1. Pathetic: Me lying on the couch tapping my leg in time to the Top Chef theme. Then: me realizing that I am doing this.
2. Book: We Always Treat Our Chefs Too Well.
3. The male chefs after Restaurant Wars. They were acting like it had been a real war, as if they were the "combat veterans" of real "campaigns". They staggered bleary-eyed into the green room as if fresh out of My Lai. "One of the hardest parts of your career, ever," said one. "There's nothing like Restaurant Wars that's for God damn sure."
Chimed in his wingman, "The best thing that we can hope for now is that the girls all blow up at each other and screw up worse than we did."
Didn't MONTGOMERY say the same exact thing at El Alamein.
4. The appeal of chef shows. The illusion that chefs are closer to the quick of life, because they handle food. Because everybody has to eat and everybody has to shit and everybody has to piss and somebody around here has to cook so we can eat and shit and piss.
Hence the popularity of chef shows.