slurping tv chefs
I'm not sure what you mean by pretend chef? Did they cook the food, or are you referring to the travel culinary shows where they eat in different resto's around the world?
Are you looking for shows that deal with technique more than style? If so there are some good websites that are video oriented with cooking shows.
The cooking shows on PBS Create feature competent chefs, for the most part (Katie Brown Workshop = a Ding-Dong-School Martha Stewart), but sadly, expertise does not preclude slurping. Lidia Bastianich is an accomplished cook but a very noisy, slurpy eater. Lots of grunting, lip-smacking, and talking with both food and wine in her mouth.
Ming Tsai also slurps wine into mouthfuls of food.
katie brown's show is now shot through a vaseline-smeared lens, and she seems to be a little "sedated." it was different from what she used to do, for sure. her kitchen techniques seemed sloppy. all the activity was sooooo slooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww.
another slooow show is the "everyday food" creation of martha stewart. but no slurping.
lidia slurps, but i'm right there slurping along with her. at least she gives a very detailed description of the tastes and textures, and "evolution" of flavors in her mouth.
ina garten does the slurpy-breath-intake thing, like jacques pepin. ugh!
ming tsai is a big slurper, true. but i'll put up with it, 'cause i like his food.
Our producer is constantly asking me to taste food, and then comment. But because of time constraints, I'm not allowed enough time to chew and swallow before talking. (on set there is always someone with a stop watch keeping time)
So I eventually refused... and now people write in to complain that I don't do it.
I'd already given some thought to the time factor and understand the quandary. However, some if not most TV cooks do taste their food and talk without gross sound-effects. The size and shape of an individual's mouth (deep v. wide) might play a role, as would the amount on the fork or spoon. Swallow, don't wallow!