Like most people, there are a few things that really push my buttons. Tonight, when watching Top Chef Canada, I was reminded of one such thing as I found myself actually feeling angry — not my usual response to reality tv!
On tonight’s episode, the chefs were cooking for the Housewives of Vancouver (I have to say I’ve NEVER watched this show because I could care less about the petty antics of these women, but that’s another story) and their friends and they were instructed to make two opulent appetizers with a focus on one specific food item they had randomly chosen.
Danny Smiles, a true ray of sunshine this season, drew lobster as the item which was to be the star of his appetizers. Danny decided to make deep fried lobster with General Tso as his hot appetizer.
According to the judges, this appetizer was a true miss. And, in the judging room, one of the judge (who I could have sworn was Sheeren Arazm but I have read on various media sites that I might be mistaken) told Danny that she hated to say it but this appetizer was “working class”.
Danny became visibly upset and at this moment I felt myself getting really angry.
I understand what the task entailed but I have to ask — why the hell should “working class” be defined as a negative thing?
I grew up working class. For many years I have to admit that I was embarassed about being working class because I was worried that people would look down on me because I didn’t grow up with a lot of money.
But today, as a professional in my field, I’ve realized that I was lucky to have a working class upbringing.
It made me sincere, it allowed me to judge people for who they are and not what they have — it truly made me a better person.
And some of the best meals I’ve ever had (and, yes, I have eaten in 5 star restaurants!) have been “working class” meals.
I understand that Danny didn’t hit the target for this task but to say that “working class” anything is a negative thing offended me on so many levels! Being “working class” is not a negative thing – it is simply different!
So FOR SHAME Top Chef Canada — you really missed the mark when you insulted Danny Smiles, and anyone with a working class background, by implying that working class is a negative thing!