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Most Cooking Shows Vs. American Cooking Shows

Overly competitive cooking shows seem so pointless to me because the last thing I want at a restaurant is some panicked cook making the food as fast as they can while the head chef curses loudly at them.

But American competition shows are always overly aggressive, with interpersonal drama and plenty of expletives to bleep out, which is why Gordon Ramsay couldn't wait to hop across the pond and bring hell to American TV! (Comic by The Pigeon Gazette)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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That is just the ONE show for the most part. There are parts of Master Chef that get a little aggressive, but it IS a competition and if the competitors don't seem like they are competing then it is not. I don't watch Hell's Kitchen because it's like Producers choose the most wretched people for that show, and I can;t root for wretched. Also, that show is not about the food it's about the drama- no fun.
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This why I ended up watching mostly Chopped, as judges and competitors tend to be friendlier, judges are constructive & supportive, and the focus is on the food even if a competitor has some emotional motivation. Some of the non-American versions, like the South African one, have a bit harsher judging, but it is still about the food.

Even some of the shows with nasty, emotional fights you can tell there is some more normal human interaction going on and it is just how things were edited. I don't blame the shows for how they edit things (in general, some specific cases are a different story) as that is what sells... but I don't like it.
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