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Jun 9, 2012 12:24 AM

Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

So................. I've almost gotten to the point where I can handle Nadia G's shtick when there's nothing else on after midnight and now I find The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia. More shtick!

OK............. I get that there's a demographic out there that thinks traditional cooking shows need some excitement and find this kind of stuff "fun".............. I guess. But I lasted all of 2 minutes with The Baron and had to switch channels. I'm not THAT old! I just saw Hunger Games and liked it a lot.

Is this stuff the Jersey Shore of cooking shows? I guess so. There seems to be an audience for just about anything these days. HELP!!!???

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  1. I like the shtick. Baron Ambrosia and Nadia G are like Alton Brown on steroids.

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    1. re: FoodPopulist

      I saw the Baron last night - I think the show is funny. Not every show will appeal to every person. I've never made it through 30 minutes with Alton Brown myself.

      1. re: 512window

        2¢ worth of wisdom on my own reaction:

        I think part of this has to do with a feeling of 'safety'? or confidence one would like to have with one's sources of information/learning. It's like finding that your wise old Uncle tells very bad jokes over and over. (I was going to say 'tells racist jokes', but that's too harsh for this). They're not all that bad, and you don't have to listen, but it becomes something of an 'Emperor has no clothes' feeling.

        1. re: Midlife

          Sorry to be so slow to respond. I didn't see anything in the Baron's show that made me question any knowledge that might have been conveyed. The kind of shtick that this show has is very easy to separate from the information content. He's essentially going to restaurants and describing what they're making.

          The show that I watched was about Uzbeck cuisine in NYC. I've had Uzbeck-style dishes in China and was comparing what I had with what was presented by the Baron. I'm not likely to get to NYC to try the food myself, so this was the next best thing.

          I appreciate new content on FNC and CC, especially if it isn't competitions like Chopped and that cupcake show. I'm certainly not tuning in for repeats of the Fat Ladies and Alton Brown.

      2. re: FoodPopulist

        Nadia is more like a edgy RR. And the Baron, I'd compare him more with DDD, or one of the other 'restaurant finds' shows on Cooking Channel. Funny thing is, I don't recall the names of those other shows. They are nice and watchable, but not memorable. I can only name one of the 'hosts' off hand, Amanda.

        A lot of posters will be focusing on the style, and whether they can stand it or not. A more Houndish question is, are the food finds good? I'm not going to visiting these places that the Baron has visited, but I learned about a Portuguese seafood and bread stew on his pilot show, and liked the idea enough to look up the dish, and try make it myself. I think his philosophy of searching for restaurants is very chowhoundish. Ten years ago he too would have delighted in discovering the arepa lady.

      3. I forgot to watch it- thought that the commercials for it were funny as hell though!

        1. I saw it the first season and was stunned to see it make it back. I really didn't see it making another season, but according to the two other posters it has a market. Woof.

          1. 2 minutes? Wow, that's about 4 times longer than I could watch!

            1. I can't even watch the commercials

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