I love watching food shows. Whatever it is, as long as the show centers on food, I will watch it. Watching a food show is a torture upon one’s self. Even though I am well aware that I won’t be able to eat or, at the very least, smell those delicious food that they were displaying on the screen, I still watch them. Perfect definition of torture! I am such a masochist.
No Reservations, Man Vs. Food and Bizarre Foods are my top favorites. I came to adore No Reservations because of Anthony Bourdain’s dramatic and soulful take on hosting. It’s just so nice to see a travel and food show host who also has a penchant for the spoken word. When he speaks, it felt like he is always reading poetry to me. I get drawn to the flow and sway of his words.
Man Vs. Food had been a favorite because the show does not fail to make my mouth water. I love grubby foods and that’s what Man Vs. Food is all about - grubby, delicious food in huge servings. Because of that show, I’ve always dreamt of taking a trip to the United States, renting a car and hopping from one state to another just to food-trip. It will only be about food, nothing else! It’s really bad!
And of course, how can I forget Bizarre Foods. I haven’t tried that many exotic foods yet but I do consider myself to be an adventurous eater in the sense that if I will be immersed in a situation that would allow me to try an exotic food, I would no doubt try it. I am so game when it comes to food.
When I came here in Australia, I was introduced to more local cooking and food shows. There’s Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia. Luke Nguyen is a big name here in Australia, particularly in Sydney where he grew up. He is an Australian chef of Vietnamese descent and is known for his modern take on traditional Vietnamese dishes. I just arrived here in Australia then when I came to know of Luke Nguyen. It was during my first week in Sydney, while we (my aunt, mom and I) were doing our weekly market trip to Cabramatta when I first saw Luke Nguyen. He was in location to shoot a food show (it must be!). Of course, being a noob that my mom and I were, we did not have any clue who he was until my aunt pointed out that he is a celebrity chef. Being a true-blooded Filipino that my mom is, she asked me to take a picture of her with him. He did not mind at all!
Then came in My Kitchen Rules. It is an Australian cooking show that I came to love because of its authenticity. The show presents various teams composed of two contenstants with pre-existing relationships (much like The Amazing Race) from different states across Australia. They would initially compete against each other by transforming their own home into an instant resturant complete with a theme and decorations, welcoming the panel judges and their competitors into their home and serving them with three-course meals which they will prepare from their own kitchen. At the end of each night, the judges as well as their competitors would score them based on the dishes that they’ve concocted. Surviving the “instant restaurant”, the remaining teams will then be subjected into a series of challenges numerous process of elimination until a winning team emerges.
Lately, the Nine Network started to air The Family Food Fight which if I’m not mistaken is their first series ever. It is unlike any other cooking show that I’ve watched and I got instantly hooked when I first saw the trailer. The show presents various teams composed of 4 people that are amateur cooks and are related to one another! Can you imagine that? A family making up a team? That must be chaotic! And you know what? I am right! It really is chaotic but that’s what I love about the show - the pureness and realness of it. The love-and-hate relationship that you see in a family is very evident. I really think all families are like that. There’s no perfect family. There are a lot of instances that some of our family members get in our nerves and most often that not, they will push our buttons but at the end of the day, they are still family and the love is always there no matter what. The show presents multi-generational families who are there to showcase family recipes and food traditions and compete against each other in various cooking challenges to win an ultimate prize of AU$ 100,000.
I am putting my money on the Shahrouk sisters because I love their humor, passion and frankness. I would also love to try their food! They all look amazing and I really think that these guys have that potential to be amazing. If ever they open their own restaurant, I would definitely be the first one to fall in line.