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Recipe for Deception — and in its way, success

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Hello, all!

Today we have defender/midfielder Kazuyuki Toda, who spent a couple of months on loan at Tottenham in 2003. Keep your lead image recommendations coming!

Ramble of the Day

The world of reality television being what it is, the category of food competition shows is remarkably congested. Only a certain percentage really become staples of the large audience that’s out there — not everyone can be Top Chef, after all — and it means some eventually fall to the wayside. Many are memorable, and in the internet age, that’s a fairly easy feat. Still, there’s at least one that, even in times when the internet archives almost all, is pretty hard to track down: Bravo’s Recipe for Disaster.

It’s so hard to track down, I couldn’t find a genuine trailer of the eight episode show for you, but I did track down a promotional video that explains the rules.

To get a better feel of things, I’d also recommend the preview and then a clip from the first episode from Bravo’s website, which I cannot embed and also have no idea if it is geo-blocked. (Knock yourself out if you want to spend $1.99 on an episode on YouTube.)

I’m fuzzy on the details, but what I gather from the evidence above is that two contestants compete against each other, and each contestant has offers clues about the other’s secret ingredient. The contestants have to guess from the clues what their ingredient is, and then begin preparing based on those guesses, only to find out midway through cooking what the ingredient is. They finish cooking, and hope they don’t lose.

One thing I remember for sure: they were pretty bad at guessing their ingredients (or if you’d like, pretty good at giving vague enough clues to their opponents).

You’ll see in both clips that the contestants got it wrong each time, and you’ll notice that the entire point is to sabotage and to work on the fly; confidence in your guessing ability usually never pays off, but an ability to work while scrambling does. It’s a good sort of show to go through if you’ve got nothing else to watch because it is unquestionably entertaining, and that brings me to a realization: Food competition shows are more often than not entertaining, and together probably have a higher success rate when it comes to entertainment than other categories of shows.

This could naturally be an entire subjective opinion: I like food, so I naturally have some interest in food shows. That doesn’t mean there are a few I haven’t enjoyed — Chopped has never been enjoyable to me, and I remember just enough to know the failure that was The Taste. More often than not, though, there’s enough to entertain and I’d guess it’s because there’s always innovation involved. I don’t just mean on the part of the show’s producers, who mostly do a great job in diversifying challenges — chefs and cooks will almost never make the exact same thing, and these shows exist on the basis that each and every person can interpret a single task differently. They also prove that time and time again, even the bad ones.

tl;dr: I remember Recipe for Deception, an old cooking competition show that’s hard to track down, and I argue that basically all cooking competition shows are good.

Links of the Day


Today’s longer read: Molly Hensley-Clancy on the impact coronavirus may have on women’s sports in 2020 after organizations were expected to capitalize on momentum from 2019 for BuzzFeed News