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Two New Food Network Shows

bookwormchef Jul 2, 2007 05:25 PM

So, has anyone else noticed the commercials for the 2 new shows?

First: Simply Delicious: This looks like they cloned Giada in Latin form, cleavage and all. I am thinking this is the Latin version of Everyday Italian. I only hope this girl is nicer, or at the least less catty.

Second: Bob Blumer's [sp?] Glutton for Punishment: I liked him on Surreal Gourmet, but this does not appear to be that kind of show.

I would like to hear your input if you have seen these.

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    mojoeater RE: bookwormchef Jul 2, 2007 05:31 PM

    I saw previews for both during TNFNS this week.

    Simply Delicious looks less about food than Everyday Italian, and the hostess chick seemed to lose her accent once or twice. Might have been my imagination, but I don't think so. And I don't see Giada as catty at all. She's a judge on that show and shouldn't coddle the contestants.

    Glutton for Punishment looks like it might be fun. I'd be willing to watch it and see if it's any good. I'm afraid it might be goofy like that guy on Animal Planet, though.

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      heathermb RE: mojoeater Jul 2, 2007 06:02 PM

      GfP brings to mind memories of the kid at summer camp who would eat whatever concoction people could mix in a glass in exchange for some candy or sweet that his mother didn't let him eat...

    2. Withnail42 RE: bookwormchef Jul 2, 2007 06:31 PM

      This is what I don’t get about FN. In the midst of this whole TNFNS with one of the leading contenders is JAG whose goal is to do Latin fusion show. From out of nowhere they bring out this woman whose doing a Latin fusion show. I think it’s safe to say that JAG won’t be getting his own show. And yes I too noticed that her accent seemed to come and go.

      As for Glutton for Punishment hard to tell but never been a fan of Bob Blummer. It looks like bargain(style over substance) version of No Reservations or that show on Discovery (that I can’t remember) where the guy tries odd foods.


      1. Richard 16 RE: bookwormchef Jul 2, 2007 11:28 PM

        Neither of these shows look appealing to me. bookworm hit them on the head, especially Simply Delicious. I'll probably catch a show or two to check it out and stare at the cleavage, but Giada now bores me and I sadly expect this new host to do the same.

        As for the other show, I can't figure out what it's supposed to be about. But to expand on what withnail said, with two new shows this does not boad (bode?) well for the TNFNS contestants.

        Bring back Door Knock Dinners!

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          jujuthomas RE: Richard 16 Jul 3, 2007 08:06 AM

          I agree - saw the preview for SD, not enthused.
          I totally forgot about DKD - such a fun show!

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          yankeefan RE: bookwormchef Jul 3, 2007 06:00 AM

          Great call on making a duplicate of Giada with spanish cooking- well explained. Maybe she too will get the difficult assignment of going to european paradises to spend a weekend and eat food like the show Giada just scored. Im just jealous on that one..

          That Glutton for Punishment show has been on other stations and I have not been the biggest fan but havent given it a full chance yet.

          I am psyched that Good Eats will be moving to 8pm! Im not sure what they are going to do with the new Emeril time slot?

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            EvanWilliams RE: yankeefan Jul 4, 2007 09:06 AM

            Is Bob Blummer going to bring back his trailer/food wagon thing that looked like a giant toaster? That sh*t was so ridiculous and not in a good way....I used to really love to hate The Surreal Gourmet.

          2. bookwormchef RE: bookwormchef Jul 12, 2007 12:31 PM

            I caught some of Glutton for Punishment the other night. Very underwhelmed.
            Let's hope Deliciouso is better

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              tochipotle RE: bookwormchef Jul 12, 2007 12:38 PM

              Glutton for Punishment is kind of fun - at least it's interesting and not a cookie cut out copy of other shows. Bob is kind of a nerd, in the nicest sense of the word. But it's not necessarily a food show - more of an adventure show. He challenges himself to do something new each episode. Learn how to bartend from a pro, then enters himself in the biggest contest. Learn how to bbq from a pro, enters a bbq contest. Learns how to cycle up the toughest grind of the tour de France from a pro, then rewards himself with a great meal at the top of the mountain.
              If you don't like Bob's geeky personality, you won't like the show one bit. Also the 'food' content is minimal at times.

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                Withnail42 RE: tochipotle Jul 14, 2007 08:16 AM

                Not a fan of Blummer met him years ago had a bit of a tude for a guy who drove around in a toaster.

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                Bunson RE: bookwormchef Jul 15, 2007 11:49 AM

                I saw Glutton For Punishment and it was the first time I've seen Bob Blumer. He seems like a watchable guy but this show and the premise just isn't very compelling. Plus there doesn't seem to be much focus on food...just pain and sufferring.

                1. yomyb RE: bookwormchef Jul 16, 2007 07:46 AM

                  Saw Simply Delicioso yesterday and as a Latina who lives sin South Beach I must say I was not impressed in the slightest with her recipes. They were not authentic or original, and definitely not practical for a boat trip as she was suggesting they were. The salad dressing? Wow, olive oil, lemon jc, salt and pepper....groundbreaking. I prefer Giada. The show was silly as well. Did she use to be a telenovela actress? What is her culinary background aside from doing cooking segments for "Despierta America"?

                  1. PeggyKate RE: bookwormchef Jul 16, 2007 09:46 AM

                    I watched Simply Delicioso for the first time yesterday also and I couldn't believe how terrible it was. When did tamale pie made with Jiffy cornbread mix become Latin food? And jello shots, excuse me "Chica Shots"? What is the FN thinking?

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                      ggdinero RE: PeggyKate Jul 16, 2007 10:26 AM

                      Seriously!! ;-) My BF and I were watching this and couldn't help but think how ridiculous this show was. I was waiting for her to break out her Charo "Coochie Choochie" routine. While she seems nice enough, I couldn't get past all that finger snapping.

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                        yomyb RE: ggdinero Jul 16, 2007 10:52 AM

                        Jejeje...Oh My God the finger snapping!!! Chica please!!!

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                        C. Hamster RE: PeggyKate Jul 16, 2007 01:12 PM

                        She is the Latina Sandra Lee!

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                          QueenB RE: C. Hamster Jul 16, 2007 02:07 PM

                          I was thinking exactly the same thing.
                          Complete with cocktail time!

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