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Chef Michael Smith in Vancouver Nov 2/2009

maplesugar Nov 2, 2009 07:49 AM

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. fmed Nov 2, 2009 08:14 AM

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

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      ck1234 Nov 2, 2009 08:21 AM

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

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        maplesugar Nov 2, 2009 08:31 AM

        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.

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          fmed Nov 2, 2009 08:37 AM

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

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            ck1234 Nov 2, 2009 09:12 AM

            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! :-)

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              fmed Nov 2, 2009 09:16 AM

              Definitely with you on Blumer.

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                tdeane Nov 2, 2009 03:18 PM

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

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                  grayelf Nov 2, 2009 10:54 PM

                  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.

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                    ck1234 Nov 3, 2009 03:59 AM

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

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        jahvay Nov 3, 2009 01:42 AM

        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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          chewy_bakah Nov 3, 2009 07:10 AM

          Here's another vote for liking MS and BB

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          ck1234 Jan 31, 2010 04:13 PM

          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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            fmed Jan 31, 2010 04:45 PM

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

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              ck1234 Jan 31, 2010 05:03 PM

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

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                vandan Jan 31, 2010 06:11 PM

                lynn crawford is just plain nasty

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              lunchslut Jan 31, 2010 06:38 PM

              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?

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                vandan Jan 31, 2010 07:03 PM

                no, pretty sure he does not

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                  Florentine Feb 2, 2010 11:29 AM

                  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"

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