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Jun 1, 2009 12:03 PM

Is Rob Rainford depressed or something?

Hey, I was watching LICENSE TO GRILL today on Food Network, 2 EPISODES, back to back... and I think someone told Rob Rainford to tone it down or something.

He's all morose and somber now, like he doesn't get excited about anything any more. I used to like it way better when he was actually excited about what he was doing... very sad to see... he doesn't even laugh and speaks totally monotone now... My conspiracy theory is that the dorks at FN probably told him to "tone himself down"

Anyone else noticed this yet?

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  1. The episodes today were from Season 1, so since they are all repeats, and his first season, maybe he hadn't found a style yet.

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      1. re: paulcol

        Didn't he have another show that was produced by Canadian TV originally? If his show is now produced/broadcast by Food Network that would be enough to bum him out.

      2. I don't even get the Food Network nor do I watch Rob but I had to pop in and say that I love the title of this post - lol!

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        1. The only Canadian shows I like are Chuck's day off, restaurant makeover and maybe that Anna Olson one. The rest are awful, with dull boring hosts and the worst music I've ever heard in my life(chef at home LOLOLOL @ MUSIC).

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          1. re: Evilbanana11

            I know what you mean about the music for Chef at Home! I have caught myself humming it in the past, so it's really evil (lol)!

            I do miss Michael Smith's show though. And I miss Rob too (my cable provider no longer carry their network). He really opened my eyes to the possibilities of barbecuing, and how I often wished I was one of his friends coming over to eat at the end of the show.

            1. re: gloriousfood

              You can do it toooooo!!! Great, now I have Chef at Home music in my head. ;)

                1. re: KayceeK

                  Ahhh.. "Let your instincts be yourrrr guideee"
                  Uh- thanks.

              1. re: Evilbanana11

                You like Restaurant Makeover ? That's a terrible show, so contrived.

                I like French Food at Home. Not sure if they are just reruns, but I like her food.

              2. I love that wife refers to him as my 'kindred spirit' or 'your guy' as we share the same enthusiasm level about bbq. His grilling more than mine with the smoker..His shows are pretty old though, think Dunigan took his place as the Canadian Q show on Food last year.

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                1. re: ebay3392

                  I really like Rob Rainfords show... I mean its not complicated food or anything, but its usually the kind of stuff I want to eat

                  Dunnigan is the worst, I can't tell you how much I can't stand that guy... He's like some football goon who managed get a cooking show

                  1. re: duckdown

                    I went to a demonstration he gave at George Brown College about two years ago. I, along with a lot of students there were very excited to see him as everyone loved his show. He was a terrific disappointment, at least to me. He spent most of the demonstration slagging off Licence to Grill and couldn’t understand why everyone thought it was so great. I guess he’d had a bitter parting of ways with the show’s management and it showed. I thought it was pretty insensitive to slag off a show in front of 100 or so of its fans who were there because of the very show he was disrespecting. Douche-esque if you will. I still like watching the show, but can’t help but feel a little sad when thinking about how unclassy I thought he was.

                    Anna Olson’s shows are so dreadfully boring but I met her briefly once at her bakery in Port Dalhousie and was impressed by how nice she was. Especially for a Sunday morning at work.

                    1. re: magic

                      Sorry, maybe it's a guy thing, the BBQ and alll, but I've never been able to watch more than 2 seconds of that show. My neighbour has more flair BBQ-ing than he does, so I can understand why (if they did) they cancelled him and his show. But I don't think he's the first or the last to slag off his own show, or the management of Food Network TV. And it's probably not hard to understand why once you watch any amount of it!

                      On the other hand, I had the same reaction waching Sugar--as in couldn't watch more than 2 seconds of it. I did catch Anna Olson's new show though, the name escapes me, maybe it's called 'Fresh'? And either she's gotten media training or is just more comfortable with the camera, but I think it's a very good watchable (at least for me) show.

                      1. re: Greekfood Koukla

                        I could care less that he slagged off his producers, but to slag off the show in front of fans who were there because they enjoy that very show was a real d*&k move.

                        1. re: magic

                          No doubt, in bad taste, it's like slagging off an ex-employer in an interview. Even if you really, really, really want to do it, you shouldn't. Not that I would know anything about that.....

                          1. re: Greekfood Koukla

                            True. And it just left a bad vibe in the room, or so I thought. Mainly though, it was insulting to the fans. Like we were chumps for watching it to begin with. I don’t know, could’ve been just me who picked up on that. Let’s just say the man let me down. Not at all what I was expecting. But I guess that is what he was partly bitter about, the fact that the show apparently manufactured more of a character Rob, and didn’t let the ‘real Rob’ come out to party. In any event, the fans shouldn’t have been exposed to that. I thought it was very uncool and disrespectful to the fans who were obviously there for happy grill guy Rob, not bitter, jaded Rob dissing their show.

                            Anyways, sorry to be such a drag. I just found the title of this thread funny and a bit ironic considering my one and only experience ‘meeting’ him.

                      2. re: magic

                        I have met Anna a few times, and she has actually done a food demo for the students in my department. She is such a doll, very nice and actually really funny and charming. I wish she still shot sugar, because she is really a go-to for new dessert recipes for me.

                  2. Well I just saw ANOTHER episode I haven't seen before and its the boring, sad and depressed Rob who doesn't even look like he wants to be on TV... totally monotone and NO enthusiasm at all, lol

                    the episode is called TOTAL ECLIPSE according to my guide...

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                    1. re: duckdown

                      I know what you mean, I’ve noticed those episodes too. They stand out so obviously against his usual enthusiasm and charismatic hosting.

                      1. re: magic

                        exactly! lol

                        i like feel bad for the guy while he's doing the show... poor robbie

                      2. re: duckdown

                        I agree and noticed him without any excitement