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    Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I like a lot of the TV chefs but right now my favorites are The Neelys on the Food Network. Paula Deen used to be my favorite and I still love to watch her so she is right up their with Pat and Gina
    Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:27 pm Groupie
    I like Robert Irvine and Bobby Flay.
    Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:18 am
    Forum Host
    Here in Australia I love watching Justine Schofield in Everyday Gourmet (she was an Australian Masterchef finalist) and Po of Po's Kitchen (another Australian Masterchef finalist) and on the international scene I enjoy watching Heston Blumenthal but to cook with it would be Jamie Oliver and his 30 minute meals show. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of cooking shows were just the chef does it, we have Ready Steady Cook and the chefs change, there was Boys Weekend which featured 4 chefs away for the weekend in different locations and having them cook and then there is Australian Masterchef and there has also been My Restuarant Rules but these 2 shows feature amateur cooks overseen by chefs (though some of those amateur cooks will have you gobsmacked with what they serve up).

    Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:13 am
    Forum Host
    In South Africa we are heavily dependent on British TV cooking programmes.

    My absolute favourite chef is the chilled-out, nice Rick Stein -- a great seafood lover!

    It gets very frustrating for us when the latest Masterchef series just do not appear -- probably a lack of money on this side.

    However, we are now getting our own Masterchef series, and they're busy already with the process of choosing contestants. Unfortunately you can only take part if you're in one of the big cities.

    NOT that I would want to go even near it!! I'm too old by far! That contest needs stamina!
    Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:01 am
    Forum Host
    Zurie in the last Masterchef there was a contestant aged 61+ who went well and truly into the finales, he came undone in a blind taste test (he was a visual artist and it through him tasting the food blind), so age is not an isssue but yes stamina is and even at 54 (though very unhealthy I would not be able to keep up and even he DH who is more mobile than me cringes and on the cooking side he says forget it). To each their own but be prepared.

    Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:43 pm
    Forum Host
    icon_lol.gif Pat, I hate to admit it, but I am older than 61+!

    Noooo ... too late to start a career in food! I'll just DIE if I have to go through those tests!!

    I mean -- "knife skills" for one!! I have no "knife skills"! I can fillet a mean fish. I can chop garlic and ginger and what-have-you, BUT I have none of those fantastic chop-chop-chop knife skills, alas!! icon_eek.gif

    Gee ... as forum hosts were really ARE off-topic!rotfl.gifrotfl.gifrotfl.gif
    Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:04 pm
    Forum Host
    My defence is that some of those amateur cooks are becoming famous tv chefs although technically they are not since they didn't do an apprenticeship but then some famous chefs admit they didn't either but still call themselves chef) icon_biggrin.gif

    Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:23 am Groupie
    Pat, technically the only requirement to call oneself a "chef" is that you be in charge of cooks.

    So many "chefs" are really not, and some who don't call themselves chef really are.
    Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:14 am
    Forum Host
    Here in Australia to call yourself a chef you have had to do an recognised apprenticeship otherwise you are considered a cook for which you can also do educational courses and get a diploma but you are not technically recognised as a chef. Mind you there are some who have qualified as chefs and I wonder how the heck they did.

    Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:23 pm Groupie
    I don't think there are such requirements anywhere else. I know there aren't here.
    Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:44 pm
    Forum Host
    After having said that there are people who call themselves chefs but haven't done the apprenticeship but they could be taken to court of false pretenses (though to my knowledge that has never happened) and for instance we have Justine Schofield (who was a finalist in the first series of Australian Master Chef) and hosts a programme called Everyday Gourmet but has never declared herself a chef but her mother was). As said it is a technicality here and one a lot of people ignore - thankfully they don't do it when it comes to doctors.

    Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:06 am Groupie
    But MasterChef is about amateurs, isn't it?
    Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:29 am
    Forum Host
    Yes and they are considering doing a competition for professional chefs but when Master Chef was first started there was discussion about the contestants being called chefs because technically they were not and could not be unless they did an apprenticeship but they could call themselves cooks.

    I suppose it is like my DH he is an electrician because he did is apprenticeship and has to carry his license with him when on the job and here is an unlicensed personal carries out electrical work on their own or someone elses home and if there should be a fire which can be traced back to that work then your insurance becomes null and void and the insurance company won't pay out on the policy - the difference here is chefs are not licensed like a lot of other apprenticeships and I know a few chefs who feel they should be because they get quite peeved when they find someone calling themselves a chef and know they have never done an apprenticeship, matter of perspective I suppose.

    Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:21 pm Groupie
    I wouldn't make food from a "chef" who had to be apprenticed and licensed.
    Ann Marie F
    Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:53 pm Groupie
    Jamie Oliver because who could resist the children's health guru, formerly The Naked Chef
    Paula Deen because she's adorable
    Tyler Florence because he's adorable
    Bobby Flay because he's charming
    Alton Brown because he's interesting
    Rick Bayless because I want to be invited to his parties
    Emeril, because, well, BAM!
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