The Decline of Australian Television: Cooking Shows

The Decline of Australian Television: Cooking Shows


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Cooking shows are taking over our airwaves. Gone is the era of the hunter gatherer- where our diets consisted mostly of half-raw, preserved meats, grass and a few berries. Nowadays people are pressured to 'plate-up' and cook increasingly more and more ridiculous dishes. Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules, The Great Australian Bake Off, Ready, Steady, Cook!, are just a few of the shows that are invading our television sets and also our lives.

Now the thing that gets me most are the tears. I can't count the amount of times I've turned on the TV to a leaky eyed female (sometimes male) crying their eyes out over one thing or another. And if you tune in long enough you can usually deduce what it is they are upset about- and it's usually something like muffins. Bloody muffins. There's so many problems in the world but right now all that matters to that person is that their baked confectionery didn't rise properly, and it's enough to drive them to tears! Now I get that they are in a competition, passion is a wonderful thing and I'm certainly not taking away from the abilities of the chefs. Some people are incredible at what they do and they care a lot. I'm just pointing out that when you start crying into a cake dish maybe we need to tone down on the hysteria by half a cup. Also I'm a giant softie so seeing people cry on TV makes me cry too and that makes me look like a wuss- I'm not a wuss! There's just....something in....my eye......

And have you ever hated a presenter as much as Peter Everett?

And have you ever hated a presenter as much as Peter Everett?

The other thing that makes me laugh are the ridiculous ads now with celeb chefs in- in particular this new one with Curtis Stone. Here at Isolated Nation we are all agreed that he is 100% creepy. For those of you that haven't seen it, he approaches a woman in the supermarket- and for the record she's pretty unsure of whether or not she wants to go with him- and basically demands she come with him round the shop and buy everything he wants. He then stalks her back to her house, where he takes over her kitchen and starts cooking dinner for her family. At this point the lady's husband walks in, and doesn't think anything of the fact a nationally renowned chef has gone all Silence of the Lambs and is cooking food for his family. There's a strange man in his house and he doesn't think that's weird!? I don't know about you guys but that seems a little strange to me.....

We have some safety advice to address this issue. If Curtis approaches you in a supermarket- do NOT make eye contact, do not let him touch you and run as fast as you can to the exit. Grapes are a fantastic diversion, throwing them in his path will hopefully cause him to trip, allowing you to get away. He also loves fresh produce, so we've been told, so if you can run through vegetable displays he may get distracted. If you have any more advice on 'Keeping away Curtis'- tweet us! @isolatednation @perthsoundchic

Stay safe guys! ;)

Emma Bradstock


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