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Jul 14, 2006 05:28 PM

Throwdown with Bobby Flay

I actually like the concept of this show. Did anyone watch it last night?

I couldn't believe he beat the chowder surfer though....I wanted chowder so bad last night!

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  1. I did and I enjoyed it. I am acquainted with Ben, the surfer chowder chef and knew ahead of time that he had lost. Out of loyalty to Ben I was prepared to resent Bobby's performance but in the end thought that Bobby Flay did a great job.

    A few years back when Bobby had that BBQ show (the one where he cooked alongside thick drawling southern guy) I thought he was a bit of a jerk. However in the past year I have had to admit that he is really a great chef and a seemingly great guy - perhaps marriage has mellowed him.

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    1. re: antjones9

      Whatever happened to that other guy? I had seen him before on a Great Chefs episode and I really liked him. He's the only reason I ever even watched the show with bobby flay.

      1. re: nagrom

        Well, fellow chowhounds, his name is Jack McDavid and he owns Jack's Firehouse Restaurant in Philly. It is one of the highest grossing independent restaurants in the US.

        I too loved his folksy wisdom and down home cooking advice.

        1. re: bogie

          When Rachel Ray visited his resto on "$40 a Day" I thought it was very odd she never even mentioned he used to be on "Grillin' and Chillin'."

          1. re: MplsM ary

            I was just going to say "I thought that name sounded familiar!" But of course Rachael wouldn't want any attention taken away from her. :-/

          2. re: bogie

            He also owns the Down Home Diner-- and he just took third in Whole Hog at Memphis in May.

        2. re: antjones9

          I think it's horrible that these folks have dreams of becoming Food Network STARS, think they are getting their shot, only to have Bobby Flay show up with the intention of one-upping them. I find that part of the show extremely distasteful. Really what would you say, with a camera pointed at your face when Bobby asks you to "Throw Down?" Icky.

            1. re: MplsM ary

              I didn't realize that this was part of the concept until I watched the steak one last night. I could have sworn that the first episode I saw that they didn't think they were being profiled for their own special, but maybe I missed that whole part. That is pretty crappy, and aren't people going to start figuring that part of it out eventually?!

              1. re: Katie Nell

                The guy had his chuck steak and when Flay showed up, he had restaurant cut, bone in rib eyes I believe. I also feel as someone else mentioned, that the same cuts should be used across the board. Although Flay lost in this episode, I thought this was grossly unfair. Not many of us can find those without special ordering AND paying way above chuck prices.

              2. re: MplsM ary

                I think the producers at Food Network realize there is strong Anti-Flay sentiment, and they capitalize on it. I know every time BF acts cocky, I play right into it! Good on him for going with one of his strengths... the ability to peeve!

                1. re: MplsM ary

                  Throwdown draws a lot of viewers and I think in reality the competitors get 10x more exposure being a part of Bobby's show than they would if they had their own show without the name recognition. And who knows, if they're great maybe they will get their own show!? Their restaurants are usually mobbed after the show airs too. Win or lose. So I've heard.

                2. re: antjones9

                  "perhaps marriage has mellowed him."

                  you know what they say, third time's a charm

                3. I think it's an interesting concept. I saw the tail end of the wedding cake one, but I wish I would have the seen the whole thing. I remarked to my bf that wouldn't it be funny if they had him baking when I first saw the ads, and then he did! It definitely speaks to Bobby's personality, because he is really competitive. I was wondering if there were any Chowhounds who were going to appear as his challenger?

                  1. Bobby Flay gained a lot of respect in my book when he answered a question about how he feels about restaurants not putting salt and pepper on the table. He said he thought it was "Arrogant". I liked that.


                    1. I liked the chowder show, but the wedding cake one bored me though. Why the fascination with wedding cakes and desert sculptures with Food Network? Can't they come up with something different or is the person in charge of programming an ex-wedding cake maker? Those "Challange" shows are horrible.

                      If Bobby Flay ever wants to challange me to a homebrew throwdow, I am so there.

                      Can't wait to see AB's new show.

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                      1. re: LStaff

                        He has a new show?? What is it??

                        Will he still be doing GE??


                        1. re: Davwud

                          Yes, Alton has a new show coming up at the end of the month. Something about a bike (as in motor cycle), the road less traveled and good eats on that road. So it's basically an Alton Brown road trip. I'm anxious to see it too. It sound like it's got potential.

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            I think the show will go on hiatus after four episodes because he wrecks near Vegas and breaks his collarbone. I am going to see him next monday, I'll ask.

                            1. re: Lowbar

                              Ouch. Although I'd think they could get some pretty good milage out an injured Alton

                        2. AB's show has asphalt in the title...and he is on a motorcycle. I think it airs later this month. I look forward to that one too.

                          Re: husband and I used to think he was a jerk but we noticed that after he fell in love..he really did change lots. We look forward to his next throwdown.

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                          1. re: melly

                            It was almost comical to watch him oogling over the girls on that one stupid show he had. I forget the name of it but he had a bunch of his suppliers or something come in with goodies and he'd employ them to cook up the food.

                            Really pretty bad.

                            1. re: Davwud

                              I think he was saying it to the a girl or two on ‘Who wants to be the next Food Network Star?’

                            2. re: melly

                              I think she puts him in his place, like every good woman should! ;-)