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Saw the Buffalo show and a part of the Chicago Italian beef show.

I guess you have to build up the confrontational aspect of the shows every week if the premise of the show is all about fanaticism about a certain iconoclastic dish, but I thought the buffalo wings clash, as it were, was a little over the top. Just a bit too fabricated excitement for me.

I liked the fact that they are doing this at the local establishments rather than say Chili's pre-packaged egg roll appetizer versus the Applebee's pre-packed egg roll appetizers.

I also like the fact that I don't have to put up with the outre personalities like Guy Fieri or the snarf everything down antics of Adam Richman, although I do like Richman's personality.

Camille Ford is easygoing enough and she is easy on the eyes. I do like the fact that she seems like she has a healthy appetite. Nothing sexier than a real woman eating real food.

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  1. It's a head-to-head "Throwdown" featuring places that would likely end up on Man vs. Food. Yet another way to get cheap content on Travel Channel. Fairly useless stuff.

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    1. re: ferret

      I liked it and agree with Phaedrus that Camille Ford is a fun, sexy host. She is enthusiastic but not over the top and seems like a down to earth person who would be fun to hang out with. I like most of the Travel Channel hosts (Bourdain, Adam, Samantha, Andrew, Kristen).

    2. Just finished both episodes, and yeah, she's very appealing.

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      1. re: jackbauer

        The show didn't do much for me and the two episodes were exactly the same. One show had wings and one had beef. I'm guessing it's going be pretty much the same every week with a slightly different food. I do like seeing places I'll probably never get to but I'd rather watch Man vs Food or Triple D.

      2. Just finished both episodes. Not bad, a little repetitive so it'll be interesting to see if it can last longer than a few episodes without feeling blah. Camille is a nice change, and isn't over the top which makes it better. Average TV from the Travel Chanel I guess.

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        1. re: raidar

          my main gripe about the show is how it has the same production of Man vs. Food.

          Very similar camera work.
          Very similar "look and feel"
          Very similar host who are super enthusiastic and loud

          Overall not much enjoyment from me.

        2. I kind of like its approach of having blind folded judges determine the favorite. There's a lot of hype and bias when it comes to town favorites, like in newspaper surveys. A lot of people say, "Place X is better than Place Y. I've been going there for 30 years, and I never go anywhere else." Well if you never go anywhere else, then you don't really know what's good, do you? 5 people is kind of a small sampling size, and it's even worse because they use 2 so called "superfans". That kind of just tests the so called superfan's ability to determine their favorite under blindfold. That reality TV style cut to, build excitement, cut to commercial, then rehash is really irritating. I just fast forward on TiVo to the end to see who won.

          1. Haven't seen the eps you are discussing, but looking forward eagerly to the Detroit episode...coneys!

            http://www.freep.com/article/20100311...

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            1. re: coney with everything

              And...because no moderately successful concept on TV goes uncopied, it sounds like FN is pretty much running Food Wars through the old scanner to produce...FOOD FEUD!

              No, really...it's different...really.

              http://www.detnews.com/article/201003...

              1. re: coney with everything

                I liked the fried chicken episode. I didn't know Kansas was such a hot spot for fried chicken.
                By the way; if you bring up Thomas Keller's book: Ad Hoc at Home, on Amazon his (full) recipe for fried chicken is given in the book description. I've made it once and highly recommend giving it a try. I had never made fried chicken before, and I'm not really that into it, but I received very enthusiastic feedback from fried chicken lovers.

                1. re: californiabeerandpizza

                  And I always thought the best fried chicken in Kansas was at Strouds - always my favorite, especially the livers. Guess I'll have to try Mary's next time I'm back there just to check.

                  1. re: tomatoaday

                    This is why they like to do this kind of shows. Which is why I like this show too. It gives you a good resource to sample the local foods at a locale which is unique for the region. A place I never would have known about.

                    This is actually why I joined Chowhound: to do research on restaurants where ever life may take me.

                    1. re: tomatoaday

                      Stroud's does have an outpost in Fairway, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, MO, where Stroud's is based. Now that RC's is closed, I'm not sure Stroud's has a real rival. One of the reasons why I think Food Wars works is that they pit two places that have actual rivalries -- it isn't just a matter of which place makes the best X. Pittsburg, Kansas is a two-hour drive from the Missouri border, and having two such stellar places in a small town is not a coincidence -- Mary's wouldn't have existed without Annie's.

                      1. re: Dave Feldman

                        I just found out that I will be a superfan on an upcoming show. This episode will feature Newark style Italian Hot Dogs. Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees. Will be aired in June.

                        1. re: hotdoglover

                          Cool! Did the restaurant select you or the show's producers?

                          1. re: Dave Feldman

                            The restaurant did. The producxers (who are not familiar with the restaurants customers) ask each place featured to pick a superfan.

                            1. re: hotdoglover

                              Which place are you the superfan of?

                              1. re: jackbauer

                                Jimmy Buff's.

              2. Saw the Buffalo episode and absolutely LOVE IT!!!

                1. The second season doesn't have blind tasting and I think it's for the worse.

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                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    100 Percent Agree!!!

                    1. re: christy1122

                      The food on season two are so similar that I doubt anyone can distinguish them at blind tasting. I would have loved to see the "super fans" get it wrong and dispel the myth that so and so has the best xxxx.

                  2. The Camille Ford show lost me when they stopped doing blind tastings, and cut the number of judges to three. Amazing how she always has to break the tie. I like her a lot; just wish the fix wasn't so obviously in. The other show, the guy goes through all the judging stuff, then says the only opinion that counts is his. But again, he knows what he's eating, so his opinion isn't necessarily to be trusted as to being based on the food. Not that I (or you or anybody else) would necessarily pick the same one as him or Camille Ford.

                    1. I agree that the show is not as good as last season with only the 3 judges. I would watch Camile Ford stare at a wall for 1/2 hour, however. The fact that she can pole dance and kick my ass in arm wrestling only makes her more appealing to me......

                      http://eater.com/archives/2010/03/18/...

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                      1. re: jackbauer

                        Clean up in my cubicle please.

                        1. re: jackbauer

                          Me, too! She Rocks!

                          1. re: JimboWoodside

                            Check out these pics. Yowza!

                            http://wannabetvchef.com/?tag=food-wa...

                            1. re: jackbauer

                              Thank you!

                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                You are all welcome!

                                1. re: StuartRebDonald

                                  Whatever.