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Simply Delicioso - new FN show - what do you think?

Just caught an episode of this new show. Its supposed to be FN's entry into latino cooking. Seems to me to be light on content and complexity but heavy on the cleavage - classic FN. But, I might be judging too quickly. Other thoughts?

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  1. I think FN may stand for Frontal Nudity...............

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    1. re: TonyO

      LOL! That's awesome! I've been trying to come up for ages for some sort of Food Network---insane cleavage saying and you just hit the nail on the head. Good job TonyO.

      Haven't seen the new show yet btw...but would be nice if it contributed good Latin recipes since I know little to nothing about cooking this cuisine..but enjoy eating it quite a bit.

      1. re: Elyssa

        Want good Latin recipes? Daisy Cooks! with Daisy Martinez on public TV fills that bill quite nicely. Talented cook and no stupid gimmicks.

        1. re: bkhuna

          Having lived in Miami for nine years, I awaited the launch of this show with eager anticipation. What a disappointment! Once again, the Food Network (Frontal Nudity -- love that!) is promoting what they obviously consider an entertaining "personality" instead of a serious chef who can teach viewers how to prepare good food. Unfortunately, I find Ingrid Hoffman's personality intensely grating.

          Daisy Martinez can also be annoyingly cutesy and flirty at times, but her recipes are truly delicioso! Her Chicken with Figs rocks!

          1. re: WendyBinCT

            Agreed! I purchased Daisy's book which I use a lot.

            1. re: WendyBinCT

              My 'go-to' desert is Daisy's Gypsy's Arm (slightly modified), but VERY good and simple. When I make her Yellow Rice, my family goes crazy it is so good. Ditto for Grandam's chops and others. My only complaint is some of the ingredients she references simply CAN NOT be found. When was the last time you saw a bunch of Culantro in the store? Ditto for the sweet peppers she wants to use in her Sofrito (ajacito dulce??) . But... great recipes and good show.

              The food network has never struck to be a channel that really wanted to teach you to cook anyway. They seem way more about fluff and personality.

      2. Lots of cleavage, lots of finger snapping and hands waving in the air (hey, I'm half Italian/1/4 Hispanic so don't think I'm talking down here) and I've yet to see a recipe that made me want to taste it. Although, yesterday she cooked for a date and tried to make the show amusing, pretending the camera was a friend/third wheel sort of thing. It does bug me the way she doesn't just say the dish she is cooking smells amazing, but asks us out in TV Land how it smells. I own a television, not a smell-o-vision, so I have no idea!

        1. She seems interesting enough but she overacts for the camera. I've only seen a couple of episodes and she seems to do the same schtick every time. For instance, when she seasons a dish w/salt, she always throws some at the camera to be cute. Once, okay I'll give her that, but over and over again??? It just looks artificial at that point. Second that about the cleavage. I don't know if the camera crew is a bunch of pubescent 16 year old boys or the fact that she is constantly showing the cleavage in her wardrobe choice, but enough already! Keep the girls in!

          My take is the FN is giving Ingrid a shot. She seems to be new to tv and needs to learn how to be more natural on air and not act so over the top. She does seem to have some warmth about her, so I'll watch her again.

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          1. re: gyp7318

            Actually, she's had a show called Delicioso on Galavision for about 2 years now.

            1. re: gyp7318

              Unfortunately she's not new to TV...maybe to non-hispanic American audiences, but she has been doing it for a few years now...she hosts the cooking segments on despierta america! (the Univision version of the Today show). That being said, I don't watch despierta America so I cna't say if its the same shtick or not...however I did find this link, so you be the judge ;)

              You can see her "en accion" here, lol!


            2. holy geez. i find myself feeling that this lady is too in your face. over acting or putting too much on it could be the description. i guess television personalities on the food network are famous for the way they make us feel about ourselves. i'm just watching the show with the sound off and it looks like she's trying to sell it too hard. oh well. i knew it would be bad from the commercial, but who knows, maybe she'll just tone it down some later on.

              1. I was excited about this show when it first came out. I recorded all the shows and was a little disappointed. I do like the hosts energy but after a while it gets a little annoying. She is a beautiful woman so the cleavage isn't a big deal, but it gets distracting.
                Also, did anyone else notice that when Americas Next Food Network Star was on, Jag was talking about how there is a lack of latino cooking on FN. Then, this show comes out? Maybe just a coincidence?

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                1. re: jroxybabe19

                  No production schedules dictate that this show was well in the works before JAG arrived. But they had him on talking about how he wanted to do a Latino show knowing full well they weren't going to use him. They also started showing adds for her show while he was still a contestant thereby informing us that they were going to use him.

                  I did see part(all I could take of one show. Got real bored of her whole 'Delicioso' lifestyle shtick. She like the love child of Giada and Rachel Ray. She also seems to embody all of the traits and characteristics that the 'judges' on the Next Food Network Star' were so critical of in the contestants.


                2. I so want to like a new food network show. Hell, I am tired of ragging on the network!

                  I am sick of the same damned theme: be under 35 if at all possible..best if under 30, be perky as hell and by all means be attractive, flirt with the camera, giggle lots, oh...and be able to kinda, sorta cook (that is always a plus), and if you don't have cleavage (you are a man), at least have dimples and an engaging smile. ARRRGGGHHH!!!

                  1. Well, I only saw one episode, and I wasn't impressed. She made some jell-o shots that she called "chicas" and something else using some sort of processed ingredient. Ms. Hoffman seems nice enough, but her "recipes" don't do a thing for me.

                    Looks like Food Network wanted a Latina Sandra Lee, and now they've got her.

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                      1. re: Withnail42

                        Sandra Lee-Tina on uppers.

                        Sandy is funny, Ingrid is like nails on a blackboard.

                      2. re: marthadumptruck

                        Lol -- What's up with Ingrid and her chicas? Surely her Spanish vocabulary must extend beyond that! The episode that I forced myself to watch featured "chica dip" in which she threw some storebought potato chips in a bowl, and for "dip" she slapped together 1/2 mayo, 1/2 sour cream, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and some lime juice (which, by the way, she adds to anything and apparently that converts the dish into something Latino).

                        I think it's an insult to Latin cooking -- as someone who lived in Latin America for years, and learned to cook in Colombia, I am shuddering watching Ingrid up there shrieking in Spanglish. I wouldn't waste my time making -- or eating -- anything I've seen her attempt.

                      3. I totally agree that it's classic food network - big head+big boobs=big ratings. I also agree with gyp7318, that the show is in that format of "let's give the new person a shot"..Very similar to like what Guy's Big Bite was when it first started out (however I don't think Ingrid's friends will show up to shoot pool and eat food in later episodes - they'll probably show up in bikini's around when Ingrid serves her cocktails).

                        But I like her spicy/citrusy mixes that she pulls off like in Mango, Jicama and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing which I made and is pretty tasty, and the Limon Chicken flavored with aji amarillo peppers. I'm curious to see what else they're going to do with her.

                        1. All of that snapping fingers and "Can you smell it?" crap bored me silly, what really surprised me in the opening episode is that she gave alcohol to the guy driving the boat she was having a picnic on. Maybe I'm too PC, but that's not the message I think FN wants to put out there.

                          That and her foods crap.

                          1. Was channel surfing this weekend and stumbled on her date show. I've got some girls I don't mind flaunting, but Holy-crap, Batman - that last button was hanging on for dear life and when she "changed for her date"??? YIKES! There was no doubt what was was gonna be on the menu for him tonight. (did anyone catch how her claw necklace was actually yanking on the undeside of her boob?).

                            Okay, I thought, something for the guys. I can live with that. But c'mon - Ketsup shrimp? (and by the way, if you say the alphabet rule and then show your "perfect shrimp" in little "o's" in the pan...)

                            Sorry. Hubbers can get the eye candy with Everyday Italian so I can actually have something worth watching as well.

                            1. I'm not that impressed. She comes of as a "chica loca living la vida loca". I'm also not sure if this is a Latino cooking show or a Miami Cooking show. I'm sure she can cook, her mom was a cordon bleu chef, but as it's coming across I'm also not sold on her or our other latino cooking personality, Daisy (Daisy Cooks!).

                              Maybe they should give ChefLaLa a chance? www.cheflala.com

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                              1. re: Cat Chow

                                I do like Daisy on PBS - she makes food that I want to try.

                                But, Ingrid's food looks unappetizing - on the episode I watched. she made brandied shrimp that were so heavily coated with sauce that they looked inedible. And, something she called emerald rice which was just some rice mixed with herbs and topped with cheese. Now, I do love anything topped with cheese but this dish was not creative at all.

                                I'm not getting the whole "delicioso" thing just yet...

                                1. re: anitab

                                  When I heard about the show, the premise sounded like something I would be interested in. I set the DVR to record every new episode....I cancelled the setting after 3 episodes. I just couldn't watch the show. She's just too much. She overdoes it for the camera, to the point where I just wasn't thinking about the food, and was only thinking about how annoying she was. Have some Sanka, Ingrid!

                                  And the food did nothing for me. It's why I really stopped. I'd play the intro to the show, and none of the recipes sounded like something I'd want to make, or like something I needed to hear how to make. How many ways to prepare chicken breast do I need? I have seen many episodes of Mexico One Plate A Time, and this food just pales in comparison. Maybe it's not a fair reference point for her, but I just couldn't get past how poor her food seemed compared to Rick's.

                                  1. re: anitab

                                    Vapid leaps to mind. I have to agree, the emerald rice she made just looked awful when it came out of the oven. At least with Giada, I get some interesting recipes and things I may be excited to try, but with this one? No thank you.

                                    1. re: lrostron

                                      I came on Chowhound specifically to see what everyone wrote about her after I just watched a show. Oh my God she is so annoying. Stop it with the finger snapping and saying chica every 2nd sentence. None of her food looks appealing at all!!! As for Sandra Lee, I can't help but enjoy her and her quirks. She is a lot more "real" and seems like she is actually that perky in real life- which for some reason just makes it cute for me.

                                      1. re: xena1441

                                        I think you are probably wrong about Sandra Lee's temprament. If you have seen the Chefography on her, you can see that she's an absolute control freak, and virtually everything must be in some exact place. I can bet that her production staff is terrified of her, and I would be willing to bet that when the cameras go off she is most likely as nasty as cotton candy is sweet. I do not think her TV persona and her real life persona are the same. It might be interesting to see Sandra Lee and Martha go head to head!

                                  2. re: Cat Chow

                                    I love Daisy. Sexy, talented Latina mama, I say.

                                  3. This show might be pleasantly distracting except for one thing even this regular guy noticed - her makeup is atrocious! The closeup shots were creepy in a late Tammy Faye Bakker, SNL/MADTV sketch kind of way. Are we sure this isn't Nicole Sullivan?
                                    C'mon FN, this is a beautiful young woman. Lighten up on the makeup.
                                    And get her some cooking lessons from Daisy Martinez muy pronto :-).

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                                    1. re: DiveFan

                                      I think she looks like Lisa Kudrow with a tan.

                                    2. Gave it a try and it turned out to be another of the "Cooking for Dummies" series that FN seems to think people want. In the only episode I watched, my interest had already begun to wane when she used some stupid term like "deliciosoness".

                                      Just what we need, RR with augmentation. No thanks, the hostette may be talented and accomplished in the real world, but it just doesn't do anything for me.

                                      I wonder how long it will take for her to get a travel show and a spread in FMH?

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                                      1. re: bkhuna

                                        As someone who actually grew up in Latin America, I was slightly insulted when this show came out! The FN's well intentioned hopes of introducing latin food to an American Audience went awry... If you have a latin host, speaking a poor spanglish mix, who uses spanish adjectives it does not automatically equate to latin food.

                                        I almost feel like if the option is between Simply Delicioso's version of latin food, and the American audience not knowing latin food at all... then I would choose the latter.

                                        She is not a good latin american ambassador! And for that... I am really sorry.

                                        1. re: AnneBird

                                          Thats why I prefer Daisy Martinez..... I have seen her make dishes my family actually eats. And I am not talking tacos, but Dominican/ Cuban food that I have eaten in the Dominican Republic that my family has prepared. When I saw the Simply Delicioso ad I knew it wasn't going to be good.

                                      2. Unfortunately, I was more excited before watching the show than after. The host is annoying and in the ONE I saw involved a date of hers I thought she was lacking any sort of audience appeal. I hope it doesn't last long.....

                                        1. Despite his 'issues' I have to say I think JAG would have made a much better host for FN and their attempt at a 'Latin' show.

                                          I made a point of seeing one episode (part of)and will leave it at that. I have also seen more than enough finger snapping to last me quite a while.


                                          1. In the past, FN had better Hispanic shows/chefs: Aaron Sanchez (Melting Pot), and Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken (Too Hot Tamales).

                                            Aaron was a fine, personable host popping with ideas. I tried his "Barbacoa de Cordero" and it was amazing. (Recipe still listed in FN's website). I understand he's a candidate for "The Next Iron Chef".

                                            "Simply Delicioso" lacks punch and creativity, in my opinion.

                                            1. With all that finger snapping she looks like someone trying out for the local repertory theater's production of "West Side Story".


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                                              1. re: Withnail42

                                                Ha ha ha! So True!

                                                Thank God she's not going for the "zapateado"...yet. Wanna bet that's the next think they will gag us with? Some sort of "latino" dance move in between simmering pots?

                                                1. re: Withnail42

                                                  What's that word that describes her act? Hmmm.......................................................................................................... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caricature

                                                2. She's the New World Nigella Lawson, except more over-the-top in personality and with (North-)Americanized Latin-American dishes.

                                                  And I, too, am annoyed at her frequent "This smells AMAZING!"


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                                                  1. re: AquaW

                                                    I like Nigella and I'm tired of all these Nigella wannabes. That includes Giada. They've horked everything they can from her, from production values to fashion.

                                                    1. re: jjbourgeois

                                                      The boob part wouldn't be so bad if there was a brain and some cooking talent to go with it.

                                                      I suppose that's why I like to watch Nigella so much.....

                                                      1. re: bkhuna

                                                        Nigella is the Queen. And, while Nigella is definitly a "knock out" she is never flouncing her assets which makes her even more lovely!

                                                    2. Like it so much that I string it together with Giada and Boobs McKenzie (aka Sandra Lee) in a Tivo fest with dim lights on lonely evenings at home alone.

                                                      I just hope my mom doesn't catch me...

                                                      Now, what kind of network is it again?

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                                                      1. re: holy chow

                                                        She cooks? Wow, I never gathered that from watching her brea....I mean the show.

                                                        1. re: holy chow

                                                          I have to say though, at least Sandra Lee is kinda classe about it. She wears a lot of turtlenecks. This chick is ridiculous.

                                                          And Sandra may be an alcoholic, but a few of her dips have been decent (and very easy to make).

                                                        2. Truly, truly dreadful. I have to assume that FN is hiring women TV personalities based strictly on their cleavage.

                                                          1. I just caught an episode of this show recently. I missed the first part, but watched her make a cold soup that looked pretty good. I will not watch it again because I very quickly tired of her raving about her cooking, and how much her friends LOVE it, and beg her to invite them over. Then she sat at the table, with her friends, and begged/prodded them for exclamations of "Oh this is so good! Ummm." A couple looked a bit put out by it, but that is just my opinion! Once, or half of once, was enough. And yes, Frontal nudity is a good description. C'mon, guys! Enough! What are they going to offer up to us women? Cleavage ain't doing it for me!

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                                                            1. re: danhole

                                                              I watched it once or twice and thought it was some of the worst tv I had seen. I hate a show that is not about the food, and this one certainly isn't.

                                                              1. re: danhole

                                                                Has anybody bother to watch the second season yet?

                                                                just asking

                                                                1. re: eating_good

                                                                  Unfortunately, I managed to catch the beginning of a new episode. I can report that FN has stopped with the snapping of the fingers and freezing all of the guests while she goes off to cook, at least so far. Other than that, it remains the same.

                                                              2. Its a cooking show?

                                                                You know, I have never noticed her cooking anything. } ; - )

                                                                1. I have a low threshold for attention-seeking, annoying people, so I knew this show was a "bust" as soon as I saw the ads for it. I tried to watch one show to confirm and I couldn't change the channel fast enough. Her bad nose job was more distracting to me than her antics. Please tell me this show has been cancelled!!

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                                                                  1. re: Moto1

                                                                    the "bust" -- i hope you intended the pun, 'cause that's what fn cooking shows are focused upon! apropos.... the new nigella express show's videography/production is disturbingly jarring.