… or are we?
To much fanfare, ‘Food Glorious Food’ has finally appeared on our ITV screens. Billed as ‘the Simon Cowell food competition’ you could be forgiven for expecting Masterchef Australia style studio auditions in front of a screaming crowd who’d boo when the judges diss a dessert or poo-poo a potato dauphiniose. No, Mr Cowell makes no appearance which is for the best I think. His production company created the show and that’s that.
Our judges for this gastronomic extravaganza are none other than Anne Harrison (WI vice chair and MC legend), Lloyd Grossman (the ULTIMATE MC legend), Tom Parker Bowles and Stacey Stewart (ex-MC contestant and wearer of the biggest bee hive this side of Sunderland).
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but this is essentially what happens if the Great British Bake Off producers ran riot in a Cath Kidson warehouse. There are marquees, bunting – oh my god, the bunting – flowers and general chintz here, there and everywhere.
Each cook/contestant (and there seem to be hundreds) serves up their favourite meal to one of the judges. The idea is that this caravan of critics travel the country, dishing out rosettes to their favourite cook. Once they whittle it down to five, they cook off and all the dishes are tasted with one overall regional winner. “What do they win?”, I hear you cry. They win £20,000 and the chance to have their dish for sale in Marks & Spencer food outlets. Just before the regional champ is crowned, a M&S buyer lady explains how easy or difficult it would be to mass produce these plates of food; “the Pimms jelly is great but it take a WHOLE BOTTLE per serving!”
I could go on at length but Charlie Brooker took the words right out of my mouth! Clip is below after his take on the recent horse meat ‘scandal’