Apparently, Anyone can Have a Cooking Show
I just found out (a bit late, admittedly) that The Food Network has given a cooking show to…Brian Boitano. Uh, yes. You read that right. Brian Boitano, Olympic figure skating champion. Huh?
From the Food Network website:
Everyone knows Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a champion on the ice, but he also gives a gold medal performance in the kitchen! In the new series, Brian demonstrates his culinary skills and passion for one-of-a-kind entertaining. In every unpredictable episode, Brian hosts get-togethers at his San Francisco home. With a humorous and knowledgeable approach to cooking, Brian puts his unique spin on irresistible dishes like Chicken Paella Burgers, Pear and Almond Crostata, Crab and Avocado Crostini, and Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts.
In (what I must admit) is a clever cultural reappropriation, the title of the daytime series is “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”, a send-up of the song “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”, which was a goof on Boitano himself and part of the prototype cartoon for South Park that spawned the series. Apparently Brian has a sense of humor, too.
I haven’t seen the series yet, and I don’t really plan to, but the trailer is entertaining enough. And, as most celeb chefs do, Boitano has a catch-phrase: “Bodacious!” Yikes.
Series premiered August 23, airs Sundays at 1pm ET. Until it gets canceled.