Thursday, March 2, 2006

TV Cooking Contest Seeks To Promote Taste Over Trendiness

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – TV shows revolving around cooking contests are nothing new, but the judge of a new reality chef search is really hoping to stir the pot with her show.

Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine is one of the tastemakers who will be judging wannabe celebrity chefs for Top Chef, an upcoming reality series on Bravo TV.

The show isn’t a one-off food challenge like Iron Chef. She says it’s “really about discovering talent. We want really hungry chefs.”

Though there might be comparisons to shows like Iron Chef or Hell’s Kitchen, Simmons says Top Chef is different because it’s “authentic to what it takes to work in a restaurant.”

Simmons says the show will not only give couch potatoes a taste of what it’s like to be a real chef but also what separates the cooks from the schnooks.

As she puts it, “The good chefs stay true and loyal to their ingredients.”

Top Chef debuts March 8, right after the Project Runway season finale.

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