I had kind of given up on this show for a while, as I felt like they were running a little thin on material and we were just watching him be self-indulgent traveling to places on someone else’s dime getting drunker and more arrogant with every passing episode. Of course that’s part of the charm of the show, but I get it already.
Then, he aired a show called “Techniques.” Truly, one of the best individual cooking shows I’ve seen in ages. This episode didn’t really stray from the standard meme of “I’m better than you, and you know it.” While he did that, though, he and his guest stars demonstrated:
- Proper knife usage
- How to cook beef bourginone
- How to properly cook a steak
- How to roast a chicken
- How to cook an omelette
- How to make a perfect hamburger
- How to cook lobster
- How to properly cook pasta with sauce
The guest stars?
- Scott Conant (Scarpetta NYC) cooking pasta
- Dave Pasternak (Batali’s restaurant, Esca in NYC) cooking lobster
- Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Ad Hoc, Per Se) roasting chicken
- Carlos Llaguno (Les Halles NYC) cooking steak
- And none other than Jacques Pepin manning the omelette station
Most of the cable companies now have travel channel on demand. If you can find this, check it out.