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finally a non-plussed throwdown victim?

i'm catching bits of one of bobby flay's "throwdowns," where he "takes on," in this case, an ice cream maker. i've always hated this show, as i find the concept of tricking talented people into thinking they have a shot at tv, only to find themselves being asked to pit their life's passion, or at least their major talent, against that smug bobby flay rather offensive.

from what i caught, this ice-cream maker (name escapes me...i'm doing laundry) was not only displeased at the trickery, but didn't seem to even recognize bobby flay. anyone else catch this?

what happens to these unwitting contestants after their, uh..."throwdowns?" or are they as unwitting as they seem?

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  1. Didn't recognize Bobby? That would have been great!

    "Who is this schlemiel you brought into MY pilot episode? Helloooo? WHERE IS THAT *(@&*~!*()!@&* PRODUCER??? Hey, beginner's luck, pal, step off, m'kay?"

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        sounds like the one. i remember seeing the episode when it first aired. IIRC, he called someone to tell them that bobby "fay" had shown up to challenge him. he really had no idea who bobby was!

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Yes it was Izzy's Ice Cream - saw it last night.

          1. re: Jeanne

            Love it! Izzy's is a much-beloved ice cream shop, owned by a former school teacher. In addition to producing great ice cream, they've made their stamp by being incredibly neighborhood-focused. Every year they sponsor a "People's Flavor" awards where people invent ice cream flavors, Izzy's makes them, then gives away free cones for a day to everyone who comes in and votes for their favorite flavor. The winner's flavor is featured in the dipping cabinets for the next year.

            http://www.izzysicecream.com/flavorco...

            If you're name is Izzy, they'll give you a free ice cream cone, snap a poloroid photo, and put your picture on the wall.

            Their facility is entirely solar powered, which they funded by donations from their neighbors and customers.

            I can't help but have a certain satisfaction that the Izzy's-folks aren't star struck.

            ~TDQ

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          1. YES - izzy's ice cream. He did seem a bit upset, I thought. I wonder what kind of trickery the food network folks used on him. Usually, the ppl. know Flay..not this guy. Which, I really liked.

            1. I don't think Izzy was upset, I think he just didn't know who Bobby Flay was or why he should bother taking part in the Throwdown. The thing about the show is that the people do get featured on a Food Network show that's about their famous food, but the show is Throwdown and not what they were told originally. But they're still being featured on FN doing what they do best, not a bad thing as far as I can tell.

              If you want to see a guy upset, wait till you see the doughnut throwdown!

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              1. re: Buckethead

                Did his machine break or something? I wish they would rerun that one.