I love cooking shows. I love to watch the food preparations, the techniques and the skillful chef on the roll. I love cooking shows so much. How much? Well, just say that if I am in a middle of watching a movie, or whatever channel on tv and when it is commercial time, like usual I will flip the channels, if I happened to see a cooking show showing I will stop and my eyes glued to the channel. 😛 Er, yeah I watch Martha Stewart’s show every now and then.
When I say cooking shows, I do not mean those shows where the host(s) go around and visit some restaurants or any eating places introducing good food. I find the emphasize is not of the food but the host(s). Most of the time the show will be busy focusing on the host(s) and their stupid jokes rather than the food preparation, cooking and serving. And the host(s) only have good words about the food they eat. Ceh!
I can cook, that I am proud of. I learned to cook when I was 11 or 12. My parents were working and I am the eldest one. It started with me preparing the food to be cooked by my mom. Cutting and washing the vegetables, onions, ‘butcher-ing’ the meats, cracking eggs and put it at the kitchen until my mom came back. I only cooked the rice for it is the easiest thing to do, wash the rice, measure the water level and put it on the stove. My mom would come back in her afternoon break and cook. But after a while, a smartass me thought why not I cooked the food on my own. The first time I cooked on my own, I got a good scolding from my mom. You know lah, along the line ‘later house on fire how?’ After many times cooking, I became the chef of the house! Muahahaha! Whipping dishes for lunch and dinner is not a problem at all for me. I even cook for my friends when I was in university every time we have ‘makan-makan’ gathering. Thank god for that, I do not have to rely on my future wife to do that for me, since it is so damn hard to find girls that can cook. (Pun intended :P)
Back to cooking shows, I love western cooking shows. Westerners, they put a lot of time and efforts into preparation of food and when it is up for serving, damn the food always look so delicious, pretty, sexy and nice! Compare that to Chinese cooking shows it is a bit boring in my opinion. Always fry this and that and you get a dish. LOL! Or maybe just they way they present the food preparation is slightly different compare to their Western counterparts. And the latest Western cooking shows, they always put in like in a competition format, bit a like reality show so it is fun to watch. You feel the exhilaration, the adrenalin pumping as the contestants rushing to prepare their food. Remember Iron Chef?
How about Malay cooking shows? Er, I hate that one guy, Chef Ismail. Always pimp some products in his shows. It is such a turn off. Then he will be on another show, pimping another products. I understand, he wants to ‘cari makan’ but don’t you think it is a bit unprofessional for him to do that? Everything use ready to cook food packets, crap! And you call that cooking shows. I love Chef Wan’s show. He got style, and he’s good at talking. At least he is not that annoying compare to Chef Ismail. (Oh I definitely will get some bashing from his supporters now… but I doubt any makcik-makcik reading this blog haha!) Yes, I am a fan of Chef Wan. 😀 But many Malay cooking shows really lack in the presentation department.
Malay food is tasty and I love Malay food, but when you watch it on television, the food they prepare just don’t look good to eat haha! Something with the colour of the food? A bit too monotonous. I happened to watch a cooking competition showed on tv during ‘puasa’ time, the competition was held in Plaza Alam Sentral, Shah Alam I think. Man, the dishes the contestants came up with seriously didn’t look tasty at all for me. For a cooking competition, the standard should be higher. Argh!
Here are some cooking shows that I love :
The Naked Chef – Jamie Oliver
ops!! that’s not him. sorry 😛
Who do not know Jamie Oliver, nicknamed ‘The Naked Chef’? Go and shove your head in your arse. The ‘Naked’ refers to to the simplicity of Oliver’s recipes, and has nothing to do with nudity. This is one cool guy and with good heart too. He established the Fifteen charity restaurant where he trained 15 disadvantaged young people to work in the hospitality industry. He also behind the campaign to improve the standard of Britain’s school meals. Nice chap heh?
Hell’s Kitchen – Gordon Ramsay
Hell’s Kitchen is the name of a cooking-based reality show. I like Gordon Ramsay for his no nonsense approach in the kitchen, and he is well know for his profanity, which is quite frequent of the show. Ramsay once heard replying to a rude customer who asked for more pumpkin by saying, “Right. Well, I’ll get you more pumpkin and I’ll ram it right up your fucking arse! Would you like it whole or diced?” LOL! The censor board must be having tough time doing their job to make sure the show is suitable for family to watch.
Arise Iron Chef!!! LOL! The best part in the show is when they revealed the iron chefs… It is a bit too bombastic and full of drama, and presented like a game show and that is so fun to watch!! And the ingredients they used in the show always very exotic and expensive. Japanese sure do know their stuffs. Yapun Banzai! This is one of my favourite cooking show of all time.
“Its extravagant production values are highlighted with well informed commentary made by two regular commentators and one to two guest commentators (who also serve as judges). The commentary is enlightening and allows the viewer to see what is happening in the kitchen; it also serves as entertainment, as friendly banter is shared among the four commentators.” (wikipedia)
There are many more cooking shows I love to watch such as Celebrity Cooking Showdown, The F-Word, The French Chef, Cooking For Love, Everyday Italian (this one got hot lady chef – Giada De Laurentii to watch, who will miss it? :P) and many more. Last words, for the ladies, ‘the best way to a man’s heart, is through his stomach’ and for gentlemen out there, ‘the way to a girl’s heart is through her boyfriend’s stomach?’ Haha! Well it is a bonus if you can cook, so you know you will not die of hunger and it is always nice to be able to cook for yourself or our loved ones. The satisfactions come from looking at the happy faces and hearing praises for the food you prepared is hard to describe. (Provided you can cook well LOL!)