It's likely that if you are reading this blog that you are also someone who watches a fair amount of Food Network. I know I do. Sometimes I'll even watch shows on Food Network that are so crappy I can't believe they aren't part of the NBC primetime lineup. I mean can somebody give Whitney Cummings a cooking show already? In any case, the most recent phenomenon I've been sucked into is this years edition of Next Iron Chef.
I've written before about how I believe, that despite Alton Brown's presence, Iron Chef America is a poor imitation of a wonderfully quirky Japanese cooking competition show from the 90s. The American version uses "secret ingredients" that are far too boring (How will these chefs ever use a crazy wacky ingredient like CORN in a series of dishes???? They aren't superheroes!) and has "Iron Chefs" that I don't find that interesting. Food Network must have realized some of these problems and addressed them by bringing some new life into the show by having a competition series where the winner would join the cast. This is all well and good, but after the first 2 or 3 seasons of Next Iron Chef someone must have realized that no one knows any of these alleged "superior" chefs. Food Network's solution was to have this season of NIC be comprised of competitors that all have a built in audience either from appearances on their own Food Network shows or other high profile cooking competitions such as Top Chef.
Image of NIC cast courtsey of aoltv.com
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