I love watching competitive cooking shows online, it’s officially out of the bag. Hell, they don’t even need to be on this continent to keep me enthralled and waiting in anticipation for whatever preposterous challenges they are dealt. I wouldn’t consider myself a chef, but I would consider myself a vicarious chef. The majority of my food knowledge comes from these shows, thus inspiring me to go to markets and find exotic items and test flavour combinations. I cook a lot at home, and people close to me are on the front-lines of my culinary creations, particularly my beloved partner and good friends. So what is it about these cooking shows that I love so much?
Top Chef, is the pinnacle of high-pressure ridiculousness in the food reality-tv world. Hosted by Tom Colicchio of Craft restaurants, and the ever-so-delicious Padma Lakshmi, very qualified chefs from kitchens around America come together to spank the other contestants with their mad skills and ego’s-run-high. Why does my heart race a kajillion beats per minute when I see the chefs run out of time almost every time, or bite my nails and laugh outlandishly when the contestants are presented with a quick-fire task of creating a haute-cuisine dish from a vending machine? Do I secretly want to put myself in those situations, or do I enjoy seeing the impressive capacity of humans in a one hour segment. I would lean more on the latter, but who knows, I’ve got oodles of competitive spirit, it could be in my future.
Master Chef( albeit the Australian version) is even closer to home, literally. The chefs are all amateurs, cooks from home and house-men and women who cook for those they love. The culinary fire under their asses made them apply, and the show(including the Top chef series) is posted on realitytvfan . These amateurs are faced with equally daunting tasks, but as sappy as it may sound, I enjoy watching people pursue something they use their hearts for and where true passion lies within.
Check them out if you’re down for hours of fast-paced action, educational foodie banter and entertaining competition.