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ALLDAYYY Oct 20, 2010 03:03 PM

Tom Fazekas (i think) the runner up to Aarti now has his own show on FN. I think its called Outrageous Food, not positive.

Crazy I said Aarti would win and Tom would get a show as well way back in the day. Didn't see it happening this fast. I think he'll be much more involved than Aarti.

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    cmvan RE: ALLDAYYY Oct 20, 2010 06:02 PM

    As I've said in other threads, just because you aren't the actual winner of one of these shows, it doesn't mean you don't get a show. It's happened frequently, ie Adam Gertler,and Nathan Lyon from TNFNS, and Lee Anne Wong from Top Chef, who ended up working for TC, and now is "host" of Unique Eats on Cooking Channel.

    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: ALLDAYYY Oct 20, 2010 06:40 PM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7277...

      (plenty of discussion/speculation about the possibility in earlier replies in the thread as well.)

      1. John E. RE: ALLDAYYY Oct 20, 2010 09:51 PM

        I'm not surprised he's getting his own show. I saw the promo just briefly. With the success of Guy Ferry on Diners, Drive ins and Dives, they are trying yet again to get some of that audience. I think they tried with Adam Gerlter as well. I'm not sure where he's at with FN right now. I never actually saw Aartie's show on Sundays. How many did she make? I notice it's not on now so I bet she only got a 6 episode deal and they'll determine from her ratings whether to do more.

        FN now has two channels to fill with programming, so they might be willing to try more things than in the past. Of the so called 'stand and stir' shows, the only newer show that I've seen that might have a recipe or technique that I might want to look up and use is the Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Anne Burrell can be annoying, but from what I've seen she is showing recipes that viewers could actually make unlike some of the TV chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and others.

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          coney with everything RE: John E. Oct 21, 2010 06:13 AM

          I believe I read that Aarti did get a second season...I mean, they gave MELISSA multiple seasons for cripes sake!

          And ITA re: Anne Burrell. I wish she'd cut down, not eliminate, the cutesy stuff, but her food and technique both look GREAT.

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            jeanmarieok RE: coney with everything Nov 1, 2010 06:41 AM

            Anne's recipes are great. I didn't like that Melissa won, I thought Jeffrey was way more interesting, but I gave her show a try, and there's nothing I'd make that she's done yet. Happy to see Tom on - I think he is more interesting that Aarti. But, I haven't caught Aarti's show yet, seems to me that it's not on all that much.

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              ChinoWayne RE: coney with everything Nov 1, 2010 02:05 PM

              Agree, some of the stuff Burrell does looks easy enough for me and like something I would enjoy eating. Now if I can just stop focussing on her 'doo.

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            ooroger RE: ALLDAYYY Oct 31, 2010 07:14 PM

            Watching Tom's new show ("Outrageous Food") now. It's terrible - full of Guy Fieri-style catchphrases ("That's OUTRAGEOUS!") and been there, done that concepts, such as massive burgers and really hot peppers. Of course, it can be argued that it fits his outsize personality; in that case, we need more cerebral presenters.

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              John E. RE: ooroger Oct 31, 2010 08:35 PM

              I saw the making of the burger part of the show. One of my pet peeves is giant hamburgers, but I wanted to see how Tom Pizzica did. While I don't think I'll likely be a regular viewer, I can see why FN has decided to get more audience with a DD&D type show. If they have a tiny fraction of the success that they have with Ferry, Tom and FN will make a lot of money. Goof for him, because I thought he was a likeable sort on the parts of TNFNS shows that I happened to see.

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                xo_kizzy_xo RE: John E. Nov 1, 2010 07:10 AM

                That was my first thought too.

                I was crushed when he didn't win, but I'm so happy FN's giving him a chance!

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                  huiray RE: John E. Nov 1, 2010 09:48 AM

                  I saw his show last night. (Funny, they tout its premiere on this coming Friday!)

                  It was mildly amusing but I share in the doubts about whether it will last. I wish he would also stop yelling and being dramatic all the time, it would remove one cringe factor.

                  I think he should get his own cooking show along the lines of what he was aiming for on TNFNS.

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                  Squint RE: ooroger Nov 1, 2010 04:05 PM

                  I though Guy Fieri too. It's going to be one of those shows that can be turned into a drinking show. Everytime he says "That's awesome!" "That's amazing" take a drink! It won't take long to get blitzed!

                  And someone mentioned the constant shouting..ugh. I liked Tom on the Next Food Network Star but this is not the best fit for him. Nothing that I will watch again.

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                  Mayor of Melonville RE: ALLDAYYY Nov 1, 2010 03:47 AM

                  I thought either Herb or Tom should have won Next FN Star, not Aarti. But, Tom did get a show (ala Guy Fieri). Unfortunately, it's not a cooking show, he just plays straight man to the usual assortment of hot sauce emporiums, huge portion joints, etc. I doubt this particular version has legs. Guy's DDD show is better in that it focuses on food/people, not the over the top elements. And, yes, Aarti did get a second season (starting soon). I will not be watching her claptrap.

                  1. C. Hamster RE: ALLDAYYY Nov 1, 2010 10:17 AM

                    The guy who created the pilot and sold it to FN invented Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, so it stands to reason that the shows might have similar styles.

                    The pilot had Aaron McCargo, Jr. hosting it.

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                      John E. RE: C. Hamster Nov 1, 2010 11:10 AM

                      They produce D,D & D out of the Twin Cites, that's why so many Minnesota joints were on in the early years. I bet in the production of Ferry's show they run across places that serve 'outrageous' food that might not necessarily fit into what they want to do with Guy. Like I said, I hope they're successful with it, it's just not my thing, but then again, neither is the Man vs. Food, Food Wars or the most recent Michael Symon show. I think those shows skew male and most of the rest of FN is heavy on the female audience, so they're trying to bring more male audience onto the network.

                    2. ipsedixit RE: ALLDAYYY Nov 1, 2010 10:54 AM

                      Outrageous Foods, or at least the pilot, was like watching a combination of "Man v. Food" and "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives".

                      I could've sworn that that burger was in a previous Man v. Food episode, where Adam recruited like half the town to help him eat it (he lost the challenge, btw). There can't actually be 2 places in the U.S. making 100lbs+ burgers right?

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                        ramenbound RE: ALLDAYYY Nov 4, 2010 12:51 PM

                        I loved Tom on TNFN Star. The first airing of Outrageous Food, however, felt incredibly scripted and didn't flow well. Every word that left his mouth felt very unnatural, even very un-Tom-esque if you will. It also felt a bit awkward to watch with Meat n Potatoes having just come out (which itself already seems to be a response to Man V Food). I'll probably still give it a few more watches but didn't find my interest level stirred at all by the first episode. I would've liked to see Tom in some other capacity - perhaps one where he isn't yelling.

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