MasterChef in the soup over lack of women chefs: Fans unimpressed after only one makes it through to the final
23:47 GMT, 3 December 2012
Only one female – 40-year-old Keri Moss – has made it through to the final six on this year's MasterChef: The Professionals, raising the possibility that the programme will now feature an all-male final
It's the show that has inspired men across the country to get creative in the kitchen.
But while wives and girlfriends may be reaping the culinary benefits, many MasterChef fans have been left less than impressed at the lack of female contestants on the hit show.
Only one female – 40-year-old Keri Moss – has made it through to the final six on this year’s MasterChef: The Professionals, raising the possibility that the programme will now feature an all-male final.
At the beginning of this year’s BBC2 series, 40 chefs were chosen to compete. Only five of those contestants were women.
And it is not something that has gone unnoticed by viewers, who have now taken to social networking sites to express their dismay.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘There seems to be so many men on Masterchef this year, where are all the women’
Another added: ‘Why are there so few women on Masterchef It’s a disgrace.’
A further comment read: ‘The rate of women in Masterchef is ridiculously low. Why should we get in the kitchen when men are clearly the best at cooking’
The trend comes just a month after viewers were left stunned after BBC2 show Great British Bake Off featured an all-male final for the first time in the show’s history.
A peak of 3.1 million viewers tuned in to see the eight finalists selected last Thursday for Masterchef. Last night, 30-year-old hopeful Alec /12/03/article-0-16546EFE000005DC-972_634x419.jpg” width=”634″ height=”419″ alt=”The top six chefs left on MasterChef: The Professionals. From left: Keri Moss, James Burton, Oli Boon, Aaron Ashmore, Ross Marshall and Anton Piotrowski” class=”blkBorder” />
The top six chefs left on MasterChef: The Professionals. From left: Keri Moss, James Burton, Oli Boon, Aaron Ashmore, Ross Marshall and Anton Piotrowski
The show's judges, from right: Monica Galetti, Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace. In November it was revealed that cookery shows are responsible for a huge rise in the amount of men cooking at home
Tonight will see two of the competing chefs chosen to go head to head, with one leaving the competition. This will be repeated until Thursday night, until just three chefs remain, who will then compete in next week’s final.
MasterChef: The Professionals began in
2008, but has only had one female winner during the previous four series
– 32-year-old contestant Claire Lara in 2010. Following her victory she
returned to Liverpool to work in the hotel where she first began
cooking as a teenager.
MasterChef: The Professionals began in 2008, but has only had one female winner during the previous four series – 32-year-old Claire Lara in 2010
Meanwhile, chef Derek Johnstone, who won the first series in 2008, went on to take a job with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche restaurant in London.
A spokesman for the show, which won a BAFTA in 2009, insisted that all the contestants were judged fairly on the show.
They said: ‘Contestants on MasterChef: The Professionals, as with all the MasterChef series, are judged solely on the strength of their cooking.
‘In this series one of our six finalists is a woman. Across the previous four series there have also been several female finalists and in 2010, a female Professional Champion Claire Lara.’
In November it was revealed that cookery shows such as MasterChef are responsible for a huge rise in the amount of men preparing meals at home.
Two in three men reveal that they cook more than their father did, spending 11 hours and 30 minutes in the kitchen each week.
The selection process for MasterChef: The Professionals requires hopefuls to have a level 2 NVQ in cookery and also to have worked in a professional kitchen for at least two years.
An industry expert yesterday suggested that the low number of female contestants could be a reflection of a male-dominated industry.
Nicola Belfrage, editor of Essentially Catering magazine, said: ‘There is currently a dearth of women at the top level of the catering industry. But colleges are seeing an increase in the number of women in training.
‘Cookery shows such as MasterChef are undoubtedly behind this rise and in the coming years I expect that this balance will be redressed.’