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Nov 10, 2011 03:58 PM

Now, THAT'S reality! [Chef Hunter]

I think Chef Hunter's novel concept is far superior to that of say, Chopped, for example. I'm sure any unemployed chef would rather compete for an Executive Chef position with an established restaurant and a salary far exceeding Chopped's 10 grand than try to prepare a meal using absurd ingredients in order to appease chefs who would not be able to do a better job.

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  1. At the end, these are TV entertainment shows. So time will tell which one get the most viewers to tune in. A true reality show would be boring.

    I am also sure that most women won't even want to compete against 24 other women for a man in front of a national TV audience. Yet, The Bachelor (TV) is in its 9th year, going to be 10th.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Granted, it's all entertainment but, watching someone prepare a dish using ordinary ingredients that will actually be served is, by far, more appetizing and palatable to me.

      1. re: mucho gordo

        :) I am not saying the show is not a good idea. I was just trying to say that a more realistic reality show may not win the game.

        You may be right. I think Chef's Hunter has some nice ideas. It certainly has competition elements, some realistic professional kitchen stress and fights. Let's face it, this is a major reason for Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen success. Chef's Hunter will probably has more of a "human element". So these are all great stuffs if they execute the idea correctly. :)

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          You're right; it's still a game of ratings. Another thing about it that appeals to me is, so far, the restaurants have been fairly local and I can actually go there for dinner.

    2. I watched the Chef Hunter preview the other night. It was just boring. Other than the food angle, it was not much different from any generic reality show. I don't even remember any of the food they cooked. It seemed like the emphasis was more on how well they could lead a kitchen and keep up with the orders than what their food was like. I think it might be because the restaurant in question was looking for an exec chef but not necessarily looking to change it's image?

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      1. re: pamf

        Just curious, Pam. What would you like to see to eliminate the boredom?

        1. re: mucho gordo

          I think it may just be a case of one reality show too many.

          I watch food tv to see people doing interesting things with food and as I said, I don't really remember anything that any of them cooked.

        2. re: pamf

          While surfing, I happened to tune in for the last 20 minutes which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was probably the most realistic view of what a kitchen is actually like. I agree with what’s been said about other shows such as chopped – there is no “reality” in making an entrée with marshmallow, striped bass, calf liver and, I don’t know… how about we throw in some granola. I’m looking forward to watching complete episodes – I just hope the first half isn’t too boring.

        3. I watched Chef Hunter last night. The one thing I like about it is the entire "realistic" aspect -- real chefs trying out for a real position in a real restaurant where, as others have said, they have to deal with a staff they don't already know, costs, and running service. For those who have no idea what's involved with being a working chef, it's indeed a wake-up call.

          Case in point: The cheftestant who didn't get the position. Solid background, great palate, obviously knew his stuff. Declared he wasn't very familiar with Border Grill's concept and yet went ahead with formulating two labor-intensive aps/entrees, and a dessert in the spirit of a cuisine of which he wasn't familiar. He fell apart during service and Susan Feiniger (sp?) had to step in to help him. He was gracious and very thankful for her help, but right then and there I think he knew he was doomed, just by the look on his face.

          It's very much an education for those viewers who have absolutely no idea...

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          1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

            I saw another episode where the winner was one of the Top Chef contestants. Don't know how long ago that show was filmed, but Nyesha is still at that restaurant. So it's really real. I'd think foodies who don't know what it's like to run a restaurant would find it particularly interesting.

            This was by far the most REAL situation I've ever seen in food-related tv.

            1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

              Agree about the education. Dang! I think I'd rather go back to covering the psych emergency room....Okay, no I wouldn't, but still. Totally got rid of any fantasies about wanting to work in a restaurant kitchen.

            2. I hate the Hells Kitchen type shows and really enjoyed Chef Hunter. It was about real people being tested under real conditions with a lot on the line. If you tune in looking for food you may be disappointed as it's about the mechanics of the kitchen as it is the food. I find the workings of retaurants very interesting so it appealed to me. And there was no yelling.

              I watched the Border grill episode and when the young fellow was falling behind because one of his appetizers was too time intensive and one of the owners had to step in to get food out it was a tense moment. She didn't yell at him or demean him and he kept his head down and continued to work. You could tell he appreciated the help, but also knew it meant he was screwing up.

              Will watch again.


              1. Did folks see the preview that included a Les Halles episode? Does that mean that AB's buddy, Carlos, has gone away - or perhaps it is for one of the other Les Halles - downtown, or the one in Miami. In any case, it should involve AB's mentor and owner Philippe Lajaunie.

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                1. re: applehome

                  Carlos appeared several times during the Les Halles episode - and he 'awarded' the winner with his chefs' jacket at the end of the show. He's stepped into Bourdain's role as exec/corporate chef for all Les Halles locations. A wonderful thing!

                  1. re: applehome

                    It was for the Les Halles on John Street, not the one TB worked in.