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The Decline and Fall of American Food TV


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I suspect because this is a slow time for sports I've found myself surfing through some food television recently - for this first time in ages.

 

What about this Chopped! thing? It's like a very cut-price Iron Chef. Four unknowns with - from what I've seen - extremely limited cooking ability are given willfully perverse combinations of special ingredients, and charged to prepare dishes using all the ingredients against the clock.

 

The grim results are then presented to quite well-known chefs at what they call the "chopping block", although it just looks like a dining table from a thrift store. The well-known chefs are then fantastically rude about the ghastly food they've been forced to taste.

 

Guiding us through this mess is one Ted Allen, who prefers to bark two or three word phrases rather than speak full sentences:

 

"You have."

 

What do they have?

 

"Thirty minutes."

 

Left to live?

 

"To prepare."

 

You get the idea...

 

Last episode I saw featured obligatory ingredients like cream-of-mushroom soup, almond butter, and collard greens. The collard greens were condemned by the judges as tough and raw. Well, that's because they were given like three minutes to cook them.

 

All strangely fascinating. I didn't see one thing I would have wanted to put in my mouth.

 

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Food TV has deteriorated as has much of mainstream TV to the lowest common denominator. I rarely stop at the Food TV channel more than ten seconds anymore. But just look at CNN. Hughley Breaks the News. Should be called Hughely Breaks Wind. And that self-important hot shot Rick Chavez is barely tolerable. Essentially, TV that gets major ratings or tries for them sucks monkey ass (to use somone else's term) big time. Without MSNBC, TCM and WNET and the occasional program on the various cable channels, my TV watching would be less than 30 minutes a week. So I see food tv as no different that popular tv. Shit on a hi-def shingle.

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I will say this about Food Network, is that they were ballsy (perhaps desperate for lack of talent?) enough to bring aboard a real PBS-style cook like Daisy Martinez. If you missed the first run of the 6 pilot episodes on FN, I urge you to tivo the next run.

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I will say this about Food Network, is that they were ballsy (perhaps desperate for lack of talent?) enough to bring aboard a real PBS-style cook like Daisy Martinez. If you missed the first run of the 6 pilot episodes on FN, I urge you to tivo the next run.

i watched a few episodes and can't say i'm excited about the food or tempted to make any. Daisy is very instructive and detailed just not my speed.

 

I really like Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and have actually cooked a number of things from the show as everything she makes not only looks so appealing, it's easy to make as well and i don't have a lot of time for elaborate preparations. I love Anne and have worked with her so make of it what you will but she really has inspired me to cook and i think the show is both informative and entertaining.

 

 

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I will say this about Food Network, is that they were ballsy (perhaps desperate for lack of talent?) enough to bring aboard a real PBS-style cook like Daisy Martinez. If you missed the first run of the 6 pilot episodes on FN, I urge you to tivo the next run.

i watched a few episodes and can't say i'm excited about the food or tempted to make any. Daisy is very instructive and detailed just not my speed.

 

I really like Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and have actually cooked a number of things from the show as everything she makes not only looks so appealing, it's easy to make as well and i don't have a lot of time for elaborate preparations. I love Anne and have worked with her so make of it what you will but she really has inspired me to cook and i think the show is both informative and entertaining.

Her television personality reminds me of Guy Fieri gone awry.

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I will say this about Food Network, is that they were ballsy (perhaps desperate for lack of talent?) enough to bring aboard a real PBS-style cook like Daisy Martinez. If you missed the first run of the 6 pilot episodes on FN, I urge you to tivo the next run.

i watched a few episodes and can't say i'm excited about the food or tempted to make any. Daisy is very instructive and detailed just not my speed.

 

I really like Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and have actually cooked a number of things from the show as everything she makes not only looks so appealing, it's easy to make as well and i don't have a lot of time for elaborate preparations. I love Anne and have worked with her so make of it what you will but she really has inspired me to cook and i think the show is both informative and entertaining.

 

I'm with you here. It actually is a breath of fresh Food Network air, and all too rare, to have both of these shows on. I like Daisy Martinez a lot and find the show mercifully free from the FN schtick, although the food itself doesn't interest me particularly. But I like her style. And Secrets of a Restaurant Chef is the one FN show we really anticipate happily. Anne Burrell is a pleasure to watch, plain-spoken and down-to-it. The food is interesting, approachable and appealing and she has growled herself into our regular rotation.

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I thought the Daisy show was full of FN schtick. It's poppa's birthday so we're doing this, or Sonny got an A on hist test so he gets to pick his favorite dish. The food seems awfully pedestrian but I suspect she's much better than she lets on.

I think this and Ingrid what's her name make rwo Caribbean shows. How's about an actual show on Mexican food?

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