Taking on the Takeaway

Ainsley Harriott the ‘celebrity chef’ presents a TV show (“Take on the Takeaway”) where he tries to show people that they can cook a meal from scratch which tastes better and costs less than a take-away, in no more time than it takes to order one for home-delivery.

It’s a moderately entertaining variation on the cook-against-the-clock format (though for me, nothing can top the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen omelette race).

The problem I have with the show is that Ainsley leaves his hosts with a kitchen full of dirty pans and utensils. And being not only a typical man in the kitchen but also a professional chef used to his own team of washer-uppers, he uses almost every implement in the cupboard.

Dinner might be just as quick to cook as to deliver but, if you cook it yourself, you have to do the washing up afterwards – which he doesn’t factor into his time comparison.

When I resort to a take-away curry, it’s not because I can’t be bothered to cook – I like cooking – it’s because I’m too tired or busy to clear up the mess afterwards.


~ by jobes on March 16, 2008.

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