As a rule I’m not one for cooking shows – food is not my thing. I do not live to eat nor is spending time in the kitchen my idea of fun. Moreover, to be very honest the few times I’ve watched random cooking shows I’ve been quite put off by the inane chatter of the chef/host, and the extravagant dishes, with their 1001 ingredients are a huge turn off. To make a long story short, I’m not a fan of these types of shows, which is why I was quite surprised when I got so into this one that I watched the all the four Kook Off episodes back to back.
To begin with this one is not a typical cooking show. Yes, there are contestants, who whip up a variety of dishes in order to prove themselves worthy of the grand prize, and the show also boasts of two celebrity judges, Chef Shai and Chef Saadat, who evaluate the merits of each dish based on appearance and taste (although oddly enough there are never any closeups of the final products). While all this is well and good, what makes this so fun is to see some of our popular TV actors turn into bumbling sous-chefs, trying their best to help their partners win. It is this twist that makes it very entertaining for viewers like me who have no real interest in the dishes being prepared.
Having watched Nauman Ijaz play one feudal lord/baddie after other, and seeing Mehreen Raheal play the pouty ex-girlfriend to death, it is so much fun to watch them in their “real” people avatar. Mikaal Zulfiqar is another one who really cracks me up with his inane sense of humor. Azfar Rehman, now that he has a free pass to go meddle in others’ business, is hilarious, and Sanam Jung and Juggan Kazim are relatively subdued but equally entertaining. Ahmed Ali Butt is the perfect host for such a madcap show. He is thoroughly entertaining as he eggs this one, puts that one down, and gently pokes fun at the third one – no one is spared his humorous wrath.
Bored by the so called issue-based serials and put off by the loud slapstick that is presented as comedy these days, I find Kurkure Kook Off 2 to be a good weekend watch. The videos for these shows can be found on YouTube and on the Kurkure Pakistan FB page. Have any of you guys checked this one out?
Written by SZ~