Your guilty pleasure in bingeing on MasterChef during family time is a good thing. Whilst it may be an indulgence for you, your children are gaining by watching it with you. Our overthinking, overgrown minds forget the beautiful fortune of an innocent and malleable mind.
Your children are being exposed to at least two fairly important factors; food knowledge and a good work ethic. This is good for all of you. Why? Because you will all be rewarded.
As adults, the pressure to persuade our children is alleviated. On a subconscious level, maybe we know this but on the surface, we still focus on the idea that TV is bad for our children. In this case, it’s not.
It is undeniably a different era where, particularly in Australia, our regulations are perhaps a little uptight. Nevertheless, the truth is, for example, in this 'new normal' our children run a very high risk of allergic reactions associated with what we used to consider the 'old normal'; e.g. sharing a plate of food with others at school.
This contrast is important when it comes to the success of MasterChef. I don’t remember being that enthralled by food technology classes in high school. Whilst a good pitch and a strong structure from the creators of MasterChef started the engine of its success, with all the drama and tension, the food is the real oil. We need to eat, most importantly, but the success of this show makes us want to eat. The chef element makes us want to take control of what we produce, present and consume. Having worked in the ‘hospo’ industry for the past twenty years, the controlling, arrogant and pedantic chef is no ratings stunt. And neither is the attraction to a celebrity chef from an adoring public. It is a reality.
For our children, these elements mean that not only are food technology classes these days more exciting but the overflow of chef paraphernalia is far reaching and easily accessible. Our children are obsessed. They are inspired. And that is a good thing.
Instead of feeling trapped by their allergy, if they have one, and even if they don’t, this exposure frees them up to explore the multitude of ingredients that make up various tasty alternatives. Better still, they can practise in their own kitchen, which you provide for them, and then serve their favourite dishes to you, their original and most important family as they take the first steps to fulfil a very attainable dream of becoming a chef.
Whilst these steps are exciting and rather stress free for our children, the ensuing journey is a humbling one. Trade school alleviates the financial pressure on us and introduces the real world to them. This is a good thing.
The attraction to the drama and tension of their MasterChef inspiration melts a little once the long hours and little pay soak in. But they will be rewarded.
For that rush of being an integral part of a strong team responsible for a thriving service is indescribable.
Furthermore, if their initial desire is still intact, they will want to learn. Continuously. This dedication will enhance their skills and take them to higher positions, anywhere in the world.
Most importantly, this continued expansion of their food knowledge will spill back to you because you will be proud and you will be watching them all the way. They have introduced your palette to a more dignified taste. This is a good thing.
Whilst you may be set in your Keens Curried Sausage ways your child has been all over the world cooking exotic, fancy stuff for the likes of, well pretty much any celebrity. Because your child has become a celebrity chef. And celebrities enable celebrities. And so the cycle goes.
But, at the core of it all, is that it is you that they are most grateful for. And they will continue to reward you. For you allowed them to dream. In front of the TV.