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Jan 26, 2013 08:02 PM

Does anyone remember Michael Symon's show on PBS?

maybe 10, 15 years ago? he had a cooking show with another guy, older chef, and they featured Eastern European dishes, and I really liked the show. Low key, as most PBS shows are, and he just always seemed like a very nice, self-deprecating, humble and talented guy. I can't find anything online about it, everything is about his more recent successes. Was it maybe called Melting Pot? Although that was on Food Network, and it was not his own show.... anyone?

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  1. He was on FN's Melting Pot.

    Cooking Channels lists some that show's recipes

    familiar names include
    Padma Lakshmi
    Cat Cora
    Aaron Sanchez

    Often 2 chefs appeared together on an episode, or series of episodes. I can't find much info on that show on the web.

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    1. re: paulj

      yeah, i mentioned Melting Pot in my OP, and that that was a FN show.... so you're saying there was no PBS show, the Melting Pot show is what I'm remembering? If so, it was a very un-FN show, although this was early on....

      1. re: mariacarmen

        Other than the 'rotating hosts', and with them a 'rotating ethnic emphasis', I don't remember it being all that different from other instructional shows, whether PBS, FN or CC.

        1. re: paulj

          what i'm saying is i didn't think that was the show, i thought he had his own show, not that he was just a guest on that show. it appears he hosted it about 100 times, which would account for me thinking it was his own.... and as for it being different, i mean that it was a subdued show, not a lot of loud music, no fast cut-aways, no flash... the older PBS shows were like that.

        2. re: mariacarmen

          It's a FN show. Ive seen it a few times. Never seen it on PBS at least my market. Sounds like the one your asking about

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Ok, i guess that's what it was. i wonder if there's video of it, maybe on youtube....

            1. re: mariacarmen

              And the older guy was Wayne Harley Brachman. And most people don't realize it, but IMDB isn't just for movies. They do a pretty good job on TV shows as well.


              1. re: DDR4040

                It also lists Brachman as appearing on Unique Sweets in 2011 (Cooking Channel).

                Were there only 17 episodes in Melting Pot?




                Michelle and Aaron

                All of Symon's shows:

                1. re: DDR4040

                  alright, i'm convinced, thanks! the BF suggested i check IMDB, for Symon's name, and i forgot to do it.

        3. Brachman was obnoxious & humorous. I remember one episode where at the end Brachman was being funny and not really serious with Symon standing next to him and Symon couldn't stop giggling.

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          1. re: tampaboy

            He's still giggling (to my extreme annoyance). Check him out in any episode of The Chew, on ABC during the day at 1:00 PM. I like the show, but I really wish he'd stop that incessant giggling at practically every comment.

            Have to say, though, that I did enjoy Symon and Brachman doing that show (Melting Pot), which featured Eastern European recipes. Their banter sometimes was a little too much, but I did enjoy their anecdotes about food from various areas of Eastern Europe.