“Imagine the View, but with food,” must have been the pitch producers for the awfully named The Chew must have thrown at ABC executives. The show premiered Monday and stars Top Chef’s Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz (Dr. Oz’s daughter), as well as Iron Chef’s Mario Batali and Michael Symon.
Since I watch Multo Mario every morning on the Cooking channel before we head out to work, Cristina thought it would be a good idea to tape the show. It was. It’s lightweight, especially compared to Multo Mario, but it is good for coming up with simple ideas. Both Batali and Symon have cooking segments that feature much simpler recipes than their own cooking shows which is good considered the target audience is more soccer moms than food nerds. Each of the recipes they have done in the last two days were easy recipes that really could be done in a home kitchen by a novice cook. Carla Hall food segments are truly easy and are closer to the Rachel Ray type of cooking. She did dip some apples in pancake batter and grilled them which looked interesting.
What amazes me is that there is a plethora of cooking shows on television and most of them are doing well in the ratings yet people seem to cook less and less. As I stated in an earlier post, it’s not that difficult and, if you plan right, it’s cheaper. In the time it takes me to pick up Wendy’s, I can usually cook something better tasting. I’m not opposed to eating out especially if you are supporting a local business (we just had Phil’s Grill, in fact). I guess most of the audience for these shows just enjoy food porn.