Kelly the Culinarian: Media Meal: A big guy wants to make your kids little

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Media Meal: A big guy wants to make your kids little

Shaquille O'Neal is the biggest thing in sports, both in height and name recognition. His newest venture, Shaq's Big Challenge, is summer show Tuesday evenings on ABC. In this show, Shaq attempts to motivate a group of overweight kids to slim down and become more healthy.

He does this by employing celebrity chef Tyler Florence to change the school lunches. In the episode I checked out last night, it turned out disastrously; the kids were waiting in line forever and didn't have enough time to eat. But the alternative lunch looked mighty tasty.

Shaq has a team of nutritionists, physical trainers and coaches to get these kids slim. These kiddies, some of who are 90 pounds overweight, are put on diets, work out regimes and sports programs. It's cooperative effort between Shaq's team, the kids parents and the kids themselves. If each kid loses at least 20 pounds, they all can go to a Miami Heat game.

It's an interesting experiment and I actually enjoyed this show. The team doesn't hide it's failures, but works through it and the kids seem to get something out it. On camera, at least.

On another note, Ace of Cakes premieres at 10 p.m. eastern and pacific time on Thursday with Duff Goldman's extreme cakes from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. I'm all a tither with excitement!


jaybee3 said...

So, did you watch Ace of Cakes? I thought the beading on the wedding cake was spectacular!

KellytheCulinarian said...

I'm always impressed with their cakes -- I checked their Web site to see if there was some way I could weasel my way in. Tastings require a $100 deposit and they're only open by appointment. So unless I have a use for a $500 cake (which I certainly do not), I will not be meeting Duff or any of their associates. Darn.