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Nov 1, 2012 04:45 AM

This drives me crazy!

Almost every cooking show I watch I notice whoever is cooking never bothers to remove all the food from the container. For instance on ATK the other day someone was baking something and making the point that precise measurements are very important and then leaves a couple of hundred grams in the bowl. I watched someone take caviar from the tin and leave at least a teaspoon behind. None of this 'TV' chefs would survive an hour in any good restaurant if he owner ever noticed. It's wasteful and sloppy IMO. Am I just being too picky in my dotage?

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  1. Lol. Feel better now that that's out? I'm sure the production assistants scavenge the bits-n-bobs left behind. It's just boring TV to watch someone scrape out a container.

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    1. re: DuchessNukem

      These so-called cooks are presumably trying to show people how to cook. Part of doing that is having the common sense to use all the food instead of wasting some of it. I guess it's a matter of class. JP would NEVER be sloppy. There's not a proper culinary school on the planet that would allow any student to behave with such disrespect for the craft. It may well be boring to you to watch a cook/chef cook properly. Go watch P. Dean. LOL

      1. re: Puffin3

        In the real world, you're right. However. I've taped and edited a few (all amateur) cooking videos and believe me, fully scraping out the container is noisy, boring to watch, and eats up precious seconds where your presenter could be something more instuctional or entertaining. Your time is limited and it's critical to make the best possible use of it. Fully emptying a container on air is just not a good use of time. This is a case of "Do as I say, not as I do."

    2. I notice. But that's after owners picking up a shred of cheese off the floor and screaming, "That's your raise". Of course there were never any raises.

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      1. re: chileheadmike

        Yeah I worked at a couple of those restaurants as a kid. What REALLY pisses me off is that those restaurants are still in 'the family' and seem to be ticking along fine. LOL

      2. Martha Stewart is pretty OC about getting every last bit out of every jar, pot, etc. that she is cooking with. She even admonishes guest chefs/cooks who appear on her show to do so as well. And Lidia is always sloshing out the tomato cans with water to get all the remnants out.
        Bet the assistants on the show with the leftover caviar were secretly plotting how to grab that jar before anyone else.

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        1. re: EM23

          I do Lidia one better. I always slosh out my tomato cans with wine. :)

          1. re: Bacardi1

            because tomatoes slush out better with wine :D

            1. re: EM23

              Of course! I thought that was common knowledge - lol!!!!

          2. re: EM23

            Having watched a lot of Lidia's shows, I think she and her mother like to reserve the wine for "sloshing" themselves!

          3. My related peeve is trimming fruits or vegetables and removing a third of the edible produce.

            1. I notice that kind of thing in cooking shows all the time.
              one thing that bothers me is how much batter is often left in the prep bowl.
              sheesh a rubber spatula gets pretty much all of it out-so why leave it in?
              TV time constraints I think.