Totem poles are things you must learn about but they aren't nearly as amusing as Chef Gerard trying to kill himself with food. Strangely amusing but amusing nonetheless.
Giving Bourdain a challenge was a good idea but I still feel like the scripts could use more development. The characters interact with each other but there just isn't as much character development as I'd like. In fact I don't really think there is any. No one changes, I don't learn anything about anyone... well I learn about the potential preferences of professional chefs (like not wanting a hot dog vendor camped outside you're front door) but I don't learn about the characters featured in the show. Yes the kitchen is a cramped environment but they obviously thought it was big enough to feature a story, so where is the story? Ratatouille did it. And that was a story about a rat who couldn't even speak human. Yet I felt more character development from that rat's story and the kid he worked with than I do in an entire episode of this show.
Right now I'm only tuning in to support Cooper and Brendon. But sooner or later I will need more. Much more. Like the serving sizes given to Chef Gerard more.