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Food Network Challenge-Flashing Knives

Phaedrus Jan 29, 2007 05:56 AM

Did anyone else catch this abomination? OK, sorry to be negative on yet another Food TV offering, but this thing was a trainwreck in disguise. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Where to begin. First, teppanyaki as a cuisine? It is a skill, but a cuisine? That is laughable. If wanted to see jugglers I go to the circus not a restaurant.

The whole sham was ridiculous, they had the "competition" split up into a speed round and a original cuisine round. The speed round was hilarious, They had these guys doing their regular schtick and had them clocked, taking the tail off of shrimp, making an onion tower, making fried rice, cracking open eggs, etc.. The food looked awful, and the schtick wore thin after the first one got through.

The signature dish presentation was an abomination, I would not pay money to eat any of that junk, but these idiots and the so-called judges made it seem like this was the most serious endeavor in the world.

I would say that this was a sign of apocalypse for the Food Network, but I ams sure they will come up with something to lower the bar ever further.

  1. bkhuna Jan 29, 2007 07:39 PM

    First and foremost, the teppanyaki places in America where people make all sort of commotion, pound their spatulas on the counter, yip and yap and try to catch shrimp on the top of their hats are NOT Japanese restaurants. I've eaten in plenty of teppanyaki ya's in Japan and have never run across that kind of BS.

    The stupid side show was pioneered by Benihana's, the Olive Garden of Japanese food.

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    1. re: bkhuna
      augustiner Jan 30, 2007 03:15 AM

      would you mind explaining a little more about teppanyaki in japan? i'd like to think that there is indeed more at the root of this than the shrimp flicking benihana's of the world. i've seen footage of tasty things like okonomiyaki being made on those flat griddles, which i would certainly rather eat than...you know.. but what else is there to look for? and is this a type of cooking that isn't really experienced outside of japan?

      1. re: augustiner
        bkhuna Jan 30, 2007 01:52 PM

        A teppan is simply the large flat iron cooking surface. Yaki means "to grill". Hence, anything that is cooked on a teppan is technically teppanyaki. Okonomiyaki, which is cooked in a Okonomiyaki-ya, might seem like tappanyaki, but it isn't. I really can't explain it, it's just one of those Japanese things. I've had meager fare and high end cooked on the teppan but one thing is for certain, I've have never had side show.

        My favorite is abalone. I'll look more into this on my upcoming visit.

    2. ElsieDee Jan 29, 2007 02:39 PM

      Caught a minute or two while flipping channels - a true abomination - bad beyond bad. But it (at least in those few minutes) perfectly encapsulates just what has happened to TFN and why I am not a viewer.

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        ooroger Jan 29, 2007 08:36 AM

        I watched the first 5 minutes and switched off, mainly due to the comments made by Benihana customers: "you come for dinner and get entertainment!" and "it's like, awesome!". Not sure that I find having my entree thrown in my general direction particularly "awesome!".

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