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Tuesday, August 5

Topper Chef

Now that I've resolved the whole Was Ask Aida ripped off from Adam Gertler? bloglemma (No! Let's try to think, people.), here's a new show certain to get a lot of peeps riled up:

Can You Make the Cut?
Food Network is casting for a new cooking competition and is looking for professional chefs who want to test their culinary skills against those of their peers.


Four competitors will race against the clock; their food judged on taste, creativity and presentation by the experts. Three are eliminated along the way, and only one remains the ultimate winner.

Hmm... professional chefs testing their culinary skills, having their food judged on taste, creativity and presentation? Sounds awfully similar to a certain show hosted by certain bald man and certain Indian model/actress/author, doesn't it?

Who knows if Food Network will throw in some crazy twist. The posting doesn't promise a TV show or prize money, so maybe they just win bragging rights. [Source]

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17 Comments:

At 8/06/2008 12:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the staff at FN is intelligent enough to come up with an ORIGINAL idea!

 
At 8/06/2008 12:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

and exactly how is this different from Iron Chef, other than not having "company" Iron Chefs to target????

 
At 8/06/2008 12:39 AM , Blogger Timotheus said...

I agree that it's hard for any show involving professional chefs in competition to make any claims of originality in the wake of Iron Chef.

 
At 8/06/2008 12:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as food competitions go...first came "Iron Chef Japan", the "Iron Chef America",.."Top Chef" came after these two concepts, so no not exactly copying anything...just running out of ideas is all...

 
At 8/06/2008 9:10 AM , Blogger Phillip said...

No, Iron Chef is not like Top Chef. Top Chef is modeled on the ongoing reality show premise, whereas Iron Chef is modeled around a one-time battle idea.

Top Chef starts with a group and eliminates contestants one-by-one whereas on Iron Chef, nothing changes, regardless of the battle outcome: the Iron Chefs are STILL the Iron Chefs. (This part is very confusing to new viewers of Iron Chef)

So no, those two aren't the same (or dare I argue even SIMILAR) shows, except that they both involve cooking and have the word "Chef" in the title. However, this proposed show for Food Network sounds nearly identical to Top Chef.

 
At 8/06/2008 9:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got an original idea for FN - why not have someone who can cook show the viewing audience how to do it, instead of all these reality-competition shows and travel shows?

 
At 8/06/2008 10:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the other anonymous said...

 
At 8/06/2008 10:27 AM , Blogger Sunshine said...

I agree with Phil (can I call you Phil?) Top Chef bears no similarity to Iron Chef.

But this new FN show sounds like a rip off of Top Chef if ever there was one.

 
At 8/06/2008 10:48 AM , Anonymous Andrew T. said...

Sure, it's a Top Chef ripoff. But I like Top Chef, so here's hoping they do a good job of it.

 
At 8/06/2008 11:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every reality show has basically the same premise: take people and put them in direct competition (either chefs or designers or models or people on an island or people in a house). Every reality show is a tweak of that premise, so I don't think it matters much.

 
At 8/06/2008 11:19 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

We should all be disgusted that FN and the little Ferengi that calls the shots should stoop this low.

If it is anything like TNFNS it will be totally bogus.

This network is getting more disgusting each month.

 
At 8/06/2008 1:43 PM , Blogger Mark said...

TNFNS already looked like Top Chef. This season they had a short challenge (just like Quickfire on Top Chef). The winner of the short challenge got an advantage in the main challenge (That was like the elimination challenge on Top Chef). The main challenge was mostly cooking in a relatively short amount of time. That still looked a lot like Top Chef.

 
At 8/06/2008 2:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take it. I miss Top Chef, TNFNS, and Hell's Kitchen. I love those shows.

 
At 8/06/2008 4:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk all you want about lack of originality... You'll all be watching because that's what's entertaining these days. There's a reason why reality shows keep popping up regardless of the lack of creativity. We'll be talking about the show and arguing about it before you know it.

 
At 8/07/2008 2:34 AM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

Hey, I watch Iron Chef, on FLN, every morning while reading the paper. I always hope for Morimoto or Kenishi (sp) to the the Iron Chef. I can't wait to see it tomorrow, it was one of the rare ties, today so we have the tiebreaker coming up

This "Can you make the Cut?" sounds more like FN "Challenge" with a bit of Iron Chef America speed cooking and no cash prize. Maybe the winner can have a shot at an Iron Chef and still get no cash.

ICA is just fun to watch. I'm 50 and my niece is 18 it is fun emailing back and forth about the show from time to time. This new show could be fun.

All shows are rip off of other shows. When was the last time you saw an original idea? Let's put Captain Kangaroo back on. Tushyman can play Mr. Greenjeans.

 
At 8/07/2008 1:04 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Tuschman's contract only allows him to play Ferengi charactors.

 
At 8/08/2008 1:37 PM , Blogger theminx said...

I think it's high time Tushface and Fogelson get the boot. I'd like to volunteer to show them the door.

 

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