Herald Sun



TOM Parker Bowles be­lieves the rise and rise of the celebrity chef has given a false in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what the food in­dus­try is re­ally like — hard work and cer­tainly not glam­orous.

“The cult of the celebrity chef has come to a point that a lot of peo­ple think they can just walk into a kitchen, get their whites and a tele­vi­sion se­ries,” the English food critic said.

“They don’t re­alise that He­ston (Blu­men­thal), Marco (Pierre White), and Gor­don (Ram­say) have all done 20 years of hard years and be­ing shouted at. “It’s not a sexy world.” Parker Bowles, along­side Mel­bourne chef Scott Pick­ett (pic­tured above), are hosts and judges on Chan­nel 9’s new show The Hot­plate, which de­buts on July 28.

Pick­ett on Wed­nes­day night held a din­ner to launch his latest res­tau­rant, ESP, which is next door to his ac­claimed Estelle in High St, North­cote.

Pick­ett had planned to open ESP ear­lier but then the The Hot­plate gig game along.

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