Re: Are shows like this real?
I can remember Kitchen Nightmares where one guy dropped a steak on the floor, picked it up and put it on the grill or whatever and they made a bit deal about it.
Apparently though, the man who dropped the steak was a chef hired by the company who makes the show solely for the time they were filming and has never worked at the restaurant featured. I'm sure they ended up suing the company and won.
That doesn't make it fake, but there are definitely things pushed for entertainment.