Crazy Delicious is Netflix’s new cooking competition television programme, hosted by Jayde Adams and judged by Carla Hall, Heston Blumenthal, and Niklas Ekstedt.
I am going through this reality TV phase right now. There’s something really great about watching fake tears and all on television for hours on end. Thanks to Netflix, I can binge episode after episode until my soul leaves my body – and that’s exactly what happened with Crazy Delicious. After 6 hours of intense binging, I feel like I’ve come out stronger and with a more refined taste in food.
No, I’m just kidding. I’m still gonna gorge on fast food, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to dream.
Crazy Delicious is an extremely good-looking show. The set’s amazing. You can eat everything that you see there – yes, even the candles and the watering can. It’s literally like the Garden of Eden. The three judges are termed as gods (because, gods of food, you know?) and they all look extremely god-like, in their white clothes and very charming demeanour. There’s also the host, Jayde, who’s quirky and funny, with the British manners. It’s really a sight for the eyes.
The chefs all descend followed by thunderclaps and it’s funny… for a while.
Each episode has three competitors who will fight to win the Golden Apple (yes, Garden of Eden). It’s intriguing and ethereal in the first episode or two, but starts to become repetitive and sour after a while. That’s more so because of the host and the judges themselves. Jayde constantly cracks fat jokes and how she eats a lot. Self-depreciating humour is something I am really into – but do it too many times and it becomes tasteless.
The judges are called gods but they don’t do anything other than acting like your everyday judges in other cooking shows/competitions. They offer help, get impressed or criticise – something that is normal and absolutely fine, when you are not touted as literal gods. Additionally, the judges constantly refer to their Michelin-star roots, which quickly takes away from their god-like personality.
The most interesting part of the Crazy Delicious is probably the contestants. They’re not amateurs, neither are they five-star chefs. They are cooks with great skills who seem like cook and behave like regular people. Which is great, honestly. However, we don’t delve too much on them. Instead, we spend too much time watching Jayde crack really odd jokes or the judges doing… well, god-like things.
It’s a shame because the show had a lot of potential. I liked the food that was prepared – but then I have no shame or sense of control when it comes to things I can eat. However, they looked great, and some of the combinations were pretty Crazy as well.
Why the Golden Apple?
I asked myself that question as well. So, as I said earlier, Crazy Delicious does not give cash prizes, but instead gives a literal golden-coloured apple from a tree. Now, if you’re wondering why, apparently the norm with British TV is that, after shows like these, contestants get lots of exposure, including job offers and books deals. Others also use it to launch their careers, and gain clout on social media. Thus, that itself is considered as a prize, while the apple is just a token for the contestants to keep.
Summing up: Crazy Delicious
As far as vegging out infront of the television goes, Crazy Delicious a solid 8. Some parts, as I mentioned earlier, do get repetitive and very unfunny, but the contestants and the food make up for it. It’s eccentric, and sometimes quite surreal, and if anything, not an all-out bore-fest.
Oh, and by the way, there are bunnies. So, that’s quite convincing.
Crazy Delicious is streaming on Netflix.
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