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Dec 26, 2007 01:03 AM

Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello?

Are there any new episodes of this show? It's my favorite show on the food channel as it's really the only food show that I learn anything and may actually want to cook some of the things. I haven't seen any new episodes nor have I seen any reruns of this show. I checked my cable thing and it really seems like they are only showing it in random hours where no one is watching. Are they trying to phase out his show or something? Thanks.

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  1. digkv, read through the two other very good threads on this subject. It appears the FN is trying to phase out whatever we associated with the FN. Other than the ooey gooey Paula Deen and the screeching Rachel Ray, it seems as if every other show is an 'insert name here' Challenge!!!!!!!!!

    I was dismayed to find out that Sara Moulton is no longer on the air, I enjoyed her on screen persona.

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    1. re: dolores

      I like Sara. She teaches and allows the focus to be on the food rather than herself. I wish the tv cooks would stop competing with the food and *just do it*.

    2. I liked Sara and I liked Michael. I doubt theyr'e doing any new episodes of his show. I think all the ones I've seen lately are from years ago. Does anyone know differently?

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        1. Jfood schedules a lot of his exercise time to watch Michael and Ina. He learns a lot about eating while he loses a lot of his eating. His show is on daily at 1130AM EST in the CT area, so it is not random here.

          He also has a great website:

          Jfood wishes they would make more episodes of these two.

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          1. re: jfood

            I have heard a lot of horror stories about what a jerk Michael is IRL. How he terrorized employees, etc, so he has never been a favorite of mine. Sara Moulton is a different story and will be missed.

            Is Tyler Florence still staying with Food Network? I like him very much and I think he is the last chef worth his salt at FN.

            1. re: MysticYoYo

              If you've heard he's a jerk that's probably true. Too bad. I was at Tra Vigne years ago and loved it.

              Sara on the other hand is a sweetie. I know people who are friends of hers, and I've spoken with her on the phone in connection with my job. Nothing bad to say about her.

              1. re: MysticYoYo

                Yes, he's a full-fledged terrorizing jerk, to quote you MysticYoYo, and I worked for him.
                But he does photograph well, and learns a recipe well enough to repeat it on TV. He has some good ideas from time to time, but the large ego really comes through, IMO.

                Worship Alton Brown, and adore Tyler Florence and Barefoot Contessa, though I wish she'd learn some basic food chemistry so she didn't misspeak (searing seals in the juices, that kind of silly error...she should know better).

                1. re: maria lorraine


                  Although jfood loves to watch him and her (see above) his ego does come trough on the screen, just gotta get through it. sorry to burst your bubble on Ina though but if you have ever been her shop in EH then you would be hard pressed to buy or cook anything by her either. And let's remember ms stewart, the raving b&tch and felon. Or maybe Gordon Ramsey. Remember Giada on the Today Show? So we now have at least five tv-chefs who we probably agree are jerks. Thankfully their shows can still teach and their recipes are still good.

                  Thanks for the "dark side of Mike" input. Basically confirms what you can see in his eyes when he speaks. He may smile with his lips but his eyes do give him away

                  1. re: jfood

                    What's the story with Giada and the Today show? I've not heard anything about that.

                    1. re: mercyteapot

                      she supposedly had some guffaws and was nasty.

                      jfood watched her Weekend Getaway show yesterday in Los Cabos. Let's just say that her scripted shows make her look nicer and more pleasant than when she goes off-script. Jfood likes her cooking but she is definitely another celeb that should use the bull clip on the lips off script.

                      1. re: jfood

                        That's too bad to hear, that she isn't as sweet as she presents herself on the air. I don't know why I'm surprised, though.

                        I had never heard any of the Michael C. stories either, but they don't surprise me much. I guess it is a little harder for me to reconcile a TV chef's on-air image with their real life personality. I don't seem to have that trouble when I hear that a favorite actor is a jerk in real life, but it is a disappointment when these stories circulate about the FN stars that I like.

                    2. re: jfood

                      Does Garten's shop still exist? For some reason I had thought that either it was closed or she was no longer affiliated with it ....

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        it closed about two years ago. After jfood's experience the previous years ago he placed it on the DNR list. The stuff was great but jfood thinks she hired staff that needed to score a perfect ten on the "Miserable Human Being Test". He walked out more often then he bought, even when he already had half a basket. Mrs jfood would hear him utter, "Why do people put of with this?" as he exited. Then he consoled himself with a couple of donuts around the corner.

                2. re: jfood

                  Jfood, I bet a lot of us try to schedule exercise time for when our favorite cooking shows are on. Nothing makes me madder than when I turn on the TV on the elliptical trainer and it's "Restaurant Makeover."

                  1. re: NYCkaren


                    A TIVO is a wonderful thing.

                    1. re: Axalady

                      Someday I'll be that high tech! I'm a late adopter.

                    2. re: NYCkaren

                      Yes, I think lots of do watch our food shows whilst exercising. It has struck me several times that its the converse of something Dolly Parton once said about watching exercise shows and how she liked to sit on the couch eating Oreos to do it.

                    3. re: jfood

                      I love you, Jfood. You never let me down in the smile department! I do the same thing on my treadmill too! People at my gym hate me for it!

                      1. re: BillieJean

                        I learned so much from "Cooking Live" me that was the best show. Sara was such a sweetie...why don't they bring that show back on the air.

                          1. re: coney with everything

                            She also committed the sin of pulling her hair back and wearing an apron! Looking too professional is a sin on the FN. It's too intimidating.

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