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Can it get worse? Oxygen Network's new "Naughty Kitchen"

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We came upon this travesty by accident while scrolling through the channels. I even wonder if anyone on Chowhound would have seen this, since it's in such an obscure spot.

Not obscure enough.

The star of the show (certainly in her own mind) is Blythe Beck, who is somehow executive chef of Hotel Palomar's restaurant in Dallas. Her schtick seems to revolve around 2 things - she's very overweight and she's totally obnoxious. Then there's her thing about calling her style "naughty".
I don't see it.

If you can stand it, here's the link to the premier episode on Hulu:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/97182/the-n...

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  1. wow. I"m so glad i just lost 10:44 of my time, lol. I figured, hey, this could be horribly awesome. And no, it was just horrible. I did like that she got bombed in the review, as a sort of punishment for making us watch her....

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    1. re: kubasd

      I saw the promos and decided that watching it would be a big mistake...based on what you said here, glad I stayed away!

    2. I can't watch the vid on this particular computer, cm, but I can imagine, based on the other programming out there. I just have one general philosophical question: How did series developers and producers come to the conclusion that none of us have any actual intellect out here?

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      1. re: Normandie

        It's from the same outfit that produces Ace of Cakes which as far as I can tell is about drama, architecture and bad hygiene.

        I'm guessing (my own theory with no basis in fact) FNTV passed on this project. To my mind, if it ain't fit for FNTV, as much as hounds bitch about the sorry state of Food Network, this show demonstrates that it could be worse.

      2. Pop-ups on Chowhound have been pushing this show and commericals have been blasting The Travel Channel... Thank goodness Oxygen isn't on my cable subscription or at least I don't know what channel the show is on.

        It looks terrible.

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        1. re: dave_c

          The ads on Chowhound were enough to keep me from watching it.

        2. There's something incredibly peculiar about the web-only preview focusing on a *poor* review of her restaurant. Worse, the review questions her ability to be "naughty."

          1. Oh, I decided the first time I saw the commercials to steer clear of this one. It was the commercial where they highlight her "delightful" habit of saying "boo" in a totally obnoxious way whenever she encounters anything she doesn't like.

            Manufactured celebrity.

            1. Ok, I watched the clip. One question: where's the naughty? There's a large lady who runs the kitchen in a "big, beautiful boutique hotel" (an oxymoron if ever there was one). Her food seems pretty pedestrian. She doesn't have anything particularly interesting to say. She makes a half-hearted attempt to coin a few catch phrases - I heart him! Let's drink about it! Why is this person on television? Did someone raffle off a reality show, and she won?

                1. re: Antilope

                  I guess that is what is naughty about her.

                  1. re: Antilope

                    She's obscene, repulsive and vile in every way imaginable.

                    1. re: Antilope

                      Babs, is that you? Faber College, 1962?

                    2. I saw a preview, or at least part of one before got grossed out and switched the channel and posted about it then http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650847.

                      "The actual full title is 'The Naughty Kitchen With Chef Blythe Beck'. Which lead to the inevitable question and little rhyme 'Who the heck is the heck is Blythe Beck?'

                      If there were not any shots of her standing in a kitchen wearing a chefs jacket one would never know the show was about food. Although she goes into great detail about her love for Lachey. She talks about how though her job is while getting a spa treatment. It came across as an episode of 'Real Housewives'

                      She uses the word naughty so much that I was reminded of an old SNL skit where 'sassy' was used as much as possible."

                      I don't know why this woman has show, let alone one with her name in the title. There does not appear anything interesting or even appetizing about this 'chef'. She comes across like a reject from TNFNS.

                      1. Yes- did you catch the title of the episode- "You Better Wear Stretch Pants"!?!

                        1. Well after watching that link on hulu, which was certainly painful, I searched aaround a bit to find a little bit more about her. I looked at a couple of her recipes. Certainly she uses high amounts of butter and fat which I guess in her world quantifies "naughty". Emeril has been doing this for years. Nothing wowing as far as her cooking. This whole celebrity chef thing is silly. What would be nice is they'd focus more on their food, and less on their tv character, and frankly her banter is stupid.

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                          1. re: chef chicklet

                            I searched around too and most of what I could find related to her being on this 'show'. Really nothing about her professional accomplishments. Nor does there seem to be any mention of her on the restaurant, where she is reportedly the executive chef, web site.

                            1. re: Withnail42

                              <Nor does there seem to be any mention of her on the restaurant, where she is reportedly the executive chef, web site.>

                              You have to look pretty hard. She's listed as Executive Chef at the bottom of the dinner menu, and there's a "Chef Blythe Beck Tasting Menus" section.

                              1. re: small h

                                And she landed a show? That would be a lucky break.
                                Is this a case of who you know?

                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                  I've given up trying to figure out how/why people get tv shows. All I know is that I don't have one, and this is a serious oversight on the part of the universe.

                                  1. re: small h

                                    lol! ...I've been waiting for the "Small h Show" :-)

                          2. The fact that all the ads (including those on this site) had her posing in a hot pink satin chef jacket was enough to keep me away.

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                            1. re: mojoeater

                              Yikes! Next time, I'm going to take everyone's advice and NOT watch a clip!

                              Painful, dreadful, ... anyone notice Megan, the GM, rockin' the Kate Gosselin hairdo???

                              Ugh, FAIL!!

                              1. re: rocks67

                                lol!!! actually Megan is a hottie. She's got a really short boyish haircut. Not like that Kate Gosselin mess. The rest of the show is lame though.

                            2. she's very overweight and she's totally obnoxious.
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                              Agreed. I saw this because my wife was watching some other show on Oxygen. When I turned on the TV, it was already running. Because I've seen ads for this show on CH, I decided to watch while I worked out on the elliptical. After a few minutes, I wanted to swtich stations but I was cruious what kind of review she would receive. I'm glad she got a 2 stars out of 5...no reason to ever watch more of this show.

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                              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                I got suckered in by the review tease, too. I live in the Dallas area, and i recalled reading the restaurant review earlier that year, so as soon as i saw it was going to come up in the episode, i went to my computer and pulled the review up to refresh my memory. Seeing that she got two stars, i then got pulled in to the episode because i wanted to see how she would react to the so-so review. Why, oh why, do i let myself get pulled into this kind of stuff? Being from the area, i really wanted to like this show, but it just isn't likeable. There's no point, and i started to cringe every time i heard her say "i heart...". It was embarrassing.

                              2. I HATE reality shows, but I figured I'd try this one because I thought it would be like Gordon Ramseys 'FWord' on BBC (which I just love). Well, it's nothing like that. Not entertaining, not informative, too many stupid catch phrases that really don't make sense. If it were on Food Network, I'd be protesting.

                                1. I saw the promo and couldn't figure out what kind of show (cooking, reality, whatever) it was supposed to be. Glad I skipped it! :)

                                  1. Thank you all for painfully watching and reporting back, at least now I "know" what I missed....It seems it is total RUBBISH!

                                    Thanks goodness because that would be 1 hour of my life I would never get back.

                                    1. After watching five minutes you have to wonder how she got on TV and how she ever landed a job as the Chef. The show is a like a bad combination of Hells kitchen and The Biggest loser.

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                                      1. re: Fritter

                                        The show is a like a bad combination of Hells kitchen and The Biggest loser.
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                                        I had to laugh even though it's not the nicest thing to say.

                                      2. I caught this last night. I thought it was absolutely terrible. I wonder who thought she was 'tv - worthy' -.....

                                        1. I watched it for a survey last night, and am not enthused. The producers of the show do her no justice. Blythe Beck obviously has a passion for food. She seems to have a good relationship with her staff, and the scene were she tasted her sous chef's new dish fascinated me. Her weight doesn't turn me off, but I wonder how many packs a day she smokes.

                                          The emphasis on the pair from the front of the house scheming to win a cash prize from Kimpton utterly turned me off. It got to the point were I wanted to stab the pair every time they came on screen. I wasn't amused. I wasn't charmed. I was pissed off at how dishonest they were being.

                                          1. culinary train wreck television at its very best - or worst. Blythe Beck is completely obnoxious and only succeeds because we live in a time when balloon boy and Octomom are famous for longer than Warhol's fifteen.

                                            1. I live in Dallas and feel very comfortable with the restaurant scene in this city. I know nothing about her, and will stay clear of the hotel and restaurant in question. If you flip over to the Texas threads and other local blogs, the chef in question gets vitrually no mentions. So I am clueless how she came into existence, unless it is like our state fair with its funny fried butters and such. An oddity to giggle at, not with.

                                              I say move along, nothing to see here...