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Marcel's Quantum Kitchen

jackbauer Jan 30, 2011 03:56 PM

I can't believe this two-time Top Chef reject weiner is getting his own show. And on the Sy Fy channel? Apparently 25 year-old Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns couldn't sustain their media empire....

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    CodCakes RE: jackbauer Jan 31, 2011 05:50 AM

    I saw that promo, too, and was definitely left scratching my head in bewilderment.

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      SmartCookie RE: CodCakes Jan 31, 2011 06:18 AM

      One that I won't be watching...


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        girloftheworld RE: CodCakes Mar 30, 2011 04:58 AM

        I made get27 spaghetti and chocolate meatballs for my science fair project.....when I saw him blowing his out with a siphon I thought it was a bit excessive..I just expelled mine with the syringe

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        jackbauer RE: jackbauer Jan 31, 2011 10:28 AM

        Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll end each show with one of his ill raps. That'd be ratings gold.

        1. babette feasts RE: jackbauer Jan 31, 2011 08:44 PM

          He may do fine on this, where he is the center of attention, no one questioning him, getting to play with food instead of having to get along in a group. I'm sure he knows a thing or two. Just because living with 15 other reality show contestants wasn't the best place for him doesn't mean he can't cook.

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            piano boy RE: babette feasts Jan 31, 2011 09:50 PM

            Well said Babette.

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              jackbauer RE: babette feasts Feb 1, 2011 07:01 AM

              That's a really good point. I didn't mind him at all on Season 2 of Top Chef, but he was so over the top annoying and rude this All-Star season that I've almost written him off. Maybe he will flourish in a different setting.

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                Withnail42 RE: babette feasts Feb 1, 2011 07:53 AM

                Agreed well said.

                And good luck to him. Two years as a reality show villain he's paid his dues.

                It'll be interesting to see him just go out and do his 'thing'...good or bad.

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                  lilgi RE: babette feasts Mar 16, 2011 10:57 PM

                  My 16 year old is taken by him. He seems to think he's a good guy. I laugh and can't understand it, but with tv personalities he picks up on things that I'd otherwise not notice or ignore. I imagine I'll watch with him because I end up seeing the characters through his eyes. Sort of like "Andy" from the office, someone I never focused on, now he's my favorite.

                  I know he felt really sorry for him on that season when he got bullied. After seeing Marcel this time around I've come to the conclusion that this is someone that just can't help himself.

                2. WWFeldman RE: jackbauer Mar 12, 2011 02:54 PM

                  He seemingly has all the attributes for reality TV these days…namely a bad haircut and no social skills.

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                    chileheadmike RE: WWFeldman Mar 17, 2011 06:05 AM

                    That's funny.

                    As with most of the new food shows on now, I'll watch the first episode and that will be enough. I am curious, but I can't see this being good. Maybe I'm wrong and I'll enjoy it though.

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                      WWFeldman RE: chileheadmike Mar 17, 2011 08:25 PM

                      Yea me too.

                      The thing is I really wish him the best. I've seen too many very talented folk all ate up by the age of thirty not because they weren't brilliant at what they do but because they never learned how to deal with people.

                  2. chicgail RE: jackbauer Mar 17, 2011 12:58 AM

                    The ad for it is a sometime-banner on this page. I certainly won't be watching, but we are talking about it.

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                      SherBel RE: jackbauer Mar 17, 2011 02:52 PM

                      I'll likely give it a go since I like event-based catering shows in general. I have mixed feeling about Marcel; part of me agrees that he may shine in this new venue and I wish him the best.

                      The other part of me can't get that hip-hop routine out of my brain....he seemed actually deranged.
                      Should be interesting, and he's certainly telegenic.

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                        iL Divo RE: SherBel Apr 4, 2011 11:17 AM

                        I agree. Since I didn't know what a quantum kitchen was, I was curious what kind of show this'd be.
                        Not sure I'll watch it again, he still seems very arrogant and like what others think/feel aren't important. Just seems out in left field some how.

                        Bullied, I hated that. But, after seeing a few more things related to Marcel, I'm not sure the people in the background didn't know much more than appeared on the television screen.

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                        Jenny Ondioline RE: jackbauer Mar 17, 2011 03:25 PM

                        Can't help it. Something about the guy--er...make that everything about the guy--just makes me wanna slap him silly every time I lay eyes on him. He's approximately 1/100th as talented as he thinks he is, and given that molecular gastronomy is at this point so screamingly 2007, I can't imagine why they think people are gonna watch this crap.

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                          Parrotgal RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 18, 2011 08:51 AM

                          You've exactly expressed my feelings. I honestly can't understand anyone not cringing at the sight/sound of him. Will not be watching.

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                            iL Divo RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 4, 2011 11:22 AM

                            my husband was watching the show with me this morning and was surprised at how much of the liquid nitrogen he used. says injesting that stuff is dangerous.

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                              cowboyardee RE: iL Divo Apr 4, 2011 01:16 PM

                              You don't ingest liquid nitrogen. That would hurt. It transitions to nitrogen gas (which is in the air we breathe) before the food is ingested.

                          2. cowboyardee RE: jackbauer Mar 17, 2011 09:34 PM

                            I give this show better chances than most people on this thread of being watchable. Marcel will be hosting his own show - his lousy people skills won't matter so much, while his enthusiasm for cooking and technique will come through loud and clear. Despite the claims of his detractors, his technical skill in cooking seems to be pretty decent (he got usually into trouble on Top Chef for his judgement in composing a dish, which is a bit different) - I bet he could teach me a thing or two that I'd find interesting or useful.

                            I'm less optimistic about this show actually finding an audience though. Marcel is not the most popular TC alumni, and that probably won't help. It seems the more affable Richard Blais may offer a show along similar lines. And heck - if Heston Blumenthal's brilliant 'In Search of Perfection' never really seemed to find an audience in the US, what chance does Marcel have?

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                              Cherveny RE: cowboyardee Mar 18, 2011 09:18 AM

                              Along the lines of his people skills being a problem, one of the promos for the show shows him possibly yelling at staff members under him. Will be interesting to see how this turns out.

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                                LindaWhit RE: Cherveny Mar 18, 2011 09:56 AM

                                From what I've read, the two guys working with him are long-time friends; the woman is relatively new, I think.

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                                Sam P RE: cowboyardee Mar 23, 2011 12:25 AM

                                Richard Blais already has a show, Blais Off. The first two episodes were broadcast on the Science Channel back on Dec 17 (according to the recordings my DVR). They were pretty interesting, Richard did a good job of explaining what he was doing and why.

                                The format is he challenges a restaurant's signature dish with something he does with molecular gastronomy.

                                Blaisin Pizza: Patsy's (NYC)
                                Blaisin Burger: Royale (also NYC)

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                                  cowboyardee RE: Sam P Mar 23, 2011 01:43 AM

                                  That's what I was alluding to. I don't know whether Blais Off was/will be picked up for more than those 2 episodes, though.

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                                    Sam P RE: cowboyardee Mar 23, 2011 07:45 AM

                                    Oh, sorry about the misunderstanding.

                                    The Futon Critic shows it as returning in 2011, but date TBA, which is promising, but the lack of news...

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                                    iL Divo RE: Sam P Apr 4, 2011 11:35 AM


                                    I'd like to see a show featuring cousins Mike and Antonia.
                                    They both changed toward each other when they found they were related, especially Antonia, she mellowed toward him big time.

                                2. dave_c RE: jackbauer Mar 18, 2011 08:42 AM

                                  I'll watch a couple episodes to see how it goes.
                                  The irony is this show will probably be better than most of the stuff being pumped out of TFN.

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                                    fantasyjoker RE: jackbauer Mar 18, 2011 11:11 AM

                                    i saw the banner ad for this crud today. will NOT be watching it. he is way too annoying. seriously disappointed in syfy channel. did they run out of b-movie monster ideas?

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                                      Cherveny RE: fantasyjoker Mar 18, 2011 11:28 AM

                                      They're just expanding. From b movie monsters to reality star monsters. :). I wonder if he'll rap some too. I think I will watch, out of morbid curiosity more than anything else.

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                                        chicgail RE: fantasyjoker Mar 18, 2011 07:09 PM

                                        Since it's syfy, maybe his foams will expand and try to take over the planet.

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                                          girloftheworld RE: chicgail Mar 19, 2011 11:28 AM

                                          I was disappointed to find it isn't a "cooking" show. Rather it will revolve around following him around on catering gigs. I dont think that will be the use of his personality or lack of...I think his strong suit is when he is relaxed and can do his thing...not when he is frantic and trying to get a party together! gasoline/ fire anyone?

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                                            Cherveny RE: chicgail Mar 19, 2011 11:50 PM

                                            "it came from the foamer". Or "the foam that ate Cleveland" :)

                                        2. thew RE: jackbauer Mar 19, 2011 11:39 AM

                                          the guy may be annoying, but he was also jose andres executive sous chef - so he has skills. like his personality or don't, but he clearly has chops

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                                            Cherveny RE: thew Mar 19, 2011 11:49 PM

                                            I agree, he definitely has some cooking skills. However, he has two major issues that I've seen (via the lens of top chef, which of course is a bit distorted from a restaurant situation). 1) his ego seems to be much larger than his skillset, with him actually talking like he's the owner of a major restaurant setting the trends already. 2) his judgement sneers to be a bit off at times, especially in "editing" dishes. He seems not to know when enough is enough and when another ingredient added would be one too many. (edited this as autocorrect turned seen into semen :) )

                                          2. Phaedrus RE: jackbauer Mar 19, 2011 12:34 PM

                                            I started to foam at the mouth when I saw the promo.

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                                              girloftheworld RE: Phaedrus Mar 19, 2011 12:58 PM

                                              " foam at the mouth "

                                              LOL hahahah

                                            2. Sensuous RE: jackbauer Mar 19, 2011 05:48 PM


                                              Marcel was great last night with Jimmy Fallon.

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                                                LindaWhit RE: Sensuous Mar 20, 2011 04:55 AM

                                                Well, perhaps not "great" - he kept talking over Jimmy Fallon several times, and he *really* needs to stop it with the gangsta' hand motions.

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                                                  mamachef RE: LindaWhit Mar 20, 2011 11:54 AM

                                                  Right, Linda? He's not from the 'hood, so he can just stop co-opting another righteous culture.
                                                  I will watch this. Once, with a hopefully open mind. I am having a difficult time getting past my initital dislike of the fella, though; it has everything to do with what appears to me to be an almost magical case of narcissism and "sneeritis." I know he has chops. Boy can cook. But he seems to be dining out a little too much on his oh-so-famous villiany. Maybe the show will be interesting, maybe not. We can hope.
                                                  But please, for the love of everything good: stop it with the foam, already. All you need is liquid and a whipped cream canister complete with a nitrous dispenser.

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                                                  Bunson RE: Sensuous Mar 21, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                  I saw Marcel on Fallon too and I thought he came across well - he seems most comfortable when talking into a camera as opposed to having to interact with other people with differing opinions. This show might be the niche he needs, I'm just hoping the show does enough to differentiate itself from Homaro Cantu's "Future Food" show that was on Planet Green.

                                                3. Caroline1 RE: jackbauer Mar 20, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                  Maybe I'm too old or too laid back, but I cannot understand all of the animosity toward Marcel on the shows or on this board. But be that as it may, I've already got my DVR set to record his shows. I'm looking forward to them. On the other hand, I don't much care for Ina Gartner, Paula Deen Or Mark Bittman. Maybe we're all quirky. '-)

                                                  1. dave_c RE: jackbauer Mar 21, 2011 09:18 AM

                                                    FYI... Looks like it's a six episode series.

                                                    1. JuniorBalloon RE: jackbauer Mar 21, 2011 11:05 AM

                                                      He says he's not the jerk portrayed on TC. I'll watch this show to see if that's true. If he's not I might watch a some more, but really MG leaves me cold. Meh.


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                                                        eat.rest.repeat RE: jackbauer Mar 21, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                        I am thinking that this show might explain something that I found odd about his recent Top Chef all stars appearance: he wasn't really doing anything all that interesting or molecular. Even when he was challenged to make something in Wylie Dufresne's kitchen he didn't showcase any MG techniques beyond what has become "normal". I am thinking that this new show, Quantum Kitchen, was in the works and he might have either decided on his own or have been contractually obligated to save some of the more "Sci Fi" techniques for his show. Or maybe not, but that is the thought that crossed my mind upon seeing the promo for this show.

                                                        1. John E. RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 04:48 PM

                                                          This show starts its run tonight. Marcel better make the most of this opportunity because he is getting reruns on Bravo, USA, Oxygen, and something called UHD. I suppose they are all co-owned.

                                                          I watched a you tube promo Marcel did and and he said 'like' 47 times in about 2-1/2 minutes and that diesn't count the times he used the word correctly. That and the gansta mannerisms could put me off the show unless it's such a train wreck that you just can't stop watching it. Sort of like (ha) a gawker slowdown on the highway.

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                                                            Sam P RE: John E. Mar 23, 2011 12:35 AM

                                                            UHD = Universal HD, a channel that specializes in reruns in HD.

                                                            All of those channels are owned by NBC Universal (which is now co-owned by GE and Comcast, I wonder what happened to Vivendi's stake?)

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                                                            jackbauer RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                            I already want to punch him.

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                                                              mnosyne RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 08:13 PM

                                                              Annoying, annoying program.

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                                                                LindaWhit RE: jackbauer Mar 23, 2011 05:02 AM

                                                                LOL! I was less than impressed. It's Top Chef without the other cheftestants.

                                                                Wait - the only thing I was impressed with were the animals in each room.

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                                                                  mnosyne RE: LindaWhit Mar 23, 2011 09:42 AM

                                                                  I had hopes the boa would drop down and devour a guest!

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                                                                    ratgirlagogo RE: LindaWhit Mar 26, 2011 06:55 PM

                                                                    I was kind of shocked that a wildlife rescue organization would sign off on having any of its animals being shipped to a house to be used as living tablescapes. Why stress the animals out like that? Just the travel alone is usually not fun for them. Yes, I realize that they are rescued pets and circus animals, not wild animals, but still. Even though I suppose the tiger might enjoy the artificial snow, seeing it lying on the lawn on its chain while that would-be Real Housewife and her friends ate canapes was depressing.

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                                                                      Cherveny RE: ratgirlagogo Mar 27, 2011 05:33 AM

                                                                      Wondered the same thing actually.

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                                                                        flourgirl RE: Cherveny Mar 27, 2011 08:52 AM

                                                                        I agree, that bothered me too. I think the woman who heads the organization was less than thrilled about the idea as well but she seemed resigned to the fact that she is dealing with spoiled rotten rich people who expect their every whim to be catered to, and if she wants to continue to get the financial support she gets from these people, I guess she has to play the game.

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                                                                        susans RE: ratgirlagogo Mar 30, 2011 12:01 AM


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                                                                      ryback RE: jackbauer Mar 24, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                      I'll watch him right after I begin to enjoy Bitchin Kitchen

                                                                    3. girloftheworld RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 08:18 PM



                                                                      He painted on a fruit roll up... and we are supposed to be scream genius??? a fruit roll up and food that seemed more fit for a Destination Truth Themed Bar Mitzvah...

                                                                      1. John E. RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 08:26 PM

                                                                        I watched Top Shot on the History Channel because it interests me more than does Marcel. I did click over once during a commercial there was Marcel squirting foam on some guy's hand. I wasn't surprised at all.

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                                                                          Cherveny RE: jackbauer Mar 22, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                                          Also spoilerish kinda.....

                                                                          Anyone else laugh when his first foam idea crashed and burned, and then his second foam, served to the client was called revolting by his client? :) I think most people find raw egg whites a bit revolting, then to channel that same texture in a form resembling and even called an egg, natural people are going to be put off.

                                                                          Also, his first batch of fruit leather dieing because in the oven overnight. Since he's braggig about having a fully stocked, tricked out kitchen, you'd think he could get a dehydrator. Not too expensive, and designed for making such things by setting it up and forgetting about it until needed.

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                                                                            Just Plain Craig RE: Cherveny Mar 23, 2011 09:23 AM

                                                                            I was watching and thinking to my self..Foam in ....3....2.....1....

                                                                            What surprises me is that he is not really a big people person. Sure he has close friends but he doesn't seem comfortable around new people. Didn't see anything WOW last night.

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                                                                              JonDough RE: Just Plain Craig Mar 23, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                              He is a talented chef but the show didn't really do anything for his image - he still annoys me.

                                                                              The egg nest surprise didn't look appealing to me at all and the dragon fruit cocktail looked like a dish Kevin made in Singapore. I was hoping for a little more from the "Quantum Kitchen".

                                                                              I don't think I am going to DVR the show but I'll watch it if nothing else is on.

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                                                                                Cherveny RE: Just Plain Craig Mar 23, 2011 10:14 AM

                                                                                I wonder, if Marcell made it to the fondue challenge in top chef all stars, would he have made a foam-due? :)

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                                                                                  PattiCakes RE: Cherveny Mar 23, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                                                  spewing coffee all over my keyboard laughing.

                                                                            2. lilgi RE: jackbauer Mar 23, 2011 12:12 PM

                                                                              This is what I call really negative energy. Every time I read a new post I feel the need for a shower.

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                                                                                jackbauer RE: jackbauer Mar 23, 2011 02:05 PM

                                                                                I played a drinking game during this show. Every time Marcel said "like", I took a shot. I don't remember the last 25 minutes of the show.

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                                                                                  ryback RE: jackbauer Mar 24, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                                                  I only missed 20 minutes must have been in the john for a oouple of "like"

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                                                                                    chicgail RE: jackbauer Mar 26, 2011 10:58 AM


                                                                                    In fact, love.

                                                                                  2. JuniorBalloon RE: jackbauer Mar 24, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                    He was not the jerk I've seen on TC, but he also wasn't warm and friendly either. The show wasn't as bad as I thought it might be and while he did do the foam thing the Meat tree they made was kind of cool. Might watch again.


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                                                                                      Cherveny RE: jackbauer Mar 25, 2011 08:34 AM


                                                                                      Avclub had a funny review of the first episode.

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                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: Cherveny Mar 25, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                                                        Best description: "He's like a child prodigy who grew up without doing anything prodigious but still needs to hear about how brilliant he is the way the rest of us need oxygen."

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                                                                                          mnosyne RE: LindaWhit Mar 25, 2011 05:44 PM

                                                                                          I noticed that whenever anyone said anything negative about his creations, he got this LOOK, as if to say "Who the f___ are you...", and then just as suddenly, as if he realized that it was bad for his reputation, his face would clear. I've been watching Lie To Me for too long!

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                                                                                          jiminy RE: Cherveny Apr 7, 2011 06:26 AM

                                                                                          After reading the review it brought to mind Heston Blumenthals excellant Hestons Feasts. The difference being Heston is likable and tallented enough to do this type of thing.

                                                                                        3. flourgirl RE: jackbauer Mar 26, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                          I never really got into TOp Chef, so I haven't had the repeated exposure to Marcel that so many other apparently have. I watched the first episode the other night, found it fairly entertaining and I will probably watch it again.

                                                                                          But I have to admit that I do find Marcel a little irritating - and he was reminding me quite forcefully of somebody else I found very irritating and it was driving me crazy trying to remember who it was.

                                                                                          And than it finally hit me. He totally reminds me of Chandler's short-duration psychotic roommate, Eddie, from some old "Friends" episodes.

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                                                                                            TuteTibiImperes RE: jackbauer Mar 27, 2011 04:19 PM

                                                                                            The show had a few moments, and I like the idea of working through the various ideas and seeing the team adapt to what doesn't work.

                                                                                            Marcel seemed like he was trying to tone down his abrasive qualities a bit, but the inner pompous dick peeped out a couple times, especially in his early interactions with the girl with catering experience. After the first couple shots I was also fairly convinced the host of the event was a transvestite.

                                                                                            The concept of the show is neat, but I think it could have been better if they'd wrangled Richard Blais instead of Marcel.

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                                                                                              Cherveny RE: TuteTibiImperes Mar 27, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                              Thinking of the host, I wonder if Marcel was inspired to make fruit leather after seeing her leather-like skin. :)

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                                                                                                flourgirl RE: Cherveny Mar 27, 2011 04:29 PM

                                                                                                Too funny.

                                                                                                She was seriously creepy.

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                                                                                                  girloftheworld RE: flourgirl Mar 27, 2011 05:14 PM

                                                                                                  I think she also was on an episode of the show pn Food Network where they higher the private chefs..

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                                                                                                bagofwater RE: TuteTibiImperes Mar 31, 2011 09:03 AM

                                                                                                I wish there had been more focus on the food, and less on how "nervous" everyone was. As much of a douche as Marcel may be, this show still had the opportunity to be more than just another crappy reality show. I don't even care much for the molecular gastronomy fad, but I still think it's pretty cool to watch someone who's into it in action.

                                                                                                The best part of the show was when he freeze-dried the orange pieces, processed them into a gel, and put it back in the skin. That was neat. The rest of the show was not.

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                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: bagofwater Mar 31, 2011 09:07 AM

                                                                                                  "The best part of the show was when he freeze-dried the orange pieces, processed them into a gel, and put it back in the skin. That was neat. The rest of the show was not."

                                                                                                  I also liked that part.

                                                                                              3. mnosyne RE: jackbauer Mar 29, 2011 10:15 PM

                                                                                                When I die, I want to be covered by a truffle veil.

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                                                                                                  girloftheworld RE: mnosyne Mar 30, 2011 05:02 AM

                                                                                                  I made Get23 spaghetti and chocolate meatballs for my science fair project.. I was a bit surprised to see him grab the siphon to extract his "noodle' as a bit excessive..I just used the syringe to extract mine

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                                                                                                    Cherveny RE: mnosyne Mar 30, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                    Is it me, or did they just melt the veil with a torch right before serving, making the fancy veil into just a puddle of sauce anyway? Sure looked like it melted and ran when they were using the torch on it.

                                                                                                    I sometimes wonder, when he was sous-chefing, if he talked back to his head chef as much as he argued with the party planner who hired him in this last event. (Although, I do agree with Marcel, those gold plates were ugly)

                                                                                                    Two episodes, and two foams. But, I guess it matches the event. A white, sticky foam is the expected end of a romantic interlude after all. :)

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                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Cherveny Mar 30, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                      ROFLMAO on your last sentence, Cherveny.

                                                                                                      I was pleasantly surprised at this episode. Yeah, still don't like Marcel. But he seemed able to speak much more clearly without gangsta-speak threaded throughout everything he was saying. And he *listened* to the couple, and really tied in his dishes to their lives, both past and present, and made a very nice speech to them at the end.

                                                                                                      I also agreed with Marcel - those plates *were* godawful. The party planner should know better.

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                                                                                                    sommrluv RE: jackbauer Mar 30, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                                                                    Was Marcel wearing a hearing aid? Or was that just part of his mic? Just curious.

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                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: sommrluv Mar 30, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                                                                      I *think* that might have been a mic to be in touch with the party planner, who was also wearing one.

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                                                                                                        sommrluv RE: LindaWhit Mar 30, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                        I wasn't sure, it was during the dinner planning session.

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                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: sommrluv Mar 30, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                          OK, if that's the case, I missed that.

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                                                                                                            californiabeerandpizza RE: LindaWhit Mar 30, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                                                            Saw it for the first time last night. I didn't have any strong opinions about Marcel one way or another during Top Chef so I went in somewhat open minded.
                                                                                                            I thought the show was pretty good and though I won't schedule my life around it or schedule it to record I'll probably catch it from time to time.
                                                                                                            Other than Marcel engaging in the very annoying habit of saying "like" numerous times in every sentence I was entertained throughout and impressed with the dinner they served.

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: californiabeerandpizza Mar 30, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                              And either I've begun to tune out the "like" in ever sentence, or he's actually started to say it LESS than he used to during TC or the first episode. :-D

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                                                                                                      Nettie RE: jackbauer Mar 30, 2011 04:52 PM

                                                                                                      I'm following the advice of the NPR entertainment blog (http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee), who tweeted yesterday:
                                                                                                      "I'm not watching 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' because I had a frozen popcorn ball he made once, and it just tasted like frozen popcorn."

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                                                                                                        SherBel RE: jackbauer Mar 31, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                        Is anyone seeing this in Canada? I can't seem to find it?

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                                                                                                          Bunson RE: jackbauer Mar 31, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                          I finally saw the wedding episode (I had a channel filter on, showing SCI which was Science Channel, not SciFi...duh) and I wasn't impressed with the show. I just didn't find it compelling and I'm getting tired of the whole MG deal. Everything is "agar agar"' or liquid nitrogen and has been beaten to death. Plus Marcel is still all about himself and what's best for him, and his staff isn't interesting to watch. An hour better spent elsewhere.

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                                                                                                            thew RE: Bunson Mar 31, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                            yeah. also when i go to a steak house - everything is grilling grilling grilling, and has been beaten to death. and then the chinese places - just stir frying over and again, beaten to death. damn these chefs for not inventing a new technique for every meal.

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                                                                                                              flourgirl RE: thew Apr 1, 2011 06:03 AM

                                                                                                              I see your point, but in all fairness, the show promotes itself as being cutting edge, "future food" and plays up his "tricked out" kitchen- and he really hasn't done much of anything that hasn't been done many many times before. Steak houses and chinese restaurants are generally not all about promoting their cutting edge cooking techniques.

                                                                                                              Text from the website:

                                                                                                              "He and his team of party planners and sous chefs will oversee the entire production, tapping the depths of their imagination, scientific experimentation, and culinary talent to dream up everything from the decor to a delicious menu that emphasizes Marcel's unparalleled brand of molecular gastronomy. "

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                                                                                                                Bunson RE: flourgirl Apr 1, 2011 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                By comparison, Homaro Cantu's "Future Food" was more creative with MG. Marcel's show is an amateur version of Homaro's show.

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                                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: Bunson Apr 1, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                  My 10 yr old and I really liked "Future Food", very entertaining and interesting.

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                                                                                                                    girloftheworld RE: flourgirl Apr 3, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                    you should order the kit from Think Geek to play with!I got it for my Groundhogsday( dont ask my parents are weird)

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                                                                                                                      flourgirl RE: girloftheworld Apr 4, 2011 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                      LOL! It sounds like you have very interesting parents, I love it!

                                                                                                                      I just saw this post so I haven't looked at the kit yet, but I will, thanks for the tip. :)

                                                                                                          2. srsone RE: jackbauer Apr 1, 2011 10:03 AM

                                                                                                            who is marcel?
                                                                                                            and why is he staring at me from a banner add with crazy eyes?

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                                                                                                              rabaja RE: srsone Apr 5, 2011 11:21 PM

                                                                                                              Thank. You.

                                                                                                              That banner needs to go.

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                                                                                                                Phoebe RE: rabaja Apr 6, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                Agree 1,000,000+ I too am tired of looking at "wolfboy". How many more weeks are we going to have to see him???? Enough. already!!!!

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                                                                                                                  srsone RE: Phoebe Apr 6, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                  all he needs is a purple suit..and he can be eddie munster

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                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: srsone Apr 6, 2011 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                    OK, now THAT is a funny visual!

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                                                                                                                      scubadoo97 RE: LindaWhit Apr 7, 2011 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                      Agreed. Good one srsone.

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                                                                                                                        KailuaGirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 8, 2011 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                        And absolutely on target! Perfect srsone!

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                                                                                                                          srsone RE: KailuaGirl Apr 8, 2011 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                          thank you thank you...
                                                                                                                          ill be here all week....
                                                                                                                          try the veal..
                                                                                                                          and dont forget to tip your server......

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                                                                                                                      chicgail RE: Phoebe Apr 6, 2011 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                      I was going to suggest that you change the station or turn off the TV. And then I realized you meant that stupid banner. Maybe we could find a way to cover his face with foam. ;-]

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                                                                                                                        Cherveny RE: chicgail Apr 6, 2011 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                        They should of made an animated banner for his show with waves of foam rolling along the bottom.

                                                                                                                2. Coogles RE: jackbauer Apr 4, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                  I caught the last 10-15 minutes of this show last night so I only saw the plating and serving portion of the episode. The thing that jumped out at me was that the cheesy videography and music in this show are exactly like the cheesy videography and music in Top Chef. Did Marcel win those people in a quickfire?

                                                                                                                  1. iL Divo RE: jackbauer Apr 4, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                    I've seen the banner at the top of the page of CH for quite some time and didn't know if there was a video show coming or a 'real' show in the works. Well, yesterday while channel changing, I ran across it and taped for later viewing.

                                                                                                                    Saw them both this morning.

                                                                                                                    What an angry man he appears to be.

                                                                                                                    Short on temper and angry just angry.

                                                                                                                    I wouldn't want to work for [or] with him.

                                                                                                                    I liked him on TC the first time and noted that many or most of who was on the second TC [second time around appearances] didn't seem as they were first time around.

                                                                                                                    Don't like admitting that I was wrong about him or he really isn't a very happy person.

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                                                                                                                      Cherveny RE: jackbauer Apr 5, 2011 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                      Just watched the motorcycle episode.

                                                                                                                      Yet ANOTHER foam (mac and cheese turned into cheese and cheese foam)! At this rate, betting minimum 1 foam per episode. :) The concept for the cheese noodles though was kinda cool though.

                                                                                                                      Marcel's top chef personality really shone through tonight, with him pissing off his cooking team by constantly being an ass. Wondering now if series limited to just 6 episodes because the others couldn't stand to work with him beyond that many. In this episode, two were already talking like they were ready to quit.

                                                                                                                      With the drink, I'd think the beer skin left over on the sphere would be kinda disgusting. Gooey beer just doesn't seem that appetizing to me.

                                                                                                                      Loved how he said his marshmallow ice cream thing wouldn't melt, yet the "food porn" shot of it, it was clearly quite melted. :)

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                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: Cherveny Apr 6, 2011 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                        Shows how much this show has made an impression on me. I totally forgot to watch it last night. I was too damn tired to stay up (and of course, still didn't sleep well!) but it just didn't register with me that it was Tuesday and would be on.

                                                                                                                        Based on your "review," Cherveny, I think I'm glad I did miss it if he went all pissy on his staff.

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                                                                                                                          californiabeerandpizza RE: LindaWhit Apr 6, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                          After a second viewing I think this show has run it's course for me.

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                                                                                                                            Cherveny RE: californiabeerandpizza Apr 6, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                            I've got it dvred so no need for memory. :) and at this point, I'm 90% watching for the train wrecks. (guess I'm like the people who just watch NASCAR for crashes :) )

                                                                                                                      2. John E. RE: jackbauer Apr 6, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                        I too forgot to watch this show but caught it the second time around. What this show has done for Marcel is to show everyone that he is a cook and not a chef. A chef is a leader of cooks and Marcel has shown tgat he lacks leadership skills, mostly due to his lack of inter-personal communication skills. Basically, he treats people like crap and is mostly oblivious to it. He also needs to lose the gang gestures. Marcel, it makes you look stupid. Lose that and 'like'.

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                                                                                                                          rabaja RE: John E. Apr 6, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                          I happened upon it last night when there was nothing else on.
                                                                                                                          It took about seven minutes before I found myself rolling my eyes and switching the channel.
                                                                                                                          I was curious what his show would be about, but they lost me when he and his friends were working on the concept for the dinner and it felt like I was watching something out of MTV's the Real World. I'm too old for that garbage.

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                                                                                                                            John E. RE: rabaja Apr 6, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                            I was on the computer at the same time it was on so I didn't pay attention to all the details. I wonder how the ratings are? That will determine if he makes more than 6 shows. A similar show without all the foams and jellies is the Private Chefs of Beverly Hills which I find more entertaining. Marcel's show can get uncomfortable for the viewer which sometimes can be a good thing but not for this show.

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                                                                                                                              flourgirl RE: John E. Apr 6, 2011 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                              I like Private Chefs too, but I didn't realize there's been new episodes. Must check that out.

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                                                                                                                          Phoebe RE: jackbauer Apr 13, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                          Turned on the TV this morning, only to find Quantum Kitchen is now being shown on BRAVO. I guess they're trying to find a following with Top Chef watchers. I had resisted watching it prior to today. Today I only lasted about 45 seconds. "Wolfboy" is still the same. Can't imagine more episodes will be ordered.

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