05/20/14

How ridiculous is the Food Network’s new Rewrapped show?

If I am a food porn junkie then the Food Network is my dealer. Lately, their supply had become a bit stale. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Chopped and Diners Drive-ins and Dives as much as the next foodie but there are only so many episodes of them that I can watch back to back.

The Food Network must be aware of their shortcomings because they have recently introduced a series of new shows.  None of the offerings are particularly original but shows like Beat Bobby Flay and America’s Best Cook are perfectly watchable.

Then we get to Rewrapped.

Marc Summers will always get points from me for having hosted Double Dare and Unwrapped is a decent show but man did he miss the mark with this show. When I first saw  the commercials for Rewrapped, it looked like it would be a bit like the Top Chef round where they have to using vending machine junk food in their recipes. Most home cooks have crushed up cookies to make a pie crust so I could see how a show like that could be enjoyable and relatable. Sadly, Rewrapped did not go that practical path.

Rewrapped Show

Each episode has a theme featuring a popular branded food item. One of the first episodes,for example, was about Goldfish crackers.  The body of the show is made up of three professional chefs participating in two ridiculous cooking competition rounds.

The first round  requires the chefs to recreate the snack item. Not to do their own upscale version or give it their own slant. Nope, they are suppose to get as close to the original as possible so that Marc Summers and two other judges,including a representative of the featured brand, can pick apart their efforts.

It isn’t just like your company’s item? Really? Maybe that has something to do with your product being made in a factory and a ton of additives.  Who at the actual factory hand-cuts the Goldfish crackers?

The second round of Rewrapped is called the innovation round where the chefs have to use the featured item in an original recipe. This part could be fun but it all gets  spoiled by listening to Marc Summers criticize. Rarely is a kind word spoken. Even the Chopped judges say nice things and,unlike Summers, they are actual chefs.

Have I mentioned that the show is hosted by Joey Fatone? No? He makes that much of a impact as a host.

Sorry, Food Network, this one is a major food porn fail.

 

03/5/14

MTV gets LA based food reality show. Shamefully, I will watch.

Well done MTV, you found a way to get me to watch your channel for the first time in years. Of course, it has nothing to do with music.

Cooking shows always have a strong chance with me but make it a cooking game show and I am there. At least at the start.  All of which, I say in order to excuse the fact that I will be setting my DVR for the first episode of MTV’s new House of Food which launches on March 31st.

House of Food

House of Food is being billed as what would happen if Top Chef and Real World had a TV baby.  Unless MTV gets into a time machine and goes back to pre-1996 Real World, I could happily do without the Real World part of that equation.

I am, after all, the person that fast forwards through all the sob story bits on skill-based reality shows. Even when I watch Chopped. Just start cooking. Unless your tears are the secret ingredient in your vinaigrette, I don’t really care.

What does speak to me about MTV’s House of Food is that it is apparently eight untrained cooks being taught by ‘the best chefs in LA’.  As an LA foodie, how could I not want to watch that?  I suppose that there is also some hope that it will encourage the youth that do still watch MTV to start cooking.

It is just about enough for me to get over the bit in the House of Food trailer where one contestant declares, “My heart sank to my freaking vagina”.  If that is the tone, I’m not sure I will make it past the first couple episodes but, as all foodies know, the proof is in the pudding.