John and Greg. You know, the shouty ones on Masterchef. What do you think about the way they eat?
Their technique, in sampling the food prepared by the contestants, is to take one forkful, of all the items on the plate mixed together, and to shove it in their mouth all at once. They then comment on the tastes they are getting and whether everything they have been looking at or told about is coming through with flavour.
Last night a contestant, who had served a beetroot puree with a venison loin and a rich red wine jus, was criticised because the beetroot flavour didn't come through.
But is that how you'd do it? Or would you allow the subtle earthiness of the beetroot to come through as a contrast, eaten separately from the chunk of red meat you'd just swallowed. Perhaps with the potato or other vegetable? Palate cleansing stuff.
I have a member of my family who chops everything on the plate up and forces it onto the back of a fork (never the front). Makes me feel poorly just to watch. I tend to mix no more than two items in one forkful. Who is the weird one? A good answer to this is that all my family are weird to which I say 'It's a fair cop.'
Reminds me of the guy who goes to the doctor with steak stuck in his ear and potatoes up his nose. 'I know your trouble,' says the doctor. 'You're not eating properly.' Good afternoon.