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Thursday, July 20, 2006 | posted by Mike

This looks pretty good. A press release went out today from The French Culinary Institute which said that they are in post-production for "Chef's Story," a 26-part television program modeled after Inside the Actor's Studio which will include in-depth interviews with prominent chefs. Included in the list of interviewees were a number of TV food personalities, including Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay and Jacques Pepin.

The interviews will be conducted by Dorothy Hamilton, FCI Founder and Chairman of the Board of The James Beard Foundation. No word if she'll be doing a Will Ferrell-quality James Lipton impression. "Your tuna tartare was deliiiightful!"

The show, which will air on PBS, will be accompanied by "exclusive downloads, podcasts, extras-saturated DVDs, and a heavily-illustrated companion book to excite future chefs and American 'foodies' of all generations."

I'm not sure if this show was offered to the Food Network, but it got me thinking that they could use a "serious" show like this. Even the shows that feature chefs who can really convey their passion for cooking (Mario comes to mind first) require them to tell their stories in short segments, while sauteeing or chopping.

Shows can be interesting without the action going a mile a minute. I think the Food Network could use what "Chef's Story" would offer: a tasty serving of vegetables.



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