Monthly Archives: November 2009

Matt Preston is just doing his job

Who is Matt Preston? I shall do a brief introduction here; he is one of the judges of the Australia popular TV show, Masterchef. Due to its popularity, the production team quickly came up with the second series but with slight variation, Celebrity Masterchef, screening on TV currently. Basically, he’s a food critic. However, on the last episode (watch it: http://www.masterchef.com.au/episodes.htm), a comment from him sent me into deep thoughts. On that particular episode, the contestants were sent to a fine dining restaurant to have ‘first-hand’ experience. The real customers have expectations; hence any overcooked or undercooked or not presentable food are all thrown away. At the end of the episode, Matt actually told the contestants ‘I do not care how much food were thrown away, what matters is the end product that is going to be presented to the customer’ (not direct quote). I was quite taken back at first, still couldn’t accept the fact that we the so-called developed population have achieve such high standard of living that food needs to be perfect for consumption.

I see this everyday in my restaurant I’m working at as well. Food was ugly (for example the cream doesn’t stand), Chef got unhappy, reprimanded the assistant, assistant throw the food, assistant prepare the same dish again. Even the waiters are throwing the leftovers from the customers’ plates. Just imagine if all these food can be delivered to those who need them, who will still suffer from hunger in this world? If only a boss would step forward and say ‘ok, no food is to be thrown away, keep it and I will arrange for them to reach the poor’. Our capitalist society have created millions of profit-driven corporations to meet customers’ demand. Hence, if a customer doesn’t like it, we ditch it! This capitalist world have mould us into humans who disregard other humans; we wouldn’t realize that another human needs the food, we have become too focused on the profits. This is not Matt Preston’s fault, it is the system that we living in that caused this problem.

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We are destroying our Earth

Few days back, I was watching the morning tv (either channel 7 or 9) who invited a geologist for interview on discussion on the movie 2012 – is it really fictional? The interview flow to other disaster movie like the day after tomorrow which the geologist was confident that it will not happen yet so ‘lets sit back and relax’. Funny how a national tv is informing the australians to ‘relax’ when we should be worried and doing more.

Food produced today can feed twice the world population. Whats the consequences of that? Land was exhausted by farming and fish like tuna faced extinction. When the land become barren, it risked forming a desert and that explained why Sahara desert and many others are expanding. Besides the fact that human cannot utilise the land anymore, it also can increase global warming because of less vegetations. When tuna extinct, it does not mean ‘alright, just stop eating tuna, no big deal’, it has a much more serious consequence of affecting the eco-system food chain. When tuna is removed, fishes feed on tuna would have adverse effect and so on. The rate we are exhausting the natural resources to feed the world is much more faster ten years back. Worse, the food never reach the poor! Instead, the food went to the buffet counter or thrown away in restaurants or even us when we couldn’t finish the dinner or left them in the fridge to rot!

I didn’t understand how exactly we can just ‘relax’ when we should be doing more to curb the compounding speed of extracting resources from the earth. Surely, the high record of temperature in summer, brought forward snow storm in China and the worse storms experienced in England are indicators of impending doom in the future.