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Jan 15, 2013 04:30 AM

Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

I have never watched an episode of this show - however, I have been thoroughly enjoying reading the recaps of the show on Grantland (

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  1. the show is actually kind of amusing, in a train-wreck sort of way. I like Johnny though. Cornelia is annoying in that "Even though I'm incredibly rich and live on Fifth Avenue, I LOVE to get my fingers and toes dirty digging in the garden".

    1. Didn't see the first show and instead I'm just going to read the grantland recaps, hysterical!

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        The recaps are an absolute delight....I enjoy reading them during lunch at work, especially when I'm bored with my old leftovers. Definitely makes me appreciate them more.

      2. I have a severe aversion to both Rachael and Guy, but I just ran across the episode where they were cooking for kids' parties. The kids' critiques are cracking me up - I could be watching Top Chef right now. The kids are really taking their jobs as judges seriously - especially Rico. I doubt I'll watch another episode, but this one was seriously cute.

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        1. re: Wahooty

          I thought Rico was great, and he seemed very genuine, considering that he really is a "star", but those other kids out on the lawn sounded like they'd practiced their lines. I have this thing about precocious kids; can't stand them.

          1. re: DGresh

            Of course they were rehearsed, but that's part of what I found funny about the whole thing. <disclaimer> I also happen to like precocious kids - the day I learned the word "filibuster" in school, I came home and waited for an opportunity to (clumsily) use it in conversation at the dinner table, so I can empathize with those oh-so-carefully considered opinions. ;) If it were a regular thing, it would get annoying quickly, but for a one-off as I was flipping channels? It made me happy for a hot minute.

            Not that I'll keep watching - see aforementioned severe aversion to Rachael and Guy, even though both seemed toned down a bit in this particular episode.

        2. Three words: 'Dumb and dumber'.

          1. I hadn't read anything about this show; I'm not sure I even knew about it. But these two are probably the most nails-on-a-chalkboard celebuidiots on The Food Network. I went back and read Max's review of last year's season finale, and broke up laughing at the last paragraph:

            "I'll close out my season of reviews with my own Zagat review:

            “Sub-human” celebrities and “unpalatable horseshit” are the raison d’être of this “abominable” television program, thanks in no small part to its “mouth-breathing” hosts, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. Viewers will be relieved they can’t yet “smell what they’re watching” as the “undulating stink lines” emanating from both the food and the personalities compete to “empty the stomach and the bowels” the fastest; “cancelling your cable entirely” is highly recommended, as is joining your “still-glowing television” in a “bathtub full of running water.”

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I have no desire to ever watch this show - but it has created a string of excellent recaps!

              1. re: cresyd

                I'm not watching the show at all, just reading Max Silvestri's recaps. Flavortown!

                1. re: TrishUntrapped


                  Is his latest blog out yet? It seemed like they posted on Monday after the show, but I can't seem to find the one for 2-3-13. Thanks.

                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                      Thanks. I just looked one second ago, and couldn't find it either.

                    2. re: nemo

                      Latest blog:

                      My favorite part, "Rachael's patience with all these contestants is bafflingly low. I imagine this is maybe the eighth day of shooting this show, and she's run-down like she's been filming Man vs. Wild in Yukon for three uninterrupted months. Her voice sounds like she stays up all night smoking Parliament 100s and drinking black coffee and working with a public defender to figure out a way to get her kids back."

                      1. re: cresyd

                        I was just about to post the link, GMTA.

                        Glad I'm not watching this crap. Thank you Max.