There's so much dissing of all the cooking shows and their attendant "celebrities", it got me to wondering: what kind of cooking show *do* you want to watch?
I think my ideal would feature a totally unknown really gifted home cook, in their warts-and-all kitchen. Someone with gravitas, earnestness, hard-earned culinary knowledge, but with rough edges and a lot of irreverence and a blatant disregard for trendiness and commercialism. Preferably a woman that you know could drink you under the table and cuss a blue streak but would never flaunt it.
Second up would be a series of one-hour shows where the camera crew wandered into one excellent but unknown restaurant after another and spent an afternoon filming through prep and the evening covering service and breakdown, with minimal commentary, and that only from the restaurant staff. Uncensored, of course.
Hmmmm.....emphasis here on *unknown*....celebs need not apply.