We have, from time to time, discussed cooking competitions on TV, and how little the judges seem to have in common with the real world. Further proof of this comes from a write-up in the latest Food Arts magazine.
The winner of NBC's highly touted Next Great Restaurant show was Jamawn Woods' chicken & ribs concept called Soul Daddy. Taking the judges criticisms to heart, he modified is overall gameplan, and opened in New York, Hollywood, and Minneapolis. Within months all three were closed. Apparently, soul food people are not interested in the way the judges view the world.
Woods plans to open a new branch in Detroit, this spring. Only this time, fried chicken will be on the menu. And he's dumping the health food options he was told to serve by the judges.
So, it seems, it's not just on FN that celebrity chefs and restauranters are willing to sell their integrity for a bowl of ratings. Only this time, unfortunately, it cost somebody else a big pile of dollars.