Gregg Wallace quietly sneaks on to Netflix
Since the start of July, Masterchef — currently doing its celebrity rounds on BBC One — has been hanging out on Netflix, with two seasons of the original, Masterchef: The Professionals, and Celebrity Masterchef available. The question therefore: which one to watch?
The original probably has the most to recommend it all round; the celebrity version dispenses with some of the seriousness. But in terms of maybe learning something and getting a front-row seat on what pressure can do to chefs, the skills tests in Masterchef: The Professionals can’t be beaten, especially for Gregg Wallace’s asides. It’s also refreshing to see Torode be a bit more contextual and passionate in his judging, something which has faded in recent seasons in favour of broad-stroke-good-bad commentary.
And in other news...
- Boris Johnson’s obesity strategy suffers from the same personal responsibility/military language curse as his COVID-19 strategy.
- Here’s a recap of what happened in London restaurants in the last week.
- Nando’s says it wants to be more environmentally friendly, but it isn’t going to use free-range chicken anytime soon. [Big Hospitality]
- The government’s “eat out to help out” voucher scheme now has a postcode checker for participating restaurants. [GOV.UK]
- Area Man takes gawping, unmasked supermarket selfies to mock safety precautions and ‘own the libs’:
- Good tweet:
I had a joke about shareable small plates, but first I must ask: Have you dined with us before?— Greg Morabito (@GregMorabito) July 25, 2020