Book Chapter

Confronting food waste in MasterChef Australia

Luke van Ryn

Alternative Food Politics | Routledge | Published : 2018


Perhaps the most readily made critique of MasterChef Australia is of its excessive production aesthetic: a constantly changing cornucopia of abundant produce for contestants to choose from (Tumarkin, 2012, pp. 10–11). Several questions arise when confronted with MasterChef Australia’s images of excess: where does all of this food go? How much of the produce we see on TV is actually used? How does all this food come to be there in the first place? By taking these questions seriously, this chapter relates the representation of food and wastage on MasterChef Australia to larger questions of sustainable production, ethical consumption and food security. Food television programmes make an immense..

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