I grabbed a guest post for this next Cook Easy Foodie Blogger challenge post. It worked perfectly as it took the topic planned for today of “What’s your favorite cooking show” and changed it up. Yes, I watch most of these shows. Thank you Chad for your post.
The Duplicate Food Show Battle
This is a post from Chad Bonin of Instawares restaurant supplies
Creativity has its limits when it comes to television, and sometimes, coincidences reign king. Have you ever noticed more than a few similarities in the shows you watch? It’s not anything new; ask moviegoers about the year Armageddon and Deep Impact both showed Earth getting wrecked by space rocks, or the year Antz and A Bug’s Life featured the computer-generated adventures of insects. While they might not be intentionally ripping on each other (and in a few situations, probably actually are), it is curious these food shows can share too many of the same concepts.
Restaurant: Impossible VS Kitchen Nightmares VS Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
The last two are just regional variations on the same show, with a few minor twists (Gordon Ramsay, starring in both, is a little more vitriolic in the American variation that lacks his name in the title). Restaurant: Impossible is the Robert Irvine spin-off of Dinner: Impossible.
Both shows feature a celebrity chef arriving at a failing business, and in a limited timeframe, attempt to turn it around with the help of their staff, after seeing a bit of why the business is possibly failing. Irvine’s show limits him to $10,000 and usually three days, while Ramsay seems to have a week without monetary limit announced, for the most part. Food Network runs the Impossible franchise, while FOX (in America) and Channel 4 (in England) run the Ramsay editions.
Mystery Diners VS Restaurant Stakeout
Oddly enough, both Food Network shows premiered in 2012, and feature largely-similar shows. A restaurant with issues hires an outside expert to come in, set up hidden cameras, and record the restaurant for a few days. There have been claims that some of the incidents on Restaurant Stakeout have been staged, and Mystery Diners sends in “plants” of new employees and customers to set the traps for the errant employees to fall into.
The Next Iron Chef VS The Next Food Network Star
Surprisingly, both Food Network shows haven’t cross-pollinated each other with leads, but they do share the same concept. Food Network helps choose it’s new stars by featuring them on a competition show for a few weeks. The Next Iron Chef will eventually rise to be challenged by “cheftestants” on Iron Chef America, while The Next Food Network Star usually ends up with a short series (unless you’re Guy Fieri, who repeatedly gets more and more shows)
Chopped VS Iron Chef
Mysterious ingredients, time limits, and competing chefs? Both shows (with Iron Chef America) running on Food Network feature sets of chefs using the same ingredients to challenge each other. The secret ingredients are usually obtuse and awkward for them to use, such as the combination of macaroni and cheese powder with Fig Newtons or the incredibly odd-smelling durian, and a panel of hosts will judge who’s cuisine reigned supreme.
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