I am a great fan of the annual competition of MasterChef the Professionals shown on BBC 2 TV. Tonight we will find out who the winner is, although I must say that all three chefs in the final are positively amazing. I have a favourite, but they all deserve to win.
This week, they cooked for Massimo Bottura, the chef/patron of Osteria Francescana, a three start Michelin restaurant based in Modena, Italy.
Massimo Bottura is a chef who thinks like an artist. He asked of the three young finalists that they let go of pure technique, and allow themselves to feel deeply about the foods they were using.
All the elements worked in harmony and balance, both visually and taste wise.
I was reminded of the following quote from the obituary of the great impresario, Yahudi Menuhin.
‘It is said that Menuhin was liberated from the mundane limitations of pure technique. His interpretation of Beethoven and especially Elgar has an incomparable and almost spiritual grace. At such times, Menuhin was without peers in his ability to see, hear and play beyond the notes. He was able to let go.’
Massimo Bottura asked the three young chefs to marry their technical know how with the intangible. He asked them to pull from within and allow their creative juices to flow…..and they did.
It was wonderful to see the joy and surprise expressed by these young chefs as they were given permission to go deeper than their normal experience. It was an example of the creative process at its best.
Tonight, after the final gruelling leg of the competition, the winner will be announced.