While some people think that cooking shows are merely about
cooking meals, Top Chefs is extremely
compelling because great chefs cook amazing cuisine in a short time period with
diverse ingredients. The show is particularly interesting because different
locations where the show is recorded inspire the chef-contestants to create local
creations exhibiting regional flair. During the reality show competition, the
chefs are challenged with finding different ingredients from a variety of
sources. Furthermore, rivalry among the chefs motivates them to try their best
to prepare the finest possible haute cuisine creations.
First, Top Chefs is
compelling because great chefs cook amazing meals in a short time period with
diverse ingredients. During the reality show competition, the chefs are
challenged with finding different ingredients from a variety of sources. They
are sometimes required to find their ingredients in the wild, a local market,
or anywhere they can discover them and meet the time frame of the competition. Additionally,
the contestants may be required to create a new dish in less than one hour from
delectable foods given to them by the judges. With the different types of delicacies,
mushrooms for example, there are different ways to draw on inspiration to
create each work of art during the amount of time for competition.
Because different locations, such as Las Vegas and Washington D.C.
are chosen, these choices of venue inspire the chefs to make local innovations
exhibiting regional flair. Top Chefs
has also appeared on location in Aspen, Telluride, Boulder, and Denver for the
Colorado season, for example. Regarding regional foods, some additional challenges
on the show have included incorporating sweet potatoes into a savory and
delicious dessert. In addition, lamb, sweetbreads, and items such as rutabagas
have been chosen as challenges for the contestants to create delicious meals
from neighborhood markets. Additionally, the judges’ comments add to the
understanding of the regional fine haute fare and explain how technique,
substance, artistry, texture, color, presentation, and taste can allow for each
chef-contestant to qualify for another competition round.
Finally, the most important reason Top Chefs is compelling is because rivalry among the chefs motivates
them to try their best to prepare the finest possible haute cuisine creations. The
chefs who have “star” personalities and different types of techniques use their
artistry to showcase new dishes for the food establishment. The format of the
show is progressive elimination, where top chefs compete with each other within
the challenges and timeframes given. For the Quickfire Challenge, for example, the contestants much create a
dish with specific ingredients and they have an hour or less in which to do so.
In the final Elimination Challenge,
the chefs will prepare one or more dishes, and they are appraised on each dish.
The scores are totaled, and then the final winner is chosen. Showmanship is
important in each one of these episodes. Haute cuisine is not only presented
for its appearance, but for marketability for the television show. In addition,
the competition promotes the best implementation and presentation of the local
fare. What might take a real chef days to create, must be done within 30 minutes
or less in some of the presentations.
Indeed, while some people think that cooking shows are merely
about cooking meals, Top Chef is
about creating local masterpieces. The chefs are faced with making tasty concoctions
during special time frames, and they are able to create masterpieces. The
judges not only stress creating plates with local flavor, but the presentations
additionally blend with the landscape, culture, and home tastes of the
different localities in each venue to make this reality television show
remarkable. The different competitions among the chefs motivate them to try
their best, and their final products are exceptional and delicious works of