Peter Reynolds

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Cooking Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This!

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I's Da Boys!

It doesn’t get more entertaining either.  Masterchef is back and, yet again, it’s better than ever.

The producers have made some little tweaks here and there.  All of them are improvements.  The individual skill test in front of Greig and John is wonderful, confrontational, dramatic, even excruciating at times!

It is extraordinary that even the very best restaurants will now let in Masterchef contestants as guinea pigs in their kitchens.  That is the power of television.

The secret ingredient?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s the music.  That’s what makes it so compelling.  It’s the relentless driving beat.  I don’t know whether it’s house or trance or what but it’s addictive.  It’s the one.  I’m totally, utterly,  obsessed, enslaved to it.  I couldn’t dream of turning over!

The Great British Menu

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I love food programmes.  It’s probably because I’m a glutton.  Saturday Kitchen is a must.  I organise every Saturday morning around it.  James Martin has done a wonderful job with his show.   I remember how excruciatingly awkward he was to begin with.  Now he’s become the epitome of the accomplished, almost suave TV chef.   I love it.

Masterchef?  It’s the one.  The music.  The relentless driving beat.  I don’t know whether it’s house or trance or what.   It’s clubbing.  Its addictive.  It’s the one.  I’m totally, utterly,  obsessed, enslaved.   It’s much, much better than sex!

Now the Great British Menu is back with its useful, early evening slot.  It sets me up for a TV night in.  There’s the lovable, opinionated Matthew Fort, the sweet and incisive Oliver Peyton and, forgive me ma’am, the royal, dignified, supreme Prue Leith.  These are the judges but it’s the boys (with one exception) in the kitchen that make the show.  The new format, where an uber TV-chef pre-judges three pretenders, works very well.  It’s a triumph really because they’ve taken their material and hugely padded it out, yet It’s better for it.  This is the ultimate lesson in how to make great TV in a recession.

The rivalry and camaraderie between the contestants is an extraordinary combination and really seems to get the best out of each of them.

Apart from the election, it’s the most entertaining thing on television.