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Old Food Network Show--The Guy in the RV..

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jarona Nov 26, 2008 05:59 AM

You know--he went all over the place looking for regional greats--like steamed hamburgers...
He had a kind of high-pitched voice, but he was a very entertaining guy. I liked that show and considering all the reruns of new shows, I'm surprised I have not seen this show in a while. I cannot remember the name of the show or this guy..I remember he had an Irish last name.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: jarona Nov 26, 2008 07:00 AM

    you're talking about "The Secret Life Of..." with Jim O'Connor - i liked him too.

    the show's still on, but with a new host - George Duran took over about 1.5 years ago - and it's just not the same.

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      jarona RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 26, 2008 08:37 AM

      That's right! It was kind of a cross between Unwrapped and The Best Of...only on wheels. Jim O'Connor was a great host--so amiable and fun, but without going over the top. I hope FN brings him back in some way! Thanks!

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      Vladimir Estragon RE: jarona Nov 26, 2008 06:24 PM

      Just to balance the picture, I thought that guy was unbelievably irritating. Another grinning muck of a TV host with zero food knowledge.

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        jarona RE: Vladimir Estragon Nov 28, 2008 09:28 AM

        But you know what? He never claimed to be a chef, or a cook, or any sort of expert. He was just this amiable guy who enjoyed what he did and liked to eat! He was a "host". Simple as that. No big food celebrity. Nothin'. Just a nice guy who lucked out into a great gig! I kind of respect that!

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          ML8000 RE: Vladimir Estragon Nov 29, 2008 08:47 PM

          I get what you're saying. I think they just needed to restrict his coffee intake. Not a bad host at all, just a tad hyper.

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            sal_acid RE: Vladimir Estragon Mar 17, 2013 06:41 AM

            I'm with you. Irritating guy.

          2. alkapal RE: jarona Nov 29, 2008 06:15 PM

            i liked jim o'connor very much. plus, he is easy on the eyes. ;-P

            1. dave_c RE: jarona Nov 29, 2008 11:40 PM

              Wasn't there another guy that drove around in an RV that was shaped like a toaster? He drove to different areas and cooked for the locals? I seem to remember it was like Gordon Elliot's show "Door Knock Dinner", but this guy was the cook.

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                alkapal RE: dave_c Nov 30, 2008 04:11 AM

                the man driving that toaster was the "surreal gourmet", bob blumer. http://www.bobblumer.com/

                he has a new show now...."glutton for punishment."

              2. Kholvaitar RE: jarona Mar 17, 2013 06:25 AM

                Jim O'Connor also played George in the movie "Mystic Pizza".

                 
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