ABC announced the premieres for their mid-season shows today and coming on January 22, assuming of course that the Mayans were wrong and we live to see January, will be a new cooking show called THE TASTE.
Ok great. Another reality competition show. This one will be “different” from all the other shows because pros and amateurs will compete against each other and, for the elimination challenge, wait for it, the judges will be………..blindfolded for the tasting!!!!! Wait a second. Doesn’t that pretty much happen on THE VOICE? Oh well. So much for being new and different.
Here is my problem with the show. This guy:
This is Anthony Bourdain. ABC calls him a “no holds barred chef.” What that really means is that he is a raging asshole. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anyone on TV that is more pretentious and more of an unpleasant jerk than this guy. Have you ever seen his show NO RESERVATIONS? On this show he goes around to different restaurants to talk about how he is the greatest and how the tiniest things piss him off. He hates everything. No wait. He only hates things that most other people like. If he thinks for a second that something he is eating might be even the tiniest bit mainstream, he will hate it and he will tell the pour souls who dared to serve him such pedestrian fare that they should quit what they are doing and immediately run out in to traffic. He’s a jerk that knows he’s a jerk and thinks that people love him being a jerk. He thinks it’s some kind of badge of honor. He really is a terrible person (on TV anyway, I don’t know how he is in real life and since I don’t know about that, I can only write about what I hope is just his TV persona, because if this is how he acts in his real life, well, wow). Search “Anthony Bourdain asshole” on Google and you get this result. Google never lies.
What show would be complete without a British judge? It’s part of the formula and I believe Congress has passed a law requiring all reality judging panels to have at least one person from the British Commonwealth and not wanting to be in violation of the law, The Taste has the required quota of Brits.
If you didn’t know from me telling you that she was British, the teeth would be a dead give away. If you don’t know who this is, it’s Nigella Lawson who is purportedly a famous British food person. Funny thing about bringing things over from Britain, American TV executives know that all they need is to have that accent and Americans will automatically listen to them. I don’t know what it is about that accent, but it must take us back to our colonial roots. Look how crazy we go over news of Kate Middleton being pregnant. Did you know that we in America care more about the royal family than their own subjects do? Now maybe that is because no one likes their own boss but I think it’s because British people can’t hear their own accents so they aren’t as impressed by the Queen and the royals. We in America though? Every time a Brit opens their mouth we want to apologize for the Boston Tea Party.
I don’t want to leave you without an example of her being British so here is a clip of her talking dirty about food, or, for our British audience (go with me on this), here she is being cheeky: