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Jan 3, 2014 09:31 AM

FN The Kitchen

Just saw a commercial on TV for The Kitchen, a new show from Food Network. I went online to read about it and it looks basically like The Chew with 5 hosts that should never be together in one room let alone have a show where they have to talk to each other. This one makes The Chew look good, even during those uncomfortable exchanges between Michael and Clinton...Michael and Mario...Michael and anyone.

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  1. i like the chew! :-)
    i will give this new FN show a chance. heck, at least it is not a foodnetwork gameshow or a cooking channel travelogue.

    1. I just don't see it working. Those episodes were filmed over a month ago so they aren't going to be talking about current food news. And was there a studio audience? Part of what makes The Chew so great is the response and energy that the hosts get from the audience.

      Geoffrey looks like he is going to be the "mixologist"/drink expert on the show which just gives me bad vibes. Is he going to recreate his Mr. Sophisticated "I have 4 fireplaces" persona from Next Iron Chef? He was really unlikeable then.

      I'm calling it now: this is going to be every bit as bad as Thanksgiving Live 2013.

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      1. re: Njchicaa


        I'm calling it now: this is going to be every bit as bad as Thanksgiving Live 2013.


        Wha wha wha What?

        Thanksgiving "Live" is my favorite FN "trainwreck" and is pure genius.
        I crave it every year.

        This year Alton spent his time throwing %^$# at Giada and Giada went all "surgical" on her finger proving wine and chef cutlery don't mix.

        What's NOT to like?

        If I ever need a LOLZ hour to make me feel better, it's T'Giving Live! on the DVR that does it. :)

        BTW, 2012 was just as equally painful in my eyes.

        But you knew that.


        1. re: jjjrfoodie

          I agree. My favorite part of 2012 was when Giada tried somebody's cocktail and you could see her say "holy shit" when she thought she was off camera. The first year was the best and then it was downhill from there....

      2. 20 minutes in and it is almost as bad as I expected. No studio audience so they are trying to project this big energy by practically yelling and talking over each other. Marcella can barely get a word in edgewise. It is cringetastic.

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        1. re: Njchicaa

          Is the kitchen the one Claire Robinson used in 5 minute fix? It looks familiar to me.

          1. re: foodieX2

            It looks very similar. They probably re-used parts of it to build that set.

            1. re: Njchicaa

              I actually liked the 5 ingredient fix. It was good when I was in a cooking funk to get me motivated.

              1. re: foodieX2

                I liked it too but I think the parameters of the show were too tight to do many seasons of it. Same with Ten Dollar Dinners.

                1. re: Njchicaa

                  I hadn't thought that! You are probably right. I liked Ten dollars too even though she annoyed me a little.

          2. re: Njchicaa

            So much happiness. Oh God, the happiness.

            1. re: ennuisans

              Another offering from 'The Flop Network'. Yaaawn
              Anyone know where the 'Littlest Hobo episodes are on?

              1. re: ennuisans

                Geoffrey sabring the sparkling wine...and then wearing it...HAH

            2. I watched 5 minutes of it, and turned it off. I'm usually the most easy going person when it comes to the Food TV personalities (Fieri doesn't bother me, for example). But there is something about that Jeff Mauro that makes me want to claw my eyes out...or his...if I have to watch him for more than 30 seconds.

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              1. re: mwk

                I love that you posted this. I just turned it on and tried to watch again but got quickly irritated.

              2. i finally had the chance to watch this. i did not hate this at all! sure, it is not "the chew", but i think once they loosen up and get comfortable with each other this might be ok. i did not find it as painful as others have posted. at least they are cooking instead of competing with each other for "top host of the week". :-P
                problem will be finding the time to watch this on a saturday. this will definitely be an on-demand viewing for me.

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                1. re: ritabwh

                  I agree! I forced myself to watch again this week and it's growing on me. It's awkward, but perhaps will get better. I haven't really been paying attention to the recipes, but rarely do when I watch FN it's more for entertainment and noise.