Monday, August 30, 2010

My very own " Master Chefs"

Of late, my children are in a hurry to finish their home work and studies by 9.00 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You want to know the reason? Well it is all because of this programme called "Master Chef Australia" which is being aired at 9.00.

We are not very avid T.V watchers. But once while surfing we came across this programme and we got hooked to it. This is all about a competition where amateur cooks (with professions ranging from architect, lawyer, homemaker, IT architect, Business Development) from across Australia have been whittled down to Top 24. The judges subject these chosen Top 24 (who are now called Chefs) to different challenges in order to finally select the one who will win the title of the "Master Chef".

Now my two sons are really hooked on to this programme and watch it with great interest. Not only do they watch it but now have also started taking interest in cooking!! Isn't that great? Infact, right from the beginning I wanted my sons to learn at least the basics of cooking as my view is that, irrespective of gender children definitely need to learn the art of cooking. If not elaborate, at least something to sustain them if and when they go out and have to be on their own.

In India, where domestic cooking is largely the domain of the woman, even today many men neither enter the kitchen nor cook even in emergencies. Hence they end up eating outside food when the woman of the house is away from home for a long time. This trend is now changing and programmes like these seem to be helping children in a positive way.

Well, the icing on the cake was when my son treated us to a pasta dish which he prepared all on his own. I was very proud of this great achievement and now I can rest my legs up at least now and then and enjoy some culinary specialties coming out of my kitchen prepared by my own two " Master Chefs".

9 comments:

Arvind Kamath's Blog said...

I already feel that pain since I know no cooking which would have come in handy during my foreign trips. Please encourage kids to learn cooking.

Arvind Kamath

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Hey Arvind, It's still not too late. Start learning. It's fun.Enjoy cooking:)

jocelyn said...

It is great to hear that the kids of today's age are changing the stereotype we indian women have maintained so skillfully...

The Show is a really good one....

Overseas the men take pride in cooking a meal for the family even if its cooking over the BBQ while the lady of the house will only put together the salads.

Keep encouraging the LITTLE CHEFS who will soon master the culinary art.

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Thanks Jocelyn,
Yes, times are changing for the better don't you think? Many a time I have heard the comment that Indian men when they go abroad end up learning cooking as well as helping in other household chores. Here I guess availability of maids and age old attitude problems come in the way.

Ravishankar said...

He he... congrats..
i love cooking.. and used to cook when i was living alone.. but the pain was when i had to wash all the utensils after i was done with my cooking... well now i have the privilege to enjoy my moms food...

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Hi Ravishankar, good for you. Nothing can beat mom's food ain't it? Enjoyyy.

kanak said...

hieee,i jus love this programme called master chef...& very good to hear tat ur kids r interested in challenging kind seriols they wil definitely go higher with such kinda interests:))))))))

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Hi Kanak,
Thanks for your comments. Keep reading.

brunda said...

Same story at home. My younger daughter picks up some recipes from the master chef kitchen available on line and tries them at home.