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May 14, 2013 09:53 AM

Top Chef New Orleans getting BP oil recovery money

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  1. Cheap year long advertising that NOLA is open for business.

    1. Glad to hear that it'll be in New Orleans! (As both a TC fan and a BP stockholder. LOL.)

      1. Wow, that is disappointing.

        I understand N.O. wanting the publicity and paying to get them to come to film in N.O. but using Oil Recover money is wrong to fund the show.

        Do you blame TC or NO - I don't know - but it doesn't sit well with me.

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        1. re: thimes

          I'm a Gulf Coast resident, and I tend to see promoting the local fisheries industries as safe and tasty as a valid part of the oil spill recovery process. I still see and hear people from outside of the region refusing to eat our local catch because they're convinced that the oil is still causing problems in the seafood industry here.

          1. re: beachmouse

            That's a really valid point.

            First, the idea of a city paying Top Chef to film seems like a really obvious connection to bolstering tourism/food tourism. And then in the compensation settlement - saying that the funds were partially for "related costs", which is a helpful catch-all for lots of different stuff. Secondly, putting money into a tv show like Top Chef can pretty directly be seen as advertising. Instead of putting out ads that say "Our fish is safe, we promise!" - is probably a lot less effective than Top Chef.

            Second - I think it's important to keep in mind the scope of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust. It's total amount is work $20 billion. Top Chef is getting $200,000 from this trust. Out of $20 billion, an argument for $200,000 being spent on positive advertising seems very reasonable.

        2. Blame neither, but Bravo and Andy Cohen didn't do themselves any favors in the PR department by getting defensive. Anthony Bourdain posted this link on his Facebook page, which is a blog post by David Simon that rips Andy Cohen a new one -