Review: Fat Chef
Tonight Food Network premiered it’s latest reality show and this one is actually food related. It seems like a good concept. People love shows about fat people. People love shows about food. And, sadly, people love shows with other people arguing. So just what is Fat Chef?
For overweight chefs, working in the food industry is a double-edged sword. While indulging their love of food has brought them success, money and respect, it’s also killing them. Each episode of Fat Chef features two such overweight food professionals and spends four months with them as they confront their food issues and, with the help of therapists, nutritionists and trainers defeat their abusive relationships with food and become healthy.
So did Fat Chef deliver? Well, if you’re a fan of Biggest Loser or any of its other doppelgangers then yeah, it did a fine job. But though it did revolve around food it really wasn’t a show about food. Still, it was an interesting study in the stressful job of a real working chef.
My fellow chef friends tell me that the biggest problem they are having with the new generation of culinary school grads is that they all think upon graduation they should run their own kitchen, have a cookbook deal and a TV show. This show gives them a glimpse of what being a chef is really like – 100 plus hour work weeks, only having time for one meal a day and very little time spent with family and loved ones.
Fat Chef isn’t really my cup of tea but it isn’t a bad show. It’s informative and entertaining. Again, it’s just not my cup of tea.