5: The Judges are pompous asses. At least several are, especially Alex Guarnaschelli who, every time she takes a bite, looks like you just called her the "c" word. How Alex, someone who competed (badly) and lost on The Next Iron Chef, is qualified to criticize people on the way they integrated Jello into their canned duck meat dish is anybody's guess. And the way she (and others) lord their culinary knowledge over the competitors smacks of insecurity.
|"Your food sucks, and trust me--I know a thing or two about food sucking!"|
4: The judging is bullshit. Sometimes people break the rules (don't use a required ingredient or go over the time limit, for example) and are allowed to move on; other times they get disqualified. I'm pretty sure I remember Alex advocating for someone who cooked a worse dish, but had a better story--seriously. That's what we all think goes down on reality TV shows anyhow, but for her to actually make the argument on camera was just ridonkculous.
3: Gross stuff happens. People lose finger tips all the time. The worst was an episode where a guy reached into his blender, cut his finger, and pulled his hand out. The judges called him on it, saying that he shouldn't serve something that he bled into. He said he got his hand out in time, and they were fine with that explanation. Umm, gross!
1: The judges pretend they like the really gross ingredients. Presumably, gross ingredients are included to make the show more challenging. But the judges (who are usually chefs themselves) often feel the need to pretend they actually like the gross ingredients. The episode I'm currently watching features pre-cooked beef tendon as an ingredient. One judge actually said, "I am struggling, chef, to find the beef tendon. I would have liked to see some of that chewiness, that unctuousness..." No, that's a lie. You would never, in a place with anything else on the menu, order pre-cooked beef tendon.
Granted, I'm in an ornery mood, so the show probably doesn't deserve such harshness, but whatever--I think the critique is valid. What do you think? Let us know below, and if you enjoy this, like us and share us with you homies.