How do celebrity chefs get their status?

Australia
November 24, 2009 7:59pm CST
Ok so we know that Jamie Oliver got his status by being in the right place at the right time...but how do the majority of chefs get their status? How do they get picked to appear on shows like Ready Steady Cook & The Iron Chef? Do they have to audition? What are your thoughts?
5 responses
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
25 Nov 09
First up, they need to know what they are doing, not necessarily be the best in their field, but just know what the average person does not. Second, they need to be a confident person who is entertaining and who loves the attention. Third and the biggest I think, is that they need to be clever marketers. They need to have the ability to market themselves well, so that they get noticed by the right people. I am not sure if any of these shows have auditions to see who is going to be their chef or if the shows are built to suit a particular chef?
• Australia
25 Nov 09
Well, I have learned another thing today thanks Bill...It would be interesting to see if they did have auditions...I mean who had heard of George from masterchef Australia before he did Ready Steady Cook unless they had gone to his restaurant in Melbourne?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
25 Nov 09
I still had never heard of George from masterchef Australia or Ready Steady Cook...LOL I have no idea who they are! I guess I do not watch enough TV!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
26 Nov 09
I am home all day everyday, but usually too busy working to watch TV...LOL I very rarely watch channel Ten as I have Foxtel, so if I watch TV at all it is usually sports or documentaries on there!
• United States
25 Nov 09
I have no idea... as I have never heard those shows. Usually I watch the ones on PBS as I don't have paid tv. I know most of them own their own restaurants and have written their own cook books. Perhaps someone read their book and went to their restaurant and was impressed? I dunno how it all works. I"m not famous so I have no idea how one gets discovered or that I have a talent worth discovering.
• Australia
25 Nov 09
Me too but I think you could be onto something there...most of theceleb chefs here in Australia have written a cook book & own their own restaurant or 2.
• United States
28 Nov 09
Most it appears that way too as well. And a few of them like to toss in tidbits of traveling to a country or countries of the origin of the recipie they are cooking. I'm sure that's another write off too for their show and all the sponsors. Rachel Ray is the latest big hit when it comes to cooking.... she's got her own line of cookware, a magazine, tv show.......
@surfette (674)
• United States
25 Nov 09
I love watching the biographies of some of the "food network" stars because they all had different backgrounds and made their way to the top in many different ways. They all have talent and ability to be creative and that's what gives them their start. Some just did a lot of cooking at home or learned from their other family members (like grandma) and some went to culinary school to learn proper technique. When we see them on the television, we often think that they are overnight successes, but that is usually not the case. Most of them have worked in different restaurants under the supervision of a master chef. They get their experience by cooking every day. Also a warm and "big personality" is important. Sometimes people can be very creative, but if they aren't able to talk and entertain, they will never make it on television. Chefs can be "discovered" just by having another chef taste their cooking or by auditioning for some of the reality challenge shows.
• Australia
25 Nov 09
This is true...it's no picnic to make it to the top.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
25 Nov 09
Hi moonchild, I'm a big Gordon Ramsey fan and he got pretty famous for his cooking before he has a TV show. He got the right stars on his own restuarant then pretty much made his name when he threw Joan Collins and the famours UK food critic AA Gill out of his restaurant, they probably did something really crass like ask for salt. Of course AA did a big write up about it, and Gordon ended up on TV. But then he made it big with his shows and books and played up his cantankerous side.
• Australia
25 Nov 09
I never knew that's how Gordon Ramsey got famous - I used to watch his tv show sometimes but it was always on late at night...he is pretty well known in Australia for his use of the f-word
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
25 Nov 09
Well there are different ways of going about it that is for sure. For the competitions there is probably an audition of some sort, submit your application. For Iron Chef, you may have to meet some other qualifications, such as owning/operating your own recognized restaurant for a number of years. Some Chefs are just really really good at what they do. Such as Thomas Keller. One of the best Chef's in the world, just really good at what he does. Critics come to where he works, like the food, word of mouth gets them there, and if they are impressed they write good things, which brings people out in troves. Cheers.
• Australia
25 Nov 09
I never thought of that...food critics can definitely make or break a restaurant - especially if they are well known critics