Lately Bob and I been watching a number of cooking shows. Most of the shows we’ve been watching are from Australia. We even say Aussies must be into cooking. We watched show like Masterchef Australia and the Junior Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules and others. I like most of the food they prepared and it looks so yummy. Bob and I noticed that Aussie are more friendly people and forgiving too, like the contestants would be sad when the other contestant is eliminated. When competing, mostly I’ve seen they were so helpful of the other contestant during the competition. I’ve noticed they are more similar in their attitudes like the Filipinos. I haven’t seen that much of swearing words when they made mistakes.
It’s a week or two ago that Bob downloaded this show about convicted people given a second chance. The name of the show and the restaurant was “CONVICTION KITCHEN”. The owner, his name is Curley, was a felon over 30 years ago. He made himself better and became a rich guy. Now he wants to give another chance to these other convicted people. He had over a dozen convicts who came for a screening/audition. Curley and his assistant, Lisa, chose who is good in working with him in the kitchen, then Lisa chose who will help her in the front of the house. It was really a tough decision for them. They both want all of contestants, but they have to chose 2 at the end I think. Right now they have 11 people and they will chop them until it will get down to the 2 best and really learned from the training. Even if one person be eliminated every week at least that person already had some knowledge in the kitchen and front of the house. And hey, the trainer was one of the best chefs in Australia. Somebody will hire them.
On the last episode we watched, Lisa brought the people she chooses for a make over. And as you know some people from prison just look rugged and just a bit dirty looking, with the piercing all over the place. Lisa told the person, before accepting him that she will remove his piercings to make himself presentable to the customer. He agreed and he had to sacrifice his piercing, and he did it as he promised to Lisa that he will agree. So at the make over they had to follow what the expert wanted to do with changing a little of their look, and they did, they all looked amazing. They were trained for 2 weeks before the opening of the restaurant. The front of the house was trained by Lisa on how to set the table and how to handle the customers.
The ones in the kitchen were trained by Curley on cooking veggies, meat and seafood. They had some notes to study to bring home. They had to learn what to be put in the salad. They tried, some were a bit frustrated and Curley would talk to them and he tried to be patient with them. When the restaurant finally opened to the public, people did come and supported the place.
The customers were just so happy to see these convicts try to work to make their life better. The convicts even gave some advice to the kids, to not do bad things so that you will not end up in jail. Which is good. Some other customers said that their friends had some reservations if they would come to the restaurant, scared to come I guess. I can understand the reservation too.
All in all it was a good show. I really wonder if other countries will imitate that show. I wonder what would happened? I wonder if we will have that show here, would the people go to the restaurant and support. I wonder would the TV stations here be interested to have like that kind of show. It might be interesting to see how the people here react. What do you think guys? Would you guys go to that restaurant with those convict around you?