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
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.