Are you a person who likes to cook but doesn’t really know how? Well then I’m sure you’ve probably heard of the Food Network Channel on TV. There are so many different shows on that channel that can teach you anything from the basics of cooking to how to make exquisite meals and desserts. But the question is, should these shows be on reality TV or should they stay on the Food Network Channel?
The main reason I ask this question is because a lot of the shows reel people in with all of the drama that happens on them between the contestants or even with the appliances or products that they use. Some examples of the shows on this channel are Top Chef and Chefs vs. City. Those are just a few of the shows that I question whether they are really shows to teach cooking instruction or if they are to get more people to watch the Food Network Channel. I know they sure do catch my eye when I am just flipping through channels and happen to come upon a preview for one of their shows.
What I mean when I say even the previews catch my eye when I am just flipping channels is that they like to take the tiniest little “blow-up” on that specific episode and turn it into something explosive. There are specific examples from each show that I listed above that I, myself have deemed to be the not-so-true truth. What I mean when I say this is that some TV shows and even directors sometimes stage drama in their productions.
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To be specific, in one episode of Top Chef that I recently watched there was a big blowup between one contestant and one of the judges. The chef had made something that she thought had just the right amount of salt in it, she had even tasted it to make sure that she hadn’t overloaded it with salt, since she knew that the judges look down on adding too much of one ingredient. One of the judges then tasted her plate and made a comment about how she did not appreciate the amount of salt that the chef had added to the dish. This incident then started an argument between the judge and the chef, which of course they took the best footage of the fight that they had and aired it on the TV show for all of America to see!
Chefs vs. City, for those of you who are not familiar with this show, since it is fairly new to tv. This show consists of all of the chefs who have been on the Food Network channel and many of them who already have their own shows. This show is basically a competition between two pairs of chefs in one of the chef’s hometowns with all sorts of tasks that they must accomplish by driving all around the town/city that the other chef lives in. This show can get intense sometimes because the show being in one of the chefs hometowns definitely gives that pair an advantage over the other pair of chefs.
One of the episodes that I remember watching had one of the chefs just simply tripped while running out of one of the challenges because it had been raining outside. In the previews of scenes coming up in the show they made the fall seem like the chef was tripped or pushed by another one of the contestants, when in reality he just simply tripped over his own feet. This is an example of how the directors like to stretch the truth to get people interested in their TV show.
What I am trying to get at by telling you a few of the incidences that I think are made into something a little bit bigger than they really are is that I think that a lot of the shows on the Food Network that they say are supposed to be for cooking instruction purposes are more like reality TV shows than what they are supposed to be. All I’m saying is that the Food Network channel is supposed to be for cooking instructional purposes and people get hooked on the shows because of all of the drama that they include. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, because I know that I am definitely hooked on the Food Network Channel!