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Dec 26, 2013 06:13 AM

Mo Rocca--My Apologies for Finding You So Annoying!

So it's the day after Christmas and I'm having a lazy morning before dropping one of the kids off to go back to NYC....I saw a CBS This Morning show...and Mo Rocca was interviewing a Danish first thought was "Ugh..this annoying man is interviewing such an interesting chef"..but then....I focused on the interview and by interview's end, I had a change of heart toward Mr. Rocca.
He wasn't "on" as much as he is on his other shows. He was attentive to the guy being interviewed and he was so low-key and charming. Wow! When I'm wrong--I'm wrong. Maybe Mo isn't so bad after all!!! Have any of you Chowhounders ever had a change of heart like that?

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  1. Yes, but not about Mo. I still find him annoying. However, Alton I used to really like. Now I change the channel when he is on. I have never met either one in person but their TV personas annoy me. In real life, they may be charming.

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    1. re: wadejay26

      Alton Brown and Mo Rocca - separated at birth.

      I avoid them both.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          I actually believe they are one person. Have you ever seen them together at the same time and place? Have you?

        2. re: wadejay26

          Yeah. I used to wait for AB's shows. Now I find him contrived and irritating.

          1. re: sal_acid

            How true. I loved when AB was truly the "bad boy" since "The Taste" he's lost his badism and credibility!

            1. re: jarona

              You may be confusing Anthony B with Alton B. Done with Alton since he came out with Cutthroat Kitchen. Loving Mo with Grandmother's Ravioli. It's a show with quiet heart. Putting up with Bourdain since the Taste as he's done some great shows on Parts Unknown.


              1. re: JuniorBalloon

                I really enjoy Grandmother's Ravioli. At least we aren't watching some diner chef stand and stir, make a giant sandwich or burger, and witness Guy unhinging his jaw to wolf down a bite. "DUDE that is so righteous!!" Wipes the icky sauce from his mustache, etc. Ugh.

                Mo's show is so down-to-earth and his interaction with the folks he visits are charming. The episode with the "Golden Girls" makes me think of my mother and her friends just cackling and drinking wine, having a good time.

                I'll keep watching.

                1. re: breadchick

                  Well for all Mo's fans, Cooking Channel is playing a marathon of Grandmother's Ravioli today. More than 12 hours worth.

                  1. re: pamf

                    I caught some of this and I must say, I'm liking Mo mo' and mo'--especially with Clara! Clara should have her own show!!

                2. re: JuniorBalloon

                  Cutthroat Kitchen.......possibly the absolute worst "cooking show" ever.

                  1. re: grampart

                    Oh I caught a few episodes recently of Cutthroat Kitchen. As much as I wanted to like it... I absolutely hated it.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      I still like it. And I gua-ron-tee that five years from now we will talk about shows and say "Oh, that's so Cutthroat Kitchen. They did it first." Like it or not.

                      1. re: ennuisans

                        Five years from now, no one will remember it ever existed.

                    2. re: grampart

                      I know this makes me a bad person, but I enjoy it. It's not so much about cooking, as it is about resourcefulness. I do find some of the (undoubtedly producer-encourged) posturing of the contestants to be irritating.

              2. re: wadejay26

                < I have never met either one in person but their TV personas annoy me. In real life, they may be charming.>

                ROTFLMAO! I've met them both. Mo is not as annoying in person, Alton Brown???? worse... don't get me started. ;)

                1. re: ChefJune

                  Consider yourself already "started".

                  Gotta tell more.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    Oh but I want to get you started.
                    Tell us why...
                    I can't watch Alton when he comes up on the screen either.

                  2. re: wadejay26

                    Alton Brown looks like th etype of person who secretly does some horrible thing.

                    1. re: wadejay26

                      Reruns of "Monk" are frequently on free TV - you can enjoy Rocca being the murder victim in one of them.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I used to LOVE Monk! Is there an episode name you can share?

                        1. re: Shrinkrap

                          I am wrong - googling turned up nothing for Monk, but for season 7 of L&O:Criminal Intent. Rocca played a gossip columnist, which is the role I was thinking of. Right about the murder, though!

                    2. Yes, me. When I first saw Mr. Rocca on TV, I can't remember which program, I was annoyed at his delivery. Since then though the more I saw him in snippets here and there - especially on his own show about learning to cook with various "grandparents", I realized what a talented and genuinely funny fellow he is. Did you know he's a Harvard grad and was president of the Hasty Pudding club?

                      1. Ina Garten. I find her snobbish and tire of her "how great is that" meme. And her nervous chuckle used to drive me up the wall. I always felt I liked her cooking ideas, but didn't think I'd like her if I knew her, not that it has anything to do with her cooking, but you asked.

                        I have eased up a bit now and like most of her recipes--pretty reliable.

                        Mo definitely has a schtick and I don't care for the "grandmother's" show but I really hated his other show where they had him vamping on top of the tables, etc. How silly. I can see him as Pres of the Hasty Pudding Club!

                        1. I'm a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fan, but I always found Guy very annoying. I watched it for the places he visited, and tolerated his onscreen persona.

                          A couple of years ago (right around Christmas, maybe on Christmas eve) I saw an interview with him on a local news station (I think he was in DC for some food-related event.) He didn't have the bling and sunglasses on the back of his head. He was very low key and down to earth. He had his teenage son with him and he talked about how his family likes to cook healthy food (fish and vegetables) at home. I had a lot more respect fo rhim after seeing that interview and now I don't mind the goofball character he plays on the Food Network.

                          1. When Martha Stewart's earliest shows appeared on TV - I think the first one was the special Thanksgiving one where she was still married and a huge table was set up in their Westport home's barn - I thought she was repellently haughty. Then came the once-a-week show in which, when cooking, she inevitably specified the "best quality" hummingbird lips, which she either mail-ordered or purchased from NYC's best artisanal hummingbird lip purveyor. But as time passed and her show became daily, the ingredients became more accessible, and her appearances on Letterman showed she could laugh at herself, as did the holiday special in which Miss Piggy belittled Martha's painstaking decoration of cookies and a gingerbread house.

                            It's clear, from biographical details, that she can be very icy and controlling, but I think that's a form of self-protection and somewhat understandable. And she has undeniably good taste in all aspects of homemaking.

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                            1. re: greygarious

                              Her recipes always turn out wonderfully for me, to boot.

                              1. re: Green_Shartreuse

                                When MS daughter and a childhood pal took to the airwaves as radio personalities hell bent on trying and failing to replicate many MS recipes and crafts projects my opinion of MS changed dramatically. This gal knows how to laugh hard at herself.

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  And she is an incredibly astute business woman for recognizing that and making sure that program was aired! As for her insider trading conviction, I've always suspected that her perfect speech and perfect grammar are what did her in... You can really tick people off with perfection! Including husbands.... '-)

                                  1. re: Caroline1

                                    C1, let's face it successful women still tick some people off no matter what they do.

                                    Ho hum, I can't bother about that kind of opinion anymore. I think strong women rock.