Sam, I was reminded of your Bobby Flay diatribes today when I caught an episode of Beat Bobby Flay where he hit a camera operator with an eggplant he threw at the judges. I do not understand how, when he treats other people like this, he's still allowed - and celebrated - on the air.
He must be absolutely the most charismatic motherfucker in person.
I've read several accounts of him that say he's not a very good cook and I’m pretty sure I’ve read that he’s also shit at running a kitchen, but they also say he's a strong showman and he understands the entertainment world thoroughly. (Which sounds to me like "he's a white guy who can make small talk" but I’m a white guy who can’t make small talk, so it’s hard to throw stones there.)
My main diatribe is that on Iron Chef he always did "deconstructed" foods so that he wouldn't have to cook as much stuff, which isn't illegal but also really isn’t in the spirit of the game -- he’s always looking for an edge that will allow him to seem like the better chef while not actually being very good. I would respect the hustle, but most of the shows he does where his food is contrasted to someone else’s also involves a setup where he obviously has an upper hand in some way, which I don’t love. Usually TV chefs who produce or host a competitive cooking show don’t also participate, and it feels like a weird ethical violation to do both at once.
Relatedly, I love the idea of a Celebrity Chef Code of Ethics, can you imagine.
But to return to Chef Flay, as an example of his charisma, my parents KNOW he's an asshole and acknowledge it and still enjoy watching his cooking shows, even though none of them are especially educational -- or for my money very interesting. I don't find him appealing to watch, but clearly he has a specific appeal.
Did you all know that America’s Funniest Home Videos is still on the air? My parents also watch that, like some kind of weird curated Best Of YouTube Show. It’s the same kind of space, I think -- he has been made not only redundant but a bit antiquated-seeming by the last ten years of technological development, but he still holds a specific and comfortable place for some people, for whatever reason. Or perhaps he’s more like a Hallmark movie -- bland and safe, easy to have on in the background, easy to digest.
In any case, at least there’s a huge diversity of food television out there these days. Wee Sam growing up watching Good Eats as like, the one entertaining food show on television couldn’t have imagined the wealth of good food content that was coming. Amaury Guichon (the Chocolate Guy) does things with a cellphone camera that you couldn’t have done with a full Food Network budget and a film crew in 1995.
Yo, Southeast Asian here. I dunno, feels like talking about cuisine. I can't speak for all Asian people obviously but I see that there's people ( primary white people ) who claimed they make authentic Asian foods but then they did it wrong or used the wrong ingredients because they cannot stand the authentic taste or spice.
I know it's sounds like not a big deal, but don't call it authentic or just let's say 'Thai Green Curry' if it's NOT using the correct ingredients and not cooked properly. Just call it 'my version of Thai Green Curry' or something like that
Food is very important for Asian countries everywhere, especially my country. Food bring us together and is an important part of people's identity. The problem that I see, is that some white people fucked up Asian dish, claimed it to be authentic or at least correct and then they share their bad recipes to other white people.
Thus created a massive misinformation about the food. I saw Jamie Oliver made a 'Green Curry' and it's all SO WRONG
I'm using Thai Green Curry as an example, I'm not Thai. But this video is a great example
It's kinda sting when arrogant white people like Oliver refused to respect Asian dishes. ESPECIALLY with the fact that many European country ENSLAVED Asian countries for centuries for our spices and natural resources
A white British guy fucking up Asian food hurts my soul, and he claimed to be a pro
People like Jamie Oliver who refuses to respect Asian foods is just racist. It's one thing to experiment and make your own recipe and it's another thing to bastardized the original recipe
Also, please if you go to an Asian restaurant that serve spicy foods and you order it. Don't complain if you can't handle spice, YOU KNOW it will be spicy... Restaurant menu always provide necessary information
Some people be like "Ughh why it's spiccyyy" "ughhh too many garlic or whatever."
It's one thing to have opinion, I get it people have different taste, but you know the Karen- like complaining is just rude