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Ludo Just Bites :(

inaplasticcup Aug 3, 2011 06:31 PM

Watching Ludo Bites America, and I think they should rename it Big Whiny French Manbaby Chef.

I'm a little astounded at how utterly unadaptable the man is, or at least how much bitching and moaning he has to do before he decides to adapt. And is there any dish he makes that he doesn't name after himself?

Won't be watching again.

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    Diana_mn RE: inaplasticcup Aug 4, 2011 06:56 AM

    I like the show.

    Ludo runs from adorable to insane more than once every episode. But he doesn't seem like it's an act. He's just... French.

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      inaplasticcup RE: Diana_mn Aug 4, 2011 07:06 AM

      LOL. But Eric Ripert doesn't act like a big waababy... :P

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      Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: inaplasticcup Aug 4, 2011 11:27 AM

      Just discovered the show this week, with the Mobile episode. He reminds me a lot of a performance artist I know, but I find his wife incredibly attractive (kind of like a hipster cross between Elizabeth Banks and Leslie Mann), so I may tune back in.

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        chris2269 RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Aug 4, 2011 11:33 AM

        I think his wife Anchors him some what. He is very talented and unlike others (Gordon Ramsay who I like on non American TV) is not playing it up. I just think some artistic people regardless of the medium are a bit nuts.

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          Shrinkrap RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Sep 2, 2011 03:23 PM

          Why did folks in Mobile not have "accents"?

          I like that they seems to be trying to help the restraints out, and learn about the local eats.

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            Shrinkrap RE: Shrinkrap Sep 4, 2011 07:30 PM

            "I like that they seems to be trying to help the restraints out, and learn about the local eats."


            I like that they seem to be trying to help the restaurants out, and learn about the local eats.

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              inaplasticcup RE: Shrinkrap Sep 4, 2011 07:36 PM

              That's what I thought. :) But I'm the same way. My own typos make my skin crawl. Others', not so much!

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          josey124 RE: inaplasticcup Aug 27, 2011 07:37 PM

          I think the show is great. Ludo is hilarious and the show is a refreshing concept. I love it!

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            512window RE: josey124 Aug 28, 2011 11:16 AM

            Me too. He bitches and curses a lot, but it's all in the cause of putting out great food.

            I liked the Raleigh NC episode where he did the whole hog. Especially the pig ear dish since he got stuck with that on TC Masters and had a hard time selling it to Angelenos.

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              Siun RE: josey124 Sep 4, 2011 08:09 AM

              Love it here too - there's a ton of heart to the show as well as amazing food and great support for small local places. Can't wait for season two - atm this is the best food show around.

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                chicgail RE: josey124 Sep 5, 2011 05:54 AM

                I think he's charming and French and the show is fun. I also love the way his wife deals with his craziness.

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                  sibeats RE: chicgail Sep 5, 2011 09:19 AM

                  I totally agree, fun show, love the way Ludo and his wife interact. And you can tell so much of it is tongue in cheek...even when he is "expressing himself", you can see a twinkle in his eye. I hope they do a second season!

              2. roxlet RE: inaplasticcup Aug 28, 2011 03:19 PM

                I've been watching bunch of episodes of this all afternoon, and I gotta say that I disagree with you completely. I think Ludo adapts quite well, particularly given the less than 5 star kitchens he is dealing with. And I think his rants are pretty funny.

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                  danna RE: roxlet Sep 6, 2011 07:41 AM

                  Yeah, my feelings are opposite from the OP as well. It's a pretty entertaining show, and I think Ludo is likeable. Some of the proprieters shock me, though, that they aren't willing to play along for ONE NIGHT. Particularly the amazingly annoying, insincere and generaly dislikable girl from the Redondo beach episode.

                  My non-cooking husband was the one who hit "record series" on the Tivo, so I guess it has wide entertainment appeal.

                2. LulusMom RE: inaplasticcup Aug 29, 2011 10:36 AM

                  What network is this show on? I remember him from Top Chef Masters; he seemed to be a prima donna, but could be entertaining

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                    Diana_mn RE: LulusMom Aug 29, 2011 10:45 AM

                    It's on the Sundance Channel. Here's a link to the show's website:


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                      LulusMom RE: Diana_mn Aug 29, 2011 11:12 AM

                      Thanks Diana.

                  2. inaplasticcup RE: inaplasticcup Sep 6, 2011 07:51 AM

                    You guys are making me think I should try watching it again. I think I could buy his whininess (which I don't attribute to being French) as schtick, or even as performance art, (which is what some of your comments seem to imply) more than if I believed that's how he really is, with everyone adapting around him because he's so fabulous.

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                      josey124 RE: inaplasticcup Sep 6, 2011 11:26 AM

                      It might not be the show for you. There is a lot of stuff on TV people love but I don't.
                      I find him funny and entertaining even when he is whining. He is passionate, creative and very likeable. Krissy seems to be perfect for him, keeping him in line and making things possible.
                      His French/English is very cute and I am not a big fan of the French (stereotyping here).

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                      DavidPalmer RE: inaplasticcup Sep 6, 2011 12:03 PM

                      How come they will allow him to say SH*T!!!! in English all day long, but censor the subtitle?

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                        inaplasticcup RE: DavidPalmer Sep 6, 2011 12:17 PM

                        Probably because when he says it, it sounds like he's talking about linens...

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                          chicgail RE: inaplasticcup Sep 6, 2011 01:32 PM

                          He has no problem with MERDE!

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                        Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: inaplasticcup Sep 6, 2011 02:28 PM

                        My wife and I really enjoyed the Denver episode. I visited Denver last summer and actually ate two delicious meals at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, back when it was just a street cart. The actual restaurant opened within the last year, so I was thrilled to see how well Biker Jim's business was doing, with or without Ludo.

                        That episode also got us hooked on buffalo meat! Now my wife and I are addicted to buffalo burgers, and when our Florida weather finally gets cool, I hope to make a version of Ludo's pot au feu with buffalo and root vegetables.

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                          silence9 RE: inaplasticcup Sep 7, 2011 12:59 PM

                          I have no problem with Ludo screaming his head off in any language -- when directed at his staff in back. He can hoist them up on meathooks and give them enemas for all I care. What _does_ appears insufferable is having to pay good coin to hear that ruckus wafting into the dining room, either startling some patrons or pleasing others. I simply don't find it appetizing or charming to hear someone screaming "MERDE" as I'm trying to eat my blood pudding...

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                            inaplasticcup RE: silence9 Sep 7, 2011 01:08 PM

                            Does he have a reputation for yelling at his staff? If he did, that would be another reason I wouldn't care to watch or patronize.

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                              silence9 RE: inaplasticcup Sep 7, 2011 03:36 PM

                              Hi... If by staff you mean those who are recruited locally to assist him at the pop-ups, here's an example: in one episode, a local culinary student who is/was clearly infatuated and in awe of Ludo comes in to assist with the insane workload. The guy desperately wants to please Ludo, but in rather short order, he is found sprinting outside/behind the restaurant weeping after the dressing-down he receives in front of the other staff. Cut to Ludo, who is observing the scene and muttering "he's crying... is he crying?". The student pulls it together and all is swell eventually. But Ludo seemed genuinely perplexed that browbeating someone you've just met (who is working to help you succeed) could bring tears to a man's eyes. It was an uncomfortable spectacle to behold... I can't recall ever bringing strangers or co-workers to the point of tears myself, but then again I'm not nearly as charming, have no exotic accent to speak of, and the only 'pop-up' I'm known for comes with the assistance of a little blue pill :-)

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                                inaplasticcup RE: silence9 Sep 7, 2011 03:44 PM

                                LOL. Sounds like that silly accent allows him to get away with too much. Perhaps my original assessment was the correct one for me.

                                Careful with those blue pills. I heard on a sitcom once that they can last a little too long for comfort...

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                                  AAQjr RE: inaplasticcup Sep 8, 2011 09:36 AM

                                  It's gotta be hard to execute a high concept menu with cooks who don't know your standards for quality. You have a very limited window to impress your guests and he has to keep a tight rein on quality. As long as its about the food and not personal I don't have a problem with the yelling. Just say 'yes chef' and move on.

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                                    inaplasticcup RE: AAQjr Sep 8, 2011 11:06 AM

                                    I see your point of view, and I'll just agree to disagree with you on whether that kind of behavior is necessary to get the job done. Something tells me if the man treats inexperienced, volunteer kitchen staff to that kind of indignity, he probably does it just as much if not more to his permanent staff (when he has one).

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                              Shrinkrap RE: silence9 Sep 7, 2011 01:23 PM

                              I agree with that. I hope only the "Ludo Bites" pop ups can hear all that profanity and yelling from the kitchen. Maybe that part of the attraction. What I like is hearing how restaurants develop their menus, "source" their food, prep, think about reservations and flow, and then seeing how it all evolves into the experience for the diner.

                              It also reminds me to be grateful for a job that allows me to cook and eat out for FUN and not for a living.

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                                Befuness RE: Shrinkrap Sep 7, 2011 02:22 PM

                                I agree. IMO, I personally could not suffer anyone screaming at me or someone I love like this guy does for any reason really. I would have to bury a chef knife is his eye...just sayin'.

                                After seeing an episode and a half (had to give up on it), it seems to me this is part of his schtick, and again IMO, he comes off as a bratty little twit. This ends up ruining what I think is a fun idea.

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