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asian chef on food network

there are almost every kind of cooking show on food network but asian, we need chinese japanese , karen.......................

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  1. Ming Tsai use to be on Ming's Quest and East Meets West and always paired his food with wine at the end (my favorite!). I dunno why it's not on anymore =(

    I hate you Food Network

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    1. re: Danimal n Hustler

      You can find Ming on PBS now cooking on Simply Ming and on the competition show Cooking Under Fire.

    2. which channel is cooking under fire play

      1. PBS shows Cooking Under Fire. I don't think there's a new season yet.

        Ming's shows (Simply Ming, East Meets West) are also shown on another channel...I think it's Fine Living....must check DirecTV listings.

        1. I think, once again, the FN is playing to the leading demographics. The truth is that there are a lot of people who love asian foods but there are far more people who want the comfort of the known, such as Italian, southern, and comfort oofds. Look at Giada, Rachel Ray, Emeril, Paula Deen, etc. Asian foods just does not hit as big of an audience. The most exotic thing that is on is homogenized Italian and French.

          Its too bad, its kind of like music back in the 60's and 70's, all kinds of music got played on radio, soul followed rock followed pop, etc. Then Album Oriented Rock radio came around and they started to program the music from New York City and no more diversity, no more disc jockey programming the shows. No more spontaneity. Video didn't kill the radio star, AOR did.

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          1. re: Phaedrus

            I agree. There's also no shows about Mexican or Latin food either. Considering the volume either produce in the real world, it's semi-amazing. My guess is that viewers might eat Asian or Latin cuisine, but at a restaurant...and the FN is a playing it super-safe and might be a tad bit xenophobic.

            1. re: ML8000

              And Asian food would probably require a lot of people to go out and stock up on strange and exotic ingredients.

              1. re: spellweaver16

                And that would have worked well with the "ingredient smuggler" concept on TNFNS.

                That could have been done for so many international cuisines...

              2. re: ML8000

                Simply Delicioso is still on and Daisy Martinez moved from PBS to do a show on FN

            2. how about eastern european, middle eastern, african, latin american, polynesian, asian, the whole damn globe except for french and italian (no offense guys).

              so what is "karen" anyways?

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                1. re: kobetobiko

                  figured as much, but it doesn't hurt to be 100% sure!

                2. re: bitsubeats

                  Karen are one of the indigenous groups of northern Thailand, parts of Lao, parts of Myanmar, and parts of Vietnam. They've always been pushed around by the more agressive Hmong.

                3. Glad to see others have noticed this as well. Ming Tsai is the most contemporay asian-american chef that is on any networks radar these days. I remember Yan Can Cook and Iron Chefs are the most mainstream, though I doubt most Americans remember the asian chefs names. FoodNetwork is just playing it safe and will NOT represent unless we the viewers demand it. This original thread was two years ago. I wonder if FN can catch up with what all asian-americans already know; asian food is everywhere in America. Think burger joints are the most popular fast food? Wrong! Its chinese food. Mom and pop shops, Panda Express, even the Olive Garden of chinese food; PF Changs counts! Heck, lump in Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and a continent of cuisine is alive and tasted in America. Wake up Food Network! I have been on over two dozen road trips across America and no matter the tiny armpit town I am in, I can always find a family that runs the chinese restaurant in town.

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                  1. re: flyingpigeonLA

                    isn't it sad, after 2 years , there are still no Asian cooking show on food net work, don't know what they are thinking, not everybody love Italian and American food

                  2. Other than Ming Tsai, who are the most notable Asian Chefs around now days? There are none. Language barrier and non -American born maybe the problem. So no Asian cooking shows on FN.

                    FN has or had a few Latin Chefs shows.

                    Most Chefs make their rmark / money by selling their show to PBS or have local cooking shows like Sam Choy in Hawaii. This way they are more in control the content that is put out.

                    1. This thread was started on March 2007.
                      14 replies with a revival on Sept 9, 2009, and last post on Sept. 13, 2009.
                      Obviously not alot of interest on the subject of Asian chefs, even on Chow.
                      I guess Food Network's market researchers are spot on?
                      Seriously, I can't believe there is not even a Chinese cooking show on Food Network.

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                      1. re: ritabwh

                        I started this 2 years ago, and nothing has changed, I am really disappointed at food network, I guess they just don't think about asian food that much, I guess they assumed asian don't watch food network or people don't like to eat asian food , which is not true

                      2. I vote for David Chang! I think he can take Asian cooking to a whole other level that no other current well-known Asian chefs (Ming Tsai, Martin Yan, Kwylie Kwong, etc.) can do.

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                        1. re: gloriousfood

                          Asian is so broad a term. It's not as easily tagged as Italian, French, Greek.....probably most comparable to Mediterannean?
                          A top Japanese chef will not necessarily be even a competent Chinese chef, or Thai, or Vietnamese, etc. etc.
                          That's why I think Chinese is a great starting point. Everyone likes Chinese and there are so many different regional cooking styles. It would be easy to start introducing "real" Chinese food along with the General Tsoa chicken and bringing in guest chefs for other Asian cuisines.
                          Hey! Ming already did that. But that was after he moved on to PBS.
                          Now, I am truly mystified why Food Network has not produced an original Chinese cooking show. I'm not expecting any major prodcution. A stand and stir show would suit me just fine.

                        2. If food network did anything ethnic, it wouldn't be ethnic, it would be American ideas of ethnic, like Robin Miller making fried rice with a lot of hoisin sauce.

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                          1. re: chowser

                            Hoisin sauce? What's that? It would be La Choy Soy Sauce instead of hoisin. Hoisin is just too ethnic. :-D

                            1. re: chowser

                              So true. I laugh at all the gringofied asian recipes on FN. Soy sauce + hoisin + sesame oil = as Asian as they get.

                            2. I'd guess the challenging part is having a show that's not too exotic for the average viewer.

                              How many cities have a lot of supermarkets that offer Bok Choy, fresh ginger, Shitake mushrooms, asian eggplant, daikon, etc? Maybe not so tough in certain coastal cities but when you start moving away from places with large Asian populations and/or access to fresh product, the everyday Asian ingredients become harder to source.

                              The average market in mid America... they might not have real, fresh noodles, but the have to cheap ramen stuff. They might not have fresh lemongrass, but they do have a can of bamboo shoots or the mini corn cobs.

                              I think we'll see more Asian hosts when the full scope of Asian foods are more available to the average viewer.

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                              1. re: tastyjon

                                I agree with this. While I love Asian food and choose Indian, Thai, Chinese often when dining out, I cannot get the ingredients necessary to make my favorite dishes at home. And "Americanizing" these cuisines by using regular supermarket stuff just doesn't do it for me.

                                1. re: tastyjon

                                  I think the availability af Asian ingredients is much broader than you think, tastyjon. I'd be willing to bet you can find bok choy and lemon grass in 98% of America's mid-size towns and in all large cities and their suburbs. For those who truly are without local sources, there is always the internet. I suspect interest determines choices far more than availability. Keep in mind there are those among us (but probably not on these boards) who think shredded wheat and Chef Boyardee are exotic fare! '-)

                                  1. re: tastyjon

                                    ummmmm my local grocery store, a basic stop and shop in rural southeastern CT has bok choy, fresh ginger, shiitake mushrooms, asian eggplant, daikon radish, fresh lemongrass, thai chilis, fish sauce, tamari, soy sauce, fresh noodles, multiple colors of sesame seeds, and a large variety of rice vinegars....

                                    1. re: kubasd

                                      Yeah... I live in Eastern Iowa and there are three asian stores within ten miles. I really dont think finding products is so hard.

                                  2. During Top Chef Masters, I had a total chef Crush on Anita Lo.... She could do a great job on making it all accessible to middle America. The Midwest and the South seem to be who the Food Network is targeting, instead of the whole country.

                                    1. I recently read that Jaden from the Steamy Kitchen blog was asked to audition for the Next Food Network Star but turned it down. Perhaps FN is relying too much on that show to find their new talent (Asian or otherwise) instead of developing shows separately.

                                      1. What do you say, we boot out all those FN competition shows and replace them with cooking shows-- Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Scandinavian, for a start! I am so burnt out on Italian food I could croak. Enough already.

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                                        1. re: CookieWeasel

                                          Completely agree CW. How many more risotto demos do we need? The voice of authority admonishing us NEVER to use cheese with fish. Or confidently, and erroneously, informing us that "pancetta is like bacon but smokier" . . WRONG. I always complain that they all railed against the "hegemony" of French food and simply replaced it with a new hegemony: Italian.

                                        2. Food Network has a GREAT Asian chef who appears with some regularity. Iron Chef Masaharu Marimoto. I just wish they'd give him his own show. I love his humor, and his cooking is instructive and great entertainment.

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                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                            Morimoto will never get a show on Food Network. The network thinks so little of his English they seem to think it is necessary to over-dub his voice on ICA.

                                            1. re: KTinNYC

                                              Well, I've never claimed the Food Network knew what it was doing. However.... he DID serve as a judge on a recent show, and believe it or not, NO SUBTITLES! Maybe there's hope? But there is some chance he may have been offered a show and turned it down. He's a pretty smart guy.

                                          2. My dream of an Asian cooking show would be "Ming and Mom." Ming Tsai's mom is telegenic, funny and charming, speaks with almost no accent and is a very skilled cook. Her chemistry with her son is terrific--the age difference and cooking styles add so much. I've seen her twice on his PBS show and both times she had me laughing out loud. On one episode she talked about how many concubines her grandfather had! "Ming and Mom" would have me glued to my seat.

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                                            1. re: annabana

                                              same here, she is funny, but sometimes I think she forgot she is on her son's cooking show, not her own show

                                              1. re: monkfanatic

                                                A great show would be, "Ming's Mom & Kylie's Mom".

                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                  Oh my yes that would be so much better!

                                              2. re: annabana

                                                This episode was on WTTW Prime in Chicago today (3/2/11) and I was dying laughing when his mom started counting off the concubines her grandfather had.