Written by LESLIE YOUNG
Top Chef Canada is stirring up controversy with an upcoming episode that will feature contestants cooking horsemeat.
Top Chef Canada, which airs on the Food Network, is a reality show in which chefs compete to win $100,000 and a new kitchen. The chefs are issued a culinary challenge in each episode, and create dishes based on a theme or using specific ingredients.
The theme for the upcoming May 16, 2011 episode is classic French cooking, and some chefs were required to cook horsemeat and foie gras as part of the challenge.
Following a televised preview of the episode, commenters have flooded the Top Chef Facebook page with objections to the inclusion of horsemeat on the menu.
Food Network Canada posted a reply late Wednesday on its Facebook page, which read, in part:
“Please be assured it is not our intention to offend our viewers. The challenge in this episode involves having the competitors create a truly authentic, traditional French menu. One of the most traditional French foods is horsemeat. Horsemeat is also considered a delicacy in many cultures around the world. While we understand that this content may not appeal to all viewers, Food Network Canada aims to engage a wide audience, embracing different food cultures in our programming.”
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The French eat many types of dishes. Having been there numerous times I would not describe horse meat as a classic French dish. Does anyone recall Julia Child cooking it? The way foie gras is produced is equally despicable. ~Ed.