Masterchef Australia recently packed up its eight season, with Elena Duggan beating tough competitor Matt Sinclair and taking home the cake (pun absolutely intended). Like editions before it, this season too was filled with outstanding participants, exciting challenges and of course, food that made me salivate every time I took to the telly at the prime time of nine o’clock.
Masterchef Australia is indubitably, one of the most loved food shows on television today. The universal format, the endearing judges and the tangibility of the entire experience takes the show several notches higher than where other reality shows would rank. As such, the show has a large viewership. That’s probably because it caters to a wide audience, comprising of not just gourmet cooks and food enthusiasts, but also anyone who at the end of the day, wants to go to sleep feeling inspired and motivated.
Thus, there are several life lessons and values that one can imbibe from the show. The top five are as follows:
1. Trust your instincts
Very early in the season, Matt learnt that every time he tried to make things that didn’t reflect where he came from, he dished out extremely contrived food that failed to impress. But after learning his lesson the hard way, once he began to cook in his comfort zone and work with familiar flavours and ingredients, there was no stopping him. The result: he fought his way into the finals!
2. Believe in second chances
Theresa’s elimination was rather saddening. Sure, the initial setback was huge. But she walked out of the show with her beliefs intact, and if anything, only stronger and more inspired to chase her dreams. She bagged an apprenticeship under Reynold Poernemo (The Dessert King from Season 7) and honed her skills. She returned to the show as a wild card entrant and stole hearts with renewed passion, zest and fervor.
3. Winning and losing are both part of life
Win-loss are the two sides of the same coin. Victory and defeat are very unpredictable. There are times when you can do exceedingly well at things which you otherwise consider your weakness. For instance, Harry never willingly chose to cook desserts. But he made the ‘Brookies’ (brownie+cookies) and stole Nigella Lawson’s heart. Then there are times when your strengths let you down. Like Elise’s dessert became her reason for elimination, even though she was one of the best dessert cooks to ever feature on the show. The important thing is to take both success and failure in your stride. Don’t second guess yourself. True talent can never be latent for long. It always comes through.
4. Take criticism constructively and positively
You’ll never be perfect and you’ll never be the best. There is always scope for learning, growing and progressing to become a better ‘you’. So instead of letting criticism rub you the wrong way, take the advice of elders and mentors with the intention of inculcating their teachings into your life. When Jimmy didn’t listen to the judges’ advice and went astray, he put a poor dish that sent him home.
5. Dreams do come true
Inspiring reality shows like Masterchef Australia are shining examples of how when an individual dares to dream and takes that one step further to realise his dream, he becomes unstoppable. Faith in one’s ability, perseverance, dedication and patience always pay off hefty yields. When you see people coming from humble backgrounds achieving their goals, you feel motivated to reach out to the world with your own sweet ambitions. And once you set your heart to something, there really is no looking back! That’s the power of belief and positive affirmations.
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