TV Review: ‘Love Bites With Joey’
A recent article in Open magazine says that Joey Matthew could be “India’s answer to TV celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. Or Julia Child”. After watching the first episode of Matthew’s cooking show, Love Bites With Joey, on NDTV Good Times this Monday, June 11, we’re not sure who should feel more insulted. Lawson, perhaps, because Matthew, a former model with a beady-eyed stare, occasionally digs into Lawson’s bag of tricks, dipping and licking for the camera. Or maybe Child, because the comparison is so horrifically mismatched—an iconic figure in culinary history versus a newbie cook with dubious skills—that we’re apt to believe that Child’s heirs should sue.
Matthew’s sexiness is clearly her shtick, but whereas with Lawson that is just icing on a very substantial cake of skills, for Matthew it’s just about all she’s got. Most of her half-hour show is a superficial amalgam of pouty directives, inane factoids, and an inexplicable desire to make food “glamourous”. There’s no chopping, filleting, grabbing and stirring here, no hint at rigorous process, of the sensual stir of something in a pot—even her half-hearted claim that “it’s no fun without getting a bit dirty” is undercut by Matthew so gingerly handling the food that you’d think she was one lick away from contracting Salmonella. It’s not all Matthew’s fault however; the camera work is exceptionally bad, with everything bathed in a yellow-y light that makes the food—a sad-looking Pavolva and a watery pumpkin soup, in the case of the first episode—appear as insipidly dull as the commentary. Do what we ought to have done instead: go onto Youtube.com and watch the fetching Rachel Khoo, also billed but deservedly so, as the new Nigella.
Love Bites With Joey airs every Monday and Tuesday at 10pm on NDTV Good Times.Tags: Joey Matthew, Love Bites With Joey, NDTV Good Times, Television, TV