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THE FINAL TABLE: SEASON 1: 3 out of 10: Imagine Masterchef but without those boring contestants learning new things or those boring hosts engaging the audience. Now Imagine they moved it from the Masterchef Kitchen to the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Imagine no longer as Netflix brings us its very own cooking competition show. And it misses the entire point by a country mile.
Here is the strange thing Netflix has produced some good food shows in-house. Ill Have what Phils Having and The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell are favorites in my household. We also started watching Masterchef last season and enjoyed. I was looking forward to Netflix's version of Masterchef.
I would like to joke this is more Asylums version of Masterchef than Netflixs but that would be unfair. First of all Asylums version of Masterchef could actually be interesting with Mega Shark being the secret ingredient and Lance Henriksen and Dee Wallace as celebrity judges. Second of all, it takes some real talent to get some many things wrong at once.
The Good: They have very nice and well-filmed clips of the contestants in their home countries. They are not long enough to get to know the contestants all that well but that may be for the best.
The Bad: Let's get the easy bits out of the way. The set is designed for a Game show, not a cooking show. It is all wrong and the poor lighting and dark colors make it harder to see the people actually cooking.
I dont know who any of these people are. Admittedly Masterchef itself runs into this problem for me as well. I can identify maybe ten chefs by name if I am being generous. So oohing and ahhing over the guy who is the father of a cuisine I have never heard of is a problem.
The chefs are all professionals. Somebody said let's make a cooking show but have all Michelin star chefs. How could that go wrong? Well, the contestants have no skin in the game. They are already Michelin star chefs with Ferraris and supermodel girlfriends who are worshiped by foodies in their own country. You have them on a show to win a bowling trophy. Of course, they keep their cool when they are kicked off. Their lifelong dream isnt being shattered here. They are one first class ticket back to their penthouse in Barcelona. They are not racing for pink slips they are racing for gas money.
The Ugly: If the show was kneecapped enough by the format and set we have our host. Andrew The Human Valium Knowlton. Look I know everyone isnt a Ramsey or a Paul Hollywood but good lord. Monotone cue card reading was the last thing this show needed. In his defense, he is all alone out there. There is no one for him to banter with. There is a reason that most shows of this type have three or so hosts that can disagree and play off each other's strengths.
In Conclusion: There are actually plenty of other issues such as the judges with no food experience (I like tacos) to the fact they did the Spain show right after the Mexican show or the premier dish for the Indian show is actually sort of British. It is a trainwreck. Unfortunately, it is not a particularly entertaining trainwreck.