The Vine: May 9, 2014
I am asking for the readers to help me remember the name of a cooking show that I watched years ago.
I can remember it very clearly, but I don't remember the name or the channel on which it aired. Googling has not been helpful, and I've also gone through the Wikipedia lists of previously aired Food Network and Travel Channel shows (those are the two most likely candidates for channel) and nothing jumps out. Here's what I remember:
- It was a show about cooking, but not a competitive show. It also wasn't a straight-up "here's how you cook this food" show. It was more a show about watching chefs cook.
- There was no host, per se, but there was a lady (with a Southern accent, perhaps) who narrated.
- Each show featured three different chefs from three different restaurants. Each chef would cook one course in his/her kitchen, and then you'd go to the next chef and watch them cook the next course. The opening narration was always something like "Today on Old Cooking Show, we're going to Fancy French Restaurant in New Orleans to watch Chef French Guy prepare his world famous foie gras. Then, we'll head to the Swiss Alps, to Mountaintop Place, where Chef Nancy Highrise will show us how she makes her lovely goat cheese and lemon wiener schnitzel. Finally for dessert, we're off to Alaska for — what else? — Baked Alaska with Chef Coldnose."
- Each chef would cook and plate his/her creation. Some would narrate the whole time, some would not. Some had a sous chef, some did not. They were always in the otherwise empty kitchen of their restaurant, not on a set.
I have no idea when these would have been filmed, but I was probably watching around 2000-2003. I would love to watch the show again. They were very soothing shows for when I felt like just laying on the couch. I doubt they are still airing on TV, but perhaps I can find old episodes on YouTube or something, if I had the program name.
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