Unless you've been living in a cave your whole life--hunting and gathering food while the rest of the world watches it on TV--you've probably see at least one of the many chef shows currently in rotation. Top Chef
, Master Chef
, Hell's Kitchen
, and Kitchen Nightmares
are just a few of the competition shows causing nationwide cravings (and my own personal longing to flambe something) and reminding amateur chefs everywhere that they, too, can achieve culinary greatness.
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Well. Some of them anyway.
, a new series based on Britain's hit TV program, amateur chefs (translation: doctors, software engineers, guys in overalls, and whoever finds deep personal meaning in holding a spatula) converge from all corners of the country in the hopes that their baked potatoes/fish tacos/mac and cheese will win them the title of "Masterchef" and their very own cookbook.
In watching the Masterchef
trailer, I can't help but be reminded of American Idol
. The formula is a predictable one: an obscenely long line of hopefuls screaming at the camera, a panel of three judges (Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich, and the infamous Gordon Ramsay who easily trumps Simon Cowell both in snark and shirt size), and an "audition" where each amateur chef has to prepare a dish before the unblinking glare of all three judges. And, like American Idol
, I predict there will be plenty of crying, monologues about people's moms, and video montages chronicling each contestant's "personal journey." Yawn. Let's just say what the real draw of this show will be: Gordon Ramsay. Being mean to people. And Graham Elliot's distractingly white spectacles.
The show premiers July 27 on FOX, and I fully intend on tuning in on a full stomach so I don't crave seared ahi tuna or seafood bouillabaisse. Check out the trailer and tell us: will you be watching?: