‘Selena + Chef,’ ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ and How the Pandemic Made Cooking Shows Better

You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s

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TikTok chef cooks with hotel room appliances in quarantine

Cooking has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Maybe you’re doing more of it than ever in an effort to stay home. Maybe limited supplies of staple items led to creative twists on beloved recipes. Maybe you decided to get really ambitious early on, like the rest of the country, and bake your own bread.

But perhaps no cooking venture has been as innovative as the one undertaken by Jago Randles, a 23-year-old chef from England who traveled to Canada to work in Whistler, British Columbia. The country has strict coronavirus regulations: Any traveler entering the country has

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Bangor chef shows off her skills on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

The chef and co-owner of the Fiddlehead Restaurant in Bangor, Chef Melissa Chaiken, competed in the Comfort Food Feud round featuring mac and cheese.

BANGOR, Maine — “Chopped” is a popular cooking show that airs on Food Network. Several chefs from Maine have competed on it, and one from Bangor cooked on Tuesday’s episode.

Chef Melissa Chaiken is the chef and co-owner of the Fiddlehead Restaurant in Bangor.

Chaiken grew up in Japan and came to Maine to study history at Colby College. She learned a lot of her skills from her Asian family and truly found her passion shadowing

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