Why we’re all addicted to Masterchef

Reality television has become a commonplace genre that saturates our television screen – we even have entire channels dedicated to satisfying our need to see how other people live their lives, cook with herbs and spices and much more. A large portion of reality shows are competition-based and we lap it up eagerly.

In August 2001, the voyeuristic South African version of Big Brother hit our screens and was the catalyst through which the evolution of the ‘reality show’ became an entertainment staple. However, the series fizzled out and production companies realised the need to introduce new shows encompassing more drama and pressure – enter Masterchef.

Food, owing to it being a fundamental part of our existence, holds an intrinsic interest for all of us. We are always looking for innovative ideas for recipes that will present a challenge, affording us the satisfaction of triumph.

Furthermore, many of us see cooking as an art that results in a finished product that is able to delight all of our senses – nothing else has the ability to achieve this feat. Even though we are watching it through our TVs, our senses are able to “imagine” the smell and taste. However, it is the visual stimuli that provide the majority of the allure.

It has been said that the eyes are the “windows to the soul” and professionally prepared food has the propensity to form a deeper connection than any other reality show.

The argument can be made that shows such as Masterchef (as well as other food-based reality shows) give us a feeling of interaction. We watch the contestants creating recipes that contain many different types of spices and we attempt to recreate these dishes ourselves – this cannot be done on shows such as Jersey Shore or Keeping up with the Kardashians.

It is all these factors combined that tap into our congenital need for connection. Masterchef is a show to which we may all relate and it seems that its popularity will continue to grow.

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