The Culinary Arts as Sport

Cooking has gone from something that was only noticed when it was bad to something that people now watch for entertainment. Suddenly the culinary arts have become prime-time amusements with iron chefs, top chefs, and amateur chefs all matching skills on national TV. The next step might be top culinary schools competing in huge kitchen stadiums while cheerleaders yell and shake their pom-poms.

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When I went to cooking school, culinary colleges didn't have sports teams. While students at other schools were mashing each other on the football field, students at top culinary schools were more concerned with mashing potatoes. If the current trend continues, that all might just change.

"And Now, the Goulash Bowl!"

With cooking show competitions gaining popularity on both network and cable television, it can't be long before the culinary arts contests take on the character of sporting events. It's easy to imagine culinary colleges taking each other's cooking teams on while crowds of students cheer. A successful sauce might count for as many points as a field goal, and a new way of preparing chicken could go for a touchdown. Imagine choosing the top culinary schools, not by how many fine chefs they produce, but by how many bowl games they win.

The fantasy might be fun, but don't be too worried. The top culinary schools and culinary colleges take the culinary arts seriously. The student chefs work hard and play hard, but the schools are more concerned with building careers than they are with winning contests. They'd never let the culinary arts turn into nothing more than a sporting event.