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The man you love to hate April 8, 2011

Posted by Peeps in Home, What we're watching.

Do you watch Top Chef?  If so, do you remember this guy?
This is Marcel Vigneron.  He is seriously a jerk.  He was on the second season of Top Chef, and people hated him.  He returned to the show in various capacities several times, and he was horrible.  He came back yet again for Top Chef All-Stars, and was more obnoxious than ever.

He has a new show.  On the SyFy channel, of all places.  So, of course, we needed to check it out.

He and his “team” are now in the catering business.  They do parties for people who want to push the limits with food and probably show off a little.  He is a practitioner of the molecular gastronomy school of cooking, so he really does push the limits.  A lot.

The first episode started off with him saying that he needed a new challenge after Top Chef, and that he wasn’t anything like the way he appeared on the show.  To be fair, he’s not.  He’s worse.

We’ve seen three episodes of this train wreck of a show so far, and in each one he’s more and more of a jerk.  I wouldn’t have thought it possible.  He insults his staff, belittles his “team” and tries very hard to get around the wishes of the people he has to work with.

The brainstorming sessions at the beginning of each show are the best part.  The “team” creates the menu for each party by just throwing ideas around.  And while this may work in some cases, it’s probably not the best plan for a guy who cooks in the most complicated way possible.

And I can’t help but wonder about a guy who is so into doing new stuff with food, who seems to have no clue at all about how the rest of us make food.  In the most recent episode, they decide to do tiny portions of chicken fried steak.  Which is silly on the face of it.  But he decided to “bring the chicken back to chicken fried steak”.  Really?  Seriously?  That’s the method, not the protein, idiot.

The truly sad part was that he ended up using powdered chicken skin in his dish.  Now, I only have two questions.  Where does one actually get powdered chicken skin?  And why does anyone sell it in the first place?

If you’ve had a bad day, and you feel the need to vent, set up the DVR to record this show on Tuesdays at 10:00.  Watch it.  At first, you’ll feel your blood pressure going up.  By the time it’s over, you’ll have been yelling at the screen for at least fifteen minutes.  You’ll feel a lot better.



1. Mazco - April 8, 2011

They need someone to kick the living shit out of the bastard. That’s entertainment.

And while they’re lining bastards up for a butt kicking, please have someone smack the ever living stuff out of that pompous Gordon Ramsay.

Hey, it’s Fox TV. It could happen!

Peeps - April 8, 2011

I keep hoping, dude.

2. judy - April 8, 2011

I really grew huge dislike of him on Top Chef and can’t think of any reason to watch him do anything in the kitchen again! 🙂

Toy Lady - April 8, 2011

Hey, Jude, I know what you mean – it’s an hour of un-distracted knitting for me. Except for the occasional “what a JERK he is!” exclamation, of course.

Peeps - April 8, 2011

He’s even more hateable on his new show. It’s amazing.

3. judy - April 8, 2011

grew A……

4. Cristina - April 8, 2011

He even looks like a douche bag. Is his idea of bringing the chicken back to chicken fried steak using powdered chicken skin? Wow! I’m all for a lineup, but it should include Anthony Bourdain.

Peeps - April 8, 2011

He looks that way for a reason. I kind of like Bourdain. He’s a jerk I can connect with.

Cristina - April 8, 2011

My problem with Bourdain is personal. He completely trashed my home country. Believe me, there are a million things wrong with the country but the food is not one of them. I haven’t been able to watch him since that episode because I’d have wondered what else he’s wrong about and whose culture he’s stomping all over.

Cristina, I’ve never watched Bourdain’s show, but I did “read” one of his books (listened to it on iPod), and he does have a definite snarky thing going on, doesn’t he?

5. Mazco - April 8, 2011

Okay, we need a lineup – and a suggested device:

Gordon Ramsey – skin removed with a lemon zester

Who’s next?

Peeps - April 8, 2011

Marcel dunked into his own liquid nitrogen?

6. anne - April 8, 2011

Couldn’t stand him on Top Chef All Stars, have no desire to see him anywhere else. We missed the first couple of seasons of TC, so if he’s on season two, perhaps I’ll pass.

I like Gordon Ramsey.

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