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#481 rconnelly

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:37 AM

My Favorites in no particular order:
Morimoto
Alton Brown
Bourdain
Tom Colicchio
Jose Andres - Made in Spain was great
Mark Bittman - His show is good, but he can be a little weird sometimes
Zane Lamprey - Pretty funny guy and it's nice to see food from other parts of the world
Batali
The whole cast from the original Iron Chef

Favorites because I think they are hot and I make no apologies for being a typical male pig  :biggrin: :
Giada - actually, I kind of like her show as well as her
Padma - I watch Top Chef anyway, she is just an added bonus
Ingrid Hoffman - I don't watch the show, but I like her

Least Favorite:
Neelys
Hippie Gourmet
Fieri - Look at his page on FTV.com and read his description.  What exactly are skateboarder shorts?  I grew up skateboarding, but apparently I was doing it all wrong because I didn't have the proper attire.  No one informed me that there were special shorts.

Thats all I can think of for now.

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So who is the Hippie Gourmet?

#482 JohnnyH

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:37 AM

I really enjoy Mike Colomeco's Food Show on PBS Sundays (NY/NJ). Now there's a guy who deseerves a wider audience.
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#483 tino27

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:13 AM

So who is the Hippie Gourmet?

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My guess would be Bob Blumer. Although technically he is the Surreal Gourmet.
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#484 Vanilla Guerrilla

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 05:19 PM

So who is the Hippie Gourmet?

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My guess would be Bob Blumer. Although technically he is the Surreal Gourmet.

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His name is Bruce Brennan. You can find some info on him here Hippy Gourmet

#485 rconnelly

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:02 AM

So who is the Hippie Gourmet?

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My guess would be Bob Blumer. Although technically he is the Surreal Gourmet.

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His name is Bruce Brennan. You can find some info on him here Hippy Gourmet

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#486 kermie

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:22 AM

faves - keith floyd,
nigella lawson (she's my fave),
kylie kwong - exactly the same in person as on her shows
jamie oliver - but only because of the 'jamie at home' show as well
anthony warrol thompson - in a 'the grandpa i never had' kind of way - sorry anthony
gordon ramsey - until he gets too competitive and insecure then he goes into the unfaves cat.

unfaves/highly annoying - giada (the italian cooking show? is that her)
emerelle (sp?)
the british 'ready steady cook' set

#487 et alors

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:11 PM

can't stand rachel ray, paula dean and rocco's face unnerves me.

love mario. floats like a butterfly....
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#488 CKatCook

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 08:05 AM

Absolute Favs ~

Mario Batali
Gordon Ramsey
Marimoto (I can't spell his name but his food is slammin')
Alton Brown
Jamie Oliver - love his show, the food is so fresh and just looks good, his recipes are good too...

Ones I can live without

Sandra Lee (she can open boxes, should work in a warehouse, can't cook)
Rachel Ray
Paula Dean
Neelys
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#489 Kim Shook

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:49 AM

Take a look at the program description that appeared on my TV the other day:
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What is wrong with this picture? I don't think I'll be making that drink. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

#490 jumanggy

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:54 AM

Oh come on, Kim, like you've never had potato puree mixed with vodka in a champagne flute. (With caviar for some reason.) Ha ha ha!
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#491 Ce'nedra

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 05:06 AM

Favourites:
-Nigel Slater (maybe not so much on tv but his writing is like poetry; I love to read his books before bed)

-Nigella Lawson (I love watching her passion for food and her recipes are great. Beautiful woman too -always a plus)

-Jamie Oliver (I particularly enjoy Jame at Home since I love rustic cooking; he could do with less spluttering and spitting though...actually, it's kind of endearing hah)

-Dave Lieberman (very charismatic, is a BABE and his recipes are very approachable)

Dislike:
Sandra Lee (annoys me beyond anything; not sure how she landed her job -she doesn't COOK!)

EDIT: How could I forget Anthony Bourdain (I suppose I was thinking specfically of cooking shows)?! I adore him!

Edited by Ce'nedra, 27 November 2008 - 05:08 AM.

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#492 gingerbeer

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:44 AM

I love:

- Nigella. I want her to feed me. I also always cook out of her books and it's always no fuss and it always works. I also love that she's genuinely greedy.
- Lidia. I like watching her cook, I always learn a lot from her. Again, she's genuine and sincere about the food.
- Madhur Jaffrey. To me, one of the classics.
- Tom Colicchio, he's awesome.
- Nigel Slater
- Hugh F-W.


I have a soft spot for:
- Anthony Bourdain. Sometimes he makes me cringe, but he's great.
- Jamie Oliver. Aw, bless. In his little heart I think he really does care about what people eat.
- Gordon Ramsay. A lot of what he does (the million shows, etc) is completely unnecessary - but I've eaten at his restaurant a few times and the food was great. I think on Kitchen Nightmares - the British not the American version - you can see that he really does know what the hell he's doing.
- Anthony Worral Thompson. Is he always drunk and slurring?

I don't like
- I actually love watching Ready Steady Cook... but Ainsley Harriot is the WORST. Why does everything he makes have to be in 'less than 10 minutes' or whatever? I swear to God once I saw him make a dessert in less than a minute and he glued two digestive biscuits together with honey.
- Delia. She makes me feel unloved and depressed.
- Rachel Ray. I've actually never seen her make anything that I wanted to eat. Also 'evoo' makes me want to stab myself in the head.

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#493 Ce'nedra

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:37 AM

Speaking of Ready Steady Cook (Aussie version), I love Janelle Bloom! Most of the other chefs are the high-end restaurant types whereas Janelle is very domestic, which I actually prefer. Her food always looks gorgeous and warming for the soul.

Edit reason: typo argh!

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#494 Ce'nedra

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 06:43 AM

Ah yes, I forgot to mention another of my favourites (sort of a new discovery for me) is Ching He Huang. She aims to serve modern, fresh Chinese food (I can just about hear Chinese purists grinding their teeth hehe) and the results are always really good! Much of her cooking also reminds me of my own family favourites -actually, her viewpoint on healthy Chinese food is very much like my parents so I have a soft spot for her. Her first cookbook is excellent and I'm currently deciding on her second one...
You can find some of her videos on youtube.

Edited by Ce'nedra, 03 December 2008 - 06:50 AM.

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#495 Elizabeth Clauser

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:56 AM

I've been enjoying Anne Burrell's new show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. She has a few personality tics that can grate, but I give her latitude because:

1. She knows her stuff
2. Good recipes
3. She can probably kick my ass

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#496 cbread

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 05:05 PM

Good:
Mario Batali
Alton Brown
Anne Burrell
Jamie Oliver
Kylie Kwong - I could listen to her recite the congressional record
Bobby Flay - he's served his penitance
Anthony Bourdain - for his writings about some of the food "stars"

Bad:
Emeril
Rachel Ray
Paula
The awful cake show
The semi home made ummm whatever
the trend away from cooking shows that help me learn more about cooking.

#497 Ce'nedra

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 12:27 AM

Oh yes, thanks for mentioning Kylie Kwong. How could I forget? Personally, I don't think she has the kind of aura suitable for tv, but she's lovely in books. Her recipes are heavily reliant on all things fresh, which I deeply appreciate (and would love to get my hands on more).
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#498 sjemac

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 01:48 PM

Favorites:

Brown
Bourdain
Batali
Ramsey (too over the top on the Yank version of Kitchen Nightmares though)

Meh!:

Nigella (her "quick n' easy" show turned me off)
Oliver (getting too gimmicky)


Dislike:

Giada (too much of that grimace/smile/gaping maw)
Paula Dean (she's just so folksy you wanna puke and her cooking kind of nauseates me to look at)
Emeril (that ship has long sailed)
That Guy Guy from the diners show.


Want to shoot the TV:

Rachel Ray (I cheer for her to cut herself)

#499 D. B. Brown

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 05:32 PM

I guess I'm the only one here that really enjoys the Hippy Gourmet.
It's a nice little segment, and everything he prepares looks tasty, well-seasoned and simple.

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#500 Peter the eater

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:00 PM

I just watched the first episode of The French Chef -- Julia Child's television debut! She made Boeuf bourguignon.

Considering the show's in black & white, it's 1962, and there wasn't really a precedent . . . it's a fine demo for making the famous peasant stew. Julia is in her early 50's and quite charming, and she looks a little bit nervous.
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:36 PM

I guess I'm the only one here that really enjoys the Hippy Gourmet.
It's a nice little segment, and everything he prepares looks tasty, well-seasoned and simple.

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I like the Hippy Gourmet as well.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:42 AM

Not so much:

I think if Sandra Lee spent less time on her 'tablescapes', (I can NOT stand that word) she would have more time for her food / cooking.
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#503 zeph74

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:00 AM

I'm all for taking shortcuts when cooking, but Sandra Lee uses too much processed food. Canned soups, cake mixes, etc etc. Semi-crapola.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:53 AM

Not so much:

I think if Sandra Lee spent less time on her 'tablescapes', (I can NOT stand that word) she would have more time for her food / cooking.

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As I understand it, she took up cooking to allow her to fool with her decorating stuff on TV. This would seem to fit.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 08:04 AM

If only the network had not called it "Semi-Home Made" and gone with something like "Gussied Up Food" it might be more acceptable? My mom was a great one for gussey-ing up food that she'd bought; fresh strawberries (home grown) over Sara Lee pound cake, Chili powder in the jar of spaghetti sauce, a little real molasses in the canned baked beans... :rolleyes: It works for me!
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#506 Mano

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 05:18 PM

While flipping through the channels I stopped to watch a woman with wonderful bosoms who pretended to cook. I'd never heard of Sandra Lee before. After a few minutes the show ended, but it was okay. I'd had enough.
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#507 cbread

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 11:00 PM

While I happily read Cooks Illustrated magazine, watching Chris Kimball on TV makes me want to have my mouth surgically removed. I can pass his dippy "editorials" in the mag but the TV is a killer.

#508 grumpy7

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 07:15 PM

Favorites:

Julia Child (in a class by herself)
Anthony Bourdain
Alton Brown - TV persona
Padma Lakshmi (for obvious shallow reasons)
Eric Ripert
Mario Batali
Ming Tsai
Alice Waters
Michael Pollan


Not so favorite:

Sandra Lee
Guy Fieri
Alton Brown - real life persona
Jamie Oliver
Emeril Lagasse
Bobby Flay

#509 bloosquirrel

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:45 PM

i am surprised at the negative votes for emeril

he is one of my favorites-i miss his high profile rotation on the foodnetwork

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:37 PM

i am surprised at the negative votes for emeril

he is one of my favorites-i miss his high profile rotation on the foodnetwork

I, for one, hated, just hated his mugging to the audience for his "Live" shows and his, for lack of a better term........."schtick" that he used on those shows.

That said, I always respected him as a chef, and as a culinary talent, and liked, not loved, but liked, his "Essence" shows. But I avoided his live shows like the plague. My respect for him has multiplied exponentially after Katrina and his committment to New Orleans and his employees there. He really walked the walk there, and he is to be commended.

I very much like his shows on Planet Green, and have gotten a lot of ideas and recipes from them. He's much more low-key and restrained, and very enjoyable.

But I still avoid any replays of his "Live" shows like I would avoid a hot poker to the eye.
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