What We Can Learn From Celebrity Chefs and Cooking Shows


I have a huge obsession with watching cooking shows – especially the ones on the Food Network channel.

I could get lost in Ina Garten’s warm persona and easy-to-follow home cooking or entertaining recipes, or I can get completely fascinated watching Guy Fieri pump out an awesome chili pasta and Asian salad.

ina garten - cooking showsThere’s almost always something good to watch, and when celebrity chefs are involved – I can easily lose a good couple of hours eating up their every word...while wiping my chin at their mouth-watering dishes.

Jenny Morris – a well known South African chef – recently launched her own cooking show on the Food Network channel called Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco.  To me, there’s almost nothing that beats a plate of good Moroccan food. Besides Italian, Indian, Mexican, Thai, or Cuban that is…

I could spend an entire day watching some of these shows – what about you?

One thing I’ve learnt about watching cooking shows is to NEVER watch them when you’re hungry. That’s just asking for trouble.

Besides getting some awesome recipe ideas for dinner, there are actually quite a few things we can learn from watching them.

Things like…

  • Throwing beans, broccoli, or asparagus into cold water just after slightly cooking them to stop them from going soggy. (I never knew this…)
  • How good everything tastes – and looks – with fresh parsley.
  • That it’s absolutely essential to have one of those big blender thingies…..It’s on my Christmas wish list
  • Celebrity chefs are never stressed in the kitchen…at least not on TV anyway.
  • You can make banana ice-cream from nothing but mushing a banana and popping it into the freezer in a Tupperware. I made it the other night…it was soooo good!
  • Onions and garlic are a MUST in every kitchen, for just about ANY meal.
  • There are so many pretty serving plates out there.  I’ll add that to the wishlist too…
  • My fridge definitely doesn’t look like any of theirs!
  • They don’t play music or drink a glass of wine while they cook.  
  • There’s a certain way to chop an onion and not cry.
  • The garden salad isn’t the B-all and end-all to all salads.

Do you watch any cooking shows on TV…which are your favourites? 


Who is your favourite celebrity chef?

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9 Replies to “What We Can Learn From Celebrity Chefs and Cooking Shows”

  1. My favorite thing about cooking shows are the little tips (like the one you mentioned!). I learned how to cook years ago by watching them! I’m not a great cook at all, but I learned the basics that most people learn from being in the kitchen with their mom or grandmother. My mom never enjoyed cooking at all, so it wasn’t something I could pick up just from hanging around with her!
    I’ve never had Moroccan food! Is it really that good? I guess I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Ooooh yes! Granted I don’t eat meat and they enjoy their lamb as well, but I love the way they make cous cous and all the fruits they cook with like dates, oranges, etc. It’s really good – you should try it! 🙂

  2. Totally voted for Giada and I love the Food Network. My new favorite obsession is the Food Network Star. Kevin and I watch that every Sunday night now. You are right though, I have truly learned so many invaluable lessons from that channel, especially to shock your pasta with cold water, so it doesn’t continue to cook after taking it off the gas stove. I know it is a small lesson, but still one that very much sticks with me to this day!!
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  3. I go for Giada Di Laurentis. Although I like watching all of them!! Thanks for sharing, Mel!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      She makes the most delicious biscuits! I tried one of her biscotti recipes two years ago and now I make it every year for Christmas.

  4. I love cooking shows! Ina Garten is awesome and her Lobster Mac N Cheese is to die for. I also love Giada….she’s gorgeous and such a cute little cook! Lol lol. She does some great stuff too. I survived the boredom of being a SAHM by watching cooking shows. I learned stuff and applied it and everyone else ate it:) haha

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha! Think it would be a waste to cook all that good food and not have anyone eating it! 😉

  5. I have started watching Rachel Ray and after watching her show…I feel inspired to cook like a chef…lol

    Seriously, love to add the tidbits in my cooking and it sure tastes yummy. Example is quinoa.

    I hope you have settled in your new abode 🙂 Welcome back 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Ruchira! 🙂 I’ve never watched a full episode of Rachel Ray before. I hope they air more of her shows here soon!

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