kitchen I was in I was so emotional and crying all the time because you get in there and you’re I’m shock about what a harsh environment it is. But if you make a mistake, you’re just as likely to have something thrown at you whether you’re a man or a woman.”

Both women, who loved swapping their chefs whites for a fashion makeover, said they had to man up to make it.

“It doesn’t matter that it’s a male-dominated industry, we want to hold our own and prove we can do it just as well as them,” Delves said.

Thanks Anna for alerting me to the article.

In other Masterchef news there is a story about Coop and how sick his little girl was and still is. It it amazing he coped with the stress of it all. The prognosis for his daughter appears to be still unclear.

The Sunday Telegraph writes:

MASTERCHEF contestant Coop Woodstone has revealed his agonising decision to remain in lockdown while his daughter Viena was undergoing life-saving brain surgery.

As he battled for survival in the kitchen, surgeons were operating on seven-year-old Viena, who was born with a tumour wrapped around her cerebellum.

Woodstone, 37, from Seaforth, said doctors are astounded that Viena has survived.

“Her heart has stopped three times that we know of – 15 seconds each time,” he said.

“At the moment they are saying her medical condition is impossible, she shouldn’t be alive.”

Surgeons removed as much of the tumour as they could, but Viena still has debilitating seizures that cause her oxygen levels to drop to life-threatening levels.

Channel 10 allowed Woodstone extra leave from filming to spend time at his daughter’s bedside. But he would have to return to the Masterchef: The Professionals house at the end of each visit.

“I kind of felt I was torn in both directions when I was on the show,” he said. “I really just wanted to go and see them, and then I would be very low and sad when I was back.

“You were on a high when you went for a visit and the next couple of days you were really down.”

Viena’s condition is so rare that only 12 other cases are known worldwide.

 Her sickness has mean they have had to shut down their private dining and catering business a few times. However it is now set up again. They run it through their website
Hopefully all will work out well for the family both health and business wise.
Masterchef: The Professionals is on TEN Sunday to Tuesday nights at 7.30pm



1 brain dead dave { 02.10.13 at 9:21 am }

It’s a $hit sandwich for the girls. Do they go on Ma$terchef “Professionals” and experience the uneven playing field or roll the dice on Ma$terchef: Amatas and risk copping the leering and groping from Gary and George?

2 Golo i Wesolo { 02.10.13 at 9:51 am }

So, let’s have a recap:

– Australian society values bullies, as Benjamin Norris’ disgusting behaviour against Estelle and others in the Big Brother house proved to us all;
– Australian society values racists, as evidenced by the racist storm that the My “White” Kitchen Rules producers ignited as a result of their absolutely shameful edit of Jessie and Biswa;
– Australian society values sexists, as the above article on Masterchef: The Professionals demonstrates.

Can you just imagine what people streaming these shows and reading these articles overseas think of us? We’re the laughing stock of the world!

What will Australians value next? Pedophiles?

3 Georgie { 02.10.13 at 10:13 am }

So now I’m wondering why people from all over the world are busting their guts to get to Australia to live?

4 Muststopwatching { 02.10.13 at 10:25 am }

Oh yeah, Golo, aren’t we awful with sexism! I mean, an allegation of dessert duty is disgraceful! Put up against a rape culture in India, acid attacks in Pakistan, honor killings and genital mutilation in the middle east and stoning of adulterous women in Islamic nations.

The chip on your shoulder is utterly pathetic.

5 Georgie { 02.10.13 at 10:26 am }

Yeah Sybil!

6 Reality Raver { 02.10.13 at 11:55 am }

Don’t worry Neighbours and Home and Away are balancing out the reality TV shows being shown on TV.

7 Anna { 02.10.13 at 12:05 pm }

Since Lisa made a descent pav on MKR I would expect Proffessionals on MC to make it without any problems :-)

8 Danielle { 02.10.13 at 12:53 pm }

“Bonny Porter and Cassie Delves are the two famel chefs left standing on Ten’s MasterChef: The Professionals”
Is this a spoiler? Do Sarah and Akuc go soon?
Are they trying to be feminist and change the spelling of ‘female.’
I’m glad it has been pointed out about sexism in being a chef and on Masterchef Professionals. On the amatuer version most of the girls seem to specialise in pastry or they would do an easy entre so it did exist on the amateur version.

9 brain dead dave { 02.10.13 at 1:00 pm }

What Georgie said!!!

Something like 25 million Australians didn’t watch Big Brother, Golo ~ which pretty much slams your hare brained hogwash down the toilet again , just for a change.

10 A.P { 02.10.13 at 4:05 pm }

The above article is true, I have noticed that the girls were always stuck with the desserts which is fine if they wanted to do them.
One thing Golo I do agree with is that a bully won Big Brother.
Hope Coop wins Masterchef, his story is just so sad.

11 Anna { 02.10.13 at 8:33 pm }

Missed first 20 minutes of the show. Forgot to pretape.

Jowlsy is pompous & ego is getting bigger.

Jowlsy crushes their spirits & Marco picks then up.

The crap he spewed out when he was tasting Michaels dish made me ask yet again WHAT THE?

12 Moonstruck { 02.10.13 at 9:57 pm }

bonny’s red face made me think that she was the one going home. But now that I think back on it there was not much from Atuc talking so perhaps she was too upset to do any recording.
Frustrating that they did not say what everyone prepared.

13 Masterchef: The Professionals – Reinventing The Pavlova Judging Was A Bit Arbitrary | reality ravings { 02.11.13 at 10:22 am }

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