There is an old biblical saying that you shouldn’t do to others what you don’t like done to yourself.
That’s why I decided to do exactly the opposite: I saw the French show Top Chef with the firm intention of underlining in bold all the small subtleties that make it a typically French program coming from France.
IN THE CONTEXT:
A French columnist makes fun of the Quebec version of Les Chefs and suddenly makes people react
First of all I wanted to get it right by going to the streaming platform of the M6 channel, where I created an account to finally be told that the show I wanted to see was not available in my country.
Not serious! I went to another site whose name starts with Y (no, it’s not YouPorn) and easily found what I was looking for.
So I started watching the latest episode of Top Chefwhich is a semifinal of the current season.
First, first observation, it lasts two hours. Calvince, it’s long! Very French.
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From the first 30 seconds of the show, the expressions “C’est che-lou!” and “peh stuff!” have already been heard. Sets the tone …
Over the next 60 seconds, they are each repeated once.
Then I noticed that the French chefs had a large triangle shaped table that reminded me a lot Squid gamebut as it is not a text on the differences between South Korea and France, we will put it aside.
When the candidate Arnaud announces that he wants to propose a challenge recalling his Belgian origins, his colleague Louise declares: “Arnaud talks about Belgian gastronomy. There will definitely be fries. And then, I don’t know, it could be a Flemish carbonata, it could be … From what I know, there aren’t a billion things in Belgian gastronomy ”. It is not only against the Quebecers that prejudices are persistent!
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Then what happens, well, is the culinary competition as we know it. Chefs fetch the foods they need and hurry to do their business before time runs out.
Their studio looks truly gigantic, though. Looks like it was shot in an aircraft hangar.
As for the music, we definitely called the same composer who specializes in rush music as in the Quebec version. I really feel that the fate of my life hinges on Sebastian’s tuna stuffing dressing.
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Substantial difference: in the French version the competitors have “coaches” who follow them everywhere and give them advice. I’m not too sure of their usefulness and honestly, instead of aspiring chefs, it won’t take long for you to hear them say “Get out of my way!”
It’s not to be chauvinistic, but I prefer the Quebec approach where renowned chefs bitches in their corner, without interfering.
After 43 minutes, it’s time to take a nap, because that’s the normal length of an episode of Heads.
I woke up just in time to see, at 1:00 am, Louise put her fingers in Sébastien’s recipe. Ark!
After Arnaud won his challenge and Louise did the same with hers, it was Sébastien’s turn to take the lead and come up with a recipe.
And he asked his opponents to make hare à la royale.
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“The hare à la royale is an emblematic dish of French cuisine. In the traditional recipe it is a hare that is boned, marinated in red wine, whipped in a medallion with a filling of offal and foie gras, and topped with a sauce tied to blood, ”explained the narrator.
It really grossed me out, but I hadn’t seen anything yet.
Here are some screenshots of the carnage that awaited me …
(I’m not a vegetarian, I like meat, but I still recommend vegetarian people to swipe fast fast …)
In short, in the end, like us, some win, others lose, people scream, people laugh, the music is too intense, but personally I got caught up in the game and in the end I didn’t feel anymore he was watching a French program .
I was watching a show, period.
So I enjoyed it.
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