Favorite T.V. Shows for Personal Development

Intelligent, successful, attractive people can be intimidating. They force us to hold a mirror to ourselves; we can be disappointed, jealous or inspired toward personal growth”. -Ian K. Smith

I generally do not spend much of my time watching television. But there are some shows that I really enjoy. If I can get something out of watching a TV show, I tend to watch it more often.

I seldom watch TV shows in real-time except for football. Mostly I pre-record shows using my DVR and watch them when I choose to. Cooking and food related shows are my favorite as well as home improvement shows.

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Food is my second biggest passion behind personal development. I actually use personal development skills when learning about and preparing food. Passion, discipline, high standards, and execution are what creates successful restaurants and chef’s.

Some of my favorite food related TV personalities are Chef’s Gordon Ramsay, Robert Irvine, Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay.

Gordon Ramsay: Kitchen Nightmare’s, Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare’s ( British Version), The F Word, Master Chef and Fast Food video series on You Tube. I learned a couple of really good food recipes by watching Fast Food with Gordon on YouTube. I really like his version for making scrambled eggs. Gordon Ramsay has to be the hardest working man in the food business.

Robert Irvine: Dinner Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, and Restaurant Impossible. I became a big fan of Robert Irvine because of Dinner Impossible.

Dinner Impossible is a twist on the TV show mission impossible. Robert is given a cooking assignment that he must complete within a certain amount of time.There are obstacles and restrictions in Robert’s way that can make his assignment seem impossible.

Robert’s latest show is Restaurant Impossible, I watched several new episode’s of Restaurant Impossible Sunday. Chef Robert Irvine has the difficult task of helping a struggling restaurant get back on its feet. Like most people I could see that Restaurant Impossible is a “knock off” of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare’s.

Even though I am a big fan of Irvine, I watched the show with some discernment. The first episode that I watched I thought Irvine appeared a little soft with the two restaurant owners.  After watching this episode, I wanted to watch another to get a little more perspective.

The second episode that I watched was about a restaurant named Villari .This episode was a lot better and more interesting than the first that I saw. I have to say that Irvine has the ability to make this show work. He’s a tough and no-nonsense kind of guy.

He was definitely more domineering in the Villari episode than the first one. I already have this show programmed on my DVR.

Guy Fieri: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Ultimate Recipe Showdown. I have watched Guy since he was a contestant on the Next Food Network Star. That was the only series of Next Food Network star that I ever watched.

I could tell that Guy had something special about him that the others lacked. Diners, Drive- Ins and Dives is one of my favorite foodies shows. Guy travels the U.S. and visits many local classic restaurants.

Guy is perfect for this show because he knows his food and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Every time I watch this show I am inspired to either cook something or start my own dive restaurant. I found many cool recipes by watching this show, especially barbecue.

Bobby Flay: Boy Meets Grill, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef. I began watching Bobby Flay on the show Grillin and Chillin. Flay and denim bib overall wearing Jack McDavid were the hosts of Grillin and Chillin.

Flay a New Yorker and McDavid a southern good ol’ boy, often met with many personality clashes. That was the main reason I enjoyed that show so much.

Throwdown with Bobby Flay is probably my favorite Flay show. Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a ” Throwdown” of their signature dish. Bobby said that he wants to give exposure to otherwise unknown chefs.

Bobby intends to win the throwdown, but is also a gracious loser. This show is not about him as much as it is about the throwdown contestants.

The reason that I picked these chef’s is because they have a certain quality about themselves that lends itself to personal development.

You have access to watching them on television and emulating their behaviors. Each one is extremely successful at what they do.

The key here is that they are all passionate about food. Without the passion, they would not have succeeded.

All four are also extremely disciplined when it comes to their standards. Watch Gordon Ramsay go into the refrigerator of one of the restaurants that he is helping on Kitchen Nightmares. He expects to see that all the food is fresh, properly packaged, labeled with dates, and clean.

Remember to find what you are passionate about in life and Live IT. Use these four guy’s as role models.

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