Friday, August 20, 2010

Master Chef in France!


You probably know the Master Chef TV show... If you don't, let's say it's a cookery game show, where amateur must cook a gourmet, three-course meal in under one hour. You'd think the French would invent such a game, but no, the Brits did! And they exported it to many other countries... (mostly English speaking ones apparently!). Anyway, the French 1st channel (TF1, which building I photographed) had it on yesterday evening for the first time in France and they're expecting it to be a huge success. I haven't seen the ratings yet... But I hope it'll work as it is a very close friend of mine who imported it to France ;-)

15 comments:

  1. How could that show possibly miss in France? Don't think your friend needs to worry about his career!

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  2. The Brits do like to play with their food.

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  3. ...interesting concept for a TV show...by the way, last week Canadian TV broadcasted for the first time in history a show in 3D...sorry American friends:))

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  4. My children watched Master Chef yesterday but I do not know yet if they loved. They are still on vacations, the lucky ones!
    I was interested by Top Chef on the 6th French channel last season. Though it is very rare that I watch something on TV. So it is really because I thought the concept interesting and innovative! Yesterday, I did not watch Master Chef (I wasn't aware it started so early, I mean in August and not in September). I spoke on the phone quite a long time yesterday evening and went to bed pretty early!
    I really wonder how much the BBC could have sold the TV rights for France? The whole operation must be a fantastic business and project! All the best for your friend then! I'm not worried for him like Alexa said before :)

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  5. I do enjoy this show! We Brits come up with a lot of successful shows, for sure, which are exported all over the world. Whether they are ones we personally enjoy, well that's another matter!
    You don't say, Eric, if you enjoyed the show? :)
    I hope it does well in France, for your friend!

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  6. I have to confess that I love Master Chef. OK, it's a TV programme and as such, a bit contrived, but to win requires concentration and skill and there are no big prizes involved. It's also about the character of the contestants.
    It is rather amusing that we sit in criticism of their efforts while tucking into our ready prepared supermarket meals!

    Incidentally, I was watching the "celebrity" version the other evening where two of the tasks were cooking for the dancers at the Moulin Rouge (who cares about the food?) in Paris and for the Tattinger Champagne House at Rheims.

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  7. This just came to the US this summer..I have been hoping that it would go another season and I've actually thought about trying out for it! I love to cook and come up with new ideas and would love a challenge like this. What to do, what to do. Hope it goes over really well in France for your friend, Eric!

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  8. @Lynn. I watched the beginning, but I had to rush for I was waking up very early this morning to go away - again!

    But Yes I enjoyed it. I not big on cooking though, so it does not appeal too me too much, but the idea is good and some people are so into cooking that I'm sure it'll be a success.

    Off to the swimming pool now! ;-)

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  9. Congratulations to your friend, Eric ~ I hope it's a huge success in France! It's extremely popular in Australia, with the second series just finishing here a few weeks ago and roughly one in four of our entire population tuning in for the grand finale. {Yes, including me, with bells on. Jingle jingle.}

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  10. Eric, I'm sure most of the people who watch aren't particularly into cooking, like me for instance.

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  11. I confess I'd rather be cooking and, especially, eating rather than watching television!

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  12. IT is a good show that will test your imagination. I enjoy it .
    Phyllis in VA.

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  13. That's interesting, Eric, a Frenchman not big on cooking! I'm glad you liked it though, part of the appeal is also the competition/reality aspect too I think.
    Drummond I missed that one! I seem to catch the programmes as and when and never actually make a point of knowing when it's on, but it sounds fun. Obviously, you don't remember what was cooked or indeed who succeeded in the face of such dancers!?

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