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Old 08-15-2018, 07:51 AM   #1
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The Twilight of Celebrity Chefs

Not sure if you are into reddit, but here is a link of people talking about cooking at home and the changing habits and tastes of consumers that are making it difficult for celebrity type restaurants to be sustainable..I think the internet has taken away the mystery of creating high quality meals, for one..and not to mention the high cost of living has eroded disposable income..
I haven't read through the whole thread, so there may be some curse words as one could find on the interweb..

https://www.reddit.com/r/television/...HP&sh=303e381a

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Old 08-15-2018, 08:39 AM   #2
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The linked article at the top of the post appeared in the most recent issue of Bloomberg Business Week.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:41 AM   #3
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Ahh. Ok. Even better. I never saw it. I was reading th reddit comments while half awake this morning
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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It really doesn't surprise me. These things tend to be fads, and for many people the big attraction is a realistic hope of actually having the name chef cooking in the kitchen, maybe even coming out to the dining room and schmoozing the patrons. Once it's clear that this rarely, and in cases of chefs with multiple locations never happens, the end result is pretty inevitable.

Then too, opening a restaurant is a known risk any time, but in a prime location, with prime property values, cost can be prohibitive even before the food and staff expenses are figured in. The one mentioned in the article with rent at $108,000 per MONTH.... simply shocking. What must they have to charge per meal to cover that cost alone?

For me, the interest even on TV waned fairly quickly once the novelty wore off. It was better when they were cooking for us, teaching us to be better cooks. Once they got too big, their celebrity got in the way of the food, and I think that was the start of the downward trend.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:47 PM   #5
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Interesting article, and this quote pretty much says it all:

“As with every other art form, the tastes and the popularity change,” says Shep Gordon, the agent who nurtured the careers of such celebrity chefs as Emeril Lagasse. “The fireworks can only last so long.”

I lost interest in the Food Network shows and hosts quite a while back, when they started becoming more of a competitive cooking network/reality show. Not to mention bringing their friends and families in to share stories more, and actually cooking less.

I still watch some cooking shows on PBS (I think it's PBS), when I happen to see them. No frills, just cooking. I've never been to a 'celeb' chef owned restaurant and am not surprised that many of their businesses have closed down - people lose interest and as said, their names can no longer support the astronomical cost of doing business.

There are a lot of good cooking blogs online these days and I tend to go to a few of my faves there for ideas - although every now and then I'll remember something that Giada, for example, prepared on a show and look it up. I didn't have any interest in going to her restaurant in Las Vegas last time I was there, though.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:54 PM   #6
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I've been to a few celebrity chef restaurants, and was disappointed every time by at least part of the meal. Gordon Ramsey Fish and Chips in Ceasar's Palace was the worst. The fish was soggy and greasy. I might have done slightly better at Long John Silvers.

I also agree that the Food Network needs to get back to basics. Iron Chef America was entertaining, but that doesn't mean all their shows should be competitions.

The best thing that FoodTV gave the world was a sense that, "Hey, I can do that." Celebrity chefs taught people how to cook, and got them excited about cooking. Now it's all chef vs chef, where you don't really learn anything.

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Old 08-15-2018, 07:27 PM   #7
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I agree with Cheryl, don't watch much chef programmes any more, the swearing is just pathetic. I tend to find a nice dish then try to replicate it. I actually get it as good if not better. My favourite meal is butter chicken, I've only just started to try to perfect it. I giggled it and printed 3 recipes off. I've made it twice and nearly have it right, then I was watching a programme where they reckoned the secret was Campbell's tomato soup. So I'm getting all sorts of information and putting it together for my own benefit.

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Old 08-15-2018, 07:30 PM   #8
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I miss Anthony Bourdain a lot, his series were great. I noticed since he died they have another guy they are promoting. I won't be watching. Something called diners and dives ??

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I miss Anthony Bourdain a lot, his series were great. I noticed since he died they have another guy they are promoting. I won't be watching. Something called diners and dives ??

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That's a totally different type of show..the host, Guy Fierri is an acquired taste..either love him or hate him..I liked it at first then got tired of his bad one liners..he's not much of an actor, after all and ran out of material to make him enjoyable to watch..just my 2 cents..


As far as Bourdain goes, or went, I felt with the money they spent on those series' they could have made it a bit more exciting..it kinda fell flat for me a lot of the time..maybe another host could have done a better job..
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The guy appears too over the top. As I said.... I won't be watching. My fave chef is rick stein, down to earth stuff. I see his son now makes a programme on the coat tails of his dad. I won't watch that either.

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