ABC is premiering a new daytime food show next week called The Chew. It will be in a talk show format and co-hosted by Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon. The video snipettes they've released so far are lively and informative, with lots of kitchen tricks and techniques, lessons on ingredients, and recipe demos.
The show's concept is to encourage people to celebrate life and enjoy good food with their friends and family. I'm mostly familiar with Mario Batali and Michael Symon, two chefs whose food I respect and cookbooks have taught me a thing or two. Carla Hall seems like she would be a lot of fun and she knows a thing or two about the kitchen. She has an interesting recipe for pie dough that uses a few techniques that I'm unfamiliar with such as making the dough in a stand mixer and dissolving the salt and sugar in water before adding it in.
The Chew looks like it's entertaining, very high-energy, with lots of primary colors and laughter and rollicking music. I can't see sitting down in the middle of my day, five days a week, to watch the hour-long program. But I'm curious enough to TiVo an episode or two to check out later in the evening.