Cookery is big business, especially on TV. Cookery shows and celebrity chefs pull in the viewers whether you like it or not. That’s why Masterchef makes such a refreshing change. No celebrities – no agendas or books to sell: just ordinary punters who fancy themselves as a whiz in the kitchen having a go and trying to impress the show’s resident experts, John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Now in its 9th series, Masterchef is the people’s choice of TV cookery programme and is proving to be just as popular as the Great British Bake-Off. Is the series as good as the previous 8? Well, the format’s been changed to freshen things up, but never the less it’s still missing something. What’s that you may wonder? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? There aren’t any chesterfield sofas. How could they have overlooked that?
When the would-be chefs retire to the judging room while John and Gregg deliberate, they’re presented with a series of assorted sofas and chairs to relax on whilst their fate is determined. During this make or break time, which could hardly be described as ‘relaxing, ’we can’t help but feel that the reassurance of a welcoming and classic chesterfield sofa might have been more comforting. There’s nothing wrong with the sofas, per se, but they’re just not chesterfields.
We don’t think we’re asking too much of the show’s producers. We’re not insisting on leather chesterfield sofas or velvet chesterfield settees – we’re not even demanding a chesterfield tub chair either: all we’re asking for is any chesterfield sofa of any description. It’s not like a chesterfield sofa isn’t appropriate, is it? Chesterfield sofas are attractive, comfortable, stylish and hard-wearing. They’ll earn their keep during the course of the show. In fact, they’re so tough you’d be able to wheel them out for next series too. If we’ve got one message to send out to BBC execs, it’s this; please put a chesterfield sofa in the next series, because sofas don’t come much tougher than this.