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SyFy Greenlights Cooking Show Hosted By Marcel's Gravity-Defying Hair

Marcel-vigneron-spirit-fingers  I know, I know. For a pop culture blog written almost exclusively by self-proclaimed geeks and nerds, we at Mamapop sure do like to pick on the SyFy network. (It's that name change. Still haven't gotten over that name change. Abandonment issues, maybe?) Today's odd programming choice up for debate: Marcel's Quantum Kitchen.


Marcel-vigneron Marcel Vigneron, in case you are unfamiliar with the fellow, was a runner-up on Bravo's Top Chef. He had weird hair, a huge ego, and was super into molecular gastronomy. So...pretty typical as Top Chef contestants go, though his hair was more like Wolverine crossed with Snooki's pouf instead of the typical fauxhawk.

He was also very, very disliked by fans and his fellow cheftestants, who famously attempted to hold him down and forcibly shave his head. Marcel didn't bother me as much as he bugged other people -- don't get me wrong, he definitely had some dickish moments, but he seemed to be pretty talented. And honestly, a massive sense of superiority and camera-confessional shit-talking just don't phase me as much as they used to. (Plus, I disliked that season's winner saffron-crazed Ilan way worse.)

But enough about the past! Let's read about Marcel's new cooking show...OF THE FUTURE:

Utilizing the science of cooking, Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen stars one of America’s most notorious chefs, molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron (Top Chef). In each episode, Marcel and his new catering and event company will be hired by a demanding client to produce an extraordinary celebration or event. Based on the client’s requests, Marcel will dream up a theme and cuisine for the event, which range from a fairytale graduation party and a Goth-rock fashion show to a birthday dinner held on a platform suspended in mid-air.
Okay, so another "CATERING IS SO CAH-RAZY!" show, in keeping with SyFy's insistence that they are into "imagination-based entertainment" instead of you know, that icky nerdy lame-o science fiction stuff. Fairytale parties, Goth-rock and food served on dry ice and covered in foam. That's what the kids today want! Profit! DINOSHARK!

To be fair, the network is also launching two other reality-type shows that are closer to what you'd expect: Paranormal Witness is a drama-documentary about people who have lived through "paranormal experiences that defy explanation; from poltergeists to alien encounters." Face Off is a competition/elimination show about special-effects make-up artists, and that actually could be pretty cool if it's done well.

Then again, I am giant sucker for cooking reality shows, however repetitive and contrived and padded with fourteen millions dramatic moments food maybe gets burned and everything is ruined except that it totally isn't. Do you think you'll watch? Do you even know what channel SyFy is anymore now that you own Battlestar Galactica on DVD and don't need to find the reruns anymore?

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BaltimoreGal

I really, really, really don't like him.
I did feel sorry for him when they were ganging up on him (I dislike Ilan almost as much) but you would have thought he would change a little bit after seeing himself on TV and becoming aware of what a dick he was being.
NOPE. No such luck.

Suzy Q

Ha! I always referred to him sa Wolverine, too.

Yeah, I'll probably watch this, if I remember it's on. So, there's a 50/50 chance.

Susan

I can't watch. I just can't. He rubs me the wrong way.




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