I am a food TV junkie and I think I’ve learned about 80% of what I know about food through the telly. But at the top of my food telly charts is my favorite cooking competition, Top Chef. I am such a fan girl that I snuck out of the office, together with my sisters and father, to get a glimpse of and to get an autograph on our copy of Top Chef: The Cookbook. Check out our giddy fan photos…
There is no other TV show (even non-food TV shows included) that I’ve continuously watched for years! I started off with Top Chef Season 2, back tracked to Season 1 and now am still hooked with the new Season 9, which aired its pilot episode last week.
On top of that I also watched the two franchise spin offs: Top Chef All-Stars (where past runner ups, crowd favorites join in one entire exciting season for another chance for the Top Chef crown), Top Chef Masters (where award winning, respected chefs join in the Top Chef challenge) and Top Chef Just Desserts (where pastry chefs are the stars). So I basically watch Top Chef all year round! Have you ever watched a single episode of Top Chef? If you love food, waaaaaatchhhh!
Top Chef elevates the cooking profession to new heights. It showed me how much hard work being in the kitchen is. I think by just watching the show all my chef hopes and dreams fizzled out into thin air. Hahaha!
Working in the corporate world is crazy, but working in the kitchen does not compare! Not even close! You can somehow survive bullsh*tting your way to the top of the corporate ladder. But in the kitchen you have to have the basic skills and know-how or else you will never ever rise through the ranks. You also have to have the following (at least based from my observations…all 8-seasons of Top Chef, all 3 seasons of Top Chef Masters, all 2-seasons of Top Chef Just Desserts and 1-season of Top Chef All Stars):
- A Good Palate – You need to taste the flavors of the food you cook. Duh.
- Flavor Creativity – You need to know how to mix and match flavors…oh, let’s not forget about adapting to diner’s special requests and / or allergies.
- Visual Creativity – You need to know how to make a visually appetizing plate. The eyes eat too you know.
- Vision – You need to see the big picture of the combination of flavor and plating.
- Grace under time pressure – In restaurants, you need to cook within a limited time frame, else crazy customers can get angry.
- Problem solving skills – Not all restaurants have what you need: ingredients, equipment. You need to know how to work around kitchen malfunctions.
- Precision – Cooking is a science, especially pastry arts. So you need to understand how ingredients react to each other.
- Physical strength and endurance – Chopping. Heavy weight pot lifting. Butchering. All done in the sweltering heat (at least in the corporate world, we get to work in air-conditioned cocoons). Cooking is a workout! So you need to be limber and strong to get work done around the busy kitchen.
- People skills – Things get done in the kitchen because of a TEAM. So do need people skills to enroll the help of the rest of the team in the kitchen. Oh, plus you need to know how to work with the front of the house.
In the kitchen, the proof is literally in the pudding! I can imagine that you can never B.S. your way through an awful dish. An awful dish is what it is. Unless your diner has an awful palate, a chef can perhaps get away with an awful dish? Hehehe!
So hats off to all chefs out there, whether you are a line cook, an expediter, a sous-chef or an executive chef! Your job is a challenge for mere mortals like me. You are all Top Chefs to me! Special mention to my sister chef, who works for a hotel chain all the way in the land of reindeer and Nokia mobile phones: Finland 🙂 Check out here blog here
Curious about Top Chef? Catch Top Chef: Season 9 every wednesdays on Bravo TV. Or like me, just wait for the torrent upload on every Thursdays 🙂
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. This is not a sponsored post by Bravo TV. I really am a Top Chef fan.
P.P.S. Check out my other Project 30: My Favorite Foodstuff here:
- Chili Con Carne
- Spanish Sardines
- Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy
- Taho in a cup
- Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant
- Arroz ala Cubana
- Aling Rita’s Isaw stall
- Milk Tea