Okay, I can’t stay mum on this topic. I’ve got a platform, I’m going to use.
I’m offended by the show Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. I get that there are people who don’t know how to cook, who don’t know what a reduction is, or who can’t pick Anne Burrell out of a line up. (Hint: she’s blonde.) I’m cool with that. I suck at a lot of stuff, too.
What I can’t stomach is how Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Beau MacMillian treat the competitors. The first 20 minutes of pilot episode are an unsightly display of the two chefs mocking 24 poor people who just don’t understand basic food principles and aren’t hiding their lack of understanding very well. There’s no teaching. There’s no compassion. (Edit: teaching came later, compassion still lacking.) There’s no recognition that the 24 competitors are human beings who deserve an ounce of dignity.
You know chefs? Mock the dish. That’s fine, but not in front of the person who cooked it.
And yes, I realize they are on a show whose entry criteria is that they can’t cook. But seriously, could the two chefs act a little less like bullies and a little more like professionals? Isn’t the role of a head chef to train his or her brigade? Chefs Burrell and MacMillian, did it make you feel big to make fun of people who can’t do what you can do?
And I get why the competitors take the abuse. Some of them want $25k, but some of the really want to know how to cook. Rebecca, in particular, was in tears because she felt like a bad mother on account of her lack of cooking skills. These are people who have some real self-confidence issues because of their lack of cooking skills.
And God bless them. Get in there. Learn to cook. If that will make you feel better about yourself, go for it. I wish you nothing but the best.
But I have an alternative…
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So, I’m pretty upset by this show. I’m even more upset that someone could feel so bad about themselves that they would go on this show.
Listen, I’m not a classically trained chef, but if you can’t cook or if you know someone who can’t cook and it’s bothering you or them as much as it bothered some of the people on the show, go click on my contact form. I will teach you to cook over Skype or UStream or the phone or carrier pigeon. I’m serious. 10 days, 10 months, 10 years. Whatever it takes.
Everyone should learn how to cook. No one should have to put up with the bull those 12 people had to go through.
On the other hand, I can’t offer $25,000. Just dignity.