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Aug 11, 2013 09:28 PM

If You Got Your Own Food Show...

What would yours be, and what would you call it?

Would you host/judge cooking competitions, a la Iron Chef, Top Chef, Worst Cooks in America, or Chopped? Would your contestants be pros, amateurs, kids, what? And what would the format be?

Would you teach people how to cook? Would you teach people new techniques or unfamiliar cuisines? Focus on budget-conscious, easy, or quick recipes?

Would you eat other people's food, a la Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, etc?

Or something else entirely? Let me know what I'd be watching if, tomorrow, you woke up and had your own show.

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  1. My show would be Literally Delicious and I would select a line from a book that mentioned food and cook the dish. Like the line in Shane when Mrs. Starret has difficulty getting her apple pie just right.

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        1. re: chartreauxx

          oh and I would I would cook it true to the period of the book... so if it was on a wood stove like in Shane...of a tuff stove like in Irland ...

        2. re: girloftheworld

          That is awesome. We are doing something like that but not a show and it is movies.

            1. re: girloftheworld

              Lamb and succotash with Silence if the Lambs.

              Schnitzel, spaetzle, fondue and German chocolate cupcakes for the Sound of Music.

              General tso's chicken and fried rice with peach cake topped with raspberries for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

              1. re: melpy

                Oh, my...Thoroughly Modern Millie...seems so long ago...

                1. re: sandylc

                  Love that movie! " I have a check book"

                  1. re: sandylc

                    Yeah- franks, sauerkraut and tapioca pudding were vetoed ;)

                  2. re: melpy

                    Strudel for dessert! It's even mentioned in My Favorite Things...

                    1. re: Violatp

                      I wasn't in charge of making dessert and we have one VERY picky person at dinner. They actually ended up making just chocolate cupcakes and had a big fight about coconut. I think they might have broken up as part of this fight.

                      More recently we have done pot roast and brownies for Dirty Dancing (nobody likes watermelon and it was out of season).

                      We had "wedding food" for Four Weddings and Funeral and death by chocolate mousse (chicken cordon bleu, rice, sauce and mixed veg).

                      I think we had spaghetti and meatballs for Notting Hill. My friend doesn't eat red sauce so we ended up with alfredo sauce. We had eaten enough Britsh food because we had eaten variations on sheppards and cottage pie a few times.

                      Most of time we have to find food they eat or mention or that is from the country in some way to make the theme work.

            2. My reaction would be the same as when investors pitched backing me in my own restaurant.

              Running away as fast as I can screaming "No, No, No".

              1. Well, if there was a big budget, like for No Resevations, I would love to do a travel and eat food show. And I'd focus on street food or simple food stall type places that cater to the local masses.

                1. My life if full of contrasts, while I spend most of my time in a suit and tie, at home I'm as close to naked as I can get. My normal home apparel is just a pair of shorts.

                  Because this is my normal around the house wear, I normally cook which the joke has been made I should start a cooking show called "The Shirtless Chef". This suggestion was originally made over 20 years ago.......I'm not sure I could draw the same audience now, that I could back then.

                  Yes, I have burned my nipples while deep frying/splatter. I know you were all dying to know that.

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                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    "I normally cook shirtless"

                    Hey Shirtless in my Kitchen.... that is a very appealing concept ...

                    1. re: girloftheworld

                      Why thank you my dear, but I am old enough to be your father.

                      MGZ could be your grandfather.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I was speaking on behalf of the masses of women the binders full... that would tune in... whom when they see a man in the grocer say silently in their head "ohhhh i would live to have him shirtless in my kitchen"

                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                Oh, they definitely are! And will remain so till you're 19.

                        1. re: girloftheworld

                          I can see some big possibilities - though I cook with full clothing.


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Agreed. And I not only wear full clothing, but shoes. Always shoes.

                            1. re: alliegator

                              Hope those are "stylish shoes!"


                                1. re: paulj

                                  Usually toms or some such thing.

                        2. re: jrvedivici

                          Actually, I think you need to take the concept one step further. The show should be called "Nothin' but My Apron". I'm sure you can see how that would up the ante.

                          Good thing about the show is that no one would care about what you cook. They'd all be too busy fighting off the nausea brought on by what they see of the host.

                          1. re: MGZ

                            You know, on second thought, it'd probably be best for the success of the show, as well as liability purposes, if you stayed behind the camera. Besides, if I was hosting, we'd be able to get special guest "stars". We could go one of two ways: (a) models or (b) female celebrity chefs. I mean who wouldn't wanna see Ina Garten, Paula Deen, or Rachel Ray in nothin' but an apron or catch a glimpse of Maryanne Esposito's tramp stamp?

                            1. re: MGZ

                              I would like to clarify, I wasn't all that nauseating 20 years ago when the concept was first developed.

                              Now the title would be "Nothin But My Apron & Depends", I don't think you can run to the bathroom during the show when your the host.

                          2. It would be a show on seasonal cooking. Could include trips to Farmers' Markets, local growers and would always include a dish made with what was in season right then.