Strange culinary encounters: stranger fetishism in cooking shows

Jonatan Leer, Katrine Meldgaard Kjær

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Strange Culinary Encounters: Stranger Fetishism in Cooking ShowsIn this paper, we will examine the ways in which the encountering of 'other' food cultures isplayed out in the two travelogue cooking shows Gordon's Great Escape and Jamie's Italian Escape,arguing that despite their ‘noble’ intentions and ‘enlightened’ cosmopolitan approach to meetingthe other (culinary culture), ultimately, Jamie and Gordon's respective culinary adventures workto create a social hierarchy in their own favor.Inspired by Sara Ahmed’s work on stranger fetishism, we will investigate how the two protagonistchefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay imagine, meet and evaluate the ‘other’ food cultures inthese programs, paying special attention to how the encounter with the local Indian and Italian isimagined to be a gateway to an authentic and/or primitive experience.To unpack the programs and the experiences within them, we use critical discourse analysis andthe readings strategies of cultural studies and postcolonial theory and a focus on how classic,colonial power structures are reproduced in contemporary, globalized food culture.We will consider what potential this methodological framework holds for unpacking culturalencounters, and show how we have used it to deconstruct how ‘authentic’ food is done and met inGordon's Great Escape and Jamie's Italian Escape. In doing so, we will argue that this way of readingcultural encounters ultimately opens for an alternative understanding of the central concepts of the‘strange’, the ‘encounter’ and ideas of authenticity and, importantly, how the three intersect.
Publikationsdato14 nov. 2014
StatusUdgivet - 14 nov. 2014
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