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Dec 6, 2010 05:25 AM

Outrageous Food: choice of host perplexing

As someone who can generally enjoy the 'antics' of many an obnoxious host on the Food Network, I have tried several times now to watch the show Outrageous Food, to little avail. The host, Tom Pizzica, seems so off-putting, that I cannot but help imagine that he has no idea as to how his on-air persona translates to the viewer. Perhaps his handlers want him to fail? I dunno. He has actually made Guy Fieri seem like Dan Rather, by comparison. As for Tom himself, he reminds me of a living version of Krusty The Klown from The Simpsons. In the 4 or 5 episodes I've attemped to watch, Pizzica seems to often antagonize the customers who are attempting to conquer the plates of 'Outrageous Food' he sets before them, cajoling them to finish, instead of cheering/inspiring them to win the eating contests. And when in the kitchen with a chef, he all too often fingers the food being prepared and then charges the camera like a rabid bull with his burly head, and sticks out his tongue in a weird combination of derision and bravado. This fellow is truly perplexing, and I believe serves as a reminder that nearly anyone could host one of these food stunt shows. I don't enjoy viewing failure on anyone's part, and maybe he'll improve, but jeez louise, cannot someone from the network do this guy a solid and enroll him in a tai chi class or check the mercury levels in his water supply?

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  1. Apparently the producers/mansgers at FN agreed with you. I saw parts of more than one of the Tom Pizzica hosted Outrageous Food programs but it was mostly by accident because I never knew when it was scheduled to be telecast. Right now the show is on with Aaron McCago as the host. I must be in the minority, because these types of shows, i.e. eating mass quantities, ripping hot or other 'outrageous' food not only doesn't appeal to me but I uaually switch the channel. I watched a little of Tom Pizzica and didn't think he was too bad. But, maybe he was,because he is also gone.

    1. theres a reason he didnt win NFNS. apparently the FN producers dont understand that.

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      1. re: mattstolz

        The FN producers made both decisions. I think there might have been other factors involved about which we are in the dark.

      2. well, like John E, i find these "outrageous" themes rather off-putting and i can never watch more than a couple of minutes so i've never understood why the shows are developed in the first place...but content notwithstanding, i was rather surprised when they gave Tom P a show because i just didn't see the appeal of his demeanor/delivery on TNFNS. then again, i don't find Aaron McCargo particularly enjoyable to watch either. is he doing a good job?

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          NO and I wanted to succeed with Big Daddys House...

          1. re: Just Plain Craig

            aaron mccargo is still a huge improvement over tom p though. the problem is just that its almost exactly the same show as triple d, and man v food, and meat and potatoes, and about 2345643656 other food shows

            1. re: mattstolz

              I have to agree with you, Matt. At one point I thought Meat and Potatoes was renamed Outrageous Food and given a new host. Now, I see that a 2nd season for M&P is about to begin.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                which is also a disappointing lack of judgement on the part of FN

                1. re: mattstolz

                  Agree again. Apparently their demographics trumps our disappointment

              2. re: mattstolz

                It's all the same show, you're right; what makes one "win" in this world, I think, is the host, and TP ain't got it.

                1. re: mattstolz

                  Outrageous Food and D, D & D are both produced by the same company.

                  1. re: John E.

                    which only makes it more perplexing that they would make almost exactly the same show twice.

                    youd think if anyone realized it was a exact copy, itd be the production company

                    1. re: mattstolz

                      D, D & D has so many viewers and is making so much money for FN that they are trying to get those viewers for other, similar shows. So far, the most successful of these attempts is Man v. Food.

              3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I thought Aaron McCargo jr. was the original host. Tom Replaced him which made sense as McCargo is incoherent.

                1. re: Withnail42

                  Aaron hosted a one-time special called Outrageous Food, but it appears as though the actual series was developed to suit the style & "Big Chef" POV Tom presented on TNFNS.


              4. Speaking of show formats being repeated, has anyone caught Next Food Network Star Season 5 runner-up, Jeffrey Saad's show, "United Tastes of America"?. He is..uhm..not good in it. He is overly expressive. (But I guess if it works for Guy..)

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                1. re: pdxgastro

                  i thought it was "saad" (lol sorry) that he ended up with that format of show. IMO he should have won the season, and his original concept for his show was a good one. then they stole it for Everyday Exotic with the (stupidly named) "obedient ingredient"

                  1. re: mattstolz

                    I thought he should have won too, and I liked the recipes he did on his webcasts. There are too many of these shows - hope he gets another chance cooking.

                    1. re: mattstolz

                      Are you sure Everyday Exotic stole that term? EE has been on FN Canada since 2008.

                  2. The main problem I have for Outrageous Foods is where is the RESPECT for the food???
                    Come on...pile a bunch of food on top of each other top with some sort of gravy or cheese and call it the end it doesn't look like anything I would even entertain eating.

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                    1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                      You make a good point. Similarly, if an establishment prides itself on making an 'outrageous' 16 pound cheeseburger and daring it's customers to attempt to conquer it, that cheeseburger ought to be a) capable of being picked up and hefted toward one's mouth with a single pair of hands, and b) resemble (in shape and proportion, if not in size) what a reasonable person would _recognize_ as a cheeseburger. Otherwise, it is merely a pile of edible foodstuff served in a trough. And no fair bringing an eight-foot-long burrito or 60-inch pizza to a table of four starving college athletes; of course they're gonna demolish most of what is set before them... How about making things truly 'outrageous' and setting up negative consequences for not finishing that eight pound rib roast: tie what remains of the unfinished roast to the torso of the losing contestant, and have them run a mile thru a wild animal sanctuary? Now that's outrageous food!

                        1. re: silence9

                          silence9, you need to pitch that idea to the FN!

                            1. re: Withnail42

                              which clearly means they'd never be smart enough to produce it.