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Brace yourselves, because I don’t say this often: The Big Waste was a freaking fantastic show. I can’t remember the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed something on the Food Network – and actually learned something along the way. Here’s a quick recap for those who missed it.
Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon were tasked with preparing a multi-course meal for 100 guests. The catch? They could only use ingredients that were unwanted, rejected, or otherwise deemed unsuitable for sale. In other words, waste food headed for the trash.
They worked as teams (boys vs girls), and were told the guests would decide which team was the winner. Chefs are competitive people, and Anne and Alex let the boys know they were going to kick their butts. That gave Bobby Flay the opportunity to drop the most cringeworthy “joke” of 2012 so far:
The teams set out to various markets and shops to see what they could scrounge up. They were expecting to find scraps of meats and discarded lettuce leaves, but in reality, they found far more “waste” food than they could even use. The amount of food discarded by farms, grocery stores, bakeries, butchers, and other shops was completely shocking to see. American consumers turn their noses up at bruised produce, or spices with broken stems, resulting in 27 million tons of edible food being thrown away every year.
Anne and Alex headed to a bakery to see what they could find. Alex drove, and I literally laughed out loud when she leaned on the horn for 5 seconds after getting frustrated with some idiot NYC driver:
These two need their own show. For real.
Later that night, Anne met up with a Freegan guy who dumpster dives for his food every night, and exists on perfectly good food that the markets throw away. He and Anne found tomatoes, breads, fruits, and more. They even found time to poke fun at Bobby Flay. Ah yes. A Freegan after my own heart!
The next day, everyone split up to go do their own things. This is where we learned how men hug, vs. how women hug.
Alex collected a bunch of fresh chicken eggs that were going to be discarded because they were too big or too small to fit in an egg carton. Anne collected freshly killed chickens that couldn’t be sold to markets because their skin was torn during slaughter. Bobby scored bushels of corn that were going to be thrown out because wind knocked the stalks over. It was eye opening – though very difficult – to see all of that food being wasted.
While the chefs were in the kitchen cooking, the guests started to arrive. Claire Robinson was there! Poor, poor Claire. Girlfriend didn’t even get a text overlay featuring her name.
The guests voted, and they chose THE MEN as the winners of the competition. Their prize? Mini garbage can trophies. I added Oscar in. He needed to be there.
And that brought the show to an end! If you didn’t see it, I highly recommend catching it when it re-airs next weekend!
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