The concept behind TLC’s Take Home Chef is actually kind of cool. Chef goes to a market, sees someone shopping, and offers to purchase the ingredients and help prepare a special meal for the shopper’s loved one and/or friend. I know I wouldn’t mind having a fancy meal prepared for me (the chef really does all the work).
The problems I have with the show are: 1) 99% of the episodes I’ve seen have shown the chef picking up a woman, and 95% of the time she’s going to cook dinner for her man , 2) once they get back to the shopper’s home, she goes away for a bit to get dolled up for the special evening, then comes back to help cook wearing nice clothes, with her hair all done up, and 3)the parting line of every episode, which is roughly “you never know who you’re going to meet in the market, so dress up!”
Re #1: Why aren’t male shoppers approached? Would it be “weird” for a male chef to approach a male shopper and ask who he’s cooking dinner for? Would anyone even think a male shopper might be the predominant cook in the household (if they’re shopping…)?
Re #2: Seriously, who puts on their best clothes to cook? That whole bit just smacks of 50s situation comedy to me.
Re #3: This sounds remarkably like advice mothers used to give daughters: always be prepared, because you never know when or where you’ll meet your Prince Charming!