I’d like to take a moment to talk about this fascinating show on the Food Network called Guy’s Grocery Games. Here is the description directly from their website:
Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high-skills, grocery store cooking competition. The chefs are hit by real-world challenges like finding workarounds when all the essential ingredients are suddenly “out-of-stock” or having to create a masterpiece when you can only cook with “5 items or less” or on a $10 budget. In the end, the food does the talking, as the last chef standing has the chance to make some serious dough!
It’s easy to get into the douchery of this show taking “real-world challenges,” primarily faced by the poor, and turning it into entertainment. But look at any TV network trying to keep up with new and exciting content and eventually you’ll see that they take the shit that poor people have to do every day to survive and turn it into a show for the masses.
What’s crazier to me, and what I’d like to really look at, is this shit-basket of a show’s under-current that no one is talking about. Hear me out:
There’s an episode where the challenge was something to do with using Kraft cheese in varying degrees to make something edible for the judges. Maybe it wasn’t stated outright that all the cheese being used was to be solely Kraft products, but that’s the only brand those “chefs” were using and that’s the only brand that kept getting shown over and over. They were using the brick shit, they were using that three-cheese shredded shit, and they were using mother fucking Kraft singles!
As this is happening, Good-Guy Guy isn’t saying anything, only looking on with this skeptical look of both concern, half interest, and the dire knowledge of his rapidly deteriorating digestive tract. The way the show was edited, Guy literally isn’t saying anything during the “shopping,” he’s just a series of looks and thrown shade.
So these ass-hat chefs are trying desperately to make good, “every day” meals out of this Kraft shit and they are openly saying “I don’t know, I hope this comes out” and saying how hard this challenge is and all this shit alluding to the fact that it fucking sucks to cook with Kraft materials.
How crazy is that? The challenge to these chefs is to take these ingredients from Kraft (who paid to have their products utilized) and make something edible. Take a food that is readily available from grocery stores to the corner bodega, on a network show who’s name is fucking FOOD, and make it half-way edible without having the judges spit it out. That’s the challenge of the entire show.
Take this gross shit, have a professional attempt to turn it into something edible (on a low-income budget) and then go to the grocery store and buy it yourself.
Let the games begin!