Celebrity chefs crawled out of the oceans hundreds of millions of years ago, spending eons scuttling across dry land on all fours. They soon discovered fire, meat, and (skip forward a few million years of evolution) reality television, and now, having one’s own television show is like having an opposable thumb: you’re totally abnormal if you don’t, man.
So really, is it a big deal to announce that Top Chef season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga is getting his own show? Let’s go through the Checklist Of Evolutionary Steps that took him here:
- Be a chef
- Win major reality show (though, as seen with Carla Hall’s success, not an absolute requirement)
- Come up with a punny name involving food and sex (in this case, Get Trucked!, which is all about Sbraga’s enjoyment of motor vehicles)
- Select one of the following four scenarios, which are the only options available:
Teach people how to cook things (the Alton)
Travel the world and eat strange foods (the Bourdain)
Be a racist (the Paula)
- Fix people’s restaurants and their lives (the Robert Irvine)
After completing these stages of celebrity chef evolution, the rest is simple: pitch your series to one of three networks (in this case, the Cooking Channel), and pray that you don’t get reduced to a webseries.
So yeah, Philly.com says that Sbraga’s show airs on August 15th. Watch him repair trucks or whatever, as long as you’re aware that he’s completed a Darwinian life cycle of celebrity chef evolution.
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