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May 31, 2013 08:15 AM

Entertaining and Solid TV Chefs

Who do you find the funnest (doesn't have to necessarily be the best chef) on TV?

Who do you find has the most solid recipes?

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  1. Personally, I LOVE Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, with Guy because he cracks me up, a grounded dude and because that's what I like to do on vacation, and find the funkiest joints. So Guy's my "entertaining" chef.

    Most solid for me would be Ina.

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    1. re: natewrites

      I admit to being a Gordon Ramsay fan. He's my entertainment-- whether it's his over-the-top performances on Hell's Kitchen or his kinder/gentler mentor in some of his other shows.

      I just discovered Steven Raichlen of PBS's Primal Grill over the holiday weekend. So far I'm really enjoying watching him cook on the different grills. I haven't tried any of his recipes yet, but have several I definitely want to try.

    2. fun: jacques pepin. love his personality.

      recipes/skill: pepin and lidia. both traditional old-schhol chefs.

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      1. re: C70

        I have to add Batali for both categories. The man is an encyclopedia of food and geography.

        1. re: C70

          I've only just started giving Molto Mario the attention it deserves (now that it's once a week instead of every day--stupid me). And while I did make a dig at Bobby Flay's personality elsewhere recently, after watching an episode of his Brunch show I'm impressed. He really did lay a lot of his decision-making out on the table.

      2. OK, I fat-fingered the word "entertaining" like an idiot. But those are good reponses! Primal Grill and BBQ University (might be one in the same) are fabulous!

        1. Being danish i don't have access to a lot of cooking shows on tv. I don't like any of the danish chefs, but i do have some favourites.

          I like Gordon Ramsay, gotta admit that, but i prefer his kinder personality.

          I LOVE Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the River Cottage series.

          I also quite enjoy Rachel Khoo. (

          1. I've really liked Heston Blumenthall in everything I've seen him in. And Luke Ngyuen.