MAKING A MEAL OF IT
WHEN it comes to cooking, Tim, 26, is a complete aberration from his fellow countrymen and women. Why? Because the university student claims to have never eaten a single frozen meal in his lifetime. When I lived in London, pre-prepared meals seemed to be the staple of the English diet, alongside bacon sandwiches, mushy peas and chip butties. With so little firsthand experience of fresh produce in its whole state, it was little wonder I once witnessed a grocer mistake a pumpkin for a carrot. After watching UK MasterChef, it appears there has been very little advancement to British food prep prowess or palates since I left over a decade ago. While Tim may turn his nose up at frozen meals in favour of his own home cooking, I am guessing his flatmates will be Lean Cuisine diners for life if they ever have the opportunity to sample the cold buttermilk soup he dished up to disgusted judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode (both pictured). Tim’s competition, frankly, doesn’t appear to be much better. Gary thinks he has the winning edge in the kitchen simply because he’s old and has cooked more meals than his fellow competitors. But quantity does not always equate to quality. Then there’s a lass who serves zucchinis in a puddle of grease; and a bloke who makes watery curry and uncooked naan.
It is fair to say that our MasterChef contestants, just like our cricket team, run circles around the Brits.