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I Hate Masterchef: further reading

July 1, 2010

Here are links to the additional information and source material as detailed in I Hate Masterchef.

Firstly, all that bizarre Heston stuff. The only celebrity chef i have any time for, although, in my next zine i’ll explain why i probably wouldn’t endeavour to eat in his restaurant. Channel 4 have disabled embedding of their official clips from the programme Heston’s Feasts, but here’s a few other choice cuts.

Firstly, serving dormouse covered in white chocolate:

Secondly, a starter made from whale vomit:

Thirdly, developing a cake that ejaculates:

Fourthly, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie:

Fifthly, plating up with edible cutlery:


Here’s someone who has worked with Heston, namely multimedia artist and musician Matthew Herbert. His album Plat Du Jour is a high-concept project questioning the food we eat, its production and consumption, its packaging and the elaborate processes removing the natural act of eating further from nature itself. The website is here.

Here’s a track from the album where the percussion is made up of coffee tins, cups and jars:

Here’s a bit of Plat Du Jour being performed at Sonar. The uploader says it’s a shame they couldn’t record the smell:

Then the book that is not only highly readable and astoundingly bleak but also completely incredible, Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’; a book that puts a completely balanced and fair – i.e. utterly shocking – spin on the argument for vegetarianism (as opposed to selective omnivorousness) in a food industry that is dominated by factory farming. The website continues the debate here.

And while we’re on a food as politics-meets-science tip, why not read up on the life of Norman Borlaug, a man whose advances in the field of agricultural science is estimated to have saved a BILLION lives. Why hasn’t everyone heard of the guy who saved a billion lives? It’s also proof that genetically modified crops are utterly ace.


And also, quelle surprise, here is Vic & Bob interpreting the original British Masterchef:

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