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Man v Food

3 Jul

A must-watch show for anyone claiming to be a foodie, I discovered Man v Food about a year ago and became immediately hooked. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure (although I can’t imagine anyone reading a food blog is yet to indulge!) the show is about the lovable Adam Richman who scours the United States for the country’s best eateries, completing whatever food challenges they have to offer.

Be it the spiciest or the biggest feast in town, Adam will rise to the challenge to devour the dish whilst we watch, to see who reigns victorious: man, or food. A few things surprise me about this format of show:

  • There are that many eateries in the US which boast these ‘challenges.’ I saw one show where, if you ate all the spicy sushi offered to you, the staff in the restaurant have to bow to you every time you dine there again. Who thought of that?
  • The quality of the food demonstrated in these places. You expect them to be greasy spoons, but far from it. The food they serve is top quality, locally sourced stuff. If I were planning a trip to the US I’d certainly be eating in some of Adam’s haunts

There is one thing that does not surprise me about this show:

  • Why there are so many obese people in America. I don’t think I’m making a sweeping statement here, Jamie Oliver demonstrated the facts with his Food Revolution series. It’s clear. Adam, you don’t need four of those massive burgers, or and 11lb pizza, it just isn’t necessary. I realise I’m being a bit of a bore here and missing the whole point of the show – but if these places exist in this US, there is no wonder that 42% of Americans are set to be obese by 2030. It just makes overeating ok

Despite this, I was still upset to find that Adam has thrown in his knife and fork and announced that he’s quit the series. I am very upset.

A Man v Food sized burrito (picture courtesy of epicproportions.com)

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Masterchef revisited

27 Apr

We love you John and Gregg!

Despite my previous comments, I successfully became hooked with this year’s Masterchef and am pretty disappointed that in just a few hours it’s all going to be over. 11-weeks in and I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for our final three and held my breath along with them during this Easter weekend Masterchef-athon as an array of judges have dug into their lovingly dished-up delicacies.

A couple of my particular highlights from this series; the sneak peak into John’s homelife in Sydney on Easter Monday and Gregg’s chilli hiccups thanks to Jackie’s heavy-handed spice!

The series, despite its cringeworthy beginnings, has been thoroughly enjoyable and my fingers and toes are crossed for the first woman Masterchef winner since Thomasina Miers in 2005. Sara has been consistantly strong throughout the competition, hasn’t crumbled under pressure and produced food which has inspired me to hit the kitchen (I myself have not had quite the same success just yet!) Congratulations to Tom on his new found kitchen cleanliness! And good luck to Tim and his brave, experimental flavours – but my money’s on Sara. Roll on 9pm.

Dinner Date

13 Apr

I know I’ve had a moan about a cooking-related TV show once before, but I really do love them, even the rubbish ones. My latest addiction is ITV’s Dinner Date which is on Sunday lunchtimes – perfect hangover TV. It’s an obvious rip-off of the fabulous Come Dine with Me, with one lucky singleton visiting three dates in one week who cook a three-course meal for them in their own home. The bachelor/bachelorette then rates the dates and chooses their favourite to go out with again at the end of the week.

The legendary Come Dine with Me narrator is portrayed by a female version who isn’t at all funny and quite rude about the diners but this made up for by the fact that Dinner Date gives the one thing that Come Dine with Me doesn’t….you get to find out what happens after they’ve all gone home!

I cast my mind back to a rather old episode of Come Dine with Me (and by far my favourite) which featured the wonderful ‘Singleton Jan’ (that was her name for the week.) She had her own business and a hot tub and at the end of the week she almost hooked up with the “butler” that one of the other contestants had hired for the evening. That’s where the show ended and I was left hanging! However, with Dinner Date, as the credits role you get an update as to how the couple got on and if they hit it off!

Yes, it says an awful lot about the cooking on this show when it’s the gossip that is most memorable!