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san j
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San J,
Yes, I watched the last one because my very first yoga instructor was one of the chefs! Her name is Stacey and she made it through to the sushi round/meal. She worked with the visually impaired chef...both petite, dark, and sweet ladies.
Stacey learned how to cook from her Italian grandmother...her other grandma is Greek. I was very proud of her!
( I really enjoyed my most recent yoga teacher but Stacey
trained with the best in Los Angeles.)

Cajun:
Stacey totally rocked! What a story!
Even her audition was extraordinary: She was rejected! She went back out to the the waiting room, crying, and hugged her people, everybody grieving, and then the unprecedented happened: The massive doors opened from the inside, and one of the judges (Joe Bastianich) came out and walked up to her.
"I've had a change of heart," he said. "I think you can make it. Here's your apron." She was shrieking with excitement. "Don't let me down," he warned her. She promised not to.
She made it really far in the competition, and when she was finally sent home, he reminded her he had changed his mind for her and had been impressed with her all the way, never regretting that he'd included her in the competition.
What a story. I really liked her.
Cool that you know/knew her.
What's she doing now?



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Okay, so there's this show my niece loves, called Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
She's into "Fine Dining" cuisine, so I wasn't sure what she was seeing in this show, but after watching several episodes, I got it.
It was gradually dawning on me that some culinary school grads are uncomfortable in the standard Fine Dining setting; they want to put their talents to work in some unusual settings, ones that jibe with their chosen casual lifestyles.
These chefs can be found in towns and cities all over the country. Near the North Pole in Alaska. In little "hillbilly" towns in Georgia and West Virginia, in all kinds of neighborhoods.
Or they're not culinary school grads: They just want to bring Mamacita's special dishes to Chicago from Mexico, or Philly's cheese-steaks to Salt Lake City, or some favorite style or cuisine to wherever. What you see is plenty of passion, and that's a real turn-on for me as a cook. Many of these folks are working 7 days a week, year after year, and packing love into what they do.
I'm a BBQ fan, as are many Americans, and I love watching these guys smoke their own whole turkeys or dozens of briskets, or trim a rack of pork chops with a power saw, or stir their soups or sauces as I used to in the restaurant: With a canoe paddle. I love watching some of the Chinese chefs work --- and there are many, many Chinese chefs in this world, cooking being a huge element in Chinese high culture. I loved a recent show in which a Chinese chef outside of Fairbanks, Alaska makes Ginger Crab, using Alaskan King Crab legs, garlic, ginger, scallions, cilantro and hot pepper oil...and the folks up there are enjoying some of the best halibut in the world, too, as their fish burgers, or enjoying breakfast sausages made from...reindeer meat

Certainly, there's a lot of ... not so attractive food to be found on some of the programs.
But it beats "Cupcake Wars"...
or Hell's Kitchen.
You see some cool stuff on this show, so I do recommend it for fun, and suggest you stick with it through several programs 'til you "get it" as I have!


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Diners, Drive Ins and Dives is the favorite in my house.  I love how there are the "old country" cooks as well as "fine dining" chefs checkered through Guy's travels.  My kids have asked me to replicate some of the recipes and I have,  to their delight (not blood type perfect, but fun anyway).
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I Like Killing Flies.

I loved this charming little documentary. I think you will, too.

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/I_Like_Killing_Flies/60035199?trkid=496715
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There used to be a Louisiana woman I loved to watch but she is long gone.  Some channels lose the "good" stuff when they decide to become more sophisticated in their approach...........no more homespun for them!
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I guess I'm contrary but I don't care for Guy.
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Nor do I.
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Nor do I.
But I like some of the chefs - especially the kooky and offbeat and ethnic and really soulful ones, y'know?
And I have to admit that he's the one who finds them and showcases them, so I give him credit. There's something pretty zany about the red Camaro convertible zipping around Appalachia and the Bayou and Alaska and New England...
He's what we used to call a "character", that's all. And apparently he's someone these very diverse unusual cooks seem to be able to express themselves to, in a manner that viewers end up really getting their messages.
The show grew on me from "I don't like this Guy guy" to "These are some pretty nifty individuals scattered around kitchens and hotplates and smokers and grills all over the USA..."


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My DIL and granddaughter don't like Guy either....I like the show for the thrill of traveling around
to food places I'd never get to....but....I am always waiting for some wonderful restaurant I can actually drive to from my house to appear on that show...Never happens

I like Restaurant Impossible...I like seeing bad situations turned into good!

Favorite Food Network show is Chopped.  And Alex from Chopped has a new show called Alex's
Day off....She makes some very creative meals...I also like Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa...Just like
her quiet demeanor and very genuine caring for her husband and friends...she seems like a really
nice person who loves to cook/entertain and make other people happy.  I think if I could meet anyone from the network it would be Ina.  


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My DIL and granddaughter don't like Guy either....I like the show for the thrill of traveling around
to food places I'd never get to....but....I am always waiting for some wonderful restaurant I can actually drive to from my house to appear on that show...Never happens

I like Restaurant Impossible...I like seeing bad situations turned into good!

Favorite Food Network show is Chopped.  And Alex from Chopped has a new show called Alex's
Day off....She makes some very creative meals...I also like Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa...Just like
her quiet demeanor and very genuine caring for her husband and friends...she seems like a really
nice person who loves to cook/entertain and make other people happy.  I think if I could meet anyone from the network it would be Ina.  

Good point, Chloe, about the persons.
I've only seen a couple of episodes of Barefoot Contessa, but the best part of that show, for me, was definitely... Jeffrey.  
I wasn't crazy about her food but, like you, I liked her demeanor, would find her easy to be around.
I used to like Lidia (of Lidia's Italy -- familiar with her?) that same way. She just loved her country and her cuisine and sharing all that, and she had a down home way of describing her decisions...and these tended to match my every thought as I watched her work. Then, at the end, she'd actually serve a real meal/portion to some real person you'd meet, and it would feel easy and right and low-key and friendly.
Sometimes we watch for one reason and sometimes for another...Something For Everyone!  



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I feel the same way about Barefoot Contessa.  She is just so nice to be around.  Yes, the music on most shows wreaks havoc with my mind and I sometimes talk back to the television as if the person responsible for the music can actually hear my complaint!!  Who am I kidding?  
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I just saw an episode of Guy's Big Bites.

I think he might be a very easy, non-threatening teacher for, yes, "guys" and those who cook for them.
He actually does explain things without assuming his viewer to be experienced, but I think there's a type of man that might feel comfortable with Guy's "guy"-slant on food -- appreciating flavors and soul, with no preciousness or uppitiness. I picture in my mind a young man who is trying to impress a woman by making a small dinner party, for instance. Or answering a challenge to provide dinner for guests/family, even "doubting Thomases". There's nothing "fine dining" about Guy, nor is he Ina "Hamptons" stylish or Lidia Cultured.

On DD&D he can be coarse, but on his cooking show, he's somewhat more intimate, and I might even send a total novice his way if I felt it would help him acclimate to a kitchen, learn to use some tools and have fun there.


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I saw another episode of his program, Guy's Big Bites, where he's making an unusual Thanksgiving dinner in his outdoor kitchen (with a woodfire oven and a beautiful built-in grill), with three sous-chefs: His sons! It was actually very sweet.


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We need to hire a celebrity chef like Jamie Oliver to make a cookbook or short series.
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I love Jaime Oliver!!!! I adore his English garden and "cooking cottage". Love his recipes and the way he attempted to persuade some American school districts to serve their students more nutritious meals.

I don't watch the dessert type shows but just noticed in our paper that a local kid/cake artist from our little town's Cake shop, won the Food Network Sugar Dome Champion...$15,000.00!
They use a team of a cake artist, sugar artist and sand sculptor to create edible displays. Gives me a tooth and stomach ache just thinking about it!


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The Next Iron Chef.
Okay - that season is over, and the Next Iron Chef was named a month ago.
It was an interesting process, but there's talk it was "rigged", and I have to say - it sorta looks like it...?

Apparently the "Iron Chef" position is one that appeals to some of the country's top Fine Dining chefs, like running the world's top restaurants and opening new ones and starring on their own cooking shows, for instance, just isn't thrilling enough. Many of them covet the title "Iron Chef" and would do anything for the opportunity to scramble on TV to execute 5 course meals in under an hour versus some other chef...

While I find cooking shows fun to watch - even some of the competitive ones - this intense ambition for the particular program's Imprimatur really baffles me. I don't want to use this thread as a Spoiler for this season, however.

Honorable (or not?) Mention: Watch for the bromance that challenged the judges and the so-called Chairman...
Is Cooking about Love? Friendship? Does Iron Chef disqualify either? Do these cooking (and other reality) shows encourage trash-talking and cut-throat tactics? Raised such questions for the contemplative viewer...


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Guy's Big Bite showed, again, how to throw together a complex meal simply - this time it was "Asian".
Plenty in it was off-limits ingredients-wise, but all sorts of compliant substitutions were possible, and there was plenty of inspiration value in  his menu and execution.
He made dumplings ("Pot Stickers") using ground pork and vegetables, but you can use fish or crab or chicken or turkey, for instance, instead. He fried these and made a dipping sauce for them.
He marinated, skewered, and grilled chicken thighs (easy: use turkey).
He made a green papaya salad, which he julienned with other vegetables (carrots, daikon, english cucumber) and dressed and tossed, garnishing with mint.
He always provides a drink recipe, and this one was interesting - plenty of room for fixing/doctoring this: It was a ginger-grapefruit cocktail, which he spiked with tequila and lemon-lime soda. I think the ginger-grapefruit combination is a stroke of genius for sheer refreshment.

I frankly like the way he talks to the viewer. No pretensions of sophistication, so the sort of person I've taught, in the past, to cook, has no reason to feel at all intimidated. And he explains things very thoroughly, but doesn't go into all sorts of detail you don't really need.

He's kin'of a wild 'n zany character on the edges of the program, but if you focus on the Lesson at hand, you can really learn something. And if you walk away thinking - "There's no way I can use anything he did", you just may find yourself remembering at odd moments, as I do, things like that ginger-grapefruit drink...


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I saw it this morning but it was a different show. The ceasar salad he made was allright but the mojo cuban sandwiches with pork would need a major redo. He was a bit more relaxed though.
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Yeah, he's really bullish on pork and chicken!
But I appreciate his flavor profile, because he digs the ethnic-pepper thing, as I do, as well as spices -- so I get ideas - and he's better trained than many think.
And I like his laid-back conviviality: It's all about Good Times for him.
Food is not just about the artistry of creating; it's also about the Chowing-Down. And all sorts of people, in all sorts of settings, just wanna chow-down and not intellectualize about it too much.

It depends where you live. If you live in a major city, you're probably more likely to order-in your pot stickers, papaya salad, and satay, than make them yourself!
Likewise buffalo wings, pizza, and the other Guy-food he specializes in.
But you can learn from him how to, say, make those Chinese dumplings, and then you can invent your own fillings altogether, fillings you'd never find at any restaurant.


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Well if I happen to catch his Big Bites on again it might be worth watching. Tonight I bought my second cooking with cast iron magazine. I think I'll go read that.
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Well if I happen to catch his Big Bites on again it might be worth watching. Tonight I bought my second cooking with cast iron magazine. I think I'll go read that.
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Sometimes - not always - there's something worthwhile on his shows.
Enjoy your magazine.



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Any one happen to catch Food Hospital on The Cooking Channel?

I stumbled on it last night and found it very interesting. A GP, a surgeon and a dietitian consult with the patients, incorpororating the philosophy of "food as medicine". Not genetically specific, like what we do, but a positive step in the right direction  


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Any one happen to catch Food Hospital on The Cooking Channel?

I stumbled on it last night and found it very interesting. A GP, a surgeon and a dietitian consult with the patients, incorpororating the philosophy of "food as medicine". Not genetically specific, like what we do, but a positive step in the right direction  

Sounds mega-cool! Tell us more!



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Any one happen to catch Food Hospital on The Cooking Channel?

I stumbled on it last night and found it very interesting. A GP, a surgeon and a dietitian consult with the patients, incorpororating the philosophy of "food as medicine". Not genetically specific, like what we do, but a positive step in the right direction  


I would be interested to know their sponsors. Yes, it's a positive thing to keep beating the drum of "eat better, be healthier, live longer". But all three of these professions feed at the troughs of corporate giants, so if a strong voice is to be heard from them, it will probably indicate a shift away from their practices and towards their individual media success. Not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion, but there are a lot them doing it already. The big changes will begin to appear when healthful behavior becomes a sociological imperative. Maybe due to the obscene consequenses of not doing so-- financial ruin and physical suffering.
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I would be interested to know their sponsors. Yes, it's a positive thing to keep beating the drum of "eat better, be healthier, live longer". But all three of these professions feed at the troughs of corporate giants, so if a strong voice is to be heard from them, it will probably indicate a shift away from their practices and towards their individual media success. Not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion, but there are a lot them doing it already. The big changes will begin to appear when healthful behavior becomes a sociological imperative. Maybe due to the obscene consequenses of not doing so-- financial ruin and physical suffering.

Please elaborate - I'd like to understand your point, but this is very vague.



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