06 May 2011

flash in the pan


So, I've recently had an experience only shared by 49 other people in this country. In some form or another, the experience continues for some of those 49; and, at different times and in various ways, it has ended for others. 


Yep - I somehow ended up in the Top 50 of series 3 of the Australian MasterChef. After a spectacular brain-flip, I managed a gloriously early exit. However, what a wonderful time it was, whilst I was there. 


Food-love seems to attract a certain type of person, I think. What I really didn't expect from the experience, was to meet just SO MANY delightful and like-minded people. In attempting to explain this to people afterwards, I figured: if you really enjoy cooking and cook often, it's unlikely that your 'joy' in cooking comes from simply cooking delicious things just for yourself over and over. Rather, I think that there is some element of human GENEROSITY inherent to a love of cooking. The most JOY in cooking is derived from cooking for others - sharing the fruits of, sometimes, hours and hours of 'labour' with family and friends - old and new ! Then, of course, there is the AESTHETIC element. A food-lover delights in all the delicious flavours, colours, shapes, textures and even sounds ! Not to mention the CREATIVITY required to elegantly draw these elements together. I used to say that my favourite thing about cooking was the amazing creative process it represented - from conception through preparation, to presentation and enjoyment - the whole process is such a relatively short one ! Before you know it, you're sitting down to a glass of wine and your delicious meal with friends, who are dutifully and very happily enjoying the output of your work !


So, if the majority of MasterChef contestants are marked by generosity, aesthetic appreciation and creativity... that's probably not a bad group of people to meet. Even more so, if you're about to share with them the most surreal (or hyper-real), unpredictable, stressful but FUN week you're likely to have... 


The things you do... ! 







6 comments:

Hayley said...

Great post! So sad I missed it, but Mum taped it for me :o) Do you know if I can view it online?

Siobhan C said...

You did great. I think anyone that goes on Masterchef is very brave. I'm sure it's a tough gig. I had my own scone dilemma a few months back. I mean what does 'don't overwork the dough' bloody well mean exactly??

Marie (Food Nouveau) said...

This is undoubtedly an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Congratulations! It doesn't matter when you exited, what matters is that it confirmed your passion for food. You are so right about cooking = sharing = bringing people together. Whenever I'm with friends who also share my passion, I feel invigorated and inspired. I can't wait to watch you in Masterchef!

meredith said...

it was great to watch you - and even more great to hear you had such a good time meeting the other 49 people.

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

It's a shame you didn't make it further as I'm sure you would have done well. Good to hear your thoughts on your brief experience in Masterchef.

I whole-heartingly have to agree with all the things you've mentioned. Food brings people together and it can communicate the things we have trouble expressing in words.

tanja said...

thanks for the comments friends ! it certainly was a bit of an adventure ! no regrets, though : ) the only slight downside is that i don't think i can bring myself to miss an episode for the rest of the series... ! it's going to be a good one !