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So the premise of the new show is pretty voyagetastic. I just made that word up. The quick and dirty premise is this: one city per show. They run around like highly caffeinated culinary explorers (“the Course”), get competitively drunk tasting the foods and beverage of the community (winner gets the “Exceptional Ingredient”), and then have to cook the dishes themselves at local landmarks (“the Takeover.”)
The winner of the season gets a schmancy Infiniti JX Crossover and a big pile of traveler’s cheques, as the Euro was deemed too risky. The stakes get continually more lavish in food television. If memory serves, the prize for the first season of Top Chef was $378 and a 1983 Chevette.
Curtis, the escapee from the penal colony of good-looking blond people, is heading this worldly tour with his cheftastic partner, Cat Cora. Cat is a television icon in chef shows and this is a new kind of gig for her, with fancier hair styles and heels, but Curtis got used to heels and highlights a number of years ago. Don’t let that blond bombshell fool you, Curtis can cook with the best of them.
Hugh- I love and have always loved your sense of humor. Wondering if you went to UGA in Athens? Keep blogging- makes this show better!!
I agree completely! Gotta love a cooking show that starts out with a contestant asking which female chef viewers would most like to "bed" & ends with yards of beer drinking before cooking competition! I said to my husband as we watched last night that the only thing this show is missing is Hugh! Your sarcastic humor would have fit in perfectly!
Hugh--- Thank God your blog is back. It was truly the best part of last season's Top Chef. You have achieved true blogeristic greatness. I just made that word up! You are the best!
Always looking forward to your review ...Love your sarcasm...I know you're a great chef, but your writing ROCKS!
Always great reading your review! Love your sarcasm! I know you're a great chef, but your writing ROCKS!
So glad you and your blog are back! You will make this journey around the world even more enjoyable.
Hugh - This is my first time reading your blog, and I am pleasantly surprised at how funny and clever you are! Love the "London Calling" reference!
Looking forward to more funny. :)
Good to be back. I have lived in Athens on and off since 1996 but went to Concordia University for two years back in the day. This should be a fun show to write about. Even if it was just Nookie it would be fun.
Chef, your blog was great. This seems a step down for Top Chef (although after last season I figure they had to do something different). I found it to be the most boring season ever. I was watching Top Chef Masters the other day where you competed. Was James as annoying to you as I found him. Does he cook? He seems like a pompous ass.
really dont like 80 plates format, letting the team members vote each other off is basically like survior , why do they even need to cook or be chefs ... its a popularity contest or strategize to not get voted off ... not really interested , but when there nothing on tv i watch it :( .. top chef , way better
Honey, you should have tasted English food in the '50s and '60s of the last century, but you're too young for that. Appalling! Peas as hard as golf balls. The turnaround in English cuisine took place much earlier than you say and is in large part due to the country joining the European Union. Suddenly there was an abundance of fresh vegetables throughout the year! Forget kale and turnips during the colder months. Also, there was a very active culinary interchange: French chefs came over to show the English how to do it, and the English went to France to learn the ropes. The result: a veritable culinary blessing! A wave of vastly improved, better tasting, healthier food swept over the British realm.
I'm so glad to see your blog again! I guess I'll have to watch the show now although I wasn't impressed with the format either. I like competitions that are judged on merit not drama. Glad to read you again however.
Thanks, Hugh. AMEN, Cornelia. As my mum was born in London and raised in France, my early years were full of mushy or hard peas, and on our first visit to UK don't remember "fresh" anything. Best bet at the time: yogurt! Eating at a pub during "happy hour" they had bubble and squeak, steak/kidney pie, and pizza. They served chips with pizza! It HAS come a long way. We are blessed in California to have much fresh produce most of the year. Whilst I love vicarious travel, one episode of this show does not have me charmed.
Too bad Clara got thrown under the bus. Unfair! I liked her. Hold on to your hats, this is going to be a bumpy ride!
First time reading your blog, Hugh. Really enjoyed your performances both as a contestant and judge. Loved your sense of humor.
Are you serious about this show being interesting? The "chefs" act like a bunch of drunken college kids not professionals. Letting the "chefs" do the eliminations is totally wrong, as stated in another comment above, it will end up being a personality contest or just these "chefs" stabbing each other in the back. This is not a cooking contest as is Top Chef, this might turn out to be a joke.
Love Curtis as a judge ( like to see him judge something ), think Cat should have stayed on Iron Chef.
Hugh! You are back! And you made funny jokes about Morrissey guest judging! Would have been delightful to see. (snarf). You know he is watching, just like the rest of us! So glad you are here to blog away and make us laugh; I will be even more inclined to watch so Icahn understand why what you are saying is so darned funny. Love. It.