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Oct 25, 2006 05:39 PM

Batali + Ray vs. Flay + Laurentis, Nov 12

I think the real battle will be whether Mario can refrain from "accidentally" stabbing his teammate.

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  1. That's kind of funny. Pairing chefs and non-chefs, sort of like a celebrity golf match.

    When the original Iron Chef had non-chef contestants, it was usually pretty lame.

    1. LOL. RR is a real hinderence to MB. She has no real skills as far as culinary creativity is concerned. I'm sure she'll be relegated to playing a background role as much as possible i.e.; standing around and looking cute.

      BF and GL, this sounds like an interesting team to me. Normally I'd be in MB's corner but in this instance, I'm thinking otherwise.

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      1. re: sivyaleah

        Plus MB has mentionned more than once how extremely attractive he finds GD, so perhaps he will be distracted...

        1. re: sivyaleah

          Funny, I always think of Bobby Flay as just standing around looking cute.

          1. re: sivyaleah

            Looking cute? That is a stretch! But, don't forget she does chop well!

          2. In all fairness, at least Giada went to culinary school. Not to say that you can't be a great chef by working your way through the ranks, but RR didn't even do that. I wonder how the judges are going to feel when their soup is made with canned stock and served with sammies.

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            1. re: foodrocks

              Actually, Giada worked on the line at Spago before she started her own catering business. I'd consider that "chef experience", wouldn't you...?

              Besides, that "culinary school" was the Cordon Bleu. Not too shabby, I'd say.

              1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                I had no clue she worked on the line at Spago, that is pretty impressive, so thanks for the info! But my point wasn't to say that she wasn't qualified, or that her schooling was mediocre, but to point out that she has more hands on experience than I am a little confused by your post.

                1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                  so how did RR rise to fame anyway?

                  1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                    Her show is still extremely lame & her commentary is the most useless of any Food Network person currently working.

                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                      In scanning the channel for news on Ed Bradley's passing,,,here is RR TV show. I don't get it - she's loud and her cooking is nothing special.

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                  1. Why would they not put Giada with Mario. It seems like a natural pairing to me. Perhaps Bobby won the coin toss.
                    Can you imagine MB making RR's Sloppy Joe Pizza or her Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding Stoup??


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      Because Mario is the only one good-natured enough to put up with Rachel Ray?

                      1. re: sivyaleah

                        I have read some comments Batali made about RR--definitely not complimentary. This should be interesting indeed....

                        1. re: gloriousfood

                          Sure you're not thinking of Bourdain? He's made some scathing comments about her.

                          Doesn't sound like it would be Batali if what Ray says is true: "People come in different flavors, like ice cream," she says. "Not everybody goes for strawberry. And I know plenty of chefs that have been decent and kind and sweet to me. Mario lives a couple of blocks from me, and we're good friends. He comes over and eats my food, and doesn't have any complaints."

                          1. re: Chimayo Joe

                            I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it was Batali and Bourdain at some kind of a chef powwow. As for Bourdain--yes, I know he's no fan of hers although he was the most diplomatic I've ever heard him commenting in a recent piece about RR in the NY Times.

                            1. re: gloriousfood

                              You missed his seminar at Gourmet this weekend...

                              1. re: Withnail42

                                Do you mean Bourdain or Batali? What happened?

                        2. re: sivyaleah

                          What gave you the idea he was good natured? He has a rep as a real pr*ck. I hope it's ok to say pr*ck...

                          1. re: prunefeet

                            Well, I've met him a couple of times - I'm not saying he can't be aggressive and whatever he needs to be for business purposes, I'd expect him to be. However, in general, as a person from my perspective, I found him to be personable. JMO, of course.

                            1. re: prunefeet

                              I think he just likes to win the hard way.