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Iain 'Huey' Hewitson is not a fan of your favourite cooking shows

'They're pretentious! For goodness' sake, all you're doing is cooking, it is not rocket science.'

By Alex Lilly

We've seen celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White appear on our favourite cooking shows, but there's one you won't be seeing on Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules any time soon.

Iain 'Huey' Hewitson, the original TV chef, has appeared on A Current Affair slamming TV cooking reality shows saying they "do a terrible disservice to the public".

"They're pretentious! For goodness' sake, all you're doing is cooking, it is not rocket science. They're game shows, not cooking shows."

The original TV chef made his name in the 1990s.
The original TV chef made his name in the 1990s.

Huey is all about getting back to basics and simple cooking and spoke on the Channel Nine show about how convoluted it's all become on reality cooking shows.

"They start off simple and then the next time you turn around they're doing deconstructed rubbish with smears on the plate. And this new thing when they start talking to people, they say, 'Now please tell me about your philosophy.' Who gives a …?"

And while the TV chef says he isn't going to pick on the shows' production and judges, his main concern is the effect they're having to the people watching at home.

"I object to what it is doing to people at home making their fancypants food, whereas they'd do a heck of a lot better buying a brilliant chicken, roasting in the oven with some nice root vegetables … than trying to make pickled ducks bums with truffle oil.

But be warned if you're one of those people who likes to take a snap of their brunch and share it on Instagram, Huey's coming for you.

"I feel like going in and grabbing them by the ears I think and saying stop taking photographs, eat it, it's to be eaten" the chef says.