Though The Chew is its third season, I only saw it for the first time last week . I don’t usually watch daytime TV and I caught the show on Hulu. I liked it. I regularly watch shows on the Food Network and The Chew with its mix of “food, life, and fun conversations about everything” was different and enjoyable. Some of the co-hosts were new to me but others like Michael Symon and Mario Batalli were familiar from their appearances on Food Network shows. I also remember Carla Hall as a contestant and finalist on Top Chef.
What I like about The Chew is that it is fast paced, good natured and fun, and everybody on it seems to be having a good time. Michael Symon is my favorite Iron Chef ( along with Bobby Flay) and I love hearing him laugh. It’s more a cackle than a laugh and we get to hear it often on The Chew ; its infectious! Carla Hall is someone I admire. She is rather odd-looking, but she is completely unselfconscious, is a lot of fun and unafraid to voice her opinions. No wonder she was voted a Fan Favorite on Top Chef All Stars. I’d never heard of Clinton Kelly, the main man on The Chew , but he is easygoing and keeps the show ticking along at a fast pace. The recipes on the show are the type casual home cooks might want to try out and Symon et al make them look easy. The audience participation quizzes and other games are enjoyable too and a good change from Food Network fare which of late has been too much about contests.
I was surprised to see that viewers gave The Chew only a 4.9 rating on a 10 point scale, but I dug a little deeper and found out why the rating is so low. Some viewers were mad at The Chew because it displaced a favorite TV soap. Others were put off by Carla Hall, judging her solely on her looks. Still others criticized the show because the participants were not better known. All of these reasons, in my opinion, are unfair. The Chew may not be great TV but it is eminently watchable. I wouldn’t watch it every day but it is a good way to pass time on a slow afternoon. On a 10 point scale, I would rate it a 7.