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Help Choose From So Many Food TV Shows


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#1 weinoo

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:03 AM

It appears as if there are a few world TV premiers tonight.  Unsurprisingly, some of them have to do with food.

 

It also appears as if some of these might be cringe-worthy; sort of like rubbernecking at a highway crash.

 

First, we have the premier of Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love.

 

As the NY Times describes it:

 

9 P.M. (Bravo) EAT, DRINK, LOVE Five single women — Kat Odell, the editor of Eater LA; Waylynn Lucas, a pastry chef; Brenda Urban, a publicist; Nina Clemente, a private chef; and Jessica Miller, a marketing specialist —  search for love and success on the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene.

 

I can hardly wait for that one (especially the bikini scenes).  Of course, competing with that at 9 is the finale of Food Network Star.

 

Which leads into the Food Network's brand new competition series, Cutthroat Kitchen!  This gives you an idea:

 

10 P.M. (Food Network) CUTTHROAT KITCHEN Chefs try to sabotage their opponents in this new competition series, in which four contestants per episode are each given $25,000 to bid on obstacles, like the exclusive use of salt or not allowing others to taste their dishes. The last one standing receives the money left over in his or her bank. A winner is chosen on the “Food Network Star” finale at 9.

 

My real hope is that at some point, Food Network just gives a bunch of cooks knives...and may the best man or woman win.  But that's just a fantasy.

 

Anyway, which of these stellar pieces of art will getting your viewership?  And...why? 


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#2 heidih

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:10 AM

None? Cutthroat Kitchen and the love one don;t even seem like they would be mildly amusing.  But honestly I have caught bits of the Next Food Network Star so will have it on in the background


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:16 AM

I gave up on FN when they announced their upcoming season and Alton Brown's boney visage was shown mugging as the host . . . AGAIN.

 

I've been watching the BBC's cooking shows, especially their version of Master Chef.  It's so refreshing to have competent judges (with 2 Michelin stars, so actually cred), competitors without attitude, weird hairstyles or sleeves of tattoos, who actually listen to the criticism/praise of the judges without getting a case of the ass about it and pronouncing the judges to be wrong to the camera in the Confessionals.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:47 AM

I gave up on FN when they announced their upcoming season and Alton Brown's boney visage was shown mugging as the host . . . AGAIN.

 

Yeah - he seems to be the de facto host of every bad show on that network.


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#5 lochaven

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:38 AM

I'm with heidih on this.  There is a better cooking show of sortsi premiering tonight on it's last season -- Breaking Bad!  Just kidding, but looking forward to it.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:58 AM

Anyway, which of these stellar pieces of art will getting your viewership?  And...why? 


None of them. I won't watch Shows That Suck™ just because they are ostensibly food-themed.


It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:31 PM

None of the above here, too. Alton's new show sounds like enough to cancel out any good thing he ever did on Good Eats.

 

And from my peek at last week's TNFN"Star", there's an obnoxious pie guy (everything is "pah styahl"), an obnoxious "sin" guy (more fat!) and a seemingly pleasant young woman who concentrates on southern food (buh-bye, Paula) but got roped into a help-others-win-love-through-making-southern-food pilot idea. Non grazie.



#8 rotuts

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:52 PM

Well 

 

BBC is outstanding.

 

FN  has very little to do with Cooking

 

consider :

 

The Food Truck NZ

 

one might need to Internet 'competent'

 

http://tvnz.co.nz/th...x-group-4174185

 

Rx's

 

http://tvnz.co.nz/th...s-group-4174247

 

love this show.   a NZ Chef goes out in his Food Truck and tries to create a lower fat Item for a few crowds.

 

made this myself:

 

its 50 % veg.

 

http://tvnz.co.nz/th...burgers-4184690



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:45 PM

Agreed with none of the above. I'm with lochaven, tonight I'll be watching the adventures of Walt & Jesse cooking up 'Blue Sky.'

 

The BBC shows are waaaay better, and Bravo has Top Chef Masters in a new season right now -just not tonight.

 

The only series I have watched on FN recently was a show that is currently in hiatus, Health Inspectors, where real health department inspectors helped people fix their restaurants. Even that was pretty overly dramatic and barely believable as a 'reality' show.

 

I'd also like to point out that my cable operator offers 'On Demand' so you can catch shows you missed later. If three things are on at once, I can just watch two of them 'On Demand' -or record one with my DVD recorder.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 02:34 PM

I like that Health Inspectors show.  It's even scarier than Robert Irvine's show "Restaurant Impossible" wherein he discovers people's disturbingly filthy restaurants and inadvertently makes an argument for chain restaurants if only for the sake of cleanliness and consistency.

 

Re:  Food Network Stars.  I kind of like the Pie Guy.  He's obnoxious, but that seems to be their go to model on FN.  I hope Southern Girl takes it, though.  She's a doll.  Mohawk Sin Guy is annoying and preachy.  Hit the road, man.



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:59 PM

Yeah!  Southern Girl, Damaris Phillips wins it!



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:07 PM

Yeah!  Southern Girl, Damaris Phillips wins it!


The next Amy Finley.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:53 PM

Let's hope not.



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

A vote for the Fabulous Baker Brothers<br /><br /> /><br />
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#15 heidih

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:51 PM

Yeah!  Southern Girl, Damaris Phillips wins it!

Well thanks for the spoiler - there went my Sunday night -
(just kidding!)

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:28 AM

Fabulous Baker Brothers

 

yep.   have most of these



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:20 AM

Thank Gawd PBS still does food/cooking shows.  I'm enjoying John Besh's new series, Family Table:  http://www.wyes.org/...h-family-table/



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:12 AM

a fine show 'In Progress' is Raymond Blanc's   How to Cook Well

 

 a previous series of his was "  Very Hungry Frenchman "

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/b036zkh2



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:22 AM

I gave up on FN when they announced their upcoming season and Alton Brown's boney visage was shown mugging as the host . . . AGAIN.

 

I've been watching the BBC's cooking shows, especially their version of Master Chef.  It's so refreshing to have competent judges (with 2 Michelin stars, so actually cred), competitors without attitude, weird hairstyles or sleeves of tattoos, who actually listen to the criticism/praise of the judges without getting a case of the ass about it and pronouncing the judges to be wrong to the camera in the Confessionals.

I agree.  I can't tell you how thrilled I was a few weeks back when I turned on BBC America one morning and saw MasterChef Professional.  I've been waiting a few years to see it back on American tv and voila, there it was.  If anyone is serious about what is happening with young Chefs in Michelin-level kitchens, this is the show for you. 


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:26 AM

I think this season of Top Chef Master's is woefully bad compared to previous seasons.  I don't want to see Top Chef's compete against or with their Sous Chefs.  I want to see Top Chef's create magnificent dishes.  This season's derivation is about the best example of how ridiculous food challenges create bad tv.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:06 AM

It is terrible, isn't it?  I watched the chefs leaping out of an airplane and thought "Who indemnified this challenge?  Those people are out of shape and untrained."

 

It's all fun and games until someone gets a spiral fracture.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:45 AM

I tuned in briefly and caught that absolutely stupid and irrelevant attempt to inject excitement.  Next they'll be playing spin the bottle or swapping car keys with the Real Housewives.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

Can't think I'll be watching anything on the Food Network. I used to like Top Chef, but agree with those who say they've gone too far into the "entertainment" aspect. Cooking Channel (spinoff from FN) has a few of the good old "how to" shows, mostly brought over from FN.

PBS remains the best bet.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

Ah, but Top Chef is on Bravo, furzzy.  Making it even more cheesy, if possible.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:49 AM

Ah, but Top Chef is on Bravo, furzzy.  Making it even more cheesy, if possible.


It crossed my mind to wonder whether that would be easily misunderstood - thinking I meant Top Chef was on FN. So I guess I should have reworded it. LOL

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:43 PM

I'm starting to think that FN actually stands for F... No!

There's not a single good show left on that channel, at least none I can seem to find. The trend of being icky or having people yell at each other is getting so old...


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#27 rotuts

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:39 AM

FN stopped 'cooking' some time ago ...



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:46 AM

There are a couple shows that are actually quite nice:  Ina Garten is very pleasant and cooks in her Hampton's kitchen for her husband and her friends.  Giada Delaurentis cooks in spectacular home kitchens in Beverly Hills that her show leases from the owners for background.

 

These shows are all on during the day or on the weekend as reruns, though.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

reruns

 

exactly.    do they still have Molto Mario as reruns?  now that was a Cooking Show.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:25 AM

I can't stand Mario Batalli so I can't help you there.