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Mar 18, 2007 12:34 PM

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

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. 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:

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

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

        1. re: Davwud

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

            1. re: Phaedrus

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

                1. re: fascfoo

                  Flay vs. Lee in a cup cake decorating throwdown.


                  1. re: Davwud

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

          1. re: ChinoWayne

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

            1. 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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              1. re: FlavoursGal

                Not necessarily but I bet the money is.


                1. re: FlavoursGal

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

                  1. re: Withnail42

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

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

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                  1. re: Withnail42

                    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?

                    1. re: aurora50

                      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!

                      1. re: Chowpatty

                        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?

                      1. re: natalie.warner

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

                    2. 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.


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                      1. re: cristina

                        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?