Top Chef Good or Bad for Foodies?

The TV show Top Chef has been credited for starting much of the modern food movement. It’s given foodies the reassurance they are not crazy for displaying near ecstasy at the perfect creme anglais. It is certainly a part of the growing movement to home cooking, made from scratch dishes and fresh ingredients.

Like so many others, I watch the show on the Bravo channel every week. I enjoy routing for my favorites and hoping then less likable chefs get their come-uppance.

But food writer Josh Ozersky, writing for Time, says Top Chef is not good for the food world.

“The real damage happens on the level of the young, up-and-coming cooks, a generation of whom have been trained by Top Chef to think of themselves as bold, creative brands, waiting to blossom under the klieg lights.”

In other words, because Top Chef and the Food Network have turns chefs into stars with cookbooks, merchandising deals and more, the emphasis on just cooking has declined.

‘Chefs in every part of the country routinely complain to me that they can’t get good line cooks — the lifeblood of any restaurant — because they all want to be known and loved, their “unique” dishes fetishized by their generational counterparts among the dining public and the blogging corps. “These guys come right out of cooking school and think they know everything. They don’t know s___,” one chef recently told me. “They all watch Top Chef and think I’m supposed to give a crap about their ‘skills.’ They can’t cook and they don’t listen.”’

It’s a interesting article and I hope you will take a minute to read the whole thing here.

What do you think about Top Chef? Interesting reality TV or food porn?

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