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Jul 19, 2011 12:45 PM

Reality Food TV - Would YOU do it?

I'll admit it. I can't avert my eyes from the train wreck that is reality food tv.

Top Chef, Next Food Network Star, Master Chef - guilty, guilty, guilty.

(But not that show on VH-1. Even I have standards.)

As I'm sure is the case for many Hounds, my friends tell me I should audition for them all the time. But watching them either making asshats of themselves or leaving that task up to production and editing (or some combination of the two) is quite another thing from subjecting myself to the same.

Besides, I'll be a laughing stock if Joe Bastianich makes me cry on national television.

Would you do it?

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  1. without a fake name, extensive cosmetic prostheses and a hefty dose of something or other?

    hell no.

    1. I do not know how it works...nor the talent to compete but are the contestants paid? I know the winner gets the prize and the taxes that go along with it but do the contestants get scale or zip...just interested.

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        1. re: inaplasticcup

          I always imagined expenses and a small stipend. small price for some public humiliation.

          1. re: inaplasticcup

            Not exactly what you're asking inap, but my sister provides a good deal of professional swag to shows out in LA. What I've learned thru her involvement is that most of the celeb and non celeb contestants rec' all sorts of swag, perks, tickets and pay. These shows look for underwriters and sponsors for all sorts of free goods in exchange for show credit. My sister enjoyed it for a while, supplying swag...some of the freebies she provided turned into new clients...but it wore thin over time. However, she said most people love the lavish treatment even if they lose the "game."

            I'd rather audition for my own show (heheheh) than be a contestant. :)

            1. re: HillJ

              Interesting! I guess some people really eat up the special treatment thing. :)

        2. Not a chance. It would take something I love to do and make it stressful. If I worked in the food business or had career aspirations along those lines, maybe so.

          1. I auditioned for Top Chef: Just Desserts under the theory that doing things contrary to my nature makes me grow, plus I hated my job at the time and it would have been a great excuse to leave. But after watching it I was very relieved I didn't get on. I don't want to be the person crying or breaking down or freaking out, and I'm not that competitive anyway. I will not try again.

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            1. re: babette feasts

              Wow! Good on you for trying, though. Was there anything interesting or unusual about the process that you didn't expect?

              1. re: inaplasticcup

                Never done anything like that before, so didn't know what to expect. You did have to sign about a 20 page document before even applying. They seemed interested after the initial interview, said they wanted to 'pitch' me and urged me to get my autobiographical video in, which I did. I'm probably just not egotistical or mean enough : ) The friend who helped me with the video had a cousin or something who was in the running to get on America's Next Top Model, his take on the reason she didn't make it was that her answer to 'have you ever been in a fistfight' was no.

                1. re: babette feasts

                  LOL. I guess lacking in either drama or caricature factor makes you less desirable as a contestant. But it's one of those interesting life experiences you can now check off on that 100 things to do before you die list... :)

              2. re: babette feasts

                But after watching it I was very relieved I didn't get on.
                amen to that. for years my family & friends have been hounding me (ha!) to try out for Food Network Star, Top Chef, Masterchef...but i always resisted because i had no interest in making a fool of myself on national TV. then 3 different people sent me the application for America's Next Great Restaurant, and after weeks of agonizing and soul searching, i finally caved and decided to go to the LA casting. i've been trying to find the $$ to make my restaurant/bakery/catering dream a reality for a VERY long time now, so i figured at the very least i would try out for the show, and if i somehow managed to land a spot i could decide if i was really willing to put myself (and my family) through it.

                needless to say i didn't get cast, and i was bitter at first simply because my idea rocked and the entire casting experience was a NIGHTMARE. but after witnessing the complete and utter train wreck that show - and the winning concept - turned out to be, i'm hugely relieved and grateful that i *wasn't* on the show.

                now whenever someone tells me i "need" to try out for Chopped, or Masterchef, or Food Network Star, i just laugh :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  and tell those people to run the numbers on ROI, easy to say "oh you should"

              3. Nope! Gordan Ramsey scares me. I can't even watch him. Nightmares, mommy.

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  really? im pretty sure there are a lot of 'contestants' who laugh their butts off when he yells at them and im sure he laughs too and it all gets edited out

                  1. re: kpaxonite

                    Hey, I qualified for Jeopardy, but was never on. Good enough.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      thats one show i would do in second

                      1. re: kpaxonite

                        They took a cute, blond pharmacist from Bangor instead. He lasted 3 shows.

                      2. re: Passadumkeg

                        LOL. I qualified for Win Ben Stein's Money, and I was on, and it was not a good showing. That's all I have to say about that.

                        Oh, and also that I got a Beatles anthology out of it. Very low budget that show. Ben Stein wasn't giving away too much of his money. :P

                    2. re: Passadumkeg

                      He seems to be wearing the neutral hat on Master Chef now, but yeah - I wouldn't want him asking me if I'm a s'choopid cow, well, am I??? when all I can do is say "Yes, Chef." all teary eyed and quivering lipped...

                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                        oh yea I agree but I was thinking hells kitchen

                        if he yelled "donkey i wish you would just hop in the oven- it would save me some time" I would break down....laughing

                        1. re: kpaxonite

                          Seriously. Calling people farm animals is like, the best method of insult ever...

                          1. re: inaplasticcup

                            especially while they are cooking farm animals...

                            (come to think of it there are a lot of insults that involve domesticated animals)