a little taster

01 Mar

The most annoying thing in any programme is the tasting. If Jamie Oliver spends five hours making a chilli I doubt he’s going to taste it and say “meh”. Nigella will tell you what you already know – her salted caramel hot chocolate is better than sex, or something. I don’t need to see these cooks or chefs frown in orgasmic wonder at how darned good it is.

In Fanny Towers, appreciation is shown with the occasional “MMMMMMM!” followed by a high five.  That’ll do me.


Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson


4 responses to “a little taster

  1. syllabubdobdee

    March 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Semi-related: I’m increasingly ambivalent about the whole approach of explaining why what the judges are eating works

    viz “i love how the creamy creamcheese goes with the sharp crunchiness of the grapenuts” is kind of interesting and maybe helpful — it probably does reflect how cooks think and experiment — but it’s reached for so often than it’s turning more and more into “i love the way the appliness of the applies goes with the peariness of the pears”

    not only is this getting a bit repetitive rhythmically, it’s beginning to invade how the punters feel they have to describe/appreciate the meals they’re eating

  2. chef de cuisine

    March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Agreed. It seems as though Greg needs to come up with more random phrases as he runs out of similes. He’s told us so many times that he wants to give a dish a big, wet kiss or similar that it’s ceased to be funny. I feel slightly sorry for Greg being ‘the one who doesn’t know anything about food’ alongside Torode and Michel. The audience surely thinks ‘yeah, whatever, you love puddings, let the actual chef speak’ … actually, no I don’t feel sorry for him!

    It does make me feel somewhat inadequate with my own lack of vocabulary and highlights my under developed palate. I marvelled at the Masterchef contestants use of spices in Thailand as I very much doubt I could balance the flavours so well.

    • syllabubdobdee

      March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      See next post for my defence of Gregg’s role: it doesn’t involve his knowledge! (Except of his own um varied appetites, and that he’s being encouraged to make them known…)

  3. chef de cuisine

    March 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    One of the money shots to our right was down right disgusting. Greg picks up a small bird and just stuffs it in his mouth. It actually made me angry – there was no need, it was just gluttonous and gross. I seem to recall John looking somewhat surprised.


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