Why are some people so fanatically passionate about cooking as their life’s purpose?
Food at its most basic is for everyone. Without it and air and water, we would not survive. Cooking is not to everyone’s taste but contrast staying in a cooking competition to experiencing poverty, malnutrition and/or hunger.
For the former, being eliminated from a televised cooking program seems like the end of the world whereas for the latter it’s a matter of life and death. Shouldn’t those who are impoverished with little if any food security be the ones in tears rather than those who have the privilege to continue cooking and eating long after the cameras stop rolling?
Passion and one’s expression of it is personal and indeed imperative for the wellness of the soul but the bigger picture of food security seems to get lost in the context of televised entertainment.
While I am currently enjoying Top Chef Canada, Masterchef Australia and Next Food Network Star, I am reminded of the rock star status attributed to top chefs and the amateur cooks who aspire to the same.
Though they don’t have rockstar status nor get much airtime here are a few organizations that address the issue of food security.
Bread for the world – Have faith, end hunger
Food Share – Demonstrating a sustainable & accessible food system for all
Community food centres Canada – Good food is just the beginning
Canadian feed the children