Chris Cosentino “Chef Unleashed”

One of my favorite “celebrity” chefs is Chris Cosentino of the restaurant Incanto.  You may also know him from episodes of such shows as: No Reservations, Next Iron Chef, Top Chef Masters, Chef vs. City, etc.  About a 1 1/2 years ago he worked on the pilot for a show called, “Chef Unleashed.”  Unfortunately this show was never taken up and rejected.  What follows is the video of his pilot.  Cosentino described the show,

“The impulse behind the show was simple:  Everybody onboard loves food, is fascinated by where it comes from, and is not squeamish about how to get it, whether it might be game hunted on open terrain or tuna hand-gaffed by blood-soaked Sicilian fisherman, a tradition that goes back 1,000 years.  As the guys wrote in their proposal, “Chef Unleashed invites the viewer on a global eating exploration.  It’s a new kind of reality show, about where good food really comes from—when it’s done right.”

The show could be pretty graphic in parts and Chris Cosentino knew that,

“Yes, we were pretty aware that we were, to repeat the phrase, pushing the envelope with this.  And I admit, it was pretty gory stuff.  If you watch, you’ll see my very real reaction to it.  But this was not – at all – about shock value.  This was all about getting down to the very source of the very best food and showing where it comes from.  People who know me know I’ve been waging war against our Styrofoam-wrapped, hormone-pumped supermarket culture my entire career.”

Chef Unleashed from Chris Cosentino on Vimeo.

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