Too chicken to rustle up a roast

If there is one thing guaranteed to make most people feel inadequate, it is watching MasterChef while eating their tea.

The programme finished last week with bank manager Kenny Tutt confounding the armchair pundits by picking up the second most famous trophy in light entertainment television – nothing can come close to the Strictly glitterball.

Although Kenny and his fellow finalists are clearly useful with a frying pan and spatula, I am rather relieved that I no longer have to compete with what is dished up by the best amateur cooks this country has offer.

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While I am pretty handy in the kitchen, my omelettes and spag bol appear decidedly unappetising alongside a gold standard Chateaubriand or apricot tarte tatin, especially if they receive special praise from Messrs Torode and Wallace.

Despite the fact our home contains 30 cookbooks, I have roughly 20 recipes which I tend to rotate whenever I can be bothered to pull on a pinny.

But compared to some, my somewhat limited kitchen repertoire makes me look like one of the Roux brothers.

The Millennial generation gets more than its fair share of stick – much of it unwarranted if you ask me – but they don’t always help themselves, a fact highlighted by the latest innovation from one of our biggest supermarkets, Sainsbury’s. The retail giant will next month introduce packaging which allow shoppers to buy chicken which they can stick into a pan or the oven without touching it, such is the anxiety of some consumers when it comes to handling raw poultry.

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The suggestion is the majority of these squeamish cooks are under 40, yet another blow to the Millennials’ already tarnished reputation and yet more justification for tiresome members of the Baby Boomers’ military wing to shout ‘snowflake crybabies’ louder than before.

But Generation Y does need to take a long hard look at itself and should learn to wash its hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, rather than force retail executives into coming up with new ways to protect their 21st Century sensibilities.

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