Thursday, April 5
Case in point, Paula Deen Live!
Paula's a rock star, now. I have no doubt she'll sell out all the venues she's slated to appear. And that's great. Good for Paula.
People still seem to have a problem with being both a chef AND an entertainer, which Paula obviously is and pulls off very well. It kind of reminds me of the controversy that arose when MTV first started getting popular. Hall & Oates were on that one panel complaining about how they as musicians now had to be "actors." Madonna replied that any kind of performance-- be it a concert or a Broadway musical-- involves acting.
So, when chefs choose to expand their careers by appearing on television, it's only natural that they need to have a "star quality" if they wish to be successful. History has shown us that simply knowing how to prepare an excellent tasting dish doesn't always mean you'll be able to describe how to prepare an excellent tasting dish, all the while keeping an active audience engaged and interested. Just look at the awful local news cooking segments.
Where am I even going with this? I just think it's a pretty cool thing that someone like Paula Deen is able to do something like this on such a massive scale. This obviously won't just be a "cooking demonstration" (as I found out when I saw her in South Beach), but a true Paula Deen performance.
And just because she (or Rachael Ray or Tyler Florence or Emeril Lagasse) happens to be more entertaining than the average chef, does that lessen her importance in the world of food and food television?
No dates in the D.C. area. Shucks.
What a weird, serious Thursday for me. I need to make a joke or something real quick... ummm... picture Ina and Jeffrey Garten tapdancing together in a big Broadway showstopper.
Now that's an entertaining chef! ;-)
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