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I have actually been enjoying this show on the food network very much. It has been interesting to learn something about the cooks/celebrites backgrounds.I have especially enjoyed Sandra Lee's and Nigelia's episodes-as well as BobbyFlay's and Tyler's.Is anyone else watching and enjoying these shows?.

  1. I watched Nigella's and enjoyed it. Really, Sandra Lee's? Why did you like it??

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    1. re: twiggles

      Yeah, Sandra Lee's? The show confirmed how much I hate her show. I couldn't believe it when she said that while she was in culinary school, all she kept thinking was,,,"how can I make this with packaged ingredients?" I think she meant,,,"how can I market myself to appeal to the masses with crap food?" Sorry, her whole approach to cooking is a nightmare!

      1. re: ChefGirl412

        And her "culinary school" was two days of a two week course at Cordon Bleu in Canada (Ottawa?) that she quit because scraping beef tendons was "too hard". She's admitted she DOESN'T like to cook - so why would Food Network say she could have a show and do anything she wants "as long as she cooks a little bit?"

        1. re: LindaWhit

          "why would Food Network say she could have a show and do anything she wants "as long as she cooks a little bit?"

          Probably because she gets good ratings . . . .

          1. re: Seattle Rose

            Probably because she gets good ratings . . . .
            ~~~~~~~~~~~
            Which just boggles the mind.

      2. re: twiggles

        I thought Sandra Lee's bio was amazing even though I think her cooking show is abominable. Her life is a lesson in resilience -- given her screwed-up family history, she could have easily turned out to be a crack whore and no one would have blamed her for it. But no, she's made herself into an incredibly successful business woman with legions of adoring fans. I still hate her show but perhaps I can better appreciate that a girl needs to take a few short-cuts every now and then.

      3. I watched Mario Batalli's last night and really enjoyed it. He is truly a likable guy, orange crocs and all.

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        1. re: ArikaDawn

          I saw the Mario Chefography last night and enjoyed it. I didn't know he spent time living in Spain as a teen. It really explains some of his influences.

          BTW, I can't believe how thin Mario was on his first appearances on FN. He has doubled in size.

        2. You gotta laugh at young Mario's photos. You can tell he was a happy guy from a very young age. And I had no idea Giada was Dino DeLaurentis' granddaughter!

          1. I was actually very impressed with Sandra's Chefography too. I really didn't get her before I watched it but I have immense respect for someone who went through what she had to go through.

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            1. re: Ladycale

              What did she go through? i'm very curious!

              1. re: twiggles

                Basically, her parents split up early, she was raised by a single mother who seemed like she couldn't really cope, and then SL was bounced around between her mother and various grandparents throughout her childhood and adolescence. She also had a lot of responsibility for raising her younger siblings -- then, after her mother got another divorce, she lost contact with some of her half-siblings whom she had helped raise. Pretty difficult family stuff. She's a go-getter, and definitely took control of her own destiny through being imaginative and working hard. Not so much the "sorority girl" she appears to be.

                OK -- for the record -- in my house, we have ALWAYS laughed it up and mocked her mercilessly. We are NOT Semi-Ho fans in my house -- far, far from it. However, my girlfriend and I did feel a *twinge* of guilt after seeing the episode -- her show is horrendous, but there's a little more substance to this woman that it initially seems...

                1. re: Neely_Ohara

                  Plus, she's does A TON of charity work, and gives back to the community... always a bonus in my book.

                  I have *really* enjoyed the chefographies and kept meaning to start a thread on them. I watched all the ones last season, and I've watched all of them this season except for Tyler's. It really has made me have respect for ALL of them, not just the ones I've liked in the past. It's amazing how interesting some of their lives have been. I would love to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and talk with Nigella- she has an amazing outlook on life.

                  1. re: Neely_Ohara

                    I finally understood where the tablescapes and arty stuff came from. People told me that she got the show through her husband but seems to me she did this totally on her own (heck is she even married?). It's sad that people would start rumors like that. I respect someone who can make something out of nothing and that is what she did.

                    Contrast this with Nigella--oh geez a big whahfest. Okay she had some people in her life die on her. So did we all. Gimme a break, she's had a golden life and we have to listen to how she's suffered? I'll Sandra Lee over this whiny chick any day.

                    1. re: choctastic

                      She did get the show through her now-ex-husband's connections. She's definitely a go-getter and has been very successful, but she certainly doesn't know how to cook or develop recipes. She's just a brand name.

                      I like the Chefography shows -- definitely a good addition to Food Netowrk's programming.

                      1. re: choctastic

                        Perhaps a bit of a read elsewhere about SL and the truth-stretching might be informative:

                        http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.c...

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          wow those are some scary people on that forum

                          1. re: choctastic

                            Just callin' it like they sees it! :-) But the fact that her background info is different in many, many stories, you have to wonder what in the Chefography was actually true.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              So she is not only a horrendous "chef" with a two-day "professional training" course under her belt; but she's also "creative" when it comes to her self branding/packaging? Why does the Food Network need to scrape the bottom of the barrel so much? There should be minimun standards for hosts. I don't give a fig about how much she suffered when she was a kid, what should count is her ability as a cook.

                              1. re: maria_nyc

                                what should count is her ability as a cook.
                                ~~~~~~~~
                                Funny how that doesn't enter the picture, huh?

                                1. re: maria_nyc

                                  damn right. sandra lee is a great success story, but i guess that so is karl rove. she is one of the many reasons, and long with rachael ray and co, that the food network has completely gone downhill. they have this crazy idea that making good food should be something you brush aside to get on with the more important things life, like, you know, decorating...

                                  1. re: maria_nyc

                                    Maria, you are right on...there have got to be better qualified cooks/chefs out there to give viewers some creative, wholesome, food concepts other than packaged, unhealthy, alcoholic crap. There I said it...CRAP. This woman does NOT represent what American cooks want. I'm convinced. Ohhhh, Julia Child, I miss you so!!!

                            2. re: choctastic

                              I don't know her personally, however, from what I can see on screen, Nigella has never struck me as whiney, despite having lost her mother, sister and husband - all way too soon. Far from whiney.

                              1. re: pescatarian

                                Nigella's passion for food has brought her where she is today, not because she had a famous father. You could say the same for Giada, with her wealthy, famous filmmaking family. Losing three extremely close family members to cancer is not a mere 'whahfest'. And her fantastic outlook on life is very inspiring.

                                1. re: twiggles

                                  agreed. her authenticity on so many levels is evident. boy some really miss the essence of Nigella. she is the eptiome of anti-whiney my view!

                              2. re: choctastic

                                Nigella never strikes me as whiney but death is death, does it hurt less if you've had the "golden life"? She's an interesting cook. I'd rather eat her food than some of the 30 min RR concoctions.

                                1. re: moymoy

                                  Alright alright. Fine she's not whiney. Even the rich and successful have the right to cry in front of the camera once in a while.

                                  1. re: choctastic

                                    Choctastic -- get on board! You're supposed to diss Sandra Lee, not Nigella :)

                                2. re: choctastic

                                  I just watched the Nigella one today, and boy, did you and I have different takes choctastic. I can't think of a single moment in the hour in which she appeared to be whiny by any stretch of the imagination.

                                3. re: Neely_Ohara

                                  According to her Chefography, at the age of 12 her single mom became severely bedridden to the point where Sandra basically became "mom' having to do the cooking, shopping, and budgeting for her three younger siblings. I can't imagine having that responsibility at such a young age.

                                  My husband and I are also ones that have made fun of her show in the past, but her philosophy as explained in her bio seems very reasonable - that not everyone has the time or budget to do things completely from scratch and that you can get good results if you take shortcuts. I'll have to take another look at her show.

                                  1. re: Ladycale

                                    I'm all for shortcuts. But when a "chef" makes 4-cheese pasta and includes Cheez Whiz as one of the four cheeses, I have to question her knowledge, skills and sanity.

                                    1. re: JennS

                                      Hey, in the south it's hard to find a cheesey recipe that does NOT include whiz or velveeta. I may not like it, but it is definitely an American product.

                                      1. re: mojoeater

                                        should have left it as 3 cheese pasta then

                                    2. re: Ladycale

                                      I was certainly impressed by the show and what she went through - and the fact that she started up her own business designing easy/cheap ways to make curtains etc. - put some of her siblings through college, in addition to the other things mentioned. I've always watched her shows for the amusement factor and don't think I'll every make her recipes, but if the choice is having true slop on the table, and making somewhat of an effort to make it look nice etc., I guess I'm all for that. And, there is truth in her advertising - it is semi-homemade - she doesn't pretend to be something else.

                                      1. re: Ladycale

                                        let's start a spam coupon club!

                                      2. re: Neely_Ohara

                                        Neely - I couldn't agree more. I too felt guilty after seeing that episode. Her show holds "train-wreck" appeal for me but now I must admit that I have a new-found respect for her.

                                        1. re: Neely_Ohara

                                          I don't know...doesn't seem so difficult to me. Talk to homeless kids, or kids who watch people in their neighborhoods get shot everyday...and they go to school and work..and they live in a house without heat and they are lucky to eat once a day. That seems difficult to me.

                                          1. re: melly

                                            You know i was thinking exactly the same thing. I had a difficult childhood as many do. I didn't see her upbringing all that tragic. That's no excuse for her unhealthy meals and showing women an unrealistic view to meal planning & entertaining. Why in the world, under any circumstances would a person change their kitchen curtains to match the meal? The time she saves using prepacked foods she spends matching her kitchen accessories. Absolutely absurd.

                                            1. re: PastaFace123

                                              Not only that, but my oh my she has an air of self-entitlement doesn't she? I thought the quote, "Any one who gives a bad review about Semi-Homemade is really giving a bad review about all the women out there just trying to make it."

                                              Ya know what? I don't have hours and hours to spend every day on cooking. I work a full time job. And still, I manage to get a healthy, homemade dinner on the table just about every night. So, spare me.

                                              1. re: QueenB

                                                There are a LOT of people out there that have little to no culinary interest, feel daunted by the idea of cooking a whole meal from scratch (whether due to time constraints, fear of the kitchen, etc.), or have never been exposed to varied cuisine. Sandra Lee touts her show, and food, as semi-homemade - nothing more.

                                                Would I ever make anything from her show? Probably not, as my culinary skills have progressed beyond what she is presenting. However, she attempts to reach out to a segment of the population whose diet consists predominantly of McDonald's, Dominos, and the like and encourages these people to attempt a meal at home. I frankly can't see why any of you would have disdain for this concept. We all had to start somewhere!

                                                1. re: jrhsfcm

                                                  I don't have a problem with Sandra Lee if at least the food looks halfway edible and the store-bought items she uses are worthwhile shortcuts. Most of her creations are just downright ghastly (Kwanzaa cake anybody?). Comparatively speaking, Rachel Ray's show is a much better program for beginners.

                                                  1. re: dty

                                                    Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. Rachel Ray's a bit too perky for me from a personality standpoint (Sandra is almost there, too), and her culinary vernacular annoys me beyond belief: "once around the pan," "EVOO," etc. Just personal taste... though I, again, admire what she tries to do and the message she's sending.

                                                  2. re: jrhsfcm

                                                    I believe her show is wonderful in concept. However, her execution is extremely poor. Not only that, but I have disdain because she promotes seasoning packets and pre-packaged foods as "healthy".
                                                    She does make a few things that I actually would make and eat (most of them consisting of fresh veggies...she made a grilled asparagus and a lemon broccoli that weren't bad). But the fact that she promotes her food as being healthy is completely misleading.
                                                    I guess I'm picky, because I believe that someone on TV who is teaching me to cook should at least know how to properly pronounce the ingredients they are working with.
                                                    It's really the Food Networks fault. They've put out all this "entertainment", replacing shows that could actually teach you something, in favor for personalities.
                                                    As much as I dislike RR's personality, I believe she does the Semi-Homemade thing better than SL. She uses fresher ingredients and her meals are easy and can be considered mostly healthy.

                                                    1. re: jrhsfcm

                                                      I frankly can't see why any of you would have disdain for this concept. We all had to start somewhere!
                                                      ~~~~~~~
                                                      Her "concept" is supposedly time-saving, cost-saving and healthy. None of those three happens with what she presents as food on her show. And all she's doing is one giant commercial for prepared foods - not a very healthy way of eating. I agree with dty - Rachael Ray's better than SL.

                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                        Okay, here it is...I am an interested viewer of the FN,,,it took years for it to come to my hometown. Sandra Lee is a fabrication of what a cook/chef should be. I feel she wastes my time, having to switch channels while her stupid show comes on. I don't care if the ratings support her,,,I'm here to say, she's a disgrace to anyone who truly cares about cooking a healthy meal for their family. As someone else pointed out...her Kwansa Cake is enough to throw her off the air. She's less than mediocracy. She INSULTS those of us (professional and otherwise) who adore cooking!!! I can't state this enough,,,the TIME she spends on prepackaged food preparation,,,she WASTES on matching kitchen accessories and ridiculous tablescapes. This woman has set women back 30 years -- "oh look at this beautiful tablescape I created, for $$ and it only took me 3 days to find everything to match." UGH !!!!!!!! Hate her concept !!!!!!

                                                        1. re: ChefGirl412

                                                          Well, at least she elicits some strong emotions! lol

                                                          I never said I thought she was a Culinary Messiah; I did, however, say that she has a concept and pitches it to a select demographic. I'm sorry (I say that empathetically, not apologetically) that you dislike her so. I do think your response is just, well, a bit over the top. She in no way "...has set women back 30 years." Lest ye forgot, Martha Stewart, the consumate domestic diva, created tablescapes (and everything else under the sun, for that matter) which were far more elaborate, labor intensive, and expensive. I vividly remember her episode on champagnes: to paraphrase, "This is the only champagne I'll drink," in reference to a bottle of vintage Krug Grande Cuvee. Yes, Martha, because we all can afford Krug. :)

                                                          Frankly, no one forces you to watch her. I'd be willing to wager there are far more annoying people on the Food Network - take the Dean boys, for instance. At least Lil' Miss Sandra Lee cooks something. haha I still also say that what she's peddling is a lot better than what most of the American populous lives on daily: even with her 30% prepackaged concept, it's still a lot better than stuffing your face with most of the items on a fast food or chain restaurant menu. And at least she's promoting people to sit down to dinner with their families - hardly Food Network's AntiChrist.

                                                          1. re: jrhsfcm

                                                            Oh Please - Sandra Lee AND Martha Stewart set too high of standards for the average women - perfectionism is not a virture. Sorry, I totally disagree with you. I don't watch, and it wastes my time to have to change the channel between two shows that are enjoyable.

                                                            1. re: ChefGirl412

                                                              Whoever said that only women watch their shows and that they're marketing only to women? Sorry, honey, but that's a pretty sexist and antiquated thought. I'm a good ol' 26 year gay male, I'm willing to throw down with any "domestic goddess," and I'm d@mn proud of it.

                                                              If you're trying to live your life based off of a television program I think there might be more at issue here. If you're not interested in these types of show, simply don't watch them. There are plenty of people who want to watch them, learn from them, and might even change a negative lifestyle habit because of them. Besides, no one ever said you had to subscribe to all of a person's ideas in order to watch (and benefit from) a show!

                                                              Btw, I think you might want to abandon your television set if you think that clicking from one channel to another to avoid watching a show you don't like is "a waste of your time." There's a lot of crap on TV in general. Heck, you might be able to make one of Sandra Lee's tablescapes with all the time you would save. :)

                                                              1. re: jrhsfcm

                                                                You're right, I stand corrected,,, even guys can recognize a good waste of resources. You go girlfriend! SNAP

                                                      2. re: jrhsfcm

                                                        Couldn't agree more with you , jrhsfcm.
                                                        This show is meant for people who don't wan't / do not have the hours to spend in their kitchen but at the same time do not like eating out.
                                                        However, Sandra Lee should definitely STOP the entertaining/ decorating business on food channel or else get a show like Martha Stewart instead of a cooking show.

                                                        1. re: indiancook

                                                          Just because someone begins to cook doesn't mean they have to cook crap. SL's cooking does not even reach the level of mediocrity; she's simply bad. I would even say that the show's intended audience isn't the novices; it's aimed at people who so lack imagination in cooking that they don't aspire to the level beyond canned soup. Most Fandras can probably come up with the kind of recipes she comes up with herself.

                                                          1. re: Phaedrus

                                                            That's "russipies" to you, Phaedrus. Say it the Shamdra slurred way, or not at all. :-)

                                                            And I'm going to have to disagree with jrhsfcm - she's not teaching anyone. She's NOT promoting healthy foods, as Queen B says below. It's cheaper and easier to buy the actual ingredients that use the heavily sodium- and preservative-laden packets of who-knows-what. If those people actually picked up the phone and ordered a takeout pizza, they'd be eating a helluva lot better than some of the slop she's putting out there!

                                                      3. re: QueenB

                                                        "Any one who gives a bad review about Semi-Homemade is really giving a bad review about all the women out there just trying to make it."

                                                        That sounds like a very manipulative remark.

                                                        1. re: maria_nyc

                                                          Very astute. She's the queen of manipulation which is part of how she's gotten so far in her career.

                                            2. Nigella Lawson's was memorable. She is not only physically beautiful, but full of soul, humility and talent and unabashed about her simple recipes. She has gone through a lot of tragedy and appears, at a glance, to be quite resilient....

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                                              1. re: jsmitty

                                                I love Nigella's shows - she's wonderful.

                                              2. Hideous self-promotion by a network that has become a JOKE about industry food people and, really, anyone serious about food.

                                                1. Whoa, whit I guess you're not a big fan.

                                                  I've been enjoying the Chefography shows. I missed the Nigella one though! She is the personality I know the least about on the FN and after reading these posts now I'm even more curious. I like her show and cookbooks.

                                                  I turned the Sandra Lee one off when she said she was in culinary school she was wondering how she could make the same dishes with packaged ingredients from the store. That about sums it up.

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                                                  1. re: chigirl71

                                                    And knowing about all of these "fascinating" people will make watching the forthcoming FN Awards Show all that more enjoyable ! Yikes, outside of Flay, Battali, and Emeril (yeah Emeril actually has talent which has been masked by years of focusing on Pavlovian responses to the word "garlic") is there really any true culinary talent left ? Do you think RR or Sandra Lee ever washed dishes for $3.50 an hour while learning basic knive skills in hopes of moving up the culinary ladder like many of us ? And how about some of the new shows ? Can you imagine a "chefography" on Guys Big Bite of Crap, or The Hardly Talented Boys ?

                                                  2. I caught the Giada and Mario biographies the other night. Giada's was a rerun for me, but I dig her, so I watched it again. Mario's bio left one aspect of his Italian experience out that was cited in a Philadelphia Magazine article a couple of years ago. Mario arrived by train in the town where La Volta is located, and was greeted by 2 locals who did not know what to make of him. Mario was carrying one bag of luggage, a guitar, and a golf bag full of clubs. Where the hell did he think he was gonna use the golf clubs? 'Era tutto pazzo!'

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                                                    1. re: ChiliDude

                                                      I learned the most about Mario from reading "HEAT".

                                                      1. re: melly

                                                        So, did HEAT mention Mario's arrival in the small mountainside town in Italy, and his appearance?

                                                        1. re: ChiliDude

                                                          I think it did, that was a fantastic read.

                                                    2. Everybody has a story. You, me and even the evil-doers (sarcastic) of the Food Network. I enjoy the series and have a better understanding of the journey the FN hosts have made to get where they are today. And in every case, I've gained a newfound respect for them.

                                                      1. The one's I've seen have been pretty boring...went to chef school, worked at a small restaurant, got good reviews, opened their own restaurant, became the food network star we know and love today.

                                                        I'd like a bit more Behind the Music style to it: "After a decade of pills, booze and foie gras, the lifestyle caught up with him and he learned that the higher the souffle, the bigger the fall."

                                                        Now chefographies of Jeff Smith, Jeremiah Tower, Anthony Bourdain or Alice Waters would be fun!

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                                                        1. re: sku

                                                          I'm with you, how come we're not getting the "in & out of rehab" or in this case fat farm/eating disorder stories????

                                                          1. re: sku

                                                            Sku - you made me laugh. Funny comment!

                                                            1. re: sku

                                                              I agree too. Last night I watched the Tyler Florence one and they only brushed by his failed first marriage. I wanted to know the reason.

                                                              1. re: sku

                                                                sku, your first paragraph describes Tyler's vapid chefography perfectly. I like him, but that was an hour I'll never get back. There just wasn't any "there" there.

                                                                1. re: sku

                                                                  Love Bourdain! His book Kitchen Confidential is essentially his chefography...I couldn't put the book down. He details how he ended up in culinary school and being exec chef at Les Halles. But, oh my, all the inbetween was riveting.

                                                                  1. re: sku

                                                                    Heh heh heh. I can see the one on Jeff Smith, all file footage and all with his assistant "Craig" lurking around the perifery. And some smug references to Michael Jackson and his early work with his church and love for kids.

                                                                    Or behind curtain interviews with kitchen apprentices who have been excoriated by Gordon Ramsey. Or guys in NYC who'd gone off to get ripped with MMario and Bourdain. Or an interview by Bill Nye the science guy of Alton Brown's grade school math teacher and all the pyrotechnical details.

                                                                  2. It seems that a lot of Chowhounds are offended by the fact that a lot of the shows on the Food Network are not hosted by actually chefs. The problem is, TV is for the masses. The average person in the US is not a gourmet cook, and the Food Network is providing cooking shows for the general public. It makes sense to have 30 Minute Meals and Semi Homemade. The average American is not going to make their own pasta from scratch, but they might want some really tasty and quick options for how to make the store bought stuff better. And for the gourmet cooks, they have real chefs like Mario, Wolfgang, etc.

                                                                    I'm somewhere in between. I think tablescapes are goofy, but like shortcuts in the kitchen. I use expensive gourmet ingredients, but often supplement them with cheaper, more basic ones. I will never buy Velveeta. I will never buy black truffles. It's all a matter of degrees.

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                                                                    1. re: mojoeater

                                                                      that's a dangerous slant you take, mojo. soon enough, the RR's and SL's will have taken over the network, specifically because it IS being aimed at the masses. now, i'm not going to cook like thomas keller every night, but i'm young, poor and still manage to find time to cook something nice every night. RR and SL only present the illusion of time saving. if you actually look at what they make, it's either disgusting, or takes much longer to make in reality. and you can make something better than that in the same amount of time. FN has a responsibility to promote good food and good eating. instead it is promoting cutting corners so that eating is considered a hurdle that must be overcome in the laziest way possible.

                                                                      1. re: The Gourmet Pig

                                                                        "if you actually look at what they make, it's either disgusting, or takes much longer to make in reality. and you can make something better than that in the same amount of time. "

                                                                        Most every time I read about someone making a RR recipe from one of her books or shows, it takes WAY longer than 30 minutes.

                                                                        ~~~~~~~

                                                                        "FN has a responsibility to promote good food and good eating. instead it is promoting cutting corners so that eating is considered a hurdle that must be overcome in the laziest way possible."

                                                                        Their responsibility has become the advertising dollar. Those processed foods that are used on the various shows are paying for that placement. I don't begrudge FN for making a buck....I *do* resent the fact they present this as "good food", when, as a whole, it's not.

                                                                        The network didn't start out that way, it used to be about real cooking and LEARNING about new cooking methods and foods. No longer. If they had a more even balance between real cooking shows and the SL/RR shows - or those fantastical cake/candy structure making contests or the godawful Unwrapped series with that horrendous host (Marc Summers?) who seems to wear way too much makeup , I might be more amenable to the network as a whole. As it stands now - they're no better than the garbage slop from whom they get their advertising dollars.

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          "Most every time I read about someone making A RR recipe from one of her books or shows, it takes WAY longer than 30 minutes"

                                                                          I was watching a show about RR and 30 minute meals (not chefography) and they discussed how the show is very carefully choreographed and rehearsed many times in order to actually prepare everything in 30 minutes. Maybe we should all start running through our dinner preparations ahead of time, so when the big moment comes we can do it just like RR!

                                                                          1. re: rds246

                                                                            For me, the chopping alone takes twice as much time. I don't have great knife skills and always take it slow to save my fingers.

                                                                            1. re: rds246

                                                                              I think I saw that one too. It took on average something like 2.5-3 hours per episode to tape. Seems like a long time for something that takes ‘thirty minutes’.

                                                                          2. re: The Gourmet Pig

                                                                            "FN has a responsibility to promote good food and good eating."

                                                                            FN has no such responsibility. They are in business to make money. Period. They are not PBS.

                                                                            1. re: The Gourmet Pig

                                                                              The FDA, the NIH and the HHS have responsibility to promote good food. Food Network has none. It is a TV network. It is entertainment. Expecting them to make it their mission to turn all Americans into gourmets is ludicrous. RR and SL and those other shows might frustrate you, but they might get someone who has never cooked to try a simple recipe.

                                                                          3. If it's put on by FN, then excuse the pun, it all has to be taken with a grain of salt. They are first and foremost promo pieces. They want you all to like and admire these people.

                                                                            1. I've only seen Nigella's and it was intriguing. Can't wait to catch Ina's. I met her once in NY--my old boss is a good friend, and she is as nice in person as she seems on the show. She was still running her shop then, and jokingly asked me if I wanted to quit my job (as her friend's assistant) and come work for her. Now, I wish I'd taken her up on it--I'd love to be on Team Ina.

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                                                                              1. re: cafecreme

                                                                                I TIVO'd them all last week when they were on. I haven't watched all of them though. I watched Tyler's and as was stated upthread I was disappointed that they didn't go into his first failed marriage more or the girlfriend that he had his son, Miles, with. I'm nosey so I like to know those things! *LOL*

                                                                                I was surprised by Nigella's Chefography. I didn't really like her before but now I have much more respect for her.

                                                                                I don't like SL at all but for some reason, mostly because I'm nosey, I was interested to see her story.

                                                                                I also found it interesting that Mario had brain aneurism and during the surgery the docs nicking his taste cells was a risk. That makes him all the more respectable to me!

                                                                                Ooooh, an Anthony Bourdain Chefography would be awesome!! Love him.

                                                                              2. Folks, please review this post about guidelines for discussing Food TV shows.

                                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334317

                                                                                This thread seems to have run its course so we're locking it.