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    Kid Chefs. What do you think?

    As many of you may have already noticed, there have been a few kid chef tv shows lately. I'm really curious as to how people see these children. Personally, I'm a little torn. I think it's wonderful to have kids cooking on TV, assuming its a show for kids. It's kind of like Sesame Street or any other show that shows kids doing something good. It gives the child audience something to potentially aspire to. BUT on the other hand, it would be horrible if children are being forced into the entertainment industry and are exploited in this matter. I also know there are people out there who are outraged and believe it is a mockery on the hospitality industry.

    My coworker posted this link on our Korin Facebook and we got a negative feedback. We're a little unsure of what to do next:
    Remmi Smith, a 11 year old chef who is on "Cook Time with Remmi" and the host of "The Culinary Kid" show. Read about her amazing story! http://bit.ly/LaNF1y

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    We got this comment from an angry chef: "this **** is killing our industry 11 yr old chef ? anyone can be a chef now the industry is being mocked.. this needs to stop. why would korin even support this you guys are ******* incredible, making a mockery ,your disrespecting the chefs that came before us who paved the way so we can make a living cooking."

    I think Korin would encourage everyone who aspires to be in the food industry. It's a wonderful industry and there is no reason to discourage anyone from being in it. There is no doubt that its a make it or break it industry, but it's not like she's managing an entire restaurant either... It's like every other kids show. PLUS, learning how to cook at an early age is SO beneficial for a child's motor skills and is a great skill to have at any age.

    What do you think? Maybe it's a touchy subject.

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    I am extremely negative about every all the "cute" commercials and shows with kids.

    1. Find a popular format.
    2. Put a child there.
    3. AWWWW so coooot
    4. ???????
    5. Profit.



    Also. That angry ass chef seems to be too full of himself. I don't find it a mockery, i more find it like.. exploiting the success of cooking-shows lately.
    With a presumably cute kid.
    For instant cash.

    Should add that i haven't watched an episode (or heard about this before your post)
    But i would probably just be annoyed by it. I seriously hate people thinking "act + kid = COOOTIE, is money tiemz naow."

    So.. for me the turn-off isn't the cooking, it's the kid. God i look like a hateful cynic now.

    But if, as you say, it's a show for kids. It's great that it's an inspiration.. even though this is a gruesome business that really takes it's toll on you.
    But then, it's something you are, not something you do. You do it because of the love, not because of the rewards.




    Edit: Might that angry ass chef be ChefGiovanni? The smurf with the biggest napoleon-complex i've ever sighted.
    God that dude has something to prove.. even though he's worthless.

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    If this guy feels his job is threatened by a cooking 11 year old, his job needs to be threatened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candlejack View Post
    I am extremely negative about every all the "cute" commercials and shows with kids.

    1. Find a popular format.
    2. Put a child there.
    3. AWWWW so coooot
    4. ???????
    5. Profit.



    Also. That angry ass chef seems to be too full of himself. I don't find it a mockery, i more find it like.. exploiting the success of cooking-shows lately.
    With a presumably cute kid.
    For instant cash.

    Should add that i haven't watched an episode (or heard about this before your post)
    But i would probably just be annoyed by it. I seriously hate people thinking "act + kid = COOOTIE, is money tiemz naow."

    So.. for me the turn-off isn't the cooking, it's the kid. God i look like a hateful cynic now.

    But if, as you say, it's a show for kids. It's great that it's an inspiration.. even though this is a gruesome business that really takes it's toll on you.
    But then, it's something you are, not something you do. You do it because of the love, not because of the rewards.




    Edit: Might that angry ass chef be ChefGiovanni? The smurf with the biggest napoleon-complex i've ever sighted.
    God that dude has something to prove.. even though he's worthless.
    Yea, I understand. I was a little torn for the same reason, except for me it's not the kid or the show I particularly find distasteful, its the exploitation. It's not the kid's fault, she just happened to like cooking and her parents decided to taste advantage of it for money. She's only 11, there is probably only so much she really understands. The entertainment industry can be pretty messed up, so I feel bad she has to be in it. :[

    Nope, it was not Chef Giovanni. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korin_Mari View Post
    Yea, I understand. I was a little torn for the same reason, except for me it's not the kid or the show I particularly find distasteful, its the exploitation. It's not the kid's fault, she just happened to like cooking and her parents decided to taste advantage of it for money. She's only 11, there is probably only so much she really understands. The entertainment industry can be pretty messed up, so I feel bad she has to be in it. :[

    Nope, it was not Chef Giovanni. lol
    Yeah, everything plays it's part. Should clarify: It's not the kid i dislike, it's the use of it. (as i find no value whatsoever in the cuteness-factor, it just feels so fake and exploited.)

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    I abhor exploitation of kids and phony TV for money repulsive as well, but the guy who wrote to you desperately needs ego reduction surgery.... and a lesson in simple manners.

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    I don't know squat about this show, but I'm going to assume (and correct me if I'm wrong) that the point of the show isn't about converting legions of kids into aspiring chefs, but simply to get them into the kitchen at all! Given the number of my peers that can't even make mashed potatoes unless it comes in a box, I don't think a re-emphasis on cooking at home is a bad idea. It's a kind of crappy replacement for sitting in the kitchen watching your grandma make your favorite dishes, but there seem to be fewer and fewer of those grandmas these days...

    As for the @sshole commenter, I guess I get where he's coming from, maybe. I figure he's just generally pissed about the new industry that exists around promoting the idea of being a pro-chef (Food Network, Mater Chef, etc.) and is disappointed that a company he thought was an 'ally' in these faux Cooking Wars ostensibly crossed over to the other side. That's my guess anyway. Nothing you can do about that one... I'd ignore him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehunter View Post
    I abhor exploitation of kids and phony TV for money repulsive as well, but the guy who wrote to you desperately needs ego reduction surgery.... and a lesson in simple manners.
    Agreed.

    By the way I love your signature quote "I believe it's a cook's moral obligation to add more butter given the chance.~~~Michael Ruhlman." LOL That is a fantastic obligation.
    I think the quote I live by is "life is short, eat dessert first" by Jacques Torres.

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    I also don't know if it's exploitation, or rather, if the exploitation is anything worse than it was for, say, the mouseketeers when i was growing up. There is truth to the idea that kids like the novelty of seeing people on TV closer to their age. Whether allowing that inevitably exploits the person that gets put on TV... Not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    If this guy feels his job is threatened by a cooking 11 year old, his job needs to be threatened.
    +1

    I find that guys post hilarious really. It's a kids show for goodness sake. She's a child.... And its TV..... Lol.

    It's almost as if you "liked" the series finale of General Hospital and a heart surgeon got all pissy at you for undermining the integrity of his career.
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