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Beat Bobby Flay

I noticed this new show on Food Network this past week.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/beat...
Since I was waiting on something from the oven, I took a seat and watched. It's everything I typically hate: fake drama, staged competition, etc. But I found it amusing and the food looked good.
Anybody else catch this show? What did you think?

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  1. I have to admit I am sucker for Bobby Flay. I used to enjoy watching Throwdown and this show seems to have similar feel. I will have to check it out.

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    1. yeah, its hectic for the contestants and Bobby can really cook. sure its probably staged, but good food.

      some of the other new shows are just so so.
      have you seen "the kitchen"??
      it has a few good professionals but one that definitely does not fit in with the rest. Yesterday I caught it and she made reg. old beef stew and promoted it as her grandfathers recipe with a twist. ??

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      1. re: cresskillgirl

        Agreed it's a bit hectic. And "the Ktichen"? I totally agree that they could do with only two ladies, and I know which one I'd get rid of ;)

      2. The pace of the show feels a bit hectic. I think that as the format is similar enough to Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, etc. - fitting it all into a half hour show feels a bit rushed.

        But other than that I like it well enough as one of those "in the background" cooking competition show.

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        1. re: cresyd

          I can't help but compare it to Knife Fight on Esquire TV, at least for the colosseum atmosphere. It is funny when his friends root against him.

        2. I wish Karen would have taken Bobby down!

          1. I was hoping this was going to be more like Throwdown and be on location but after seeing it was on a stage and setup like Chopped I deleted my recording after 3 minutes.

            1. Saw the pilot - loved the set & decor - I think that alone set it apart.

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              1. re: WNYamateur

                When I saw Flay jump up on his cutting board on Iron Chef I swore I'd never watch him again. And I haven't.

              2. I am usually a sucker for this stuff, but I found it to be derivative and predictable. Maybe it'll grow on me. We'll see.