14.11.2011 17.Cheschwan. 5772
'All's fare' when chefs battle it out in TV competitions.
As an armchair enthusiast, I love to watch competitions on TV. Be it The Amazing Race, American Idol, The X Factor, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Design Star, The Arrangement, Celebrity Apprentice or The Weakest Link, I love to see how people use their skills and their wits to strategize and be the last one standing. It’s also interesting to see how the competitors fall short and to hear from the judges where and why they went wrong.
It’s all food for thought – especially the shows that are cooking competitions. After I had enjoyably digested two seasons of the Israeli Master Chef on Channel 2, I was delighted to see that the American show Top Chef has returned to Channel 3 (HOT 3) for its fifth season. Now in its fourth week, the competition is heating up as the relatively young professional chefs vie with each other in the Quickfire Challenge and the Elimination Challenge to make it through to another week. By the end of the season, the chef that has ultimately avoided elimination wins $100,000 to further his or her culinary career, gets a feature article in Food and Wine magazine and, of course, earns the coveted title of Top Chef….