The average reality TV cooking-show hosts sure do love to talk down to their chefs. Even the higher-end shows like Top Chef devote two entire segments to judges telling the home cooks how amazingly they sucked at what they attempted — no matter how ridiculous the parameters set by those very same judges were. There’s no greater antagonist of the common chef or restaurateur than Gordon Ramsay. The man built his reputation on elevating British cuisine to new heights. Then he used his powers for evil and has spent the better part of the last decade screaming at people who dare to make the slightest of errors.
Chef Jacques Pépin is probably best known as the master of all things French. His cookbooks, TV shows, and restaurants are the divine fillings of haute-cuisine foodie-legends. He’s known for his gentle demeanor and world-class cooking. It may not come as a surprise, then, that Chef Pépin is not a fan of “reality” TV these days and the way chefs and food prep are portrayed.