I love cooking shows! Chopped is my favorite. Four chefs are presented with four weird ingredients per basket and somehow have to make the ingredients all work together through three rounds including (usually) appetizer, entree, and dessert. If you're the chef who fails to make a harmonious dish, you will hear host Ted say "You've been chopped!" Four goes to three goes to two, and one winner emerges. Fun!
I also love Master Chef, which just started a new season, featuring amateur chefs, Hell's Kitchen, and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. I've always liked trying new foods, no matter how weird or different.
I guess it all started when I was a little kid and my grandfather would take me out to dinner to distract me when my older sister got cool party invitations that did not include tagalong me. I would order foods that would astound the grown-ups in my midst. I lived to hear "How old are you, honey? Are you sure you want escargot?" Yes, very sure. And always very happy to try something new.
Did I ever find a food I do not like? Hm. Not really. Though lima beans are not my favorite. I will eat almost anything. "Try it once," my grandfather would encourage. "You won't know if you don't try."
In keeping with my philosophy of trying new things, I recently joined Blue Apron. They deliver recipes and ingredients, some I've never tried, like Napoles (cactus). And I prepare and cook the food. The best part? No grocery shopping. I love food. I hate grocery shopping. And it has been fun to cook with new to me ingredients.
www.blueapron.com There are quite a few similar services around now, some with more homestyle meals, and some more gourmet. Have you tried any?
One of the things my hero does to impress his estranged wife in the upcoming The Great Estate is to learn to cook. In Italy. He makes gnocchi with a butter sage sauce. I love a man who can cook!
Do you love cooking shows? Trying new things? Can you recommend any romances involving cooking/food/chefs?