Ben has finally given the scoop on why he will not watch MasterChef anymore. And I couldn’t agree with him more. Check out what he has to say here:
For those of you who’ve stuck around and read the recaps that the incredible Michael Chen has been writing about MasterChef since I left for Burning Man…thank you! To be honest…I haven’t read them. To be honest, I don’t watch TV at all. And carving out time to watch MasterChef and blog about it, even though I have a history with it, has been an absolute nightmare.
Yes…I don’t watch TV. It’s not because I’m some snob who’s too good for TV. I just don’t have time for it. It started with my parents…who didn’t really keep a functional TV around when I was a kid. I didn’t grow up with it. I filled my time with books, writing, cooking, working in the garden, and exploring the woods behind my grandparents’ house. TV wasn’t part of my daily intake as a kid. (In the same way that sugar and desserts weren’t part of my daily intake.) So, as an adult, TV is about as interesting to me as dessert. I’ll skip it in favor of the port and bleu cheese…thank you!
But, as the MasterChef brand grows, so does the audience for my blog. And this year, apparently MORE people were reading who didn’t have a clue who the hell I was, and they were a bit miffed that I would choose to criticize the show for its choice to focus almost solely on conflict and strategy, rather than on food. And, after I stopped blogging and Michael took over, there were apparently some outright tiffs from blog readers who branded me (and Michael, though I’m not sure they understood that he was blogging in my place) a bitter old man, biting the hand that fed me, spewing naught but negativity about the show. Most of those folks weren’t on my MasterChef journey with me…they are newcomers to my “brand.” So I’ll forgive them for thinking what they think. And I must apologize to those who feel like Michael or I were telling you that you were shallow or ignorant for enjoying the show. That was never our intent.