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Brian Boitano starring in Food Network show, "What Would Brian Boitano Make"

Caitlin McGrath May 4, 2009 04:58 PM

I know, sounds like I'm making a bad joke, but it's true.


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  1. yamalam RE: Caitlin McGrath May 4, 2009 06:00 PM

    Now I have that song stuck in my head, ha

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      KevinB RE: Caitlin McGrath May 4, 2009 07:29 PM

      Cartman wants to see him make chicken pot pie.

      1. kattyeyes RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 06:44 AM

        Too bad chef can no longer make a guest appearance to make his chocolate salty balls...and sing about them, of course:

        The show will be sponsored by Cheesy Poofs.

        1. Phaedrus RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 10:31 AM


          Just when you think it couldn't get any worse.....

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          1. re: Phaedrus
            LindaWhit RE: Phaedrus May 5, 2009 11:06 AM

            There is something seriously disturbing about the levels to which TFN chooses to go. The depths of the cellar levels, that is.

            But like TDQ, I might (******might******) have to watch this at least once.

            1. re: Phaedrus
              Frodnesor RE: Phaedrus May 5, 2009 02:29 PM

              That was *exactly* my reaction when I first heard about this ->

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                LindaWhit RE: Frodnesor May 5, 2009 04:49 PM

                And they (TFN) just actually called TNFNS television's most challenging food fight. Lord help them, they know not what they say. @@


                I'm trying to figure out if the first comment is truly delusional or posting in a snide (but "complimentary") way to get their comment past TFN blog censors. ;-) She says:

                "Wow! It seems that the lineup of upcoming FN shows is chock full of foodie fun, adventure, and excitement. I am beyond excited about the Brian Boitano series. Although, Take on the Takeout and Worst Cooks in America are hot on the heels! Chef vs. City sounds like the perfect way for viewers to explore the cuisine and hot spots the selected cities have to offer…Its all very exciting…FN you’ve got me on the edge of my couch!"

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                  Frodnesor RE: LindaWhit May 5, 2009 04:59 PM

                  sarcasm or shill, one or the other.

                  1. re: Frodnesor
                    ChefJune RE: Frodnesor May 8, 2009 11:39 PM

                    ...perhaps a bit of both?

                    In any case, a real yuk (and yuck!)

                  2. re: LindaWhit
                    alkapal RE: LindaWhit Aug 8, 2009 04:18 AM

                    my vote is for sardonic: ""you’ve got me on the edge of my couch!"" as in..."you’ve got me on the edge [i'm a] couch potato...."

                2. re: Phaedrus
                  HabaneroJane RE: Phaedrus Aug 17, 2009 10:13 AM

                  this is such an old reference (South Park The Movie ) I don't see the humor in it anymore..sort of like a majorly delayed reaction, really. This could be TFN's version of Dancing With the Stars, using washed up celebs in an area they aren't necessarily qualified...weird.

                  1. re: HabaneroJane
                    Withnail42 RE: HabaneroJane Aug 17, 2009 02:09 PM

                    'aren't necessarily qualified'...can't that term be applied to most (if not all) FN personalities.

                    1. re: Withnail42
                      alkapal RE: Withnail42 Aug 17, 2009 02:42 PM

                      there are many who are, and several who are not.

                    2. re: HabaneroJane
                      LabRat RE: HabaneroJane Aug 17, 2009 04:19 PM

                      The reference is even older than the movie. "What would Brian Boitano do" was a joke in a short entitled "The Spirit of Christmas" that Parker and Stone did in 1995 which eventually led to the South Park series. "What Would Brian Boitano Make" might have been a clever concept about 10 years ago, but today it just stands as a stark reminder of just how far out of touch the brain trust at FN have become.

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                        Midlife RE: LabRat Aug 17, 2009 11:18 PM

                        I agree with you 100%, but..................unfortunately this is when it's necessary to bring out the fabled H.L. Mencken quote:
                        "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

                        1. re: LabRat
                          mcsheridan RE: LabRat Aug 19, 2009 07:33 AM

                          Well put, LabRat. His Olympic glory is 15 years behind him, the song made its last big splash 10 years ago (in "South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut").

                          In music: "When the act is dead, play the shed."
                          FN is now the shed for washed up celebrities of any field who think they can cook. The same folks watching Dancing with the Stars will eat this show up.
                          I give up on FN. Its day has truly gone.

                          You are correct, Midlife; they will definitely not go broke. They've gone well and truly mainstream, sponsored by Kraft. They will go on. Still, they jumped the shark some time past, and we don't have to go with them.

                    3. Gio RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 10:40 AM

                      That's hilarious but now I have a brain worm.....(=_=)

                      1. The Dairy Queen RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 10:41 AM

                        I hate to say it, but I might have to see this show. At least once.


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                          shallots RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 10:52 AM

                          Quick fire:
                          Amuse bouche with cheesie poufs.
                          Main meal: Buffet for drunken barn dance
                          A high caffein coffee inspired dish with an aura of smug.

                          I'll wait for this on the net.

                          1. Withnail42 RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 11:36 AM

                            I thought this was a very odd joke when I first heard about this show. I don't know if it's funny or sad that it is a real show. Have to find it to FN to find ways to keep lowering (all ready low, as in bottom feeders) standards.

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                            1. re: Withnail42
                              PattiCakes RE: Withnail42 May 5, 2009 11:51 AM

                              skating on the edge of tastelessness...........

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                                Phaedrus RE: PattiCakes May 5, 2009 12:16 PM

                                I would say jumping the shark, but they have already done that, numerous times. This is like scraping the bottom of the barrel and hitting wood, but I am sure they will delight us in finding even lower levels.

                                1. re: Phaedrus
                                  alkapal RE: Phaedrus Aug 8, 2009 04:20 AM

                                  FN jumping the shark? jumping the shark?

                                  don't you know that seaworld RAISES sharks expressly for FN?**

                                  **<seaworld is also on a requirements contract with tom cruise and tyra banks.>

                                  1. re: alkapal
                                    mcsheridan RE: alkapal Aug 8, 2009 12:28 PM

                                    ROFL! "seaworld RAISES sharks expressly for FN"

                                    I love it.

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                              gastrotect RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 12:16 PM

                              At least it isn't fucking Brian Dennehy?

                              Will Matt Stone and Trey Parker be involved? Because then I would definitely watch.

                              1. ChefJune RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 01:36 PM

                                HUH? 8>O

                                Boitano is a great skater, but a cooking show????

                                what can you expect of TVFN? (waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than cooking)

                                1. Midlife RE: Caitlin McGrath May 5, 2009 02:05 PM

                                  OK......... the final nail in the Food Network coffin for me.

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                                  1. re: Midlife
                                    markabauman RE: Midlife May 5, 2009 02:06 PM

                                    How about skate wings?

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                                      PattiCakes RE: markabauman May 6, 2009 09:10 AM

                                      I just spit out my tea.........

                                  2. chowser RE: Caitlin McGrath May 8, 2009 09:47 AM

                                    I would have liked to see a throwdown between Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Each week, they're given different dishes to make and Brian Boitano (What would Brian Boitano do?) could be the judge.

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                                    1. re: chowser
                                      PattiCakes RE: chowser May 8, 2009 11:19 AM

                                      Brian, jumping up onto the cutting board (a la Bobby Flay on Iron Chef), making a ciffinade of basil with his skates; Kristi Yamaguchi doing a salad sit-spin.....

                                      1. re: PattiCakes
                                        Midlife RE: PattiCakes May 8, 2009 11:49 AM

                                        If that was how they'd actually do the show I might watch.

                                    2. JohnE O RE: Caitlin McGrath May 8, 2009 01:31 PM

                                      I read about this last week. I could almost hear hundreds of Chowhound cap lock keys being engaged. I guess we can be thankful they didn't make a show out of the 2nd song from the movie.

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                                      1. re: JohnE O
                                        KevinB RE: JohnE O May 8, 2009 02:01 PM

                                        What, "Blame Canada"? What could you blame us for? Back bacon, maple syrup and fiddleheads? Poutine and a pizza "all dressed"? Schwartz's and Caplansky's smoked meat? The best Asian food on the continent? Crown Royal, Screech, and icewine? Geez, we're more sinned against than sinning..

                                        1. re: KevinB
                                          JohnE O RE: KevinB May 8, 2009 02:31 PM

                                          I was referring to the "Uncle F****" song , not "Blame Canada". (Besides, it's not even a real country anyway ;-] ).

                                          1. re: JohnE O
                                            kattyeyes RE: JohnE O May 8, 2009 07:45 PM

                                            I think "I'm Super" should be the theme song:

                                            And he should skate to it! :)

                                            1. re: JohnE O
                                              KevinB RE: JohnE O May 9, 2009 12:58 AM

                                              You're right - I can't even imagine why I didn't remember that one!

                                        2. MplsM ary RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 7, 2009 08:32 PM

                                          An interview with Brian Boitano about the show. http://sfist.com/2009/08/07/sfist_int...

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                                          1. re: MplsM ary
                                            Caitlin McGrath RE: MplsM ary Aug 7, 2009 08:59 PM

                                            "It’s a reality-docu-soap."

                                            Which tells me all I need to know about the show.

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                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 7, 2009 09:59 PM

                                              It's really happening. I can't believe it.


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                                                FrankDrakman RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 01:13 AM

                                                Really? I wonder what episode Mr. Hanky will show up in.

                                            2. alkapal RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 04:22 AM

                                              i'll only watch if he wears all those nifty skating outfits while he's at the stove and flitting around the kitchen!

                                              oh no! you will NOT believe this! http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/bri...

                                              and look at all the wonderful things that can come out of your closet while you watch the show: http://www.bradgriffies.com/shoponlin...

                                              LOL!!!! http://www.bradgriffies.com/dresses/m...

                                              SF: A “reality-docu-soap”? How does the “soap” come in?

                                              BB: I do an event at the end of each episode and everything that happens before builds up to it. So when my friend Tony, who is a bachelor, said he wants to meet a girl, I conceive this whole thing of doing a bachelor party for him with 20 hot women. So the entire episode is how to get a bunch of women to come over. I created the recipes and then I had to go find girls for him.
                                              SANDRA LEE, girlfriend, you have met your MATCH!!! Ina, look out! ;-D.

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                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                PattiCakes RE: alkapal Aug 8, 2009 04:26 AM

                                                I just spit my coffee all over the keyboard. I had flashbacks to Blades of Glory.

                                                By the way, there is no flitting. Triple salchow to the fridge; double lutz to the sink; sit spin to prep the salad.......

                                                1. re: PattiCakes
                                                  alkapal RE: PattiCakes Aug 8, 2009 04:40 AM


                                                  next thing you know, the oxo salad spinner (BB model) will be colored purple with sequins!!!! ""spin THIS, BABY!""

                                              2. alkapal RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 05:21 AM

                                                more from the interview:
                                                >>>""SF: I have to ask, do you think you’ll do some sort of South Park tie-in?

                                                BB: I want [South Park creators] Matt Stone and Trey Parker to be on the show - I hear they’re foodies too. But it’s not like I know them.

                                                SF: It’s hypothetical, but what would you make for them?

                                                BB: One of those things that Cartman always eats, what are they called? Cheesy puffs? I would try to come up with my own version of cheesy puffs."

                                                it's cheesy poofs, brian. http://www.retroland.com/retrotalk/us...

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                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                  kattyeyes RE: alkapal Aug 8, 2009 05:28 AM

                                                  I know--the whole title of Brian's "food show" is based on a South Park song about him. Ya think the guy could get "cheesy poofs" right, for crying out loud. No, wait, he was too busy going through his CLOSET. Is it me, or was the painting of him ("That's me winning the Olympics!") a bit much or what? Kind of like a shrine to himself. Bring on Mr. Hanky, "Well, howdy-ho, Brian! You sure smell a lot like flowers!!!"

                                                2. Boccone Dolce RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                  Don't forget to bring a towel!

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                                                    shallots RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 06:52 AM

                                                    Lots of ideas that are way past Boitano's imagination (and I would NOT want to go where his imagination has been):

                                                    To honor Kenny: the Thanksgiving Creamed Corn challenge

                                                    To honor Grandpa: a strained meal

                                                    To honor Mr Garrisen: go to a mountain and pick your dinner

                                                    To honor Cartman's Mother: the drunken barndance spread (um)

                                                    To honor Dr. Mephisto: a molecular gastronomy meal

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                                                    1. re: shallots
                                                      alkapal RE: shallots Aug 8, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                      shallots, you're definitely onto something.....

                                                    2. mcsheridan RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                      I just saw a promo for it today, and it comes complete with what appear to be selected audience members holding up mock Olympic scorecards.


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                                                      1. re: mcsheridan
                                                        LindaWhit RE: mcsheridan Aug 8, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                        OMG, can this get ANY worse than it already sounded like back when this thread first started? This preview sounds like it can.


                                                      2. Midlife RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 12:48 PM

                                                        Remind me again............... What is the Food Network???????????????????

                                                        I have a vague recollection from just before they announced this show originally.

                                                        1. alkapal RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 16, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                          i just saw another promo for this. ugh -- very cheesy!

                                                          1. Withnail42 RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 16, 2009 08:44 AM

                                                            The good news is we have a new season of Top Chef starting next week.

                                                            1. Phaedrus RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 17, 2009 05:46 AM

                                                              So when are they going to give Johnny Weir, his own freak show?

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                                                                alkapal RE: Phaedrus Aug 17, 2009 06:15 AM

                                                                wait just a minute.

                                                                hold up.

                                                                what if we can get tonya harding to agree to a reality cooking show? and the gal she whacked, too -- whatever her name is.

                                                                "skate-girl kitchen smackdown" --- and it could be like a cooking-cum-police process show, sort of like law &order, but...for the kitchen....and skaters.....and really, really mean skaters.

                                                                bob tuschman, call me.

                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                  DishDelish RE: alkapal Aug 18, 2009 01:02 AM

                                                                  <and the gal she whacked, too -- whatever her name is.>
                                                                  Nancy Kerrigan

                                                                  They just might like your idea ... It might bring in a whole new audience for TFN.

                                                                  1. re: DishDelish
                                                                    Phaedrus RE: DishDelish Aug 18, 2009 06:33 AM

                                                                    OK, I got one. How about putting Joey Chestnut and the Japanese guy who regularly competes in the food contests iin the same show with anorexic pixies like the gymnasts or figure skaters. The guy from Man Vs. Food can host.

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                                                                      Phurstluv RE: Phaedrus Aug 19, 2009 06:14 PM

                                                                      I love that guy! And that show had me cracking up, and my kids now try to do a Man v. Food skit every where we go, it's hilarious!!

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                                                                kimchee411 RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 23, 2009 01:32 PM

                                                                I like how you all stick your noses up in the air and completely dismiss the show just because he's Brian Boitano when you haven't even seen it. You don't always have to take food so damn seriously you snobs. I just watched the show for the first time and it's pretty entertaining -- he's hilariously gay! And FTR, the food looks pretty appetizing. Afterall, every show does have like a hundred people behind it to ensure they're not putting out crap food... although Sandra Lee doesn't appear to have any.

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                                                                  Phurstluv RE: kimchee411 Aug 23, 2009 07:35 PM

                                                                  Don't have to be insulting, now!

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                                                                    southernitalian RE: kimchee411 Aug 25, 2009 08:52 AM

                                                                    I liked it too! I thought he was adorable. I didn't need all of the drama with him setting his friend up with hot chicks but I really enjoyed it, laughed out loud, learned a few tricks and will certainly watch again. He's precious.

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                                                                      Divamac RE: southernitalian Aug 25, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                      I agree! I thought he was adorable, the recipes looked great (want to try that pepper relish!) and the concept unique. It's obvious he's not taking himself seriously, which makes the whole thing feel fun! We'll see how long it can feel fresh, but overall a win.

                                                                  2. energy RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 23, 2009 05:57 PM

                                                                    I thought the show was really entertaining...and the food looked good too. I'm on Team Brain...cheers

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                                                                    1. re: energy
                                                                      Normandie RE: energy Aug 24, 2009 10:07 AM

                                                                      I agree with you, energy. JMO, but I'm for *anything* that teaches Americans that healthful, fresh food can be easily and quickly prepared and can still be appetizing, tasty and satisfying.

                                                                      So, Brian's got a schtick? So does Alton Brown. Frankly, I could do without AB's sister and the *Misery* knockoffs and that commandant lady that always pops up when he's in the appliance department. However, most of us respect AB for his food science and cooking knowledge, and so we watch despite the fluff.

                                                                      I'd have to see more of what Brian will prepare to know exactly what he's into, but considering his need to have stayed healthy and energetic for his entire career, I'd bet the mortgage on the probability that it will be generally better than the slow suicide, processed, saturated-fatty, over-sodiumed and under-fibered diets many Americans eat. Paula Deen and Sandra Lee make me steam every time I watch them, not because they use butter or processed pseudofoods, but because they use them *as a matter of course* and in *such big quantities*. Anything can be okay in moderation or as an infrequent treat. I don't find that to be the case with either of these two ladies (but then again the responsibility *always* has to fall back to us, for the personal choices we make).

                                                                      Otherwise, I don't take much issue with the recipes most FN hosts prepare. I think Rachel Ray in particular gets a bad rap. The woman's always chopping up fresh produce, and she shows a diversity of ingredients and flavors that can encourage new cooks or cooks with a narrow range of food experiences to try different items and then branch into different cuisines. Variety is also important to obtain essential nutrients.

                                                                      I understand that many of these programs' offerings seem simple and boring to some of us who are more advanced cooks, chefs and CHers. Would that that were so for more of our fellow citizens. However, the hard truth is that it is *not true* for millions upon millions, and its cost to all of us in public health issues and human suffering has become astronomical. So if Brian Boitano can teach a few more Americans to choose a salsa on a crostini instead of Cheez Whiz on a Ritz cracker, I say, "You go, guy!"

                                                                      And for those of us who have moved beyond those stages of cooking and want bigger challenges and more complex food experiences--well, most of us already know where to go to get the information we seek. As I said, JMO.

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                                                                        kprange RE: Normandie Aug 24, 2009 07:52 PM

                                                                        Thank God for that opinion! I couldn't agree more. While I don't really like some of the things that RR cooks, I give her kudos for putting her cooking ideas out there, I also really enjoyed BB's new show - I thought it was funny and different.

                                                                        As a high school teacher, I see our kids today getting fatter and fatter - anyone who can help get people cooking fresher ingredients at home rather than eating crap in a box is fine with me.

                                                                        1. re: kprange
                                                                          Normandie RE: kprange Aug 25, 2009 08:28 AM

                                                                          Well, as a teacher, you're on the front line, and you see it. I'm a late Baby Boomer, and I started high school right after Home Ec fell out of favor as a required course for female students, and right before women went back to work en masse.

                                                                          So...if people were no longer taught to cook as a matter of course in public schools, and their mothers were now understandably over-scheduled with full-time jobs, families to care for, housekeeping to do, kids' activities for which to serve as chauffeurs, and things like all the volunteer work that Americans do, something had to give. In swooped (is that a word?) the American food industry, with all sorts of convenience-food junk, and now, more than a generation later, millions of people have had no way to learn how to cook or, worse yet, how to eat. So I can understand the market that FN has found.

                                                                          I think BB has an appealing touch of comedic talent, so I thought this was fine for him. Of course--LOL--I also saw an ad for next week's show in which he seems to be featuring...wait for it...bacon. :-) Oh, the irony. Hopefully, this will also involve at least a banana or canteloupe, too. :-D Sigh...as I said...anything's okay in moderation.

                                                                        2. re: Normandie
                                                                          Midlife RE: Normandie Aug 25, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                          "{And for those of us who have moved beyond those stages of cooking and want bigger challenges and more complex food experiences--well, most of us already know where to go to get the information we seek. As I said, JMO."

                                                                          I agree with that opinion. What I find so disappointing about most of FN programing is that it NO LONGER offers very much for those who have grown into the more complex. I completely understand why that is, but can still lament that PBS is doing what I find enjoyable on Saturday afternoons (where I live) and that's IT for that type of programing.

                                                                          I don't know if it's permanent, but there were two PBS stations doing weekend cooking afternoons and this past weekend it was only one. Hopefully it was just due to pledge drive needs but it did not bode well with me. I really don't think I've grown beyond what TV can offer but it's obvious that niche programing doesn't work out economically, especially in hard times. You'd think, though, with 250 channels there'd be more than 10-15 hours a week to choose from.

                                                                          1. re: Midlife
                                                                            Normandie RE: Midlife Aug 26, 2009 12:14 AM

                                                                            And I agree with your opinion re PBS. There was a poster further up who wrote how he or she liked to settle in on a Saturday and watch all those great shows featuring some of the most accomplished names in cuisine.

                                                                            I used to love that, too, especially on a cold, snowy winter weekend day. I'd establish myself in my kitchen first thing and spend hours "cooking with them" (not nearly so well, LOL, but it was an excellent, accessible education). I wish those programs would experience a resurgence. However, to show you how out of touch *I* am, I've just learned through CH that many of these giants are available on CD, so I'm thinking of investing in some of my favorites.

                                                                            1. re: Normandie
                                                                              alkapal RE: Normandie Aug 26, 2009 06:19 AM

                                                                              on DVD or on the PBS "create" channels available on cable tv.

                                                                              e.g., the jacques and julia series dvd set is 40 bucks. http://julia.cookstr.com/buy_now.php

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                                                                                Normandie RE: alkapal Aug 26, 2009 08:21 AM

                                                                                TY, alkapal, for that information. LOL, can you tell how tech-obsolete I am? CD? I meant, "DVD"...I think. :-) I will check those out.

                                                                                1. re: Normandie
                                                                                  alkapal RE: Normandie Aug 26, 2009 03:38 PM

                                                                                  i think that's pretty reasonable. seems like i recall that julia's "the french chef" is available on dvd, too. check on amazon.com. those shows can be very funny, too! i want to get the "two fat ladies" series on dvd.

                                                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                                                    Normandie RE: alkapal Aug 26, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                                                    To me, it seems like a reasonable price, too, for either Jacques & Julia or The French Chef. The French Chef would be worth it to me for the sentimental value, alone. Remembering as I do, sitting with my mother when I was a child while she watched it and took notes. My mother never cared for television, but she made sure never to miss TFC if she could at all be home while it was on. But on top of all that, with either series, there's also the benefit of, in effect, private cooking lessons from two greats. I'm so glad you let me know about this. Thank you.

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                                                                                      alkapal RE: Normandie Aug 27, 2009 06:08 AM

                                                                                      normandie, you're welcome. not to venture too far afield from this boitano topic (i'm certain julia would've ice skated in the winter ;-), but there is a series of interviews with julia that you'll enjoy.

                                                                        3. re: energy
                                                                          gloriousfood RE: energy Aug 26, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                                          Yes, count me in on Team Brian too! I just happened to catch this show...he is too freaking funny! Oh my word, he really cracked me up. I didn't realize he was such a comedian. And his cooking didn't look too bad either. What's his culinary background, does anyone know? It seems more than just your average layperson.

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                                                                            chowser RE: gloriousfood Aug 30, 2009 10:39 AM

                                                                            Thanks for the heads up on this. It was kitschy fun. As a former skater, I've always been a fan of his but he seemed to take himself so seriously as a skater that I thought this might be a dull show. But, he's really funny. I was laughing through the whole show. And, he does cook. He's not a trained chef but his knife skills were pretty good and he put together some nice bacon appetizers. I learned a few things--like making those prosciutto cups in the muffin tins but turning it upside down to cook, or making puff pastry rounds but covered it with parchment and then a wire rack to keep them more level. I think everything he made seems do-able for a home cook but took them up a notch. They were things I'd easily love to try.

                                                                            What were the four appetizers (done in half an hour--not too much detail but just enough that you could look up the recipe and know how to do it): corn muffin w/ bacon fat and a savory spicy cream cheese frosting; caramelized apple and bacon in puff pastry w/ bourbon cream on top; sweet potato hash in prosciutto cups; spicey fried chicken bites (fried in oil and bacon fat) dipped in blue cheese bacon dip.

                                                                            1. re: chowser
                                                                              kattyeyes RE: chowser Aug 30, 2009 04:10 PM

                                                                              I saw a snippet of the same show you did above--enough to see the prosciutto cups go into the oven (what a great idea!) and the sweet potato hash being made. I was running out of the house at the time, but based on those little tidbits alone, I will tune in again.

                                                                              Though I agreed with Caitlin's initial assessment of this show as a concept before I saw it--it DID sound like a bad joke, knowing only of the whole South Park tie-in, after all--perhaps the joke was on us for thinking so. I'm pleasantly surprised!

                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                kprange RE: kattyeyes Aug 30, 2009 08:56 PM

                                                                                Wasn't it pancetta not prosciutto?

                                                                                1. re: kprange
                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: kprange Aug 30, 2009 09:35 PM

                                                                                  i didn't see the show, but according to the recipe on the FN website, yes, it was pancetta.

                                                                                  1. re: kprange
                                                                                    chowser RE: kprange Aug 31, 2009 04:36 AM

                                                                                    Yes, sorry, pancetta. I wrote prosciutto by mistake. The pancetta rounds made it easy to do the muffin cups w/out cutting.

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                                                                            melly RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 31, 2009 11:40 AM

                                                                            I had to try to watch this...and yes, it was as bad as I had imagined it would be. I was waiting for Tai Babilonia to skate in carrying a pig above her head..and then fall and drop it. Camera pans down and ......perfect slices of proccuito are ready, but Tai is writhing in pain, holding her ankle. Brian picks up the slices and continues on..with her moaning sounds in the background...along with the music to "Born Free".

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                                                                            1. re: melly
                                                                              Brioche57 RE: melly Sep 2, 2009 10:59 PM

                                                                              What the hell does Tai Babilonia have to do with Brian Boitano and/or a pigs head and Born Free? If you're going to make fun, get your decades straight in terms of skaters.

                                                                            2. Midlife RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 31, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                              I guess everyone does have their own 'palate' for most things. After reading some positive stuff here about the show I recorded the bacon episode and gave it a try over the weekend. I lasted about 5 minutes. Not for me.................. but, enjoy! if it's your thing.

                                                                              1. TrishUntrapped RE: Caitlin McGrath Sep 13, 2009 04:19 PM

                                                                                While waiting to watch a ball game that was on rain delay, my husband and I tuned in to an episode of Brian Boitano. It was the one where he wants to join his handyman's dining club.

                                                                                I thought it was hysterical! Really really funny in a good way. The FN has a lot of things but true humor isn't one of them (Alton is smug humor and that doesn't count). I really liked this episode. So my husband kind of rolled his eyes. I got it. I also liked Brian's recipes and the handyman's recipe for coq au vin as well.

                                                                                If other episodes are like this one, I'm in.

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                                                                                  jeanmarieok RE: TrishUntrapped Sep 13, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                  It's kind of a cross between a food show, and a talk show. I've liked the couple of episodes I've seen. It's light entertainment, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

                                                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok
                                                                                    kprange RE: jeanmarieok Sep 13, 2009 09:17 PM

                                                                                    I am going to recreate the meal from today's episode. It all looked fabulous!!!

                                                                                    1. re: kprange
                                                                                      Normandie RE: kprange Sep 13, 2009 09:37 PM

                                                                                      What did he feature today, k? I haven't seen it since the bacon-Roller-Derby episode.

                                                                                      1. re: Normandie
                                                                                        kprange RE: Normandie Sep 14, 2009 04:12 AM

                                                                                        He deconstructed Paella and made apps with all the ingredients - burgers with chicken and scallops, sausage and shrimp kabobs, and a rice cake - it all looked great.

                                                                                        1. re: kprange
                                                                                          gloriousfood RE: kprange Sep 14, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                                                          It really did. I am so surprised by how much I'm enjoying this show--really had very low expectations for it when I first heard about it.

                                                                                          1. re: gloriousfood
                                                                                            chowser RE: gloriousfood Sep 14, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                                                            Me, too. He covers a lot of food quickly, assuming you have basic knowledge. I love the deconstructed paella. Kind of an italianized arancini. He's a riot. I think he's not plain vanilla and has a quirky personality that others might not like but I do.

                                                                                            And, I had to laugh...how often on FTV would you hear someone talking about how they HAVE to get into their French handyman, Guy's, supper group.

                                                                                            1. re: chowser
                                                                                              southernitalian RE: chowser Sep 14, 2009 12:22 PM

                                                                                              I am absolutely loving it and laughing out loud and I keep thinking that this is his first season. A lot of FN personalities have first seasons that I bet they'd rather not think about. I think he's really good.

                                                                                2. alkapal RE: Caitlin McGrath Sep 14, 2009 09:05 AM

                                                                                  i wanna see serena williams do a guest spot.

                                                                                  "take back that low score, or i'm gonna stuff this **&*&! petit four down your &*&%$# throat!"

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                                                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                                                    CucumberBoy RE: alkapal Sep 14, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                    Very enjoyable program; it's interesting -- reading this thread -- how we CH-er's go from crucifying FN to glorifying them. Make up our minds.


                                                                                    1. re: CucumberBoy
                                                                                      chowser RE: CucumberBoy Sep 14, 2009 10:00 AM

                                                                                      Given that there are thousands of CHers, we'll never reach a consensus and that's part of the fun of being here.

                                                                                      1. re: CucumberBoy
                                                                                        TrishUntrapped RE: CucumberBoy Sep 14, 2009 10:31 AM

                                                                                        I think some folks jumped the gun by crucifying this show before they had seen it. I'm glad I caught it by accident so I could make up my own mind.

                                                                                        1. re: TrishUntrapped
                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: TrishUntrapped Sep 14, 2009 12:11 PM

                                                                                          I haven't seen the show yet, but the initial commercials made it look (to me) really awful. I'll have to set my dvr and try out an epi or check hulu for it.

                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas
                                                                                            TrishUntrapped RE: jujuthomas Sep 14, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                                            Juju, the show with the coq au vin and the handyman's supper club is a good one (in my humble opinion).

                                                                                          2. re: TrishUntrapped
                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: TrishUntrapped Sep 14, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                                                            I think those of us that crucified it were crucifying the idea of it - it just didn't seem to make sense (not that a lot of TFN's shows make sense anymore!). I still haven't seen it (have no idea when it's on as I rarely watch TFN anymore anyway).

                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                              Divamac RE: LindaWhit Sep 14, 2009 01:37 PM

                                                                                              1:00 PM on Sundays. He's 3 or 4 shows into the season. Once you give it a chance and figure out that the humor is not there to distract from sub-par cooking it's a lot of fun. It's not fine cooking, but the recipes blow away most of what's on FN right now. It's creative home cooking using real ingredients.

                                                                                              I was not excited by the thought of the paella show (not a huge fan of the dish) but ended up wanting to try most of the recipes. Breaking the dish down into its elements and reassembling them as 4 different appetizers for a party is really clever. He has better skills than most FN stars these days.

                                                                                              1. re: Divamac
                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Divamac Sep 14, 2009 02:55 PM

                                                                                                Fair enough. I'll have to check it out this coming Sunday. I usually don't watch football on fall Sundays unless my local team is playing.

                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                  CucumberBoy RE: LindaWhit Sep 14, 2009 03:05 PM

                                                                                                  You can practically feel the freshness Brian brings to the FoodNetwork. I live for this show! Did anyone see the episode where Brian was trying to "set up Tony"? AbracaDAMN! Great shoe!

                                                                                                  Color me suprised with a tinge of man-crush.


                                                                                                  1. re: CucumberBoy
                                                                                                    jeanmarieok RE: CucumberBoy Sep 14, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                    That was a very cute episode. I said it earlier - but, I like this show a lot!

                                                                                                2. re: Divamac
                                                                                                  chowser RE: Divamac Sep 14, 2009 03:55 PM

                                                                                                  That's a good way to put it. It's not Mastering the Art of French Cooking but it's good home cooking that anyone who enjoys being in the kitchen can take away some good ideas. It is far better than other shows on FTV and doesn't dumb down to an audience who'd rather open a box than really cook. It's food I would serve.

                                                                                        2. kprange RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 25, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                                                          Is the show coming back??

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