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DiningDiva Jun 14, 2009 10:17 PM

Hmm...surprised this is the first post of the night.

Rather boring, bland, pedestrian episode. Or perhaps it's just that this batch of contestants isn't quite as over the top as some of the previous seasons.

Jeffery may not have tied Ground Hog day to his menu, but my money is on him to win this thing.

  1. roxlet Jun 15, 2009 01:07 PM

    I watched this show last night, and I have to say that I find it to be pretty mediocre -- as are the contestants. The first question that I have to ask is how some of these individuals got cast in this show. Having spend 20 years in TV network programming, I find the executives from the FC to be completely disingenuous. They have clearly chosen these individuals to be on this show, yet they act completely surprised by the contestants' personalities and abilities. Why some of these people were deemed to have sufficiently engaging personalities in a medium that demands true charisma is beyond me. I doubt that I will watch this again.

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    1. re: roxlet
      vinhotinto75 Jun 15, 2009 06:56 PM

      Why would anybody be surprised that the contestants are boring and token? These are the same people (Bob and Susie) who booted Emeril, Batali, and the many others who made the network.

      The food is clearly secondary and they are more worried about how these people can connect with an audience. Sadly, I agree with Brett. If she can't finish her dish alone, then she shouldn't be in the contest.

      Also, they are also clearly pushing the woman who claims that she is "Korean," yet doesn't speak a word of the languauge. I don't want to get into a discourse on identity politics, yet all of her dishes (along with all of the other contestants who represent a particular age, ethnic, or gender group) tend to be token and tired. Typical to US culture, the show is laced with an obsession to find somebody who can be classified to a particular demographic group rather than relying on somebody who can bring some insight to what matters: food and cuisine.

      Thankfully Hulu and PBS still have serious cooking shows for people who are interested in ingredients and techniques rather than marketing.

      1. re: vinhotinto75
        JasmineG Jun 18, 2009 12:16 PM

        I know lots of people who are of an ethnicity and don't speak the language -- I don't think that that makes that contestant any less Korean. I actually find her to be one of the more interesting and engaging contestants, along with Jamika. And of course they are concerned about how people can connect with an audience -- it's a television show, no one is going to watch unless the person cooking is interesting to watch. Some people are meant to write cookbooks, and some are meant to be on cooking shows -- sure, the food has to taste good, but the host also needs to be able to explain what they are doing in an entertaining and helpful way.

        1. re: JasmineG
          whatsfordinner Jun 19, 2009 07:42 AM

          "sure, the food has to taste good, but the host also needs to be able to explain what they are doing in an entertaining and helpful way."

          This is what I don't get about Giada de Laurentis! I hear she's sweet, but my God, she bores me to tears! I wish she'd just relax a little. And, she doesn't appear to be all that articulate. Every other word out of her mouth is yummy. Is she aiming toward the kindergarten set? I find Jeffrey's ease and ability to describe the food much more engaging. I also like Jamika.

          1. re: whatsfordinner
            Withnail42 Jun 19, 2009 10:11 AM

            If you've seen his show before you'll soon learn she's not so sweet. In fact she's down right nasty and rude.

            Keep in mind as well that she doesn't cook live either.

            1. re: Withnail42
              whatsfordinner Jun 19, 2009 01:01 PM

              You're right on both counts. I forgot about the nastiness she's exhibited. It's shocking, really, that the "writers" don't make her more articulate.

            2. re: whatsfordinner
              goodhealthgourmet Jun 20, 2009 06:55 PM

              whatsfordinner, you and i are in complete agreement. Jeffrey & Jamika are my top two as well. in fact, i wish they could do a mass elimination and just fast-forward to a final battle between those two. i have no interest in watching any of the others.

        2. re: roxlet
          melly Jun 18, 2009 10:57 AM

          and 99% of the time they are all "pretty".

        3. NYCkaren Jun 15, 2009 06:55 AM

          Katie the health-conscious one won't last much longer. She's constantly talking about fiber and digestive health. Brett deserved to leave for helping Melissa plate and then trashing her in front of the judges. What was that about? On the other hand, he got April Fool's Day, which has absolutely no food traditions. All he could have done was maybe prepare a dish that looks like something else. It's not a fried egg, it's a cookie. April Fool! Jamika won and she got New Year's, which does have food traditions. A lucky break for her.

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          1. re: NYCkaren
            Ericandblueboy Jun 15, 2009 07:36 PM

            I don't know what the rules are on the show but if someone serves me just collared greens and cornbread on NYE, I'd smack that person upside the head.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy
              melly Jun 18, 2009 10:57 AM

              we always have black-eyed peas on New Years Eve..for luck.

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            Ericandblueboy Jun 15, 2009 06:50 AM

            The Korean lady made what appears to be a wonton (with cream cheese, which really goes into crab rangoon and that's not even real Chinese food) and then she calls in a mandu. Even the judges said it was a wonton, what gives!

            I have no idea why the loser that got the boot had to throw housewife under the bus. No one asked for his help. At least Teddy didn't make any comment (even though I find him annoying).

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              lscanlon Jun 15, 2009 06:45 AM

              I don't understand why that "health-conscious" woman with the huge eyes is still there. Her food hasn't gone over well and I can't imagine people tuning in to watch any show she's hosting. In this respect, she reminds me of that "Gourmet Next Door" chick of a couple seasons ago. How long did *her* show last? Three, four episodes?

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              1. re: lscanlon
                beachmouse Jun 18, 2009 10:25 AM

                The Gourmet Nex Door ran about 6-7 episodes and Amy was offered a longer contract but decided to move to France instead. It was actually pretty good in terms of simplifying some dished without dumbing them down and Amy had a refreshing lack of catch phrases.

                1. re: lscanlon
                  alkapal Jun 23, 2009 09:22 AM

                  lscanlon, THAT's who the "health conscious big-eyed girl" reminds me of, the "gourmet next door." oh, what a disaster. i can't believe they offered her a renewal, but maybe i'm just way off base. beachmouse liked the show. so, different strokes.....

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                  jujuthomas Jun 15, 2009 06:43 AM

                  I missed last weeks episode... so I haven't formed real strong opinions yet about the players. It was a pretty boring episode, even the mommy-drama was ho-hum.

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                  1. re: jujuthomas
                    Withnail42 Jun 15, 2009 06:46 AM

                    Debbie looks to be this seasons Aaron (as in picked to win). No matter what she does they dump praise her. Then give the next person a hard time for doing something similar.

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