Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
Aug 26, 2008 12:05 AM

Big Daddy's House, why did we watch

Tonight we finallly watched a TIVOed BDH for the first time. I wish I hadn't. The food almost made me ill to look at it. And maybe it is the school teacher in me, but his English is terrible. That bothered me more. No way should FN allow a host to sound that ignorant, ain't over and over. .

The food was setting up a heart attack. Cheese and more cheese, and butter, and then some more cheese. One dish wouldn't be so bad, but all the veggies drowned in cheese.I love butter and cheese, but this was just over the top. Potatoes with a cheese sauce and toped with cheese. Why not just serve a wedge of cheese?

And then the presentation was awful, messy. He spooned the broccoli mess and the potato mess on the plate and put the meat on top. It all just ran and oozed together.One great white blob with burn specks.

I should have paid attention to your early reports and not watched it, just deleted this mess. Forgive me for doubting your reviews.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. What do you do on your TV show?

    I'm kidding of course, I guess if we don't like it, don't watch it. I found a few things throughout the couple episodes I saw that were slightly intresting, I agree that not all of it is something I wish to repeat in my kitchen however.

    1. The original comment has been removed
      1. The original comment has been removed
        1. I have watched a few times and have found that while I do not mind the menu that is set and have little problem with the butter and cheese and health concerns that some may point out - I do not find him at all entertaining, enchanting or engaging.

          I think the FN picked someone to fill a niche with the hope that they could develop him into another "star" (someone like Guy F). Unfortunately and as I suspect they knew anyway, he missed the mark and they are only fulfilling the agreement that the NFNS gets their own show - at least for 1 season. Do you see the winners of season 1 or 3 still on - nope - they didnt pan out either. I suspect after the initial run of this show it will fade into history like the others. The reality game show draws viewers - that is what they are after.

          Also find that they are struggling for new things to put on to appeal to many. The network has been on for some time and it is hard to keep peoples interests.

          I still find it strange that they didnt go with the Indian lady who was on the show - she would have provided something new that is untapped on the network. Perhaps in the near future there will be an Indian cuisine type show.

          6 Replies
          1. re: drbelfer

            That Indian lady couldn't cook worth a sh*t. I'm also not entirely sure there is a big audience out there for Indian food.

            1. re: drbelfer

              If you wonder why they didn't hire Nipa the indian girl you obviously never saw her on the show. She was a spoiled little brat who wouldn't or couldn't cook anything she didn't want to. She was in short a nasty pice of work.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Followed by a hail Marry toss, of an entire fish, into the trash.

                  1. re: Withnail42

                    The thing I liked about Nipa is you never knew what stupid thing she would do next. It was like watching a train wreck. As far as Big Daddy, he drives me crazy calling food "bad boys" all the time, as in, "I'm going to turn these bad boys, steaks, over." I could just hear Bob Tuschman say he just said bad boys three times in two minutes.

                2. re: Withnail42

                  No I watched and she was not the best person for the job. What I was trying to point out is that she brought something new to the network for type of cuisine her show would have been.

              1. I have the same feelings about Paula Deen.

                Heart attack waiting to happen with all of the butter and cream she tosses in her food. Also, she grosses me out when she licks spoons, runs her finger through the food for a taste and in one episode she slurped from a chocolate fountain.

                Another thing I've noticed about Paula, she seems to be really hamming up her Southern accent.

                17 Replies
                1. re: dave_c

                  I know, I usually like Paula but she is a little over the top sometimes. Especially with the accent. Her regular cooking show is decent. But I absolutely CANNOT STAND Paula's Party. She sickens me so much on that show! She is just so fake and "cutesy" it really is ridiculous.

                  1. re: kristina3963

                    i totally blame fn for "paula's party's" excesses. she started her fn debut with a nice, low-key, down-home cooking show. fn tarts up everyone. i know she had a choice to continue, but let's be realistic. how many of us would say "no"? let us be honest here.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      I liked Paula Deen for about a minute. Ever since then, I've despised her. She's way too over the top. Her food is enough to bring your weight to 400 pounds. I hate her accent - it's exaggerated and over the top too. I don't understand why she's so popular.


                      1. re: puppymomma

                        her first show was not excessive at all.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          I have to agree with Alkapal here. When Paula's show first started, she featured down-home cooking and her accent was much more subtle. FN has morphed her into a giggling, y'all'ing, butter-swilling freak and then they morphed her sons into a couple of Ring-Ding-a lings. It was very sad to watch but I am sure that it works for them all the way to the bank.

                          The only hosts that seem to be immune to this morphing process so far are Ina Garten and Tyler Florence. Of course, I haven't seen a new Barefoot Contessa in a while and Tylers show is broadcast at the prime time of 9 AM ET on Sunday morning.

                          1. re: NE_Elaine

                            Ultimately you have to remember that these people are doing this for a living. This not a PSA or something like that. If they say, we'll double your salary if you ham it up a bit, well, who wouldn't.

                            Perhaps Ina doesn't have it in her or just wouldn't do it. Tyler might be the same but I doubt he'd still be on if it wasn't for his looks.


                            1. re: Davwud

                              Ina seems to be very careful with her choices. As I remember reading, she only films twice a year (spring and fall) and only 13 episodes at a time. She doesn't participate very much in the group FN activities -- I think she was on a Christmas special, but by herself, not with the other chefs. And I've never seen Nigella except on her show.

                              Does anyone remember Natalie Dupree? She did a program on PBS that I just loved. She showed up as a guest judge on Throwdown and it reminded her how much I missed her.

                              1. re: brendastarlet

                                I loved Natalie Dupree and never missed her show when I was a kid. She is such a Southern lady. I see her from time to time on FN. i think she came out with a cookbook not long ago.

                                1. re: brendastarlet

                                  I remember Natalie Dupree. Hated the show, thought she was terribly pretentious. Maybe her show just didn't translate too well for CA <shrug>. It only ran for a few weeks on the PBS station(s) in the Bay Area

                                2. re: Davwud

                                  "Tyler might be the same but I doubt he'd still be on if it wasn't for his looks."
                                  while i confess his ease on the eyes makes him even more enjoyable for some of us to watch, he's a good chef, and i've gotten some kick-ass recipes & ideas from Tyler's Ultimate.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Sure he is. But being a good chef has absolutely nothing to do with being on FTV any more.


                        2. re: dave_c

                          I think Paula Deen is a victim of the FN marketing machine.

                          Look at her early shows. I saw one just a couple of weeks ago. She made chicken. She washed her hands very thoroughly after handling it. She didn't use any more butter than anyone else.

                          I will say that everything about Paula Deen is over the top now, but I think that's because the FN execs were saying MORE MORE MORE. More butter. More "love". Sexier. Whatever.

                          Yes, Paula Deen has always used a lot of cream and butter, but so has Emeril Lagasse and the saintly Ina Garten and just about every other chef of fine cuisine out there. Sometimes I think there is a bit of snobbery involved in the slamming of Paula Deen. She's cooking a cuisine that's not considered upscale, so therefore it's bad and we're going to pick on her for using cream and butter. Once upon a time she made homemade food. She cooked outside of her comfort zone and tried other cuisines (I can remember one show where she made an Italian dish and had trouble pronouncing it so they did this cute little schtick with Mario Batali calling her up and trying to get her to say it correctly). This is a woman who owned a successful restaurant for years. She deserves some credit.

                          1. re: Avalondaughter

                            re: Paula & the butter issue. yes, other chefs us a lot of it too. but as far as i know, she's the only one to ever DEEP FRY a stick of butter on her show...and yes, she ate it.

                            i give the woman a lot of credit - always have - for everything she's accomplished, and for conquering the obstacles & demons she's faced in her life...we all know she hasn't had it easy. but that deep-fried stick of butter was absurd, completely unnecessary, and just plain vile.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              and that little bit of showmanship we still talk about in wonder to this very day! :-)

                          2. re: dave_c

                            I don't watch Paula Deen for the recipes- well maybe for the shock value, did you see the one where she made bread pudding by tearing up two dozen Krispy Kremes and covering them with butter and a can of fruit cocktail? Paula can realy cook, whether or not you like her choice of ingredients. She's entertaining and fun, and it's unfortunately turned into the Paula Monster. Good for her. Let her make a glob of money and live out her dotage comfortably. There sure are worse on FNW.

                            Big Daddy? He's sure not the worst they have. I'll have that show on over several others, I use TV as background noise and tune in or out depending on if it catches my interest). I'm waiting to see if he gets up to real show quality. Anybody here ever see the video of Mario Batali's screen test (maybe it was an outtake from the first show)? Boy, that'll give you some perspective, he was just horrible, believe it or not.

                            1. re: EWSflash

                              Paula Deen has taken a lot of criticism for that Krispy Kreme bread pudding recipe, but it's not even her own creation. It was sent to her by a viewer.