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Sep 1, 2009 12:56 PM

Ask Aida - Not!

The "debut" episode just appeared on Food Network Canada. I'm hoping it's the last. Sure, she's pretty, but in terms of gravitas and knowledge - not so much.

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  1. don't you love the guy on the laptop feeding "questions" supposedly e-mailed to Aida "live". hey it's taped show... fake questions... fake e-mailers. I reach for the TV remote when she comes on.

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    1. re: JRCann

      Ha ha...the "tech guru." Since when does reading emails make one a tech guru? That show is a waste of space along with 98% of all shows on Food TV. Public Television in the states is the place to watch cooking shows, without a doubt. Jacque Pepin, Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, all cooking with no gimmicks, schticks or weirdo sidekicks.

      1. re: mels

        Unfortunately I work on Saturdays, which is the only day my PBS affiliate shows their cooking programs (or is that for all PBS stations). Personally I'm not a fan of Ming Tsai's new show and it does have that pairing two contrasting ingredients gimmick.

        I used to have the American Food Network and was a fairly regular watcher of Ask Aida, which I didn't really mind. Aida is a great personality and she has great tips for the common Food Network viewer. Personally I'll take any of the American Food Network shows (with the exception of Sandra Lee's) over any of the Canadian produced shows.

    2. You'll be glad to know that Aida season two has started airing in The States!

      The little guy is out. So basically it it her just talking about what she is every other show on FN.

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      1. re: Withnail42

        I guess we can't "ask Aida" questions.
        Now she just dictates! "Aida Demands"
        Ohh... a domineering woman. Nice! lol!

        1. re: Withnail42

          Ohhhhh. Looks like her little brother ( Christoph) is replacing the other guy. Unbelievable.

        2. i love this show. she cooks very modern, interesting food from that "hip" culinary category (eggs on pizza and the such), which is something most of the food network shows don't emphasize.

          i'll actually miss noah. you people are evil!

            1. Actually I'm glad to hear about show changes. Aida's audience should be junior high school boys & girls interested in a fun approach to basic but ingredient-rich recipes.

              Good luck!

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              1. re: HillJ

                When I first saw the show on Food network Canada I didn't like it actually. I felt it was "fake" and Aida smiled too much and had a snobby attitude.

                Didn't know she was part of the Chow team until reading the article posted above, and then I saw some of her videos on youtube, she seems a lot more natural and interesting. Food network seems like they make the people practically scream at the camera and smile way too much that' it's unnatural.

                People don't have to fake an over the top personality to get viewers to watch! I'm kind of tired of all the "fakeness"

                1. re: BamiaWruz

                  BamiaW, I watched with my younger daughter a few times and she loved the energy and over the top enthusiasm. Which is why I felt Aida would appeal to a younger audience. The quick edits, "tech guy" and modern, tiny kitchen are a bit much for me but again my daughter & her friends thought it was a fun show.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Made sense after watching another episode and seeing your comments. I can see that too, probably would have enjoyed it more if I were younger too.

                    And hey, I picked up a flank steak recipe!

                      1. re: BamiaWruz

                        I hear Aida has a good vegetarian soup recipe... just add chicken broth. :-)