As an armchair critic of shows such as Masterchef (UK/Australia/New Zealand) I am often bemused at the contestants lack of knowledge with the culinary basics.
I am, at best, an average cook and I know I’m being harsh but once you get through the audition process and the screen tests you surely must practice, practice, practice.
If you can’t make the perfect shortcrust pastry – KEEP TRYING!
If your first few attempts at pasta don’t make the grade – MAKE IT AGAIN AGAIN!
If your mayonnaise would fail to impress Monica – DO IT BETTER NEXT TIME!
Really! I would make gnocci until they were beautiful, light pillows that melted in Greg’s massive gob. I wouldn’t sleep unless my flatbread was fantastic nor my souffle superb.
Memorise the recipes. Carsmile is the pastry king of Fanny Towers: “6oz flour, 3oz fat and about 6 big spoons of water” is the automatic response to my often asked question “how’d you make pastry again?”
If you know the basics inside out, you will go far. As a little green fella once said: “Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained.”