TV Review: AMC’s Feed The Beast wants to be fine dining, but it’s closer to junk food

Kitchens have stoves, stoves that produce heat, often from a gas flame. Inasmuch as someone is unable to abide the heat in said kitchen (due to the aforementioned stoves), that person should promptly remove themselves. That’s the main takeaway from AMC’s new drama, Feed The Beast, which gussies up clichés and dramatic tropes in the same way its characters “elevate” their fine-dining cuisine. Each episode begins with an extreme close-up of a flame igniting—sometimes in kitchen settings, most times not—before delving back into its tale of fledgling restaurateurs, a sustained metaphor that becomes exhausting after its first use. It’s beautiful to look at, but underneath the presentation, there’s just bland, lukewarm chicken breast.

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