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Chef Wanted - Spoiler

ferventfoodie Jul 14, 2012 05:19 PM

Is anyone else watching this? Not being a big Burrell fan, I wasn't until she "helped" David
Burke and Todd English. Surprised chefs of this caliber would resort to this in hiring a new
executive chef unless they were more interested in publicity than quality candidates.

Couldn't believe she brought Paul to Olives. IIRC, he's lost at least twice on Chopped at least
partially I think because of his arrogant attitude. He did it again in the first round when he used
butter and herbs after English specifically requested olive oil and spices. Was amazed he made
it to the second round.

I knew about editing and figure we don't see a lot of what goes on (maybe one-on-one
interviews) but this seems to me to be one of the most implausible premises for a reality
food show considering the possible consequences for the chef/owners.

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  1. Shrinkrap RE: ferventfoodie Jul 14, 2012 07:50 PM

    I thought the guy in the green jacket was amazing. I started out "wanting" the "young guy witn the fulll lips", but after seeing tne "gay guy from the south", I was like "oh! THAT'S how that's supposed to work!

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      acgold7 RE: ferventfoodie Jul 14, 2012 08:36 PM

      This show is a horrible mutation of the old Chef Hunter... same production companies and same creative auspices, but obviously they decided it just wasn't phony and obnoxious enough, so they added Anne Burrell and those phony challenges with the chefs running around the city for no apparent reason chasing down ingredients that are likely already in the restaurant's walk-in.

      So they took a pretty good show and made it mostly unwatchable, because now it's mostly about the odious Anne and her stupid Valley-girl upspeak yelling at the "shuffs" and her ever-growing hairdo, which is about to take over her whole head, and then the entire room in its quest for world domination. Seeing the normally unflappable Todd English throwing plates was laughable.

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        LurkerDan RE: acgold7 Jul 15, 2012 02:33 PM

        Yeah, Chef Hunter was way better because it seemed a lot more like reality.

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          breadchick RE: acgold7 Jul 31, 2012 02:01 PM

          I like Anne, but that hair is starting to look a bit like Bozo, minus the orange color. I wear my hair very cropped and spikey, so I know short hair needs to be maintained a LOT.

          I also don't think this is a good fit for her. Not enough instruction, too much drama.

        2. pamf RE: ferventfoodie Jul 14, 2012 11:53 PM

          I am a big fan of Anne Burrell, when she's cooking. As I have said before, I think she is wasted on this show.

          It's like they took all the competition shows cliches and condensed them into a one hour episode.

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            Njchicaa RE: pamf Jul 31, 2012 05:04 AM

            This show is NOT a good fit for Anne. She is just mean and screams the whole time. I much prefer her when she has something to teach like on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef or even Worst Cooks. I suspect that SORC may have been cancelled though.

          2. Manassas64 RE: ferventfoodie Jul 16, 2012 10:46 AM

            I caught the end of it when Todd English was melting down. I am convinced he was half lit by the end of the show. He was talking odd and acting odd. I don't think this episode did him any favors.

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              ChefJune RE: Manassas64 Jul 16, 2012 11:49 AM

              Yes, he seemed to be on "something..."

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                acgold7 RE: ChefJune Jul 16, 2012 01:41 PM

                He was clearly UIP -- Under the Influence of Producers....

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                wincountrygirl RE: Manassas64 Jul 19, 2012 09:19 AM

                I'm not a fan of Todd English - way to fond of himself. Can you think of another chef that puts his name above the name of there restaurant on the sign? But , I agree, he did himself no favors here.

              3. Kris in Beijing RE: ferventfoodie Jul 17, 2012 11:24 PM

                Paul fascinates me-- somewhat like a train wreck.
                I really don't see it as arrogance. He seems literally incapable of listening or processing what he's told.

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                  LikestoEatout RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 31, 2012 04:26 AM

                  When Paul was on Chopped he made a big deal about making sure his skin looked just right in certain camera angles. That's real important. He was very arrogant about how much better he was than his competition.

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                  ferventfoodie RE: ferventfoodie Jul 30, 2012 11:01 AM

                  Not to beat a dead horse, but what kind of restaurant owner would rely on this method to
                  select a new head chef? Maybe the same ones who allow that head of hair into their
                  kitchen without a net. Would be interesting to learn how long these picks actually last.

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                  1. re: ferventfoodie
                    libgirl2 RE: ferventfoodie Jul 31, 2012 12:34 PM

                    I was thinking the same thing as to this method of finding a chef. Perhaps it brings in new business? But what if you don't like anyone?

                  2. Njchicaa RE: ferventfoodie Jul 31, 2012 12:55 PM

                    The guy from Old Homestead and the girl from Met Back Bay who "won" are already gone from their new jobs. There haven't been any updates on the FN web site since the Fromagerie episode which makes me wonder if the "winners" after that are all already gone. Who else was there? Tully and ?? anyone else ??

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                      cooker5 RE: Njchicaa Aug 26, 2012 11:22 AM

                      The chef from Homestead never accepted the position. The Old Homestead has some real issues. They have a lot of equipment problems in the kitchen. What they promised to the winner and what the offered we're not even close.

                    2. Njchicaa RE: ferventfoodie Aug 1, 2012 10:14 AM

                      Anne tweeted this morning that there will be more episodes of Chef Wanted so there will be at least a season 2.

                      1. Njchicaa RE: ferventfoodie Jan 7, 2014 03:53 AM

                        Saw AB tweet last night that there will be no more episodes of Chef Wanted. Thank God.... it was a nightmare.

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