I’m not sure if I like cooking, or if I like food.
I definitely like food, I’m just not sure if I also like the process of cooking or if it’s because I know there’s food at the end (and in the middle, and there’s probably wine too, I’m a terrible influence on the kitchen).
The other thing I like is watching cooking. Not in real life, because I’m a control freak, but on TV.
Of course, I have sworn off the next series of Great British Bake Off because of BELIEFS about not just following the (insane amounts of) money. I also haven’t watched Masterchef in years, despite it being the thing which brought me and Boyfriend together in my student halls.
So what do I watch? Feels like time for a list!
- Great British Menu
I truly believe this is the best cooking programme on TV. I’ve watched every season (though shamefully I haven’t begun the current one) and it just gets better and better. Professional chefs creating amazing dishes, a bit of history and a celebration of people who’ve done great things, and a good dose of competition.
- Cupcake Wars
The clue is in the name. It’s a contest to make the best cupcakes. You didn’t even know how many ways you could make cupcakes before you watched this show. It’s very american and that’s only a good thing.
- Bake Off – Creme de la Creme
Cherish Finden is my queen.
This is professional pastry chefs making professional pastries and then having them measured with a ruler and spirit level. Also Benoit Blin who is very French. It’s all great.
- Hell’s Kitchen
Gordon Ramsey shouts at cocky american chefs, and often sends his guests home empty-stomached. Also challenges.
- Man vs Food
Greasy food from the USA, and also lots of it. And then he eats it all because of food challenges. Everything has cheese involved.