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(Huffington Post)   14 reality TV cooking competition shows, ranked from worst to least worst. Iron Chef Japan Original Recipe does not remain supreme, as challenger Top Chef wins this judge's scorecard   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 45
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2013-10-31 09:17:56 AM  
Then that judge sucks.  Chairman Kaga is not amused...

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2013-10-31 09:32:15 AM  
The original Iron Chef guys could crush anyone (and did)

Hey bobby! why dont you go put some more avocado on it!
 
2013-10-31 09:42:07 AM  
I don't know about you guys, but I love watching that smug douche Bobby Flay get his ass handed to him on Throwdown.
 
2013-10-31 09:45:33 AM  
Iron Chef, in all it's incarnations, is ridiculous and unwatchable.  And the first time I saw Throwdown, I thought the exact same thing:  "A show where he tries to destroy some small town chef's reputation?  What a prick!"   I can't believe anyone thought that was a good idea for a show.

Cooking shows are on in my house all the time, from Chopped to Throwdown to Next Food Network Star to that big-headed-but-pretty chef - and I hate them all.

Except Top Chef.  It's the only one with any sort of integrity.
 
2013-10-31 09:45:56 AM  
Wait a minute... Rhode Island is an actual place? I thought it was just a unit of measurement.
 
2013-10-31 09:46:11 AM  
Number 5 reminded me that I was a little disappointed that Ming didn't win Next Iron Chef...
 
2013-10-31 09:46:41 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Wait a minute... Rhode Island is an actual place? I thought it was just a unit of measurement.


How in the hell did I post this in the wrong thread?
 
2013-10-31 09:46:54 AM  
Anybody else remember the first attempt at making an American Iron Chef?

/"Hey, why don't we let Shatner go through Liberace's wardrobe and pick out the most flamboyant outfit!"
 
2013-10-31 09:59:15 AM  

dajoro: Except Top Chef. It's the only one with any sort of integrity.


And the irony is its judged by some of the douchey douchiest cooks.

Although, I did secretly wish for Gordon to go full Gordon on those kids during dinner service.
 
2013-10-31 10:05:26 AM  

dajoro


And the first time I saw Throwdown, I thought the exact same thing: "A show where he tries to destroy some small town chef's reputation? What a prick!" I can't believe anyone thought that was a good idea for a show.


I've seen the show a few times. How exactly would the "small town chef's reputation" be destroyed? That's like saying a chess master's reputation would be destroyed if he lost to Kasparov. And it looks like Bobby doesn't win all the time, so some reputations must be getting a pretty big boost.

If you want to talk about damaged reputations, look at "Restaurant Impossible", the show that describes in detail exactly how much of a cluster-f*ck a particular restaurant is.
 
2013-10-31 10:10:33 AM  
i generally loathe competition shows. especially the cutaways to people sitting in a chair talking about what they're doing...narrating, basically. fark the commentary! just actually SHOW me what you're doing!

but, here is the very short list of competition shows i like, and will watch on a regular basis:
iron chef (japanese and american)
chopped (even though they do the cutaway commentary, it's still an enjoyable show somehow)
and i enjoyed the first season of inked...but just don't care about trying the 2nd season

i LOVE alton in a hetero way, but i can't stand that new cutthroat kitchen crap. i watched the first episode, and was just annoyed as all get out at the stupidity in that competition!
 
2013-10-31 10:18:05 AM  

dajoro: Iron Chef, in all it's incarnations, is ridiculous and unwatchable.  And the first time I saw Throwdown, I thought the exact same thing:  "A show where he tries to destroy some small town chef's reputation?  What a prick!"   I can't believe anyone thought that was a good idea for a show.

Cooking shows are on in my house all the time, from Chopped to Throwdown to Next Food Network Star to that big-headed-but-pretty chef - and I hate them all.

Except Top Chef.  It's the only one with any sort of integrity.


I thought the same thing until I realized that he usually goes very non-traditional to give the other guys an advantage.

"Oh, you're making Lou Malnati's famous sausage pie?  Well I'm going to use link sausage and broccoli."

That said, his grilling show is way better.
 
2013-10-31 10:24:05 AM  

Solon Isonomia: Number 5 reminded me that I was a little disappointed that Ming didn't win Next Iron Chef...


Yeah, this.

/chopped rules
 
2013-10-31 11:16:23 AM  
I really don't like the new Iron Chef format with the culinary curve ball and first tasting at 10 or 20 minutes. I don't know, maybe I just watched it for so long it had already lost it's charm, and now it just bothers me. Michael Symon rocks, can't believe he lost on chopped.

I do like watching Top Chef, and Top Chef Canada is the best in my opinion. Maybe since the contestants are usually nicer and there is less attitude.

Chopped and Hell's kitchen are good, although I tend to skip ahead a lot on Hell's Kitchen, very drama based.
 
2013-10-31 11:19:20 AM  
Joe Bastianich is a massive douche.
 
2013-10-31 11:19:28 AM  
Chopped is great when Scott Conant is involved (judging or cooking)
 
2013-10-31 11:24:37 AM  

voodoowizard: I really don't like the new Iron Chef format with the culinary curve ball and first tasting at 10 or 20 minutes.


ok, i obviously haven't watched any recent episodes...didn't know they were doing early tasting or curveballs now...i probably would like the show less now
 
2013-10-31 11:25:43 AM  
They left out Iron Chef USA with The Shatner as Chairman.

...I'm guessing there was probably a good reason for that.
 
2013-10-31 11:28:57 AM  

Tyrone Biggums: I don't know about you guys, but I love watching that smug douche Bobby Flay get his ass handed to him on Throwdown.


The only reason I don't watch Throwdown with Bobby Flay is that it doesn't involve a flight of stairs.
 
2013-10-31 11:39:36 AM  
I've watched Throwdown A LOT. He loses to the home chef a good portion of the time. Even when he wins, there hasn't been a single chef that's been upset at losing to Bobby Flay, and they all say they loved competing against him.
 
2013-10-31 11:48:36 AM  
WHAR GRAF!
 
2013-10-31 12:03:15 PM  
Nothing can beat the Japanese Iron Chef show.

The judges: A food critic, a female pop-singer and a member of Parliament.

The female pop-singer will always mention how strange the texture of the food feels in her mouth.
 
2013-10-31 12:07:34 PM  
What, no Gordon Ramsay memes?

I am disappoint.
 
2013-10-31 12:17:49 PM  

dajoro: Cooking shows are on in my house all the time, from Chopped to Throwdown to Next Food Network Star to that big-headed-but-pretty chef - and I hate them all.

Except Top Chef.  It's the only one with any sort of integrity.


My house goes the other way - Cooking shows are on all the time, but NEVER competition shows, only certain select old-school stand-up cooking shows (and Good Eats, which fulfills the same promise with a different format).  The ONLY competition show any of us can stand is Top Chef, because despite the "challenges", the only criteria for advancing week to week does seem to be "how does the food taste".  The drama:content ratio is very low compared to just about every other reality show on TV.

So, like - I agree with you, but coming from a different direction.
 
2013-10-31 12:30:29 PM  

voodoowizard: I really don't like the new Iron Chef format with the culinary curve ball and first tasting at 10 or 20 minutes. I don't know, maybe I just watched it for so long it had already lost it's charm, and now it just bothers me. Michael Symon rocks, can't believe he lost on chopped.

I do like watching Top Chef, and Top Chef Canada is the best in my opinion. Maybe since the contestants are usually nicer and there is less attitude.

Chopped and Hell's kitchen are good, although I tend to skip ahead a lot on Hell's Kitchen, very drama based.


I'm wondering if they got some minute-by-minute data and decided to throw these things in to keep people watching.  Like, maybe they found that people would tune in to see the secret ingredient, watch the first few minutes, then stop watching in the middle, and come back for the tasting/winner.

That's the only reason I can think for why they'd feel the need to throw those two random elements in.  I don't like them either.
 
2013-10-31 12:42:58 PM  
There are 14 reality tv cooking competition shows?  Jesus farking christ.

Cooking is not a competition.
 
2013-10-31 12:43:56 PM  

2chris2: Cooking is not a competition.


Which is why no restaurants in the history of mankind have ever gone out of business, for example.
 
2013-10-31 01:10:21 PM  

Leader O'Cola: 2chris2: Cooking is not a competition.

Which is why no restaurants in the history of mankind have ever gone out of business, for example.


Ah, I see your mistake. "Cooking" != "restaurant". The former is a skill set, while the latter is a competitive capitalist venture. The fact that the competitive capitalist venture has a dependency on a practitioner of a given skill set does not make them equivalent.
 
2013-10-31 01:12:16 PM  
I recognize that it's not a competition, but this is all I can think of when talking about cooking shows
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2013-10-31 01:19:08 PM  
I love Top Chef to a degree that is unseemly.  It is like my football season.
 
2013-10-31 01:26:49 PM  

bungle_jr: i LOVE alton in a hetero way, but i can't stand that new cutthroat kitchen crap. i watched the first episode, and was just annoyed as all get out at the stupidity in that competition!


I second this emotion.

Terrible show.
 
2013-10-31 01:28:34 PM  

LeroyB: Nothing can beat the Japanese Iron Chef show.

The judges: A food critic, a female pop-singer and a member of Parliament.

The female pop-singer will always mention how strange the texture of the food feels in her mouth.


"Subtle sweetness" x 1000. I think every judge except the sumo guys used that one at one point or another.

/Take the top 4 shows, banish the rest to TV hell.
 
2013-10-31 01:56:49 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: They left out Iron Chef USA with The Shatner as Chairman.

...I'm guessing there was probably a good reason for that.


And don't forget the ultra exotic ingredient... Turkey

The new American one is the same, boring ingredients. I loved the Japanese show for the odd cultural quirks and batshiat crazy ingredients

/crab brain ice cream
 
2013-10-31 02:23:24 PM  

voodoowizard: I really don't like the new Iron Chef format with the culinary curve ball and first tasting at 10 or 20 minutes. I don't know, maybe I just watched it for so long it had already lost it's charm, and now it just bothers me. Michael Symon rocks, can't believe he lost on chopped.


I think if Iron Chef America was a blind judging the challenger would win more often.
 
2013-10-31 02:29:23 PM  

LeroyB: Nothing can beat the Japanese Iron Chef show.

The judges: A food critic, a female pop-singer and a member of Parliament.

The female pop-singer will always mention how strange the texture of the food feels in her mouth.


Don't forget the crotchety psychic.  She took food off another judges plate once.

/Iron Cook was better.
//Zinc Saucier comes with double prize money.
 
2013-10-31 02:35:12 PM  
"Masterchef" started to be a problem when the producers decided that they had another "Hell's Kitchen" and that was just awesome with them; they started playing up the drama between the chefs and keeping on that one fat cook who really doesn't belong there but they keep her around because she stirs up shiat and we all love to hate her. All they need is to show them slumping in the common room smoking a hundred cigarettes and getting into swear-fights and they'll have a mirror-image.

It also doesn't help that Joe Bastianich is a screaming racist; some of his comments on the show have gotten him in trouble. In fact, of the three judges on that show, Ramsay is the only one who hasn't gotten sued for stealing his waitstaff's tips. When Gordon Ramsay is your model for business acumen and kitchen temperament, you do not have a good working dynamic.

"The Next Great Baker" should probably be on the list somewhere. Buddy Valastro doesn't have whatever it is Ramsay or Bourdain have that keeps you watching; it doesn't help that "Cake Boss" makes him look like the world's most henpecked little brother, surrounded by a horde of screeching harpies playing up the stereotype, and all the bakers doing horrible things to each other. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who does well sitting in judgment in one of those confrontational competition finales, so seeing him sitting there doing the "Apprentice" thing is a little odd.

In other news, I watch waaaaay too much of this stuff.
 
2013-10-31 03:11:33 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: dajoro: Except Top Chef. It's the only one with any sort of integrity.

And the irony is its judged by some of the douchey douchiest cooks.

Although, I did secretly wish for Gordon to go full Gordon on those kids during dinner service.


You were not alone in that department. Minus the cussing, you can tell he really dislikes people that screw up dinner service. That is some berserk button.
 
2013-10-31 03:28:49 PM  

mhedstrom: I've watched Throwdown A LOT. He loses to the home chef a good portion of the time. Even when he wins, there hasn't been a single chef that's been upset at losing to Bobby Flay, and they all say they loved competing against him.


My take away from Throwdown is it's goal is to bring attention to these home chefs vs Flay trying to crush them. You always get some good banter between him and the chefs, he's not acting like an ass when he's going up against them. It's gotta be fun for the home chef to be on TV and I'm sure it's good for their business too.
 
2013-10-31 06:28:53 PM  
There is no friendlier TV host than Ted Allen

I often wonder if Allen practices his "*sigh* Chef Blank, you've been chopped. Judges?" line in front of a mirror every day.
 
2013-10-31 06:41:20 PM  

LeroyB: Nothing can beat the Japanese Iron Chef show.

The judges: A food critic, a female pop-singer and a member of Parliament.

The female pop-singer will always mention how strange the texture of the food feels in her mouth.


I think the guests for the Japanese version really helped.   I can't stand the guest judges they have on the American version.   Hell, I'd prefer they just go out and grab normal people.


And on that note, if you get a chance:

Embassy Chef Challenge in DC.   Its basically the chefs from various embassies around DC competing on a meal based on an ingredient selected by the previous years winner.   There is a secondary competition where the dishes are judged by the people who bought tickets to the event.  So much fun!   They also have a silent auction while the dishes are presented.   I ended up winning a dinner with an ambassador and 6 guests.

But the food is so fun, and you get to talk to the chefs (and sometimes the ambassadors) and the whole experience is well worth it.   It's pricy if you have to buy tickets, but it's worth doing at least once.
 
2013-10-31 07:08:34 PM  
Nothing - but NOTHING - beats Iron Chef Japanese. The original - no dubbed or subbed new series available yet for me to judge.

Utterly addicted - it is my relaxation after lecturing/researching.

Unabashed Chairman Kaga fan girl.

And Doc Hattori. And Chen. Chen is so adorable.
 
2013-10-31 08:09:02 PM  

timelady: Nothing - but NOTHING - beats Iron Chef Japanese. The original - no dubbed or subbed new series available yet for me to judge.

Utterly addicted - it is my relaxation after lecturing/researching.

Unabashed Chairman Kaga fan girl.

And Doc Hattori. And Chen. Chen is so adorable.


Sakai was a farking destroyer
 
2013-10-31 08:47:56 PM  

timelady: Nothing - but NOTHING - beats Iron Chef Japanese. The original - no dubbed or subbed new series available yet for me to judge.

Utterly addicted - it is my relaxation after lecturing/researching.

Unabashed Chairman Kaga fan girl.

And Doc Hattori. And Chen. Chen is so adorable.


Michiba-san nods in approval.
 
2013-10-31 09:00:17 PM  

historynow11: timelady: Nothing - but NOTHING - beats Iron Chef Japanese. The original - no dubbed or subbed new series available yet for me to judge.

Utterly addicted - it is my relaxation after lecturing/researching.

Unabashed Chairman Kaga fan girl.

And Doc Hattori. And Chen. Chen is so adorable.

Michiba-san nods in approval.


BROTH OF VIGOUR!!
 
2013-11-01 04:33:29 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: dajoro: Except Top Chef. It's the only one with any sort of integrity.

And the irony is its judged by some of the douchey douchiest cooks.

Although, I did secretly wish for Gordon to go full Gordon on those kids during dinner service.


ISWYDT.

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