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  • Genre:DRAMA
  • SubGenre:Canadian
  • Language:English
  • Pages:35
  • eBook ISBN:9781624885112

The Cooking Show

A Play by Ray Z Rivers

by Ray Z Rivers

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Overview
Mario is a retired teacher who has become a 'famous' chef on the food network (Mario’s Marvelous Meals) but his wife Betty can't stand his cooking or the other things he has started to do since retiring. Mario learns that his health is failing so takes Betty on a frantic journey to the home of fine food, France, where he secretly hopes to join with famous French chefs in their kitchens. The couple start their trip with a visit to the oldest inn in France,- the one where Julia Child first experienced the joy of French cooking many years earlier. Mario ignites a confrontation, complaining about how his fish has been seasoned and ends up being tossed out on his ear, leaving the couple tired and hungry for the long drive to their hotel in Paris. Betty just wants to settle down for the night with room service but Mario has to leave for a pre-arranged liaison in the Latin Quarter with his sexy sous-chef, Jessica, who had blackmailed him into secretly bringing her along. Mario returns to his hotel room in the early hours of the morning and wakes his sleeping and very unhappy spouse, whom he inflames even more with accusations that she was at fault for his philandering. Betty comforts him to sleep with a specially concocted hot chocolate and he goes down for a very long sleep. Betty leaves Mario’s body in Paris and flies back to Toronto to take up his show, which she renames Betty’s Bread Basket. “Mario was a victim of his own cooking. You should be arresting Mr. Sifto Salt,” she tells the officer who calls her in for questioning. This delightfully funny one-act play ends with a high note as Betty is wheeled off and her own sexy sous-chef, Randy, is scrambling to figure what to do without his mentor.
Description
Food television network programs have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and the cooks on these shows have acquired celebrity status. Viewers have been turning to the cooking channels in droves to find interesting meals, recipes and most often just for the entertainment of it all. Cooking, once, was just a matter of putting a nourishing meal on the table, but today it has become an art form and the chef a demi-god. And, like a revered leader, when the chef speaks the disciples will follow. Mario is a retired teacher who has become a 'famous' chef on the food network (Mario’s Marvelous Meals) after years of taking cooking classes, part time. He has converted his home recreation room into a TV kitchen and hires a cameraman to record his shows for weekly airings on the Food Network. Betty, Mario’s wife of almost 30 years, has little regard for his cooking show and has taken a dislike to his haughty attitude since he became a TV star. Worst of all, Betty is convinced that her husband has become unfaithful, a conviction reinforced when she gets to meet his new and very sexy ‘sous-chef’, Jessica. Betty also doesn’t approve of what and how Mario cooks. She thinks his meals are unhealthy and riddled with too much salt, sugar and fats. It turns out that Betty is right, for Mario learns that his health is failing and he needs to take immediate corrective action or face the consequences. He decides to take Betty on a relaxing trip to the home of fine food, France, where he secretly hopes to join with the experts on French cooking. But their journey quickly becomes frantic as Mario’s ego gets the best of him. The couple start their trip with a visit to the oldest inn in France, the one where Julia Child first experienced the joy of French cooking many years earlier. Mario ignites a confrontation with the maitre d’, complaining that his food is inadequately seasoned, and ends up being tossed out on his ear. The couple head back to Paris, tired and hungry, and arrive in their hotel stuck out in a suburb of Paris, to Betty’s disapproval. Betty just wants to settle down for the night with room service but Mario has a pre-arranged liaison in the Latin Quarter with his sexy sous-chef and leaves his wife in mid-sentence. The faithless Mario returns to his hotel room in the early hours of the morning and wakes his sleeping and unhappy spouse, whom he inflames further by blaming her for the lack of attention to his needs, which has fueled his philandering. To break the tension, Betty comforts him to sleep with a specially concocted hot chocolate. Mario goes down for a very long sleep and Betty returns to Toronto to replace him as host of his show, which she renames Betty’s Bread Basket. “Mario was a victim of his own cooking. You should be arresting Mr. Sifto Salt,” she tells the police officer who is taking her in for questioning regarding his suspicious death. This delightfully funny one-act play ends with a high note as Betty is wheeled off leaving her own sexy sous-chef, Randy, scrambling to figure what to do without his mentor and with the meal that is still in the oven.
About the author
Ray Rivers is a playwright, novelist and musician. HIs first play, 'Lambs in Winter' (available on e-book) is a compelling, at times humorous, story about a middle age couple and their best friend coming to grips with their place in the world they inherited and now own. The story pits a husband and wife in a bizarre triangle of love, friendship, lost dreams and ambitions, with an unexpected outcome as deceit overtakes decency in this final chapter of their lives. "The End of September" is a serious historical novel about Canada and Quebec, dedicated to René Lévesque, and Pierre Trudeau. The plot encompasses the normal lives of an Ottawa couple caught in the middle of a secessionist plot to tear apart the country, in an alternate scenario of a Parti Quebecois referendum victory. Trudeau watchers and others concerned about the future of Canada will want to read this book. Ray Rivers is an economist who has been involved in politics all his life, either in political organization, running for office or developing and administering government policy. He has written and cooperated in the publication of numerous non-fiction papers and research projects. Ray was raised on an Ontario family farm and ended up as CEO of the largest organic growers organization in that province. His love for healthy food and food preparation inspired his play: 'The Cooking Show'. This play is an hilarious spoof on the current spate of Food Network TV shows and the damage that could come to our health from following some recipes to the letter.
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