What do you make of the celebrity chef phenomenon?

Jennifer Rubell: I think it’s a pretty good thing that chefs are more popular, and that celebrity chefs exist sort of.  I mean the problem with celebrity in any realm, whether you’re talking about Paris Hilton, or . . . or Rachael Ray, the problem is that nobody believes that these people are real people.  And they’re not while they’re on television.  You know when somebody’s on television they have hair.  They have makeup.  They have five people helping them cook whatever they’re cooking onscreen.  It’s . . .  You’re not getting a view into an actual human being’s cooking when you’re watching somebody prepare food at home.  The best people on TV really give you information that you can use and can apply in your home kitchen.  So that’s a good thing.  It’s a bad thing if little kids are looking at what . . . what any celebrity is doing on TV and thinking that is something that can happen inside of an actual life.

Recorded on 12/13/07

You'renot a getting a view into a real human being's cooking.

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