It's that coveted day of the year -- when boys and girls become men and women, chefs become better chefs, and all of the media will immediately start debating who deserved a James Beard nomination and who didn't. Get excited!
Mom is finally selling houses! Problem is she isn’t licensed. No big whoop for her, the test will be a breeze! Except she freaks when she meets Kim, a mega realtor who’s sold 358 houses and is getting recertified. She walks out of the test, assuaging her failure with a Chipwitch. Mmmm…now that’s something I can get behind: Chipwitch and a mostly Mom-centric episode.
In a piece for The Guardian, Lucy Cavendish and William Skidelsky launched into a debate over whether today’s TV chefs need to be sex symbols in order to succeed, citing, as their primary example, Paul Hollywood. For those of you unfamiliar with the food TV scene across the pond, Hollywood is the piercingly blue-eyed, salt-and-pepper-haired host of The Great British Bake Off, whom the piece describes as “handsome, well-groomed, authoritative and yet somehow reassuringly manly.” Maybe it’s just the name, but he sounds an awful lot like a certain flame-shirted “bad boy” we have Stateside. But more on that later.
The piece also references Heston Blumenthal’s “smouldering geekiness,” which leads us to believe that an anthropological study is required to analyze traits Brits think are sexy versus traits Americans think are sexy, because some fundamental difference in culture and upbringing is the only way we can think of explaining how Heston and Paul are the key references for a sexy chefs dialogue.
Here are five TV chefs Stateside, who we think best represent the thesis that sex appeal is key to a successful reality TV empire.