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Sep 17, 2011 06:25 AM

"Sweet Genius" = Dr. Evil?

Am I crazy, or does this "Sweet Genius" character remind you of Dr. Evil?

Especially since the winner of his show gets Ten THOUUUUUUUUUSAND DOLLARS.


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  1. Definitely not a strained comparison. All he needs is a monocle and a cat...

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    1. re: inaplasticcup

      the tv commercial has him peering into the camera -- like when dr. evil was making his demands.

      his "supplicants" here in the photo made me think of dr. evil's table with scott, mini-me, frau and no.2. LOL

      1. re: inaplasticcup

        In the original Chopped concept, Ted was supposed to have a small dog that got to eat the chopped entries.

          1. re: soupkitten

            From an interview several years ago:

            "Funny story for you! When the idea of Chopped surfaced, it was originally meant to be taped at some guy’s mansion with him and his crazy Chihuahua. A stuffy fellow in a tuxedo was to host, and the losing chef’s dish was then fed to the dog! I am not kidding, I saw it! I think it is genius! Twisted, but genius! Turned out it was too much for Food Network!

            Continue reading on Exclusive interview with Food Network's Ted Allen: Behind the scenes of Chopped, Season Three! - National food network |"

            1. re: paulj

              Too funny, though the show should then be called wolfed! or scarfed! as in, the losing dish got wolfed down by a dog.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                leading to the inevitable "so bad the dog wouldn't touch it" clips. . . which i could see myself giggling at, but in reality it might make some potential competitors think twice.

                1. re: soupkitten

                  HA! Good point. And I'll bet PETA wouldn't allow it, either.


      2. Thank you! He is totally creepy to me!

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        1. Based on those promos, I will never, ever watch this show. He looks like a complete and total a**hole.

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          1. re: acgold7

            Ron Ben-Israel is actually a very highly respected pastry chef and cake creator, who has been referred to by New York Magazine as the Manolo Blahnik of cake makers. He is a Visiting Master Pastry-Instructor at The French Culinary Institute in NYC, specializes in wedding and special occasion cakes, really edible art, cake couture if you will, and is a master with sugar paste flowers and I mean master. He has a beautiful shop in NYC, has written books and is involved in food charities in NYC. He's also an all around nice guy.

            As far as the FN trailer making him look like Dr. Evil, that's their problem, and I can't imagine why they'd want that particular look, nor why they scheduling another dessert show. It appears to me that the premise is Chopped, but for desserts.

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              I can't decide if it's Chopped for desserts or Iron Chef for desserts.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I thought it was Dessert Iron Chef... but having watched it it's Chopped: Dessert. The idea is okay, but what's with that persona? It's going to drive me NUTS. Does he really have to try to describe every dish in single words? What's wrong with using full sentences and proper English?

                1. re: Kajikit


                  Chopped:Dessert hosted by Dr. Evil and the "voice" from Minute to Win It.

                  I didn't see the entire show (fell asleep), but I dont' think he has the presence to carry this off by himself. Even Iron Chef and Chopped have judges...


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    TDQ, that's the funniest description of this show I've heard yet :-)

                    It's more like a Chopped variant. The contestants don't get all the ingredients at once, they're kind of doled out at the worst possible moment, and each round has a "theme" that the contestants have to portray in their creations.

                    I was sure I wouldn't like this show, but having watched 2 episodes I have to say I've found it rather fun and amusing.

                  2. re: Kajikit

                    I didn't have problems with the single word descriptions. Given the context, 'crunchy' is just as understandable as 'this is crunchy'.

                    I don't know if I'll warm up to this as much as Chopped. I'm not that much of a dessert maker or consumer. Still I might learn something about how professionals think about dessert creativity and balance. It would be interesting the read the reactions of someone else in the business ( Jacques Torres?). Is this the way they think and talk about sweets, or is more is it a put on? So far it's better than cartoon based cakes. Looks like the set designers had some fun - more ICA like than Chopped.

                2. re: bushwickgirl

                  I'm sure everything you say is accurate. It neatly encapsulates why it's not a show for me. I'm sure a lot of people like this stuff. It just isn't my thing.

                  Isn't Manolo Blahnik the guy who makes really ugly, painful, obscenely overpriced shoes that are of no practical value whatsoever?

                  1. re: acgold7

                    Now that's a very personal opinion about the shoes, and not a common or popular one. I have more than a few a girlfriends who would die for Blahniks. Practical, maybe not, painful, most likely, overpriced, only for those who don't have it like that, ugly, never. But we were talking about cake.

                    Whether you watch the show or not is up to you, it's fine if it's not your thing. I just felt I needed to out Ron, he's a true professional and I found your a**hole remark a harsh and inaccurate slam.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                      If you actually read what I wrote, anything critical about him was referring to the promo, and in fact I said I believed what you wrote about him being a very nice man. I did not slam him at all.

                      1. re: acgold7

                        Sorry, but that was not obvious to me. Maybe you should have worded it a bit more clearly.

                        On another note, what if this program turns out to be the best thing ever on FN; and you'll have missed it.

                  2. re: bushwickgirl

                    All of his credentials stay the same to all the people who know who he is. As for "all around nice guy" - try working for him, or learning from him. You won't think the same for long.

                    1. re: karenmusic

                      "All of his credentials stay the same to all the people who know who he is."

                      They do. But I think you meant "are the same", correct?

                      As far as the rest of your post, do you have personal experience to back that statement up? Certainly sounds so. I detect some unhappiness.

                      Working for someone who consistently produces the quality that he does while maintaining the reputation that he has wiil most likely will be extremely demanding. That doesn't make him less of a nice guy. I think it makes him a better person, professionally and spiritually, for staying true to what he does, and that works equally as well for his employees or students; he gives them his best, be it harsh or gentle; the demands for the most creativity and the highest work ethic trickle down. So if he's tough, cranky, overly demanding (from one's perspective) or a downright bitch, that has no bearing on his personality, just on the quality of expertise he demands.

                      I bet if you took him out for a nice glass of wine, he''d be a puppy.

                    2. re: bushwickgirl

                      With all due respect, Ron is not a Pastry chef. He makes beautiful cakes, yes, he teaches at FCI, yes but a pastry chef he is not!

                      1. re: edge610

                        FCI bills him as 'Visiting Master Pastry Chef-Instructor'
                        Is this a case of 'those who can't do, teach'? :)

                        1. re: paulj

                          Except he never went to Pastry School. Agree!

                          1. re: edge610

                            Is a degree from pastry school a requirement for being a pastry chef? Do apprenticeships, and success in the business count?

                            1. re: paulj

                              Is a degree from medical school required to be a doctor. The point i made was that to call yourself a Pastry Master means more than making cakes. You should be able to excel at all the techniques of pastry

                              1. re: edge610

                                back in the day, you didn't need a degree to be a doctor or lawyer.

                                i don't see why not having a degree precludes one from "excel[ling] at all the techniques of pastry."

                                surely he has "made more than cakes"?

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  People with higher intelligence do manage to bypass the traditional schooling or at least shorten it. Pair that with natural talent and those are the exceptions.

                  3. Just what FN needs yet ANOTHER cake show.

                    I will say this though the host does make a decent cake.

                    1. i've never heard of this genius, but i wondered how he let himself be F-networked. he seems to have some funny photo promos on the google images search.