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Jun 29, 2007 06:39 AM

Rick Stein: Food Heroes

Hi -

Just caught a BBC show called Rick Stein's Food Heroes. He is a chef who roams around England looking at artisinal products and then prepaes them. Really nice production values and a lot more interesting than most of the FNTV-type shows.

Anyone else seen it?


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  1. yep, just watched the whole series a few weeks ago...everything is shot beautifully and looks delicious

    1. I've been watching it on BBCAmerica. Wiki tells about a nasty divorce... but, I'm intrigued that in multiple cooking shots, there is a Phil Silvers/Sgt. Bilko pic in the background. Anybody know why?

      1. Years ago, he had a great cooking show that aired on PBS and he focused on cooking seafood. There is a companion cookbook, called "Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea." One of the best parts of the show was his little dog Chalky. Great show. I'll look for the new BBC show--thanks for the tip!

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        1. re: dukegirl

          The seafood show was awsome, the man really knows his seafood.

        2. Why can't FN put on good smart, quality shows like this?

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          1. re: Withnail42


            I would not think it would be very hard to go out and get a few more.

            Marcel Biro's show on PBS is good, as is Charlie Trotter's TV series.

            Toss in some2 Fat Ladies Re-runs, and you could really make a good line up.

            I wonder if it is a cost issue for them (better chefs need more $$) or a demographic thing: They want happy, bubbly, but not overtalented chefs' shows.

            I would rather watch Tom Colicchio cook than judge.

            1. re: Westy

              Well one reason is that the BBC is publicly funded so part of their mission is to put on educational, not just entertaining shows. And they are not afraid to put on shows that only target smaller, specific demographics... that's why their programming ranges from darts and sheep herding to history and classic arts to soap operas like East Enders. A huge range.

              I think one of their best shows on BBC America right now is Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, which should be required viewing for anyone wanting to open a restaurant. It's entertaining, educational, and while he's often tough, it couldn;t be more different than Hell's Kitchen, which has little to do with food and everything to do with meltdowns and yelling!

              1. re: Withnail42

                I agree completely and I'm sure most fans are not in the sheep herding business. That's what I like about Brit TV - they'll experiement with themes, no matter how small the potential audience. Can you imagine pitching this show concept to a major network: We want to take 2 older, unfit ladies, stick them on a motorcycle with sidecar, and send them around the country where they'll make fat-drenched dishes while getting sauced up on wine and ciggies.

            2. re: Withnail42

              They, for the sake of advertisting dollars, play to the lowest common denominator. They don't care about quality, just quantity, the more non-discrminating viewers they attract, the more dollars they can charge for ad time.

            3. I absolutely LOVE this show. Watched his earlier ..."Fruits of the Sea" when it was on PBS and was hooked. Here's a link to his web site:

              He's quite prolific...having written 11 cookbooks, organized 10 TV series, and "runs four restaurants, a delicatessen, a patisserie, a seafood cookery school and a thirty three bedroom hotel in the small fishing port of Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall."
              Poor little Chalky, his intrepid Jack Russell terrier, died in January of this year.