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Oct 1, 2011 05:34 PM

Anne Burrell

I apologize to her and all if I misspelled either of her names. I'm watching an old Iron Chef America, batte between Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver (and loving it, I love them both and never saw this episode before). I remembered that I simply adored Anne B when she was Mario's sous chef, she was fast, precise, and beautiful. She stood out with her mad skills. I just don't like her persona on her show. She doesn't seem natural or, more importantly, serious. She's obviously an awesome chef, but was it FN that made her do the semi-obscene shoulder shake and all that?

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  1. Odd, she strikes me as completely natural. Definitely not very serious, but completely natural.

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    1. re: donovt

      I love all that Anne Burrell taught me - I say 'taught' because I haven't had TV for about a year and I don't know if she is on anymore or not. I used to love watching her as a sous chef for Batali - in fact I liked watching her skills more than Mario's.

      I tried to overlook her mannerisms because I so respected her skills. But I have to admit I did some groaning on my part.

      I feel she is quite serious - if for no other reason, when I watched her instruction for Bolognese, I knew she learned it from a skilled chef - or at least someone who knew what he wanted from the recipe/formula - and I felt she was quite serious in the way she approached it to impart to me that she was serious about this recipe.

      Viva Anne Burrell's bolognese!

      1. re: Rella

        It was just last week that I sent a recipe for Burrell's shortribs to a friend with a *demand* that she cook it right away. It was so good.

        She shot back Burrell's recipe for bolognese and *demanded* that I cook that right away.

        Turns out it was the same sauce with 2 different cuts of beef. Whatever. It was one of the most delicious things either of us had ever had in our lives.

        1. re: Rella

          I agree. She is one of the few on FN whose recipes I have actually used and who I have leaned things from.

          I agree she may have some mannerisms that turn me off, but I overlook them just like I do with people I interact with everyday. I have things that turn people off, but hopefully the people that matter to me overlook them.

          As with all things on TV, I have an ON/OFF button and if I don't like it, I turn it OFF.

          1. re: vafarmwife

            I've never watched her at all. I'm just grateful I ran across her recipe looking for something new to do with short ribs.

            Maybe that's the solution: don't watch FN, just google recipes, try 'em and decide for yourself what you want and what you want to toss. ::shrug::

          2. re: Rella

            It's not that I don't think her food is the real deal. She just strikes me as someone who is having fun and not being "serious" all the time.

        2. I think she's unacceptably obnoxious and after that sexual harassment lawsuit against her it was hard to restless her anymore.

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            She's incredibly obnoxious, both on air and off, especially when she does that growly thing in the back of her throat, usually when blurting out things like "Brown Food!" for no reason. Just unwatchable.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Huh? I hadn't heard that one.

              I didn't mean to imply that she isn't serious, BTW, she clearly is, to have been chosen by Batali for ICA. Just that she doesn't appear to be serious on her show. Which is sad to me.

            2. RESPECT. Not restless.

              Damn u autocorrect,

              Chowhound sucks for an iPhone

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              1. re: C. Hamster

                Does the two-hour "edit" window not apply when using an iPhone? You should be able to go back and correct, no?

                1. re: acgold7

                  Nope. Edit doesn't work on iPhone.

                  1. re: donovt

                    Works on mine but I'm going through the regular website not an app

                    1. re: scubadoo97

                      It's one of those things that's been "fixed", but some of us are still having the problem.

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                1. I think she's wonderful. I don't always find her recipes to be something that I'd want to try, but I really enjoy watching her show us how to make them. Hands down my favorite chef on the Food Network.