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I got to be a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay...

Chowpatty Mar 18, 2007 12:34 PM

Because of my blog, I was invited to be a judge on the Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay. But this time he didn't do any real cooking -- the contest was for hot dogs with Pink's Hot Dogs in L.A., and we judged based on their toppings and choice of dogs and buns. Although we waited around for quite a while while they taped the making of the dogs, the actual judging was over in a flash, and I only got to briefly shake hands with Bobby. I grabbed one of the dogs so I could finish it in peace after Flay left the taping. It was definitely interesting seeing how these Food Network shows are put together. It might be kind of cool to travel around working on these shows and recruiting food critics in each city, although everyone looks pretty stressed out!.

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  1. ChinoWayne RE: Chowpatty Mar 18, 2007 01:14 PM

    Hmmmm, sounds like the Food TV network is grasping at straws, not in terms of asking you to judge, but given the fact that the consensus on the L.A. board seems to be that Pink's is not the epitome of dogdom in LaLaLand, and the fact that no real cooking went on. I can see the next promo on Food TV "Throwdown With Bobby Flay, Bobby takes on masters of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, coming up next."

    I will try and remember to tune in to this, just so I can see a local 'hound get her deserved 15 minutes, but you do realize that now your annonymity has been blown, you will be recognized at hot dog stands far and wide, and probably "get the treatment" that the rest of us civilians do not get with our dogs.

    The other judge was Merrill Schindler? Oy vey: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378956

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    1. re: ChinoWayne
      embee RE: ChinoWayne Mar 19, 2007 09:34 PM

      Bobby just did PB&J on Iron Chef America, so it would be derivative. Perhaps hard boiled eggs?

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        Davwud RE: embee Mar 20, 2007 05:09 AM



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          Phaedrus RE: Davwud Mar 20, 2007 08:06 AM

          Maybe he can take on Sandra Lee for a throwdown on twinkies.

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            ben61820 RE: Phaedrus Mar 20, 2007 08:08 AM


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              cbauer RE: Phaedrus Mar 20, 2007 08:42 AM

              That would have to be a "twinkie-tini" throwdown for Sandra. Can't forget the booze! :)

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                fascfoo RE: cbauer Mar 20, 2007 08:49 AM

                I would totally drink that.

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                  Davwud RE: fascfoo Mar 20, 2007 09:43 AM

                  Flay vs. Lee in a cup cake decorating throwdown.


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                    MaspethMaven RE: Davwud Mar 22, 2007 11:56 AM

                    That would offend pastry artists everywhere, even moreso than those idiotic "challenge" programs on FW.

          2. re: embee
            Withnail42 RE: embee Mar 27, 2007 01:25 PM

            Ice cubes.

          3. re: ChinoWayne
            aurora50 RE: ChinoWayne Mar 20, 2007 09:52 AM

            Yeah. Oy vey, indeed. : (
            (Just on Schindler, not you, Chowpatty)

          4. MaspethMaven RE: Chowpatty Mar 22, 2007 11:57 AM


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              FlavoursGal RE: Chowpatty Mar 26, 2007 10:12 AM

              Isn't it incredible how a guy who really does have cooking talent and food savvy can be so stupid media-wise? Is the visibility worth all the ridicule?

              Rocco di Spirito had a great reputation, deservedly so, before he got involved in that inane restaurant show. Look what happened to him.

              Is the "glory" of being a TV star really worth it?

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                Davwud RE: FlavoursGal Mar 27, 2007 07:42 AM

                Not necessarily but I bet the money is.


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                  Withnail42 RE: FlavoursGal Mar 27, 2007 01:27 PM

                  I had eaten in di Spirito's place (not the one on TV).The guy could really cook.

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                    FlavoursGal RE: Withnail42 Mar 27, 2007 02:38 PM

                    I know - I ate there as well. The food he created at Union Pacific was wonderful.

                2. Withnail42 RE: Chowpatty Mar 27, 2007 01:25 PM

                  May be he'll be doing a Triscuit throwdown against their reigning queen Rachel Ray.

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                    aurora50 RE: Withnail42 May 16, 2007 01:15 PM

                    Well, Chowpatty, just caught your show last night. So, you picked the Flay dog, eh? It DID look better to me!!! LOL
                    How was it working with Merrill Schindler? Did you get a chance to talk to him much?

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                      Chowpatty RE: aurora50 May 17, 2007 01:37 PM

                      I did get to talk to him a lot, because they kept us waiting for a long time while they constructed the hotdogs. He's a very knowledgable guy but I'm not sure we're on exactly the same page, foodwise.
                      Flay's dog was so much better...we were so rushed, I didn't get to ask him where he got it, but it was obviously some sort of fat, juicy, artisanal hotdog with a homemade brioche bun. And the pickled jalapenos on top were so good that I've started putting them on things I make at home. But I haven't been brave enough to watch the show yet!

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                        Bostonbob3 RE: Chowpatty May 18, 2007 07:22 AM

                        I went to college in Los Angeles, and had many a Pink's dog (usually with their odd, runny chili on top). Do they still have those sodas with the Hebrew writing on the bottles?

                    2. re: Withnail42
                      natalie.warner RE: Withnail42 May 18, 2007 12:42 PM

                      now that's kinda mean... :)

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                        Bostonbob3 RE: natalie.warner May 18, 2007 12:45 PM

                        Triskets aren't mean! They're kindly crackers with a crispy crunch.

                    3. cristina RE: Chowpatty May 25, 2007 03:45 AM

                      Patty, I saw this thread yesterday morning. Later in the evening, the Pink's show was aired here in Kentucky where I'm visiting. The heck with Bobby Flay, I got to see YOU. It was really fun to watch, knowing that you'd be on.

                      Thanks for posting.

                      Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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                        Carb Lover RE: cristina May 25, 2007 07:27 AM

                        Yes, the only reason I endured the entire show was to see Chowpatty! Nice job! During the 3 years we lived in LA, we never tried Pink's. We'd drive by thinking this might be the moment, but then the ridiculously long line would keep us driving on. The 3 Dog Night looked messily alluring to me on last night's show though...

                        A few nights ago, I also saw the episode where he challenges the owner of Auntie Em's to a cupcake throwdown. That was kind of fun to watch. He won there as well, so I guess he was 2 for 2 in LA. Any other LA-based throwdowns coming up?

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