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Oct 1, 2006 01:20 AM

Food Network: Enough with the Challenges!!!

To Food Network Management,

I've seen cake challenges, sweets challenges, sugar chanllenges, cupcake challenges. And for the capper - today it's a Rice Krispie treat challenge. Sculpting city skylines out of cereal bars? It's too much.


thank you.

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  1. And loose the nimrod with the glasses!!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Withnail42

      I'm curious which nimrod....did you happen to catch a name?

      1. re: janedoe67

        The dude with the designer glasses and frosted spiky hair. He seems to emcee a lot of the events. Truth be told I don't know if he was on the Rice Krispy challenge as I thought it was much too stupid to watch.

        1. re: Withnail42

          Alton Brown.

          His show is great. I don't watch the other stuff so I couldn't tell you if he's any good at that.


          1. re: Davwud

            No not Alton Brown. This pretty boy only seems to do these challenges. Sometimes he even judges. I don't know the guys name.

            1. re: Withnail42

              The only guy I can think of is Keegan that him?

      1. I had sent a letter to the Food Network a long time ago, asking why they do not offer more of a variety of shows asides from the standards (American regional, quick meals, italian and now these "contests"). What about the rest of the world of cuisine?? Indian? Asian? Latin? (and not just Mexican!) African? What a surprise, I never heard back from them. I love Paula Dean's personality and Rachel Ray on occasion has a good idea but for those of us who have the basics down, love to cook and do not care for a "quick meal" or one drowning in gravy, I just switch off the TV or turn to 21. It's a shame the path the Food Network has taken- I take it as seriously as I do the DIYN or Discovery that has shows about aliens and UFO abductions.

        1. OP here.

          What's frustrating for me is that I wish they would put some of that $100K challenge jackpot money into show development. Now there's a novel idea....

          3 Replies
          1. re: mamamia

            They did and we got 'Who Wants to be the Next Foodnetwork Star' twoce. Frist the two guy won then what's his face. As you can tell they put a great deal of effort and promo into these shows.

            1. re: Withnail42

              You are so right - I totally forgot about them.
              The two party planner guys and the "rock n roll" chef.

              Way to support the home grown talent, mgt.

            2. re: mamamia

              Except did you ever notice that those crappy challenge shows give weak prizes? Like 450 bucks? Wouldn't be worth my effort.

            3. Oh the more extreme & hyper it gets, the more I want to sit and stare at a plum ripening, or dough rising. Lousy television is threatening good cooking.