Eric Ripert on PBS.
I’ve heard that Eric Ripert form Le Bernardin is going to be having a series on PBS. Not sure when it will be on. This is good news. An award-winning chef, he’s the real deal with an interesting philosophy on life and in cooking. No doubt he’ll bring that to the show.
Ripert is nowhere to be found on FN. That in itself speaks volumes.
It's not even the elite. FN has become so vanilla it's sad. Gone are the days of Molto Mario, Ming Tsai, Follow that Food with Gordon Elliott...even Martha Stewart since she regularly had chefs like Jean Georges, Ripert, Alice Waters, and Mario (classic episode) on her show.
Back before Food Network became mainstream, they had shows showing travel to different countries and hosts sampling exotic native street food. Compare that to the boring and talentless crew they have these days...it's a shame.
Keeping Flay on as one of your headliners says it all. The guy is still painting with squirt bottles and using mango salsa. You'd think the fact that mango salsa is now a joke on Geico would tip him off that he needs to update his "cuisine".
I'm glad PBS is picking up the slack. And thank goodness Tony Bourdain is still around on The Travel Channel.