Food shows are huge these days, and though I've seen a few lists of the best cooking shows (think Julia Child), I haven't seen any looking only at shows about chefs (a la Restaurant: Impossible). Of course, it's the job of the Kooz Top 5 to bring you such a list, so here you go:
I've ranted about it on this blog. Conceptually, it's pretty good. Four chefs have a set amount of time to use a mystery box of ingredients to make an appetizer, after which a panel of judges tastes the app and chooses one chef to send home. The process is repeated for a main course, then finally for a dessert, after which one of the remaining two chefs is crowned the winner and given $10,000. Simple and straightforward, the only problems with the show are those I ranted about. Just go read the rant, we'll wait.
Gordon Ramsey is a whore for television shows, which he abuses to rake in cash and subsidize his fine dining establishments. That said, though his shows are incredibly formulaic, they are entertaining as hell. In Hell's Kitchen, contestants are chefs from a wide range of backgrounds who compete over the season to become head chef in one of Ramsey's restaurants. It becomes immediately apparent that most can't cook and are socially inept, so the show is really about the drama. The best part of the show is waiting to hear what obnoxious name Ramsey thinks up to call the biggest idiot of the night.
Bobby Flay's pathetic appearance against Morimoto. It's a brilliant concept--there are a few "Iron Chefs"--chefs with legendary talent. A challenger gets to choose an Iron Chef to compete against in Kitchen Stadium--complete with fans, judges, an announcer, and an on-field (?) reporter. The contestants have an hour to use a mystery ingredient in as many fine dining dishes as they want, after which the judges rate them on various categories and a winner is chosen. The American version is sloppier and less interesting, but still pretty good.
Gail Simmons is hot.
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