How much cooking do celebrity food show hosts actually do?

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  1. zekmoe

    zekmoe Member

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    My wife watches endless cooking shows, which means I do too despite me not being able to fry an egg. I've noticed a small increase in celebrity hosted ones rather than chef celebrities ( Tiffani Thiessen, Debi Mazar), and wondered how much is driven by the interest in cooking of the celeb vs. just another acting job. Tiffani seems a little detached while Debi seems more involved though her husband is the main chef. Any insight into the reality of this flavor of reality show?
     
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    I am a hardcore Alton Brown and Christopher Kimball fan.
    It is safe to assume that much of the actual prep and cooking is done by interns and staff while the on screen talent is focused on a good camera presentation. If I was a wardrobe manager, I would not let the host have functional access to any flour or raw meat on set- too messy. I am a 'retired' restaurant cook and avid home chef.... Actually cooking is busy and messy. I am constantly focused on food safety (temp, cross contamination, hand washing).
    The amount of time spent with 'mies en place' is always overlooked.

    The main difference between watching food fan celebrity cooking shows and actual food shows is the expertise of the personality. Depth of knowledge.

    Does she watch Good Eats reruns?
    America's Test Kitchen?
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Watch how effortlessly Giada makes it look to be charming and personable while prepping her dishes. It's mych harder to talk about the yasks at harm WHILE performing the tasks at hand and still be charming. It's a talent.
     
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    The hosts on those shows have most of the mess taken care of for them. It's all like porn. It's dressed up to look better than your own reality. Cooking is a dingy and very stressful job. You have to deal with one of the most irrational and twisted dimensions of human desire -- the appetite and it's not just one it's many and all at the same time. I was a chef for twenty years and literally nearly killed myself on many occasions. Glad to be out of it.
     
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    They barely cook at all. Not even a few minutes. Every little step of each recipe is already prepared to different stages by a team of home economists behind the scenes.

    I only like watching chefs and cooks that have actually cooked for a living or run a restaurant, e.g. Keith Floyd (the best TV chef of them all, and even mocked those that have the chefs backstage preparing everything to each stage), Jennifer Paterson & Clarissa Dickson-Wright the Two Fat Ladies, Jamie Oliver in his Naked Chef days (can't stand him now), Antonio Carluccio, Gennaro Contaldo, Heston Blumenthal, Iron Chef Japan's Chen Kenichi, Rockusaboro Michiba (sp?), Hiroyuki Sakai, Nick Nairn, & Rick Stein.
    Nigella Lawson is the only TV chef I like watching that isn't actually a cook or chef (she's a journalist by profession, but she loves to eat).

    And yes cooking for a living can be hell. I love to cook at home, but wouldn't last two minutes in a working kitchen, which I do work at (delivery & kitchen hand on weekends).
     
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    They do less and less these days. Food Network has become more of a Lifestyle channel these days... and stupid "reality" gameshows.

    America's Test Kitchen on PBS is awesome though
     
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    Giada cooks? I never noticed. :)
     
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    Yes my wife leans way toward the real cooks on stuf like the Create channel , but occasionally we watch the dinner party shows for whole package ideas. I just wondered if they're really into cooking and developed a show around their interest, or could care less and are just playing a part.
     
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    Paging TGP member Ceyuh...he'd know for sure. His brother is one...I believe he said that the cooking is real, but the shows are heavily edited. That's why you don't see a lot of hand washing, mise en place, etc...
     

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