NBC's Celebrity Cooking
Showdown premiered last night after weeks of less-than-optimistic reviews. The show, in case you missed it, is
Dancing with the Stars meets Iron Chef America. A celebrity, of whom the most famous is Tom Arnold, is paired with a real
chef, either Cat Cora, Wolfgang Puck or Govind Armstrong. The chef
must attempt to train the celebrity to cook in a mini "boot camp", after which the celebrity and chef will
face off Iron Chef-style against another team. Confused?
Last night's premier episode featured the following teams: Cindy Margolis and Wolfgang Puck, Tony Gonzalez and Cat
Cora, Alison Sweeney and Govind Armstrong. When the show began, the celebs came out. Cindy was almost
not wearing a shirt, Tony was twice as tall as Cat and Cat's hair was styled professionally, like it never is
on Iron Chef America. Alison was wearing a short dress, but seemed to have more culinary prowess than the others based
on her cooking-lesson clip.