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Should bacon be excluded in competitive cooking shows?

Asked by Nimis (13199points) April 24th, 2012 from iPhone

Seriously. Slap some bacon on it and you’ve got a happy judge. (Almost) everything tastes good with bacon. Shouldn’t that be considered borderline cheaterfication? Tastebud bribery?

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Blackberry's avatar

All is fair, except cheating, but bacon is an actual food. If you had a competition where people were forced to use bacon, that would force the judges to use more skill instead of bacon as an automatic win.

ragingloli's avatar

Bacon should be banned in general.

ucme's avatar

Competitive cooking shows should be excluded, they stink the place out.

CWOTUS's avatar

I’m still working on bacon-flavored ice cream.

jrpowell's avatar

I watch a lot of cooking shows like Top Chef, Top Chef Canada, Chopped, Masterchef AU, and Masterchef NZ.

And adding bacon is a pretty common theme. People say shit like, “This is bland, I will add bacon.”

I’m all for eliminating bacon from the competitions.

Haleth's avatar

Hopefully they’re looking for craftsmanship and creativity, not just fat and salt. Fatty, salty food is very popular- that’s why people love fast food- but a great meal has a balance of interesting flavors and textures. Banning an ingredient won’t make anyone judge better.

Kardamom's avatar

I think it should be allowed, but the judges should grade on the creativity involved in the whole dish. If they just plop a piece of bacon on top of a savory dish, then they should be downgraded, but if they happen to come up with something really new and delicious, then they should be upgraded for that.

If a chef is able to use bacon in a new way (that tastes good) and not just use it as a garnish, then they should be rewarded for that.

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