Top ChefAs a long time detester of reality television I have an embarrassing admission to make. I think I’m becoming hooked on reality cooking programs.

It all started quite innocently when I happened upon Top Chef, a popular winter treat that has run for the past two winters here on French television. Now I know it’s been running elsewhere for a long time, but I don’t catch on to things all that quickly. For some reason the inane repetition before and after commercials didn’t bother me. In fact I hardly noticed it. The idiotic comments made by a ‘token’ blonde hostess didn’t even get my goat up. The incessant running around by chefs in silly places didn’t dissuade me.

The tears and sobbing of eliminated three star French chefs didn’t even have me reaching for the remote. No, I just lapped it up and loved it. Now fully desensitised to the repetition, tears, ticking clocks and stupid hosts counting down the last seconds of a ‘cook off’ like a controller from Houston, I have been sucked in again.

Master Chef has now hit French television and has been neatly scheduled in Autumn as not to collide with Top Chef. So here I go again getting hooked on a poor substandard chef or two who think their future lies in opening thier own restaurant one day. Judging by some of the results I’ve seen so far though, I genuinely hope a number of them are highly unsuccessful at attaining their dream.

So what will it be next. Super Chef to fill the summer slot? Killer Chef to fill the spring schedule? Or will we have an enormous cook off between the winners from each brand of ‘chef’ program that will last weeks and weeks? Oh, the possibilities must be endless.

Sorry, have to run. I don’t want to miss the next episode of Master Chef that starts in five minutes.

I Hate Reality TV, Almost
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10 thoughts on “I Hate Reality TV, Almost

  • 30/10/2011 at 10:34 pm

    Can’t help but empathize seeing as how I’ve some how gotten hooked on “House Hunters International.” There’s something irresistibly ‘endearing’ about those Manhattan haus fraus whining over how little their $5 million buys on Central Park West.

  • 30/10/2011 at 10:36 pm

    But will you be able to hack watching another series of Masterchef? That is the big test of a reality tv series. I often can watch one series but by the time I try to watch the next series I have become too sensitized to the formula so find it unwatchable.

  • 31/10/2011 at 3:54 am

    Stop it, Derek!

    I am literally, lol-ing! This particular sentence had me in stitches: “Judging by some of the results I’ve seen so far though, I genuinely hope a number of them are highly unsuccessful at attaining their dream.”

    Keep up the mediocre work. :)


  • 31/10/2011 at 6:41 am

    Reality Topics:

    I Hate Reality Topic Change TV.Of course cooking up a different story does add spice.

    Cooks are creative,so why be surprised.Master Chef has right to a different taste
    with more repetition,but different,and the same,but not in same order.

    Reality is blurred,and for many their chef habits don’t change.Was the great pretender
    a chef.

    My comments seem to be out of order to context of topic.Am I deranged,and fixated
    by repetition.The chef ought to know.I am insane because I thought the topic was the Economic down turn in America,and people sleeping on the streets.

    Thanks you all for forcing me back to reality.God save the chef.I now want reality cooking on T.V…

    Walter E. Haas Search Google God Bless America

  • 31/10/2011 at 10:49 am

    Oh Derek, when its in French, its called: haute culture culinaire! In English its simply: the white trash swearing show. (see Gordon F…..g Ramsey) ;-)

    • 01/11/2011 at 10:59 am

      Ha Natalie. Even in French it is still called absolute garbage! lol

  • 01/11/2011 at 12:24 am

    Masterchief with Ramsey will definitely make things up. Anyway, I just love how he teach cooking and bring the best of each contestants. Each episode is so unique that a reality TV like Masterchief scold and yell frequently to a poor chief. I sometimes laughed at myself thinking its hard to win a quarter of a million with a chief like Ramsey.

  • 05/11/2011 at 3:09 am

    I feel the same way about reality TV in general. However–though I’ve never watched Top Chef, I have been pulled in to the plethora of shows that we call Gordon Ramsey.

  • 16/11/2011 at 2:26 pm

    I have been a fan of any cooking shows. Aside that you learn from it, I enjoyed watching the contestants learn as well. One of the show that I have watch is Hell’s Kitchen. Yes, Ramsey must have been yelling at contestants but doesn’t it fits to the title?

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