Three Examples of the Current Food Television Chaos

Jul 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

Is Julia Child rolling over in her grave yet?

Cooking shows, the genre she helped create, are roaring out of control. So says Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. Specifically, "It's foodie chaos right now."

Oseland should know; he's been a judge on Bravo's Top Chef.

A flip through the channels turns up a good deal of chaos, indeed. And more chaos to come.

What happens when the geniuses behind Celebrity Fit Club and Hell's Kitchen put their brains together? They put out a casting call for food professionals -- chefs, restaurant staff, critics, writers, farmers -- who are at least 75 pounds overweight to appear on an upcoming "foodie" weight loss show.

Just lost your appetite, didn't you?

What else has been vomited onto television screens recently?

Famous Food takes that guy from The Sopranos and a bunch of not-so-famous recycled reality stars and puts them in a Hollywood restaurant together, debuted on Sunday. Here's what you missed:

Personally, we'd love to go to Big Pussy's on Broadway. It's got to be better than watching this shit.

Giada De Laurentiis gabbed about cooking, sweating and doing some shocking manual labor for William and Kate on The Today Show. Meeting the royals in a chef's coat? Uh, gross!

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Roseanne Barr's reality show about her Hawaiian macadamia farm premieres on Lifetime tomorrow. It's called Roseanne's Nuts. It doesn't go easy on the testicle humor. Newsweek is taking it pretty seriously. We might, too.