Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Guilty Pleasure

Yes, I'm confessing, here. I am a Top Chef addict. Love, love, love the show. And the new season started last week, and I think it's going to be a good one!

The show starts with a handful of professional chefs from all over the country - this year it started with seventeen. Each week, they face different cooking challenges and one chef is eliminated. The finale is a cook-off and one chef wins a large monetary prize. Past season winners have used the money to open restaurants or to go on culinary tours to broaden their knowledge and experience.

The challenges are awful. "Here's $10 and two vending machines - you have thirty minutes to make a gourmet dish." Or, "You will be catering a wedding with 250 guests... tomorrow!" To their credit, the chefs always manage to pull something off, but there is always wailing and gnashing of teeth and running around the kitchen and chaos - it makes for great television.

Of course, the producers almost always find one or two chefs with controversial ideas or bad attitudes, just to spice things up. I feel kind of sorry for these people, because they come across so badly on screen. Surely nobody could be that nasty in real life - I am sure there's a lot of creative editing.

Because I have to spend a large part of fall studying, I'll be recording Top Chef and watching it AFTER I've logged the required studying for the week. We'll see how that goes!


blushing rose said...

Two fellas from our town are going to be on there I just read in the paper ... what fun! TTFN ~Marydon

Terri said...

Wow, that is cool! You'll have to tell me if tehre's any backstory there!

Anonymous said...

Nalley and I like that show too. Interesting to read Marydon's comment that two are from her town.

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

I LOVE Project Runway!

I have a guilty pleasure from Bravo too. Real Housewives of Atlanta. Ya, it's bad.

Amy said...

I am very bad--I usually wait until the end when they run the entire season in one day and then I watch the whole thing! I have often wondered if people are really that way or if they're just trying to get on tv!

Susie said...

I haven't really watched that show but am sure I would like it. I like all reality cooking shows.

TC said...

I can't get into cooking shows, "feven" if they offered real food right through the TV screen!

Good luck with your studying!

andrea said...

Oh that sounds like a fun show
I rarely watch tv (though it's always on in our house)

keep us updated about the crazies you see - I'll enjoy it through you :)

Daisy said...

Terri, if you have to have an addiction, this seems like a good one to have. HA! Enjoy! Everyone needs something just for fun and just because they like it in their lives. Hope you have a great day!