cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

I'm a few minutes into the pilot of "Chef vs Science: The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge" and I already hate it. First of all, the whole premise is putting a scientist who doesn't have much (any?) cooking experience against a trained chef, as if that were a fair competition. As a scientist myself, I am so embarrassed by the stupid things their scientist is saying! Cooking is not art vs science, it obviously needs both.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

When chef was roasting tomatoes before making tomato soup, scientist guy complained that would destroy their flavor and is now making an uncooked paste and centrifuging it to get the liquid. Wtf, how DARE... guys, I am so embarrassed. This show is making scientists look so bad.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

Ok, they got past the 1st challenge and now they're trying steak. Scientist guy is using a plastic bag, hot water bath, and will also be using liquid nitrogen later (he says). This is like watching an alien coming down to Earth and trying to re-create cooking using all the equipment in a typical life sciences lab, with a bemused human chef alternating between curiosity and wincing at all the mistakes. This show is so gimmicky, but I'm curious, too.

cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

You know, what? This show isn't so bad if you approach it as a comedy and see the scientist as a novice cook trying to re-invent cooking with the only tools he knows. The occasional science vs art comments are annoying, but I'm now watching this for "if I had to live in the lab..." fantasy fuel. This is so ridiculous, but I'm happier now that the trained chef has taken on a merged role as judge/contestant, rather than only contestant.

cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

Show ended with the scientist guy admitting that cooking is both art and science. No duh! This show was only 1 episode (50 min) on Netflix if you want to see it. It was entertaining due to its creative cooking methods, but Alton Brown's cooking show has much better food science and cooking tips.

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