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Bye Bye Duff...

iluvcookies Nov 21, 2010 07:35 PM

Did they finally realize he wasn't using actual cake?


  1. wildwoodflour Nov 28, 2010 04:49 PM

    I just think they should give Geoff Manthorne a talk show. I would tivo the living hell out of that. haha.

    I did love the show, but yes, mostly for the whimsy and humour, the personalities. Personally, I wish they'd done some more traditional cake, layered, etc.. It was amazing what they did with carving and... styrofoam... but I love good old-fashioned tier cakes with some added modern zazz.

    1. Midlife Nov 22, 2010 12:51 PM

      Just sayin'..................... how many different ways can you decorate a cake? Time to move on.

      1. HillJ Nov 22, 2010 11:34 AM

        Maybe it was Duff who was begging for a change.

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        1. re: HillJ
          mattstolz Nov 22, 2010 11:41 AM

          i doubt it. getting paid extra to be on tv for going into the business you already own and would be going into anyways... the only thing that would change for him without ace of cakes is no cameras there to watch him be the worst cake decorator in the shop

          1. re: mattstolz
            HillJ Nov 22, 2010 11:58 AM

            I'm not saying Duff is dying to leave his work behind but given the length of his FN program, it wouldn't be unheard of to move on ... with something fresh. Plenty of FN hosts move on to other vehicles. FI, When you think of brunch does Bobby Flay come to mind? But there he is making brunch. Alton took to asphalt & sea. It happens.

            1. re: HillJ
              LaLa Nov 30, 2010 01:13 PM

              yes the last says they are developing something new

          2. re: HillJ
            GraydonCarter Nov 23, 2010 12:53 PM

            I think people started watching Cake Boss instead. I can really only watch one cake decorating show at a time.

            1. re: GraydonCarter
              HillJ Nov 23, 2010 12:55 PM

              That's an interesting thought, GC. When Duff's show first aired I watched but I got tired of the goofy-ness. Just my reaction, I know plenty of people enjoy it. I love watching pastry chefs, bread-artists and bakers in person alot more.

          3. z
            zin1953 Nov 22, 2010 05:48 AM

            In the FWIW mode, it does't seem to me like Duff is going anywhere . . . According to the article you linked to:

            "Food Network general manager and senior vice president Bob Tuschman says the network is developing new show concepts for Goldman."

            So the program "Ace of Cakes" got cancelled, but it would appear from the above that Goldman and the Food Network are still working together.

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            1. re: zin1953
              C. Hamster Nov 22, 2010 07:05 AM

              Forget new shows for Duff.

              Create one for MARY ALICE

              1. re: C. Hamster
                ttoommyy Nov 22, 2010 09:59 AM

                "Create one for MARY ALICE"

                Agreed! :)

              2. re: zin1953
                goodhealthgourmet Nov 22, 2010 07:36 AM

                plus, he appears regularly on Best Thing I Ever Ate. he's not going anywhere.

                1. re: zin1953
                  taos Nov 22, 2010 11:52 AM

                  Correct. Duff is popular, like him or his cake or not. Food Network is not letting him go.

                2. SDGourmand Nov 22, 2010 05:42 AM

                  10 seasons is a great run for any tv series

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                  1. re: SDGourmand
                    ttoommyy Nov 22, 2010 08:57 AM

                    But "10 seasons" in today's TV world does not amount to 10 years' worth of 25 or more shows like it once did. A show can have a spring season, fall season and a summer season all in one year these days. Ace of Cakes debuted in 2006!

                    1. re: ttoommyy
                      ferret Nov 22, 2010 09:42 AM

                      Still impressive for what was essentially the same episode over & over again.

                      1. re: ferret
                        ttoommyy Nov 22, 2010 09:59 AM

                        Most TV is the same episode over and over again. Especially food-related TV. Hey, I watched the show, I'm not knocking him. I'm just saying that 10 seasons does not have the same cache it once did: it does not mean the show has been on 10 years as it once did.

                  2. r
                    Roland Parker Nov 21, 2010 10:21 PM

                    Sometimes a cake is not meant to be a cake. When we lived in Baltimore we tasted Charm City cakes on several occasions and they were fairly unremarkable, and in one case, outright dry and flavorless.

                    But the cakes are ordered for the "artwork," not the quality of the cake. Everyone knows this. The people on Duff's show always came across as casual and fun and i enjoyed the few episodes I saw.

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                    1. re: Roland Parker
                      Phaedrus Nov 22, 2010 04:40 AM

                      You have to hand it to Duff for being able to milk it for this long. Getting paid and then also getting to do some pretty nifty things on top of that. Not a bad gig.

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