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Robert Irvine back at FN?

meimei Apr 4, 2009 10:52 PM

I just saw the new season of Dinner Impossibles' commercial on FN, and its Irvine they are showing. Is he rehired? I thought FN replace him with that new iron chef guy?

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  1. Phaedrus RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 05:42 AM

    Just goes to show you that the execs at FN has very selective and very short memories.

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      Withnail42 RE: Phaedrus Apr 5, 2009 07:27 AM

      Or perhaps they think we do.

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        Phaedrus RE: Withnail42 Apr 5, 2009 07:46 AM

        True. Did they use the same intro as before, trumpeting all of his imaginary triumphs?

    2. cheri RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 05:53 AM

      Yeah, I noticed him on a recent Dinner Impossible I watched, I was thinking it must have been a repeat that I had not seen, but I would love it if he is back, I love that guy!

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        kchurchill5 RE: cheri Apr 5, 2009 07:49 AM

        I love to watch him. I'm glad he is back. He is well liked with many people so why not.

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          melly RE: kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 09:21 PM

          We liked him too..the show was better with him. Sorry Michael.

      2. Withnail42 RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 07:26 AM

        FN keeping up with their high quality standards as always.

        JAG should get his show any day now.

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          Icantread RE: Withnail42 Apr 6, 2009 03:28 PM

          Jag looked like he had chops and charisma at least, and probably embellished the truth rather than throw out downright lies.

          It took a long time for me to remotely enjoy watching DI, and no, I actually found Symon more entertaining, and btw, I did not root for Symon in NExt Iron Chef.

          1. re: Icantread
            EWSflash RE: Icantread Apr 12, 2009 09:17 PM

            Yeah, I was rooting for Aaron Sanchez, myself.

            But despite him being a big fat liar, I really prefer Irvine on DI.

        2. monku RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 07:53 AM

          Sounds like a new episode to me. April 8th.

          Bio looks somewhat the same with some editing.

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            lergnom RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 09:29 AM

            Does it really matter that a guy hosting a food show faked some stuff on his resume? He's on a food show, not in Congress. He's good on the show.

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              kchurchill5 RE: lergnom Apr 5, 2009 09:56 AM

              Totally agree, it wasn't right, he apologized, I would hate to think how many of our CEO's, VP and top executives have an accurate resume. I reviewed many top CV's for top positions and one may be surprised what is and what isn't. It isn't right I'm not agreeing to it, but ... it happens. All is clean and he is liked and committed to what he did. Move on.

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                Withnail42 RE: kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 01:23 PM

                You mean all the top exce's who have run their companies into the ground and need bailout money?

                All isn't clean. He apologized bcause he got caught. Time to move on: That's just what Irvine said.

                Doesn't character count for anything these days? We’ve gotten so use to the lack of personal standards it has become the norm. The guy's a fake!

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                  kchurchill5 RE: Withnail42 Apr 5, 2009 03:17 PM

                  I just know my fair share of top execs and they all seem to have something in their past that has been falsified. And true he should of come forth but didn't. character should mean more but now a days it isn't always the case. I like the show and obviously others do too. Give him a chance. Let him try to redeem. He will have enough time to prove himself so why not give him the chance.

                  1. re: kchurchill5
                    monku RE: kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 03:23 PM

                    His resume has nothing to do with the show.
                    There's nothing more he has to apologize about or seek public redeption for. Even if he didn't bend and boast about his past makes no difference about the entertainment value of the Dinner Impossible show.

                2. re: kchurchill5
                  Phaedrus RE: kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 01:59 PM

                  Robert Irvine made a mistake, he gave the usual mea culpa without
                  1) really saying WHY he did it.
                  2) He never faced the people who put money on his enterprises in Florida because they believed in his resume, in which he lied. At least I never heard about it.

                  It was the usual obfuscation, apology without saying he's sorry, etc.

                  Not to say that what he did was anywhere near what the wall streeters did but our willingness to forget and let people off the hook without forcing them to take responsibility for their actions is exactly why we are where we are financially. The truth matters, circumstances be damned.

                  Now, I am not saying he should not get the job back, I think he should but I also think he should take responsibility for his actions, especially for the people who invested in his restaurants and put out a real resume, with verifiable details about his real experiences, which is rather formidable as it is.

                  1. re: Phaedrus
                    monku RE: Phaedrus Apr 5, 2009 03:11 PM

                    He may have fluffed his resume, but I don't think it helped his career or celebrity persona, maybe it opened that first door.

                    Restaurants are a crap shoot even if you have a celebrity chef its no guarantee of investment success no matter who it is.

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                      Withnail42 RE: monku Apr 5, 2009 03:31 PM

                      He lied to get people interested and invest in his restaurants. He's admitted that much.

                      Certainly his lies must have gotten the attention of the FN people. He was an ex navy cook who sold dried fruit on-line hardly the back story that would interest producers.

                      How ever have to give him credit for thinking big. The lie about being knighted and the Queen personally giving him a castle is a classic.

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                        monku RE: Withnail42 Apr 5, 2009 04:05 PM

                        All celebrities and I'm sure celebrity chefs have PR people working for them. I live in LA and know some who handle celebrities and I call them "Liars for Hire"......some of them will admit it some won't, but their job is to "sell" the client.

                        Do you know what lies he told the investors outside of what we all know was a questionable personal resume? I'm sure he sold the Robert Irvine persona. I'm not sure if he had any successful restaurant ownership to his credit.

                        Restaurants are just a bad investment in general no matter who it is or what the company might be listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ.

                    2. re: Phaedrus
                      kchurchill5 RE: Phaedrus Apr 5, 2009 03:20 PM

                      I agree, he should take responsible for those who invested. And hopefully in time he will. He only screwed him self for future success and others too, but second chance, he is liked so see what he can do to start over fresh and with a clean slate.

                      We all make mistakes.

                      1. re: kchurchill5
                        monku RE: kchurchill5 Apr 5, 2009 03:42 PM

                        What kind of responsibility should he take? Give them back their money?
                        Not knowing the details, I don't think fluffing his resume had anything to do with the failure of that restaurant. His celebrity status was from FN and anyone investing with him was because of that status, not because of his resume.

                        Anyone reading the prospectus for an investment in a restaurant will be warned that its highly speculative and there are no guarantees and can result in total loss of investment. It's almost a suckers bet from the standpoint that it's a crappy investment to begin with. A restaurant is considered successful if they can make a 10% net profit. When you figure you have general partners including the celebrity chef, how much of that 10% profit if there is any is going to get to the investors. Most of the time you don't even get any perks like free meals, the only thing you get is to say is you own a piece. Most of these celebrity's first or second restaurants succeeded because it put them on the map and the celebrity had his personal investment stake in it. The rest that follow are most likely limited partnerships with little personal investment of the celebrity except for their expertise and time.

                      2. re: Phaedrus
                        LindaWhit RE: Phaedrus Apr 6, 2009 10:10 AM

                        Why am I not surprised that TFN has him back? "He made a mistake; but he apologized" so everything is hunky-dory now? Yeah. He barely apologized. As you said - never a WHY he did it. Never seemed to have paid back those FL investors who invested in him because of his supposed resume.

                        Always astonished at the lack of responsibility in this guy. "Damn. I got caught. OK, throw up an apology but no explanation and see if it'll stick....oh, it will after a year? OK, I'll lay low and then come back."

                        It's slimy. Regardless of how much "entertainment" people get from his show - he's slimy.

                    3. re: lergnom
                      AngelSanctuary RE: lergnom Apr 15, 2009 12:23 AM

                      A lot of people will not get their job back, what makes this guy so special? Why can't he have any consequences?

                    4. mcsheridan RE: meimei Apr 5, 2009 06:32 PM

                      Symon was always intended to be temporary. Irvine did his time in the penalty box, and now he's back. :)

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                        Withnail42 RE: mcsheridan Apr 5, 2009 06:41 PM

                        Symon suddenly became temporary' only after Irvine got his job back.

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                          Wursthof RE: Withnail42 Apr 5, 2009 08:00 PM

                          Has anyone seen the blog on his website? It's a mountain of aggrandizing congratulations without a single negative post. Pretty wierd. There are a couple of really wierd posts on it too. It's a mediated blog so who knows where the stuff comes from. Good comedy though.

                          Regardless of what I think about the blog I thought he did a good job on DI.

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                            sugarsnapp RE: Withnail42 Apr 5, 2009 10:44 PM

                            symon became temporary because he didnt carry the show-

                            for pure food entertainment Irvine rocks

                          2. re: mcsheridan
                            Icantread RE: mcsheridan Apr 6, 2009 03:31 PM

                            please indicate where it ever mentioned Symon as temporary.

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                              mcsheridan RE: Icantread Apr 7, 2009 04:44 AM


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                                Withnail42 RE: mcsheridan Apr 7, 2009 06:00 AM

                                Really the point I was trying to make. It was never stated publicly. Bringing it up only after the fact doesn't count for much if anything.

                                The temporary thing was FN biding their time and doing damage control. If they were able to do so then Symon would suddenly proclaim that he was really only temporary. If FN couldn’t do damage control then Symon being temporary would never have been mentioned ever.

                                It was all just a PR gimmick. They guy is still an egotistical liar.

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                                  LindaWhit RE: Withnail42 Apr 7, 2009 06:12 AM

                                  And (almost) even worse, TFN says “He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies.”

                                  Taken responsibility for the LYING you mean? Not quite. And "inaccuracies"?????? Wow - talk about PR fluff from TFN!

                                  Those of you that choose to continue watch this liar can have him. The entire network is a joke (has been for quite some time) and bringing this idiot back is just is the icing on the cake.

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                                    bear RE: LindaWhit Apr 10, 2009 05:45 PM


                                2. re: mcsheridan
                                  Icantread RE: mcsheridan Apr 7, 2009 02:46 PM

                                  withnail made the point I would have. Basically, FN was looking to sweep this under the rug and see what would happen. I'm pretty surprised, and I just cannot see him steering that show and having such a valuable impact as to wheel-and-deal to get him back in.

                                  To me it's like dancing with the devil and not even getting a violin out of it. I guess there are quite a few supporters, however. I personally will not watch him again.

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                                    EWSflash RE: mcsheridan Apr 12, 2009 09:21 PM

                                    My, my- Symon is too humble, isn't he?

                              2. TrishUntrapped RE: meimei Apr 6, 2009 12:12 PM


                                Irvine's back, I don't care, I'm not watching him.

                                And yeah, I think the fact he is a big fat liar that hurt people by backing out of financial deals has something to do with it.

                                He's a master of self-promotion, and makes Vinny the Sham Wow Guy and Billy Mays for Oxy Clean look like amateurs.

                                Some people will buy what Irvine has to sell and that's fine.

                                I'm just not one of them.

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                                  Icantread RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 6, 2009 03:31 PM

                                  Hey, Billy Mays has some great products!

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                                    billieboy RE: Icantread Apr 6, 2009 08:08 PM

                                    4 words that make me instantly change the channel..... HI...BILLY MAYS HERE..

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                                      rozz01 RE: billieboy Apr 10, 2009 02:46 PM

                                      Doubt we'll have to hear much from Vinny after the last couple of weeks though.. lol

                                2. Kajikit RE: meimei Apr 6, 2009 07:42 PM

                                  I guess the ratings showed that people preferred Robert Irvine in the job... I know DH and I did. His shows are just fun to watch, and Michael Symon's weren't. He took himself far too seriously in the few that we saw before we lost interest. This is entertainment, not life-or-death...

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                                    kchurchill5 RE: Kajikit Apr 6, 2009 07:56 PM

                                    Just fun and entertaining

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                                      choco_lab38 RE: kchurchill5 Apr 7, 2009 06:45 AM

                                      ...and formulaic! More FN pablum.
                                      I've had more fun watching old ladies make swedish meatballs for a church dinner!

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                                        EWSflash RE: choco_lab38 Apr 12, 2009 09:24 PM

                                        Then don't watch the show- simple as that. No need to insult people that like the show.

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                                          Phaedrus RE: EWSflash Apr 13, 2009 05:39 AM

                                          >>...and formulaic! More FN pablum.
                                          I've had more fun watching old ladies make swedish meatballs for a church dinner!<<

                                          The comments are insulting to the show, not to the people watching the show.

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                                            Withnail42 RE: Phaedrus Apr 16, 2009 01:18 PM

                                            I feel sorry for the Swedish ladies who were haapily minding their own business makeing meatballs suddenly being compared to Robert Irvine.

                                            What did they do?

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                                    FoodyGirly RE: meimei Apr 13, 2009 12:37 PM

                                    So, I haven't ready each and every post here, I may at a later date when I have more time, but I don't see why everyone's got their knickers in a knot. Sure, he lied, embelished, entertained. That's what people in the entertainment industry do. So he said he cooked for the Queen. He lied. Whatever. I'm actually laughing as I write this because I think it's so funny. He's entertaining. That's what TV is for, like it or not. And if you don't like it, you change the channel, like I do. He's MUCH better than Michael Symon is, and I like Michael alot. But, this is not the show for him. People lie everyday. Sometimes we find out, sometimes we don't. But to judge and hang this guy, well, I guess you can because once you're in the public eye you're in the jury of the people, but before I cast stones, I always try to think if I'm as virgin clean as they come, and I can safely, and thankfully say I'm not. I could see being outraged if he was in the medical field or finance where a serious lie could have a serious consequence, but he's a real chef, he knows his craft, that's very apparent by watching him.

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                                      Phaedrus RE: FoodyGirly Apr 13, 2009 12:41 PM

                                      That's like saying I am not a real doctor but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

                                      I can't stand watching Rachel ray, but at least she is honest about her credentials. As many have stated before, he managed to fool the viewers which isn't all that hard to do and as you said, its only entertainment, but how about the investors that he'd lied to?

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                                        FoodyGirly RE: Phaedrus Apr 13, 2009 12:50 PM

                                        As per your first statement: I don't get it.

                                        For your second, yes sure, if we all went around telling lies, it wouldn't be fun. I get you on that one. But how did he fool the viewers again? And as I said, he lied to everyone ok I get that, but how would did it harm his investors? I'm genuinely interested to know.

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                                          TrishUntrapped RE: FoodyGirly Apr 13, 2009 12:57 PM

                                          FoodGirly, read this, it will get you a bit up to speed.


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                                        KTinNYC RE: FoodyGirly Apr 14, 2009 08:25 AM

                                        The elephant in the room is the fact that what Irvine does isn't really particularly difficult. I'm pretty certain that most moderately talented caterers can do the same thing. To paraphrase Anthony Bourdain the show should be called "Dinner Slightly Difficult".

                                        Irvine takes an incredible number of shortcuts and his food looks mediocre. Symon is a way more talented cook and isn't as disturbing to look at.

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                                          FoodyGirly RE: KTinNYC Apr 14, 2009 08:35 AM

                                          Well, I'll let you in on a little secret: the food that most of the personalities/chefs on the Food Network isn't particularly difficult, either.

                                          And as for who's nicer to look at? Well, let's just say that neither would win a Mr. America contest, but then my tastes run more of the Gordon Ramsay and Rocco vein.

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                                            KTinNYC RE: FoodyGirly Apr 14, 2009 08:40 AM

                                            The fact that the food cooked by FN personalities usually isn't difficult to cook isn't a secret to me or anyone else that is mildly interested in cooking but at least the show titles don't imply there is difficulty either.

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                                              FoodyGirly RE: KTinNYC Apr 14, 2009 08:52 AM

                                              The show title: Dinner Impossible, does not imply that the food is complicated. Anyone who has watched the show can I think understand that since sometimes they are cooking in the woods, in a school cafeteria, etc. that it's the task that is spun to be 'impossible', not the ingredients or the preparation.

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                                              Withnail42 RE: FoodyGirly Apr 16, 2009 01:23 PM

                                              You're also clearly new to FN if you think that it is a secret that their food isn't overly difficult.

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                                            Withnail42 RE: FoodyGirly Apr 16, 2009 01:20 PM

                                            You clearly do know the story. But are simply posting.

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                                              FoodyGirly RE: Withnail42 Apr 16, 2009 02:06 PM

                                              I'm not clear on what you're saying.

                                              Can you please clarify?

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                                            FoodyGirly RE: meimei Apr 14, 2009 07:43 AM

                                            A little positive press on Robert Irvine:


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                                              PattiCakes RE: FoodyGirly Apr 14, 2009 08:20 AM

                                              Yikes. It's really going to take hours of prep work for me to plan my TV viewing, movie watching and radio listening from now on. I will need to research each and every individual to see if they make my moral cut. I will need to review their resume to make sure they have not embelished their accomplishments, or prevaricated about their education in any way shape or form. I will need to look into their personal lives to see if they have done anyone financial or emotional harm. Or paid all of their taxes. I can no longer rely on their performance in their current job, I need to vett their background and their souls.

                                              Who was the ex-con who started a cooking school for troubled youth? Probably shouldn't be watching him. Mario said the F word in front of the Queen of Spain, so I'm tossing out my Mario Batali cookbooks. Gordon Ramsey now has financial and marital issues, so his show is out. I'm not even going to start on professional sports. or politics. This is going to be tough. Good thing I'm perfect.

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                                                Phaedrus RE: PattiCakes Apr 14, 2009 08:37 AM

                                                Look, its not all that hard. I take people at face value, I don't investigate whether they are liars because I assume that they are not, until they are caught in a lie. And when they are caught, they need to apologize for their actions and try to amends for the unintended and intended consequences that their lies may have caused. IF they don't do that (Irvine) or if they enabled the slacking of responsibility (as TFN has done), then their character becomes in question in my mind. I try to live by that as much as possible. Obviously I am in the minority.

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                                                  FoodyGirly RE: PattiCakes Apr 14, 2009 08:39 AM

                                                  Well said.

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                                                AngelSanctuary RE: meimei Apr 15, 2009 12:27 AM

                                                You know what, regular people won't get their job back, but he does? Why is that fair? Why can't he have the same consequences? And a lot of people do lie about their resumes, they're just not so stupid to lie about something so ridiculous. So they're awarding lying and being ridiculous as well.

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                                                  FoodyGirly RE: AngelSanctuary Apr 15, 2009 06:17 AM

                                                  Why did you double post this further up?

                                                  I think *good* lying should be rewarded, cause it's so good that you can't tell. It's in fact an art. Which seems to have been the case here. Oh, up and until he got caught of course. I'm looking forward to seeing now actually if Robert dreams up some other great whoppers. That's the fun part here. Is he lying? Is he telling the truth? I think people like this are very entertaining when they're on TV.

                                                  And as for your question about lots of people losing their jobs and he gets his back? Well, that's a little thing called life's not fair.

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                                                    AngelSanctuary RE: FoodyGirly Apr 15, 2009 10:33 PM

                                                    One's a reply to that person and the other one's a reply to the topic.

                                                    ...But he's a terribly liar so why is he still being rewarded, he's not even smart about it.

                                                    Life isn't fair, and isn't that sad. Shouldn't people care about it just a little bit? I mean, even on this thread, so many people don't care (like the person I first replied to), shouldn't they care just a little it?

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                                                      PattiCakes RE: AngelSanctuary Apr 16, 2009 05:37 AM

                                                      I understand where you are coming from, believe me I do. On the other hand, virtually everything we see on TV is a lie in one way or another, particularly the "reality" shows. Do you really think that the contestants who are shown to us by the producers of those shows are the "real people" -- they are not. And please don't get me started on politicians (both parties!). Look at the lives Hollywood "stars" lead. Sex, drugs......

                                                      Did RI cause financial harm to investors because of his lies? It looks that way, but as I have said before, I would have done a whole lot more checking up on his background before I invested that kind of money with anyone. The fact that FN brought RI back to the show really has nothing to do with his inflated resume or his claims of being knighted, it has to do with entertainment. He puts on a good show. He could be Saint Robert, pure as the driven snow, but if he couldn't deliver in the context of the program, he'd be outta there.

                                                      I just wrote a check out yesterday to the IRS, and that almost made me gag. It's funding bailouts for people who never should have been allowed to get mortgages in the first place, while I ate bologna sandwiches to pay mine. I'm watching my pension dwindle to almost nothing. Cops are being shot right and left in my city. When I go home from a stressful job, I want to watch something mindless & entertaining. Dinner Impossable fills the bill for that -- although it didn't when RI was not on the show.

                                                      I draw a moral and ethical line in the sand almost every day about something or other. A TV show on FN, given this particular set of circumstances, just isn't where I choose to do it. If that's your particular line in the sand, that's OK; just don't imply that I'm an immoral neanderthal because it isn't mine (I know you didn't, but that's the general tone of this thread).

                                                  2. re: AngelSanctuary
                                                    Miss Needle RE: AngelSanctuary Apr 15, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                    Because all Food Network cares about is the bottom line -- money. Irvine was very popular on Food Network and brought in a lot of advertising revenue. And I don't believe the consensus on these boards reflects the consensus in the US.

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                                                      FoodyGirly RE: Miss Needle Apr 15, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                      Time will tell in terms of advertisers and ratings of his show. I'll be curious to see what happens. I suspect that the average person will never know the back story that has been talked about on here and will happily watch as usual, and silently wonder where he had gone to for a season.

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                                                        Wursthof RE: FoodyGirly Apr 16, 2009 06:14 AM

                                                        I just happend to flip by the Yahoo DI(is this a newv season?) episode last night. Regardless of anything else being said. The food looked like shit. Most of it sounded like shit too. I have liked some of the previous episodes, not all. The food I saw last night left me hoping Paula Dean would come to the rescue.

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                                                          LindaWhit RE: Wursthof Apr 16, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                          I caught a bit of it as well - supposedly some of those "recipes" were the most searched recipes? After hearing the list, I sincerely doubt it.

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                                                            sibeats RE: LindaWhit Apr 16, 2009 07:02 AM

                                                            No, they weren't searched recipes, it was a gimmick that they used to give him the food combinations he had to use. They "spun" a dial for each category of menu item, then spun the dial again to match it up with the main ingredient he had to use. Needless to say it came up with some tough combinations "salmon cupcakes", "peanut butter chili", "eggplant salad", etc. So he then had to come up with dishes on the fly and he repeatedly said that these were things he normally would not make. I thought he was pretty innovative for some of them, others did look less than appetizing.

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                                                              FoodyGirly RE: sibeats Apr 16, 2009 07:06 AM

                                                              I have to say that I've never really watched this show for its culinary merits. To me, it's not that kind of show. It's the 'getting there' that is really the point. So yes, much usually looks sub-standard.

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                                                                LindaWhit RE: sibeats Apr 16, 2009 07:09 AM

                                                                Well, then Comcast REALLY screwed up on their description of the show! LOL I hit the Info button on my remote and that's what it said - "most searched recipes".

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                                                                  PattiCakes RE: sibeats Apr 16, 2009 08:15 AM

                                                                  sounds like some of the combinations on Chopped.

                                                              2. re: Wursthof
                                                                Vladimir Estragon RE: Wursthof Apr 16, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                The last thing on the mind of that grinning jerk at Yahoo was giving his employees a good meal. This was one big commercial designed to show us how hip and innovative they are. The fact that the food looked totally awful didn't matter at all, except to the poor schmucks who had to eat it.

                                                                1. re: Wursthof
                                                                  AMFM RE: Wursthof Apr 16, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                                  see now interestingly enough i too caught part of the yahoo DI and while i agree some of the food looked weird (and there certainly weren't rave reviews) my thought was SO different. all i could think was - here comes irvine, we're back to the interesting challenges! i have never hidden that i like Michael Symon since i lived in cleveland and his restaurants are great and he's charming and great to the community. but i didn't particularly like him on DI either. I didn't watch before because i've always disliked irvine, but i was really hoping to like it with symon but i just felt they gave him REALLY boring challenges. his food looked good enough but they weren't FUN. and irvine (although i don't like him) seemed to get FUN challenges. to me it definitely read as if they wanted symon to seem not as good. initially i thought they were just running out of ideas but...
                                                                  interesting now that we see what happened.

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                                                                    Vladimir Estragon RE: AMFM Apr 16, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                    The cooking shows I like best are the ones that give you some idea how the food industry works in the real world. Dinner Impossible is pretty much unique in that it gives you a look inside the catering industry. Symon is undoubtedly a better chef than Irvine, but Irvine is a caterer, and I find his take on things interesting. I like the challenges that are real world, like the inaugural ball cocktail party for the governor, things like that. I don't like the artificial situations that they throw out just to make it difficult, like this stupid random selection gimmick or having to cook vegetarian for cowboys. Irvine is kind of a drama queen, but if you fired everybody on TV who has lied about their qualifications, there would be nobody left.

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                                                            CocoaNut RE: meimei Apr 16, 2009 02:20 PM

                                                            I friend's daughter was recently hired into a new position. Once she was on board, she was invited to "depart", ie, fired. Seems in doing the background check, she had omitted one of her prior employments - I suppose it was viewed as lying by omission.

                                                            That's how it works in "real" life. Obviously not the case in TVLand, SilverScreenLand and DCLand.....

                                                            As to RI, I never did watch him - didn't like looking at him.

                                                            As to FN, it has really gone into a downward tailspin with the replacement of all of their bona-fide chefs. Now, it just seems that the "personalities" are often times choosing random food items which are thrown together and called a recipe. More often that not, it looks like slop. RE: PD, RR, BD, the Neely's, etc......

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