Are all of the chefs on tv, professional and amateur, so creative and so good that all they need is a basket of ingredients and within 1/2-1 hour they create a beautiful, delicious and creative meal from scratch without a recipe and without knowing beforehand what the ingredients or test will be? I think I am a very good cook but I don't think I could ever do that. And if all of these chefs are so creative, in effect, creating a brand new recipe from scratch, then how come I don't see more creativity and individuality on menus at restaurants? For instance, I went to an excellent restaurant in my city owned by two of the city's most celebrated and "creative" chefs; I really loved their grilled corn dish topped with an aioli and a mexican cheese; I then went online and googled "grilled corn with aioli" and I found an almost indentical and indistiguishable recipe from a restaurant in DC and the recipe was also re-printed in "Food and Wine". Looks like these two celebrated chefs who theoretically can create anything from scratch, "borrowed" this recipe from another restaurant, not that I think there is anything wrong with that because that is essentially how I cook. So the question is, how real are the tv food reality and competition shows?