There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those that spent the evening on Wednesday night glued to the first Presidential debate, and then there are those – like myself – that occupied most of that time slot watching the newest spinoff of our favorite cooking competition: Life After Top Chef.
It is no secret that I’m a Top Chef fan, and between you, me, and the wall, the recaps of Top Chef are some of the most fun posts that I have the pleasure of writing for this blog. But what Bravo has dropped on us now is a different beast entirely. We are seeing Dorothy after returning from Oz and discovering that she can never look at her uncle without picturing him with straw poking out of his sleeves.
The biggest draw for Atlanta viewers is, of course, the prospect of seeing the real life of Richard Blais whilst knee deep in the building of his newest restaurant, The Spence. But, this is not the Top Chef that we have come to know and love. It is all the personality and conflict, without any of the actual competition.
As the semi-official Top Chef blogger for the AJC, I’m stuck in an internal debate. I’m not sure if I should decry this new series as a bastardization of the pure, skill-driven competition show that I love, or if I should embrace it as a natural evolution of the foodie pop culture.
Is Life After Top Chef the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo of foodie shows, or is it a peeling back of the curtain of the rise of televised celebrity chefdom?
It has been suggested that I start recapping this Top Chef spinoff, but I’m not sure that this is something that our readers want, or would care about. So, I put this to you: Are you watching Life After Top Chef? And if so, would you like to hear our (see also: “my”) take on the goings on of the TC alum?
- By Jon Watson, Food and More