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Worst cooking show ever

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2 hours ago, Toliver said:

Makes me wonder what kind of mental/self-worth issues these kids may have when they get older after being "chopped" on a televised cooking show? Can't be enriching or good!


I wasn't thinking anything along those lines. However, if enriching or good requires "everybody is a winner", I'm not a fan of that philosophy. Every person needs to know how to lose and know that it's not that bad. It only hurts for a bit if you have the tools to deal with it.
 

58 minutes ago, Kerry Beal said:

Gotta say - the couple I've caught - the kids handle losing a whole lot better than the adults!

 


True, and coping with losing is an important life skill that many are no longer learning. I wasn't thinking of any kind of potential harm to the kids doing those competitions, I just don't enjoy the shows that much. But to be honest, I'm not a fan of very many of the adult food competition shows either.

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It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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I agree about the kids shows, very exploitative if you ask me. So many young tears shed and hopes crushed in the name of advertising and entertainment...

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the parents of the kids should have their head's examined.

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14 hours ago, Yiannos said:

I agree about the kids shows, very exploitative if you ask me. So many young tears shed and hopes crushed in the name of advertising and entertainment...

 

3 hours ago, rotuts said:

the parents of the kids should have their head's examined.


None of that has anything to do with why I posted it so nobody is actually agreeing with me. It doesn't bother me at all that some of the kids have to lose and be eliminated. If you go into any type of competition, cooking, sports, whatever, unable to accept and deal with the possibility that you might not win... well, life teaches tough lessons sometimes and losing is part of the game.


It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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I keep see promos for something like 'worst chefs, celebrity edition'.  Haven't actually seen it but it sounds like it'd be a real contender for worst show ever.  Imagine these wanna be 'celebrities' mugging and trying so hard to be worst.  Arghhh!

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3 hours ago, Tri2Cook said:

None of that has anything to do with why I posted it so nobody is actually agreeing with me. It doesn't bother me at all that some of the kids have to lose and be eliminated. If you go into any type of competition, cooking, sports, whatever, unable to accept and deal with the possibility that you might not win... well, life teaches tough lessons sometimes and losing is part of the game.

 

I have no problem with the winning/losing aspect of competitions. My children play sports and understand pretty well that sometimes in life it feels like you spend a lot of time losing in the name of winning. My problem is with letting this all play out on a national (arguably international) stage in the name of keeping a flailing conglomerate like Food Network alive. I was flipping through the channels the other day and there was a kids episode of Beat Bobby Flay on. After the competition was over, three child "judges" came out and gave their critiques of the food. They spoke almost identically to the food critics and restaurateurs they have on these shows every single day, like they had been placed in front of a set and forced to absorb the mannerisms and lingo. Again competition is fine in life, necessary I think sometimes even. But when I see a kid bawl their eyes out on national television, telling the world about how they don't think they will ever be a good cook, followed by a commercial for Sargento cheese and Ritz crackers, I have to wonder who is really winning and who is really losing in all of this...

 

Edit: I guess I should say too that I wasn't responding to you directly above, just to the grumbling about these exploitative shows in general...


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On 7/18/2012 at 3:02 PM, Jaymes said:

[...] the Two Fat Ladies. What a giggle they are!

 

Yeah! I still watch the shows now and again.

I would have loved to have met them both, but especially Jennifer — I bet she would have been fun to party with! xD


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I love those ladies.  It wasn't until we got the shows via Netflix that I really understood the term 'Binge Watching."  What a hoot they were and what a crying shame the food networks can't produce anything like them.   

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After compulsively hate watching the new American My Kitchen Rules, I can't believe what a farce the entire competition was. It surely must hold the record for the person most aggressively uninterested and uneducated about food to ever win a competitive cooking show.


PS: I am a guy.

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