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Aug 8, 2009 04:51 AM

Chef vs City -- A new low in programming?

I have to admit I only caught snipets last night (we were watching something else and my husband would switch over to FN at commercial breaks), but what I saw out of context made me scratch my head.

The candy store relay, the pickles and chiles, the street vendor schtick.

Good grief!

Perhaps they offered Sanchez and Cosentino money they couldn't refuse...

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  1. Well I haven't watched it yet, but I did record it. Your comment reminds me of Ernie Kovacs' quote "Television is called a medium -- when it's well-done, it's rare!"

    Mr. Sanchez seems so serious on 'Chopped' [which is another silly show, but not totally unwatchable]. It might be fun to see him with his hair down.

    Still, food should be fun. We'll see if this show has any legs. I can always tune in Big Daddy and count the sticks of butter or trips to the deep-fryer.

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    1. re: syberyenta

      Love that Ernie Kovacs quote. It has been a while since I thought about him. Thanks. :)

    2. It was awful. I watched it in bed last night and by the last ten minutes of the show I told my husband to shut it off. It was not even entertaining. The way they hacked the white fish was a sin. The wasted expensive food made me sick. It was probably the stupidest show Food network has produced.

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      1. re: macadamianut

        I watched this last night too and had similar thoughts. They were slicing that salmon into thin strips but they kept touching it and smoothing it out so they could read through it so surely it couldn't be sold/consumed.

        1. re: macadamianut

          >>It was probably the stupidest show Food network has produced.<<

          Don't say things like that, those people will just take that quote as a challenge.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            Very true FN has a unique ability to sink to new lows.

        2. Also, I think that the FN cheated by somehow letting the girls catch up. The guys won all five challenges, including the pickle one before the girls even got there, and yet the guys only won by a nose. Pretty lame show.

          1. I have just one word for the entire show..pointless. Waste of talent and food.

            1. Didn't watch it, but I saw an FN commercial today for something that Definitely puts FN in "Jumped the Shark" territory: their upcoming show, "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" (as in cook).

              I swear, that's the show title for a new FN daytime series, and the promo included what appeared to be selected audience members holding up mock Olympic judging scores.