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Aug 13, 2007 06:42 PM

New FN Show - Have Fork, Will Travel

I have incredibly high hopes for this show. I love the host, he is the guy from a show on an HD channel called Three Sheets and goes to foreign countries and "samples" their alcohol offerings. He is a drunk but hilarious on the show- I really look forward to see his perspective on a food show.

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  1. So is this FN's answer to No Reservations and Zimmern's show? Don't they already do Giada traveling, and Alton traveling, Mario traveling, Flay traveling?

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    1. re: Phaedrus

      And that awful Guy guy and the moronic Deen brothers along with frantic Rachael...

      1. re: Sarah

        You had to bring them up. *sigh*

        1. re: Phaedrus

          I don't get it. Why do people keep watching shows they dislike?

        2. re: Sarah

          I always think of Rachael as being terminally perky -- sort of like Katy Couric on food and travel.

          1. re: Sarah

            I love Paula but those boys of hers are ass clowns.

              1. re: southernitalian

                awwww I think the big one, Jamie is kinda funny but I do think the show is rather lame. The chatting they do with one another at the end of the show makes me gringe with shame for them.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  You need to check out her Party show on Fri eves; you'll be disgusted by her demeanor, so awful. Her ass clown boys (and husband and brother) show up w/ amazing regularity, for a paycheck I guess.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    I like 'old school' Paula without the shtick. And oddly enough before her 'accent' was so pronounced. Hate her travel shows where she is very condescending to the locals and reminding them why, with good reason, they don't like American tourists. Saw about two minutes of her party show recently. Like the movie "The Ring' my life as been altered. She is like a dirty old lady way too over the top. I certainly don't need to see her husband (apparently she seems to have married the Gortons Fisherman) standing around for not apparent reason.Then again I guess he can't get a word in edgewise.

                    As for her sons no redeeming value what so ever. They bring a new meaning to the word useless. The term Mama's Boy's is an understatement. They spend a little too much time together.


                    1. re: Withnail42

                      LOL! The Gorton's Fisherman - that's too funny, and really spot on.

                      As for the mama's boys, the banter between the two of them is just terrible. Every other word is brother - I even tallied the "brother" total one ep. The final count was 23 - ugh. I do watch the show sometimes because I like seeing the small mom and pop food businesses they visit, but again, the banter is horrible.

                      1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                        Hmmm... a new drinking game!! A shot for every "brother"! I just don't think I could stand to watch, drinking or not.

                        1. re: pie

                          I have to defend the southern tradition of calling siblings Brother or Sister (or Sissy). It's grown on me. Is that the show where she makes drinks and apps? And hits on people? I think I saw it. I don't get Michael. I like the smaller brother.

                2. re: Phaedrus

                  Don't for get that Bob Blummer show and the Traveling detective.


                3. Did anyone watch? I thought it was awesome!

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                  1. re: Amella

                    I enjoyed it. It ended up being a lot like the show "Three Sheets", which is a good thing. A very good thing.

                    Now food network needs a show like "Beer Nuts"

                    1. re: yankeefan

                      Not nearly as good/funny as Three Sheets. I have a feeling the food network brass will limit his shenanigans.

                      1. re: yankeefan

                        Agreed. It seems to follow the same formula as Three Sheets, but since it is FN (Not Mojo) and it's about food rather than drinking - well, you can imagine it's going to be a slightly different dynamic. I dig Zane Lamprey though, so I'll TiVo it faithfully.

                        I'm curious as to whether they shoot the Three Sheets and HFWT episodes at the same time. It would seem a more efficient way to produce these shows. I'll have to pay attention to the production staff credits in each show to see if they are the same.

                      2. re: Amella

                        I don't ever plan to. The clips they show of him mugging for the camera make me ill. Ooh, using thyme for a moustache! Making a dead fish "talk!" Making 'ew' faces at the local cuisine! Capering and clowning -- ugh, count me out. He looks like he could use a half-dose of Ritalin and a healthy dose of respect for cultures beside his own.

                        Granted, that's an uninformed opinion and may be based on the marketing people at FN making him look like a complete monkey for their own purpose. I still think I'll stick with No Reservations for my travel porn.

                        1. re: themis

                          I agree 100% Zane Lamprey sickens me!!! low life loser he is. got fired from ggw ha!!! no reservations is a great show and on food network the only personalities that interest me are Bobby Flay, Alton Brown!!! just my thoughts though

                        2. re: Amella

                          I watched it and turned it off after about 15 minutes. We don't need any more shows of this type. There are already way too many bad food/travel shows on FN.

                          I caught the last five minutes of RR in Hawaii and have a question.. Was that a nipple showing at the bar, or just a real freaking big zit?

                        3. Caught about ten minutes of hfwt's first episode.....It will be my last. So..."this is a fish and that's a fish broth and you put them together and you get the fishiest stew ever" > Please what stupidity is that? He makes Tony B sound like a PhD. And some people get paid to decide to put this kind of junk on the air...they should be fired.

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                          1. re: toby1355

                            The production quality is really weird. It looks the camera lens is dirty? Badly lit. I was surprised FN put it out there.

                            1. re: southernitalian

                              What's so surprising. they put crap out all the time.

                          2. I love the concept of the show but didn't care for the host when I watched the Brazil episode last night. I found his antics disturbing and totally not humerous. For example, when he kept killing the word "feijoida" and calling it "fish water," thinking he was funny, I got pretty annoyed. I prefer watching Rachel Ray (and that is saying a LOT)!

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                            1. re: Miss Needle

                              I also had very high hopes for this show and turned it off after 10 minutes. Couldn't stand the host

                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                Having lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro for 6 years -- I found Zane Lamprey's show last night extremely annoying. When you approach another culture it should be with respect and humility. Zane Lamprey showed neither respect or humility for any of the Brazilians featured on the show. Brazilian cuisine is amazing. The Brazilians take great pride in their culinary traditions and I cringed at Zane's ridiculous jokes and antics. Not funny!

                                Anthony Bourdain understands how to be witty, entertaining and humorous while maintaining his respect for the different cultures featured on "No Reservations".


                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  I unfortunately have to agree, I was annoyed by the Brazil episode and I really really like this guys show Three Sheets... its too bad. Its almost too over the top as if he is trying way too hard.

                                  that is saying A LOT about Rachael Ray, please dont go that far.

                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    I think he must have some kind of "issues" with fish. When he did his show in Marseille, even though he alledgedly was celebrating the birthplace of bouillabaisse, he qualified his praise of this specialty with a caveat about some/many people not "liking" fish.

                                  2. so glad to see i'm not the only one who has a problm with this clown. i really wanted to like this show, so i tried to watch it twice. i couldn't make it through either the marseille or rio episode, and i'm not going to bother seeing if the third time would be the charm for me. his juvenile antics are bordering on obnoxious, and the way he interacts with the locals & talks about their native cuisines is disrespectful and painful to watch. he also seems to know surprisingly little about food in general. i honestly thought the guy who worked in the juice bar in rio was going to slap him. now THAT would have made it worth watching.

                                    people like zane lamprey are the reason foreigners resent tourists from our country and refer to us as 'ugly americans.'

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                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      I absolutely agree with the above comments. I knew from the start that FN wanted this to be a Tony B doppleganger, but they fell so far short. The absolute cultural ambivalence of this Zane character was infuriating. Where Tony would immerse himself in local culture and respect for his hosts, Zane merely points it out as some sort of oddity for his overamericanized audience. The second episode, filmed in Rio, was particularly obnoxious. Although I'm sure it was lost on those who have never visited Brazil, Zane absolutely butchered the portuguese language in a completely unacceptable manner. I'm sure someone could have told him that chuhascaria is not pronounced as he spoke it. The feijoida jokes were particularly off color. Despite his fish water quips, my favorite bit was his explanation of the chef's quasi-feijoida. Feijoida is a beautifully prepared dish that is made entirely of the left over bits of meat, the parts he was glad they had already lopped off. The only thing that might have saved this show were a few good caipirinhas, but to no avail. I may give this show another chance. Perhaps he won't be so obnoxious when he's insulting a culture I am unfarmiliar with. In conclusion, if you're short on time, watch Anthony Bourdain on the travel channel. He's far more worth it.