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    "If a chef has done their time and are good cooks, I have no problem with them cashing in"
    Agreed.

    You can only bust your ass on the line for so long before you burn out completely,if someone drives up with a truck full of cash,you'd be crazy to say no.
    What is the definition of "selling out" anyway? Becoming a executive/corporate chef who sits on his/her ass all day,never stepping on the line? Someone shilling pots and pans/knives/soup?
    who cares.let them have their cake..

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    Sorry, I didn't read through all if these posts. However, I get you. It's incredibly hypocritical of Anthony Bourdain to be on an absolute **** show like "The Taste". I'm a big fan of his, and I even tuned in, when I found out he was on it. He's the same old Tony, but man does that show suck... Anyways....

    I do feel that I should stick up for the world of celebrity chefs, because they really are just taking a nice paycheck home to their families, and we'd all do the same. I'm a Tyler Florence fan (or I was when I watched Food Network). He, along with Anthony Sedlak (RIP), all of the guys on Iron Chef America in its early days helped keep me excited about cooking when I needed extra motivation or inspiration. When I was a kid, I watched Chef Pasquale (RIP), and "Wok with Yan" whenever I could. If I see these show on the air, I'll keep them on for a few minutes, get all melancholy and realize you can never go back to the green. It's just part of life. For me to say I hate celebrity chefs would be more hypocritical than anything Anthony Bourdain is currently subjecting himself and America to. These "chefs" made me love cooking, or at the very least, fanned the flames. As a matter of fact, since I became too good for these shows, my passion for food has waned. Maybe I need a heaping spoonful of trite celebrity chefdom to make me remember why I love to cook. I now cook at work (in a different setting than most of you here), and it feels damned good seeing a group of guys stuffing their faces with food I gave a **** about. When a new guy comes in and says, "I heard we eat well here, because of you", well that's pretty friggin' nice... Sadly, at home, until the past couple of months, my wife was not getting to eat the food I cooked with love, because after cookin at work, I didn't want to make anything complicated. She told me she missed seeing me in the kitchen, singing some stupid song, accidentally dropping a piece or five of food onto the floor for my dog to help clean up. I lost my passion for food, and it's now coming back...Thank God! Turns out I missed it too.

    I can't help but think that many chefs "in the trenches" hold some animosity towards celebrity chefs because they make huge coin, and don't have to pull 70 hour weeks. I've come to realize that many chefs also hold some hard feeling towards the "Martha Stewart crowd", and it turns out I was getting caught up in the same BS. At least this crowd, or some of them, love doing what they're doing in the kitchen; look around the next time you're at work and count the people in there who truly give a **** about their craft. Then count the number who are doing it purely to pay the bills. Is one more honorable than the other? Not to me. Honor is in doing what you can and what is necessary to put a roof over the head of your loved ones and to make sure they have food in their bellies. If you can be passionate about what you do to provide for your family, then congratulations - you are blessed. However, just being a home cook, or someone who looks up to celebrity chefs is not something to be ashamed about. Is there anything wrong with going to work, picking your kid up from school, hugging, and I mean actually meaning it when you hug, hugging your husband or wife and then putting together a meal that was put together with pride and excitement for your family to enjoy? If there is, then I want out. Somewhere along the lines we must have forgotten what matters.
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    My biggest issue now is that almost all the television shows out there are focused on reality television and not on the process and performance of cooking. The biggest culprit is the food network. Chopped, cupcake wars, restaurant impossible, and most importantly triple D could all be axed and I would not miss them for a day. Create channel on pbs is about the only shows on food that I will watch anymore. Bayless and Eric Ripert and Pepin is about all I have watched recently and now my digital cable goes out and I can't even watch those anymore.

    As a homey cook, I really enjoy learning new techniques and processes that I did not previously know how to do. I grew up watching Yan and Justin Wilson and that really turned into a passion for food. That is where I enjoy watching Ripert, Bayless and Pepin. Selling out is such a fine line to getting paid for something you are passionate about. I don't care if those people sold out, ultimately the producers and the network execs end up ruining the shows for marketing and making a buck. If any of you really think Bourdain "Sold" out then read his rant about why No Reservations got axed. He refused to accept product placements for something that he didn't want to promote. If I could reduce my 70-80 hour weeks and get paid more to do it, I guess I probably would consider that too.

    From an executive perspective, I remember a quote that a very successful CEO told me once that has always stuck in my head. The key to a successful person isn't always being the best or the smartest, it is surrounding yourself with the best and smartest people and making sure that they know they are appreciated for what they do. That breeds loyalty. Some of these people realize this and set strict guidelines to their product but give latitude to their people to create and cultivate the product. That is why their restaurants still do well. Others will just be a flash in the pan and be gone. I guess that probably will be the true test if these individuals restaurants stand the test of time or if they go quickly along the wayside.

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    I grew up watching another celebrity chef--Julia Child, still the original source of my interest in well prepared food. I do not watch tv so can't say how bad the current crop is, but it had been getting bad last I paid attention. I know I sound old just saying this, but times sure have changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEoRy View Post

    Very nice! Too funny!

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    Give me Jacques and "Two Fat Ladies" and I'm a happy guy.

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    wow somebody actually remembers the two fat ladies from bbc.

    =D

    grew up watching them, jacques and julia child. and a side of "wonda powda!", cook with yan. lol.

    made me wanna cook for a living.

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    Me too! Then I found out I can sleep at work, drive a big red truck that is noisey as all hell, cut cars apart and cook for a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    Link to this please! We would all like to critique your performance!
    http://www.ctnow.com/videogallery/74...te-Of-Hartford


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    http://www.ctnow.com/videogallery/74...te-Of-Hartford


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