I started teaching high school level culinary arts at our local tech school this year. I found myself watching all of the great food programing on tv these days and asked my students if they were catching any of this. Most of them had no idea what I was talking about so I decided to work it into our classes. We have Top Chef Fridays now and it has been a great success. I got a DVR from the cable company for free and started recording all the new Top Chef episodes. When the students arrive on Friday we give them the equivalent of a quick fire challenge and they work in teams of two or three. I get to play the role of Tom C. and really give them a hard critique. After the critque we pick a winner and they get 100's for the day, then we all go and watch the most recent episode of Top Chef. I have found this season to be particularly good, I think the quality of the chefs is good and there is some good competition happening. Just thought I would share this as a way to show how these shows are beneficial in many different ways.