I am a regular tv viewer, just like you. Since I am not a Neilsen ratings household, no one really cares about my opinion of tv shows. Since I am now a blogger, I get to give my opinion anyway. Now that I am no longer a tv producer, there is no longer the slightest glimmer of hope that anyone cares about my opinion of tv shows. Frankly, when I worked in tv I think people really really didn’t care what I thought about tv, but at least I was getting paid for it. Oh well.
As you might guess, I LOVE watching the dessert cooking shows. And since I dabble in the world of cake art, I have strong opinions about some of these shows. Cupcake Wars, Top Chef: Just Desserts, DC Cupcakes, Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss, Fabulous Cakes, Food Network Challenge, and anything else that involves cake and frosting.
Top Chef : Just Desserts is my favorite. Maybe because it is new, maybe because I love Top Chef and Top Chef : Masters, or maybe because Gail Simmons is one hot Jew. These contestants are real pastry chefs, like studied, paid, professional pastry chefs who would probably look at my cake photos and laugh their asses off. They whip up some of the most gorgeous desserts using tricks and ingredients only pros would. It is intimidating to watch. There’s no way I could even dream of making half the stuff they make, but man, it sure is fun to see what they pull off! It is so silly how the judges pick apart these desserts in such detail, but of course, that is the point of the whole show! And these chefs are vicious. They are crazy competitive, super talented, and out for blood. That’s the fun for me, watching these chefs train and compete like it’s the Olympics, and to them, it is. I think about how seeing one of those desserts set in front of me would make me feel so happy, and how you might guess the job is so fun and creative and low pressure to just bake all the time, but nope – there is so much skill and detail for every intricate step, there really is not a lot of room for error, if any. I am hoping the camera catch the chefs during their off time eating plain animal crackers or a Halloween candy.
Cupcake Wars is another fave of mine. But the first time I watched it I thought I was going to need a Xanax. When the chefs were told they had like 2 or 3 hours to make 1000 cupcakes, I was freaking out. And they also had to design a display structure. They managed to pull it off without sweating and having a meltdown. I am a head sweater and a panicker, so I would probably make for good tv.
You know what doesn’t make for good tv? DC Cupcakes. The sisters who own the bakery are adorable and so talented. But somebody scripted this reality show, and poorly! Their mother, heretofore known as Mommy to everyone, helps out at the shop. And the Chef warns, “Do not leave Mommy in charge of the cupcakes, she’ll forget to take them out of the oven.!” Well wouldn’t you know it, everyone leaves the shop minutes before the latest batch is finished, leaving Mommy in charge. And wouldn’t you know it, Mommy forgets and the cupcakes are ruined. Wow, how did they predict such a hilarious misunderstanding? Were the producers watching any and every episode of Three’s Company when they came up with that scene?