Although reality tv was around before the turn of the millenium, the 21st century truly signalled the beginning of the reality tv boom with shows such as, Australian Idol and Big Brother hitting our screens in the early noughties. Over a decade later, our various screens are now inundated with reality shows and stars, as everyone scrambles for their 15 minutes of fame.

The Celebrity Chef

Budding musicians may well have been the first and traditional reality star but in the mid to late 2000s, cooking joined the party big time, The emergence of shows such as Masterchef Australia and Chopped thrust budding new chefs and professionals into the limelight and ‘The Celebrity Chef’ was well and truly born. The likes of Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal are now forever on our screens, cooking up their latest quick and easy special or nitrous oxide masterpiece.

However, according to the Australian Multi Screen report television figures are on the slide, but it seems the obsession with cooking shows remains strong. According to a study, people in the UK are spending more time consuming ‘food media’ than they are in the kitchen making their daily meals. I can’t believe this differs in Australia, in fact, last month saw another new cooking show hit our screens, Bondi Harvest, which shows the obsession continues.

The age of Food Bloggers and Vloggers

The decline of traditional television and media has been caused by the rise of social media, streaming services and YouTube, however, the passion for cooking has remained. In recent years, we’ve seen the emergence of many food bloggers and vloggers such as Deliciously Ella and Cook Republic, who have demonstrated that you don’t have to be a Michelin starred chef to make great food and they’ve inspired the millennial masses and beyond in the process.

Brooklyn Boy Bagels Class

Bringing the inspiration to life

So, we love to watch our favourite professional and amateur chefs bring culinary delights to life on the TV and web but how can we take the next step and become a dab hand in the kitchen ourselves?

Hobby Society is a one-stop-shop for hobby communities in Sydney that provides access to space, tools and expertise. Sign up to the platform today to explore the latest cooking listings and follow your favourite cooking masters.