Big Brother is one of the most successful franchises in the history of television. It is based on the original Dutch TV reality/game show of the same name. It has created a cult following in the United States. The basic premise of the show is that there are guests who live in house monitored 24/7 by hidden cameras. Of course, the contestants know that they are being watched. They also know that if they want to remain in the game, they have to follow the rules, win challenges and make sure that they are not evicted.
Staying in a home alone with other strangers brings different dynamics into play. There is also the problem of how to be interested and be interesting while inside the house. For ordinary people, the main question on their minds is what food is available inside the Big Brother House?
The US version of the Big Brother house offers food which is common to the participants. This is also true for other Big Brother series in other countries. The premise of the game itself is stressful and can lead to cabin fever. For the Big Brother contestants, there is the safe knowledge that food is something they are familiar with, and it does not in any way add to the stressful situation of being cooped with total strangers.
For breakfast, the normal household fare is served to the house members. There is bacon, eggs, bread, cereals, juice, and coffee. If a participant would want to bake his own bread, there is usually a breadmaker available, along with other kitchen appliances like the microwave oven, the blender, food processor, coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, oven, and grill.
Lunch is also for the most part plain and simple. The Big Brother residents are also allowed to cook pretty much whatever they want. This is not a democracy, but there is a simple respect in the kitchen that if anyone wants to cook, the others can respect the food, or cook something else instead. It is a simple thing to process.
This usually results in food being whatever the contestants can cook. The things we love about this is that at some point during the stay, there would be someone who would designate himself or herself as the cook. Mainly because he or she is the only one who knows how to cook anything.
The menu in the Big Brother house usually stays away from unfamiliar protein like fish, venison, or veal. There have been instances of lamb, but it is usually pork or beef as the protein. Beans and vegetables are also more limited than what regular people would have. In several seasons of Big Brother, there have been instances when special regional food has been served, just because one of the contestants know how to cook it. In this case, special food can be grits and sliders.
If food was a challenge in the house, a lot of the contestants would have been evicted simply because they don’t know how to cook. This is reflective of the backgrounds of the contestants. The house members are usually chosen for their looks and personality, and almost never because they know how to cook.
Dinner can be a special treat, and it has special significance because of the extended discussions during the meal which are shown on TV. The dinner menu is much like the lunch menu.
There is, of course, slop HouseGuests who are being punished.
There have been special occasions inside Big Brother’s house. During these times, there were feasts and special menus for the HouseGuests. This is based on the theme of the party.
Food has never been a problem in the Big Brother house. As contestants they are all well-fed, except for cases when a member is being punished. However, overall, food is the least of their worries, unlike in other reality game shows where food can be a challenge or a game changer. This is one show where people can grow fat because they now have less exercise and access to more food than they were in the real world. Contestants have access to whatever food they want, and it shows in the way that food and cooking is almost taken for granted.