By Spencer Ackerman, who’s bored as shit during his day off at Guantanamo Bay and wishes he knew how to not-work
The television network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel has an almost-good idea for a show, via io9:
Utilizing the science of cooking, Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen stars one of America’s most notorious chefs, molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron (Top Chef). In each episode, Marcel and his new catering and event company will be hired by a demanding client to produce an extraordinary celebration or event. Based on the client’s requests, Marcel will dream up a theme and cuisine for the event, which range from a fairytale graduation party and a Goth-rock fashion show to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new subway line. He and his team of party planners and chefs will tap the depths of their imagination and culinary talents to create everything from the immersive decor to a delicious menu that emphasizes Marcel’s unique brand of avant-garde cooking.
I was on Team Marcel for the TC2 finale, because fuck Ilan Hall. And I say this is almost a good idea for a show because I want to see the guy actually teach me about the techniques and principles that undergird the mad-scientist food he makes. I would watch that show endlessly. But that doesn’t look like that’s what’s happening here. Please, SyFy: less Ace of Cakes, more Good Eats.