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Chef Michael Smith in Vancouver Nov 2/2009

Just got a tweet that he's in Vancouver and will be signing books at BJs Books to Cooks at 4:00pm today.

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  1. Thanks maplesugar. I remember seeing him in person once....he is a giant! I mean literally - almost 7 feet tall ;-)

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    1. re: fmed

      I can't stand him! I know where I won't be today! :-)

      1. re: fmed

        Yeah I saw a pic of him with someone I knew to be about 6ft tall and he dwarfed her. I'm sorry to hear not everyone has a positive opinion of him... what I've heard and read (til the post above) was that he's a genuine nice guy.

        1. re: maplesugar

          He is a super nice guy - very genuine. He spent the time to actually talk and have a real conversation.

          1. re: fmed

            I don't know him personally! He might be genuine and nice. I'm just basing my opinion of him on his FoodNetwork shows! I find him painful to watch. As soon as a show of his starts, I switch the channel now! Followed closely by any Bob Blumer show! :-)

            1. re: ck1234

              Definitely with you on Blumer.

              1. re: fmed

                Really, I kind of like "Glutton for Punishment".

                1. re: tdeane

                  Me too. I have a weird obsession with Bob Blumer's hair (he's the Lyle Lovett of cooking), and I admire his competitive spirit. Plus there's some Canadian connection that I'm too lazy to Google, so that lots of his shows have interesting CanCon.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    He's Canadian, from Montreal. He lives in L.A. now.

      2. I enjoy his cooking programs. He shows a real passion for food, and encourages people to cook at home, and to be adventurous. He also has a great philosophy toward food, and its place in the family.

        His new cooking/travel show is also a favorite. I saw the Italy show, and it was quite good.

        I can see some not liking him. He could be percieved as contrived.

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        1. re: jahvay

          Here's another vote for liking MS and BB

        2. For all you Michael Smith fans that don't know....He's challenging Flay on Iron Chef America tonight on Food Network. Go Bobby Flay! :-)

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          1. re: ck1234

            That's so....um....patriotic of you ck!

            1. re: fmed

              You should have heard me when Lynn Crawford was on! ;-)

              1. re: ck1234

                lynn crawford is just plain nasty

            2. re: ck1234

              Michael Smith unfortunately crashed and burned. Wasn't sure if it was his cooking or the judges..(I don't like lamb, I don't like oysters...sigh)

              Does Michael Smith have a restaurant in PEI?

              1. re: lunchslut

                no, pretty sure he does not

                1. re: lunchslut

                  The judges were harsh and pathetic. I didn't expect to hear (and I paraphrase) the following phrases from Iron Chef judges:

                  "I don't really eat avocado"
                  "I don't eat oysters"
                  and
                  "I don't really like the gameyness of lamb"