Celebrities and cartoons can do things that, simply, most chefs can't. "Look, most chefs aren't the kind of people who can go out and just be charismatic in front of a camera," said Scott Grewe, executive chef at New York's Sutton Inn, "So, if through cooking, celebrities can expose people to unique ingredients, or if a celebrity inspires someone at home to pursue cooking a new dish at home, or enjoy their food more, I mean, that's really cool. It's not the reality of a working chef, but it's spreading a love of food, and that's always good."
Warner echoed the sentiment. "If you have a Venn diagram, with celebrities on one side, and cooks on the other, the overlap in the center is entertainers. There are chefs who don't care about being entertaining, and obviously there are celebrities who don't care about cooking. For me, the overlap in the middle, and people taking advantage of it, is not an alarming trend," he said.