Does Celebrity-Made Food Taste Better?
Another Monday, another post about my Monday evening TV aspirations.
Last week, you might recall I had high hopes for TLC's new reality show "Honey, We're Killing the Kids." The series' right-minded goal to re-educate Americans about the perils of convenience food sounded promising. I'm all for positive reinforcement when it comes to eating well and TLC's had some reality wins in the past with shows like "Little People, Big World" and "Miami Ink."
The reality didn't live up to the hype. I wasn't able to get through an entire episode. Show host and nutritionist Dr. Lisa Hark came off as wooden and preachy, the computer morphs of the kids were repeated far too many times and the game show-ish set where the parents were confronted was just too reminiscent of "The Swan" or even "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
What's worse, the diet changes struck me at too drastic, too quick. Having a family go from pizza delivery to tofu in one night is just cruel. Why not start with healthier, homemade versions of their favorites -- like pizza with veggies or burgers on whole wheat buns with a side of spinach?
Well, we tried.
Tonight I start afresh with high hopes for NBC's newest foray into celeb-reality: "Celebrity Cooking Showdown."
The show pits three chef/celebrity teams against each other in an "Iron Chef"-like competition to create a gourmet meal in 50 minutes. Each night, Monday through Wednesday, nine different celebrities will cycle through the kitchen. Thursday the top three will face off in the final test. Then on Friday the chefs compete in what seems to be some kind of bonus we-are-the-real-chefs round.
The upside: Seeing Alan Thicke, Patti LaBelle and Tom Arnold attempt to cook. The downside: The show is on five nights in a row, so the heavy time investment may compete with pre-existing loyalties to other shows.
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