So, I've got something of a confession to make… For a few years now Top Chef has been a TV show I watch with my family.
I admit that I'm not all that proud of watching this show. It certainly isn't something I expected to like at first – I'd go so far as to call it something of a guilty pleasure.
We first started watching Top Chef a little bit after my daughter went away to college for the first time. Her roommate watched the series, and they watched a season together before my daughter recommended it to the rest of us. We were a bit skeptical at first (so-called "reality television" has something of a negative connotation in our household) but the rest of the family agreed to watch through a full season before making a decision.
Somewhat to my surprise, I ended up enjoying it. As I have mentioned many times before, I'm not really into cooking, but watching obviously passionate people talk about the subject that they know so much about is a really interesting experience, even if you don't know that "julienning" is just a fancy terms for cutting something into strips. We've started watching a number of other cooking shows as well since then, but Top Chef still remains our favorite to watch, and then pick apart. (Let's face it, isn't picking them apart one of the things people like about reality television shows?)
Honestly, I didn't really think that I'd be into shows like Top Chef, but now they're a big part of what we watch. It's especially nice that I can watch them with the entire family, or at least we can all discuss them afterwards. We all have slightly different interests in terms of television, but cooking competition shows have turned out to be one thing that we can all enjoy to varying degrees.
If you haven't tried this particular show yet, I would recommend that you watch a season in its correct chronological order. It may just surprise you. You might actually look forward to watching it, or at least to "discussing it" with your friends and/or family.
PS >>> We watch the shows as they air on the Bravo channel, so we hear a lot of bleeps. I don't know if they bleep out all the objectionable words when you watch the shows on DVDs.