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Is the Food Television Industry Too Cheesy?

In what is becoming a disturbing trend, more and more celebrity chefs are hamming it up on screen and being made to look like cartoon characters. Take the beginning of Hell's Kitchen, for example. The cheftestants frolic around stupidly: one throws a giant animated tomato, another catches the tomato, and yet another slices the tomato in half with a larger-than-life animated knife. Clearly these scenes were filmed on a green screen.

Rotoscoping — the film technique in which live action is mixed with animation — can also be scene in the opening credits of Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals. In it, Ray spins and sits on a colossal clock. The Rescue Chef — another Food Network show starting Danny Boome — is oozing with cheese. Even Bravo has jumped on the bandwagon with the super-cheesy portrait photos of the Season 4 Top Chef contestants.

Am I the only one whose noticed and is bothered by this trend? What do you think? Has food television becoming too cheesy?

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SecondCitySoiree SecondCitySoiree 8 years
Oh yes, it's gotten BAD in the past few years. As for Rachel Ray, I remember when she was a new to the Food Network and was approachable and fun (maybe a little goofy, but then my friends are goofy!). Then someone told her to change her delivery and her image, and, well...we know what's happened since then.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Nah, it doesn't bother me. I can't say I really notice that much. I just like seeing all the delicious food.
TheDelicious TheDelicious 9 years
i was just having a conversation about this the other day and we sort of came to the compromised conclusion that TV and entertainment in general has to change to keep up - content, topics, visuals, even the way the stuff is delivered. the food network is definitely changing, which is a good thing, since it shows that they are capable of progress, etc. the cartoon characters, special effects, etc. are not bad, and probably wouldn't be considered cheesy if the actual content of the shows was quality.
shiamay shiamay 9 years
My faves are Nigella and Jamie Oliver!!!!!!!!!!!
Ultress Ultress 9 years
it's BEEN cheesy for a long time now. that's why i don't watch any of it anymore. you'd have to be lobotomized to enjoy any of it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love food tv. (for the most part)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I wouldn't say it's the whole food television industry, no. Some of the tv chefs, yes, but not the industry as a whole.
BeeMe BeeMe 9 years
Maybe they're cheesy b/c they can't help it. I imagine it take a great deal of forced enthusiasm to have a 20 minute conversation w/yourself (camera) while a dozen or so people watch. Let's lay off and call them, "exuberant."
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
What a friend we have in cheeses...
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Well, I don't really have a problem with the cheesy nature of Hell's Kitchen opening because, let's face it, it's a pretty cheesy show. I love it dearly, but I don't, for even a moment, consider it to be any kind of art, nor is it really even about cooking. It's about watching a bunch of idiots getting yelled at for being idiots and then doing even more idiotic things so they yelled at even more.
maddielove maddielove 9 years
Food network shows are definitely cheesy... getting worse i think! But I love Nigella Express, Barefoot Contessa... I used to like everyday italian, but giada is getting more and more annoying imo
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
Oh Julia...I miss her too. But see, it is entertainment. I vote for a balance. I love food TV, but I don't think it'd be as fun without slightly cheesy shows like Iron Chef. Man, I love it.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I guess it is. All I know is I can't really watch Rachel Ray.
shopinchic shopinchic 9 years
They aren't chefs,they're celebrity chefs:meaning they do more acting and appearances than cooking. Everybody wants to be famous! I miss Julia Child.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
"along with her tucked in leotard shirts" :rotfl: OMG...too true, and too funny! I can't STAND her attire.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
it is waaayyy too cheesy like velveeta!!! I have friends who are REAL chefs and they so dont look like whats on t.v.. I know that is why I love anthony bourdain because he is what real chef/ line cooks are which is NOTHING like rachel (who would be laughed at!)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Its why I can only watch certain shows on the Food Network. rachels constant toddler gesturing along with her clam smile, along with her tucked in leotard shirts gets on my nerves
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Like a fine aged velveeta.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
yes!!! i've always been annoyed w/RR, but i think danny boome might be worse. although i've never seen his show, i cringe every time i hear the commercial with him saying 'we're cooking now ba-by'!!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Too cheesy? No way - I think there just isn't enough gruyere on TV today. OK...kidding. I think that there is a bit too much puff/fluff going on too. I mean, I remember the good old days when you actually learned how to COOK on cooking shows. You got to hear about ingredients and how to buy them, where and when to buy them. I remember when you were taught how to measure and mix etc. It would be nice to get back to basics.
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