Friday, June 13, 2008

Top Chef Show and Food Network Star

Top Chef : Chicago, Season Four has come to an end. I always enjoy this show hosted by Padma Lakshmi, with Tom Colicchio as head judge, and Gail Simmons and Ted Allen judging.

The challenges the contestants go through are rather interesting for the most part. Much of the food, like the food on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, is food that I would never prepare myself nor would I eat. But despite that, I like to see the creativity in the kitchen, the cooking skills, the presentation of the foods.

I was hoping that Richard Blais or Stephanie Izard would win. And it was down to the wire, with Stephanie pulling out the win. $100,000 isn’t bad plus all the other publicity they receive. It was hard for me to cheer on Lisa Fernanades as she often looked angry and defiant, rather than enjoying what she did, and although some of her dishes sounded good, many did not. So I believe the right chef won.

I also like watching the Food Network’s Iron Chef as mentioned, and their Next Food Network Star competition, this time hosted by Bobby Flay. On this show I again enjoy the judges, Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman. I was sorry to see Kevin Roberts eliminated so soon .

My favorite cooking shows are Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa, Paula Dean and Emeril, for the most part. And again, I cook little of what I see on the shows. But because I like food, I like watching.

I guess it satisfies my appetite.