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In Context: Last Year I Watched a Lot of Cooking Shows

May 27, 2020

 

This is Paul—a contestant on the Great British Baking Show Holiday Edition, season not noted down. Yep, the woman who takes notes on everything relaxed her standards last year.

Didn’t seem to be any point, I was watching so many cooking shows. I couldn’t get out because I couldn’t drive (post-cataract vision effects). I didn’t have the supplies I needed, or the kitchen space to make the three different types of Baked Alaska I designed on the page. I just kept watching.

Let’s face it. I find the creative process interesting. Whether it’s related to paint or in this case to food.

If you are still at home because of Covid-19 I recommend you check out some of the cooking shows available. Netflix has the Great British Baking show and great mini-documentaries on famous chefs, street chefs (some of those stories are hard to watch—so much hard work), celebrity chefs. 

I’m still watching a lot of cooking shows. I enjoy the kids’ baking competitions, but I had to give up on “Buddy vs. Duff.” It left me agitated rather than uplifted. The other shows all leave me inspired. I love Duff from “Ace of Cakes” and the kids’ baking competition and several other shows so I’ll watch him on those and see what he gets up to creatively.

Do you have a favorite baking show? Let me know. Maybe it’s one I haven’t seen.

    • Donna
    • May 27, 2020
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    I like Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat on Netflix. Low key, not competitive, but good information and (first episode) wonderful scenery from the Olive groves of Italy.

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      Donna, this has been on my list to watch for a long time. I have just moved it to the top of the list. Thanks for the push.

    • Christine
    • May 27, 2020
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    For some crazy reason I like Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown of Good Eats. I like the host but I’m also impressed with what the chefs produce in spite of the various forms of sabotage imposed on them by fellow contestants. Maybe it’s because of the cool spring we’re having and I’m not getting outside enough in the evenings. Tee-hee!

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      Christine, I love Alton Brown. I really enjoy Iron Chef and other shows he has hosted. I watched one episode of Cutthroat and was not happy. It’s so long ago I don’t remember why. But I will give it another go because you reminded me Alton is in it. Now go take a walk!

        • Susan
        • May 28, 2020
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        I still,love the vintage Julia Child shows available from various sources. Le Marquis au Chocolate is a fave show and a fave cake.

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          Julia Child is soooo fun to watch.

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    There is a new one styled on GBBS, for floral designing. It’s called The Big Flower Fight, on Netflix. It’s interesting because they are not all floral designers by trade. There are some terrific characters for your portraits.

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      Lisa, thanks for letting me about potential portrait characters! I saw this show come up on Netflixs but I was skeptical. Last year I watched an interior design show and it was disappointing because some of the contestants were obviously not going to make it and others, well to my mind, simply had bad taste. SIGH. But I will take a look at this one.

      • Christine
      • May 27, 2020
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      Love the Great Canadian Baking Show – especially the first two seasons hosted by Daniel Levy (of Schitt’s Creek fame) and Julia Chan. The judges are Bruno Feldeisen and Richelle Adonis. Hope there will be a fourth season after the virus settles down. Thanks for the poke, Roz. I did get out for a walk.

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        Alas, I looked on Netflix and I can’t get it. Gnashing my teeth here!

    • Paul
    • May 27, 2020
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    Instantly recognizable Roz, you captured both Paul’s likeness AND typical expression. There is also The Great Canadian Baking Show based on the same format, with a new season coming up (also available on Netflix).

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      WHAT, a Canadian Baking show!!!! Who are the hosts?? It’s on Netflix???? I am so in. It’s all I can do to not run into the TV room and check on it. I hope it’s something available to US Netflix people. It would be cruel to have to only have knowledge that it exists. Thanks for the heads up.

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      P.S. you do realize it’s not Paul Hollywood right? It’s that contestant Paul. Just checking because I have a horrible time trying to draw Paul Hollywood. (Which is odd because he has white hair which is fun, and a beard, check,…Hmmm I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s because he’s always frowning.) But I do have a little Paul Hollywood dance that I like to do when we cut the bread open and it’s clear the rising was perfectly handled (because he is such a stickler for that!).

        • Paul
        • May 28, 2020
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        Definitely Paul the contestant. I’ll send you the link to the Great Canadian Baking Show on Netflix (Can’t seem to copy it here).

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          Paul, I can’t get the GCBS on Netflix here, evidently it isn’t for the US market. SIGH!!!!

      • Zeke
      • May 28, 2020
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      With COVID-19 lurking anout, The Pioneer Woman now has her kids filming her show from the ranch.

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        Zeke, that makes perfect sense. I wonder if how many people will go back to the previous approach of larger crews when a the pandemic is over?

    • Jen
    • May 29, 2020
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    Has to be Masterchef – the Professionals for me. In particular, the skills tests, which leave me feeling variously “how could he mess that up, I could do that!” and “they asked for what???”. Of course it’s not quite the same since Michel Roux Jr moved on (so drawable…) but Monica Galetti is just as good in her own way.
    Chefs do seem to provide a rich seam of drawing material…

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      I will check that out! Thanks.

    • Francie
    • June 14, 2020
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    One more to consider is Gourmet Makes on the Bon Appetit YouTube channel — the premise is that they deconstruct snack foods such as Cheezits and Pop Tarts, and then reconstruct them in a delicious way.

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      I haven’t heard of this. I’ll check it out.

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