Explore #MeToo on Cooking TV

Julia Child’s kitchen is full of light. Child, the preeminent culinary coach and famous chef of the 20th century, is credited with introducing the American public to international fine dining. On her PBS TV show “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” the charismatic chef wears colorful silk blouses, decorates her countertop with fresh flowers, and delights guests with her charismatic demeanor.

Child passed away in 2004, but clicking through the cooking channels shows that her legacy of elegant food and bright, delicious presentation lives on. On the Food Network, Italian-American chef Giada De Laurentiis sprinkles salt over pesto crostini in her clean white kitchen. Meanwhile, on The Cooking Channel’s “Real Girl’s Kitchen,” actress Haylie Duff radiates an abundance of mini muffins for Christmas brunch.

The world of celebrity chefs featured via US channel guides is narrowly defined. On the Food Network, producers create the perfect atmosphere for celebrity chefs. Women never sweat while spraying olive oil or carrying big salads to their perfectly manicured gardens. Channels are aimed at selling products, so, of course, TV kitchens are ambitiously basking in the sun. Our favorite chefs wear clean aprons when using their sponsor KitchenAid mixers and never lose a megawatt smile. The intent of these performances is to sell the celestial world to American women.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: