[Sca-cooks] "Top Chef" vs "Hell's Kitchen"
countgunthar at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 10 09:09:44 PST 2009
An interesting note about one of the Finalists of last night's
"Top Chef" episode is that as a child he was an extremely
picky eater. This guy is one of the most adventurious and
solid cook's I've seen and he was pretty much the front
runner for the entire season. So I guess that can give
hope to parents of picky eaters.
On another note, I've watched both "Top Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen"
and find that I don't agree that the competitors on "Top Chef"
should be advertised as such. They don't do anything to show
they are chefs. They are extremely talented (for the most part)
cooks. Almost all of the competitions are "Here's a bunch of
ingredients or a scenario and now make something with it."
Being a cook is NOT being a chef. An extremely talented
housewife from Des Moines who has never stepped foot in the
back of a restaurant could win this thing.
But "Hell's Kitchen" is all about the skills a restaurant worker and
chef need to know. Working as a team, portion control, taking
deliveries, cleaning, expiditing, solid foundational cooking,
menu design, kitchen design, supervision etc....
This really isn't going anywhere but it was something I was
thinking about. The term "chef" is bandied about by anyone
who cooks in a restaurant or takes money for their food or
wants to do a cooking show. It has nothing to do with what
a chef really is.
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