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NBC's Food Fighters?

Anybody watch this last night?

I was expecting something different - a bunch of professional chefs vs. a bunch of home cooks. Thought there would be some kind of weekly elimination thing and then end up with a champion at the end.

From what I saw, I couldn't tell if the home cook ever returns. I have to admit that it didn't exactly grab and hold my attention too well (to say the least), so I could easily have missed something!

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  1. I saw it. They could have just had the professional chefs throw money at the home cook for an hour while she tried to catch it all in a colander.

    It's great that everyone's getting a monster paycheck for so little work. But from a viewer's standpoint, whether you're a fan of the cooking or a fan of the chefs' personalities (or even Richman) there's so much crammed into the hour that we end up getting nothing for our time.

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    1. Enough already! By the way, thanks for this subject because I wanted to post something but forgot the title. Is there not an original thought in Hollywood anymore? How much more can they beat this genre into the ground?

      It all started with Food Network taking food and chef centric shows off and replacing them with "reality" or contests. The Iron Chef was great, but it obviously has run its course, Gordon Ramsey has what, like 3 different versions of "amateur" chefs, you had the Bourdain/Ludo disaster, I think Bobby Flay has about 3 versions of these types of shows and Food Network is not allowed to have a show without Guy Fieri. Then there is the best one of the bunch in Top Chef

      Personally I think it is now time for the chefs to face off against other people in things outside the kitchen. I am sure this is not far from the pitch table to network execs.

      1. I'm watching it on line now. So far, it is pretty much horrid. I'll watch it at least until Marcel comes on. That's it. Won't watch it again.

        1. I also didn't think the home chef was very gracious on rounds where she lost compared to the graciousness of the professional chefs. Kind of a cry baby.

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          1. re: Firegoat

            Interesting. I thought the later three chefs were verging on jerkish, although understandably--they have to build up their own reputation to an NBC audience that has no clue who they are, so that there is some tension. The home chef (and I say that but she has a blog and stuff) has nothing for her bona fides but her family, tradition, all that.

            Also I think she only lost one round, the one tied up with her grandma. Chicken soup or something? I wouldn't judge her too harshly.

            1. re: ennuisans

              I don't think there is any way she really "won" over Lorena with her burnt black salmon. I also don't know why any professional chef would go on this show and risk being judged by who knows who against a random home cook.

            2. re: Firegoat

              Even Marcel was gracious when he beat her - a little maturity, finally?

            3. I tried to watch for about 15 minutes. It was far too over-produced and stage-y. Also looked like they were repurposing the Deal or No Deal set. It was not a show about cooking, IMHO.

              1. I wasn't riveted to it - had it on in the kitchen while cooking - but I found it amusing enough to tune in again.

                I liked the home cook's need to strategize when picking which dish to cook to challenge each pro.

                1. The "professional" chefs THREW their rounds... at least the first 2, imo! Marcel (couldn't STAND on Top Chef) and Lorena at least cooked something that looked decent.

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                  1. re: kseiverd

                    I agree with you. I definitely think at least some of the chefs threw their rounds intentionally.

                    1. re: kseiverd

                      You think a prominent chef with a reputation to protect would throw a competition?

                      1. re: WNYamateur

                        Under the right circumstances, absolutely.

                    2. Nothing else on tonight, so I figure I'll give it another shot (or at least another couple minutes of a shot). I think it's interesting that they didn't edit out the part where Adam Richmond refers to himself as "host of Man vs. Food."

                      1. I accidentally stumbled upon this horrid show. I was watching Chopped and was slow in changing the channel afterwards.

                        I didn't see the episode with Marcel but rather one with Stefan Richter and Cat Cora.

                        This is a terrible show. First of all, I can't believe that this home cook's food was better than some of these chefs'. There's no way this wasn't fixed. It was so obvious, it was farcical.

                        Secondly, the judges/dinner party tasters are pathetic. One woman called the spring roll an egg roll. Another couldn't handle a bit of spice. So the tasters are ignorant, unsophisticated yahoos: People who haven't ever eaten pork or shrimp that wasn't overcooked or tasted chermoula, and voted for flavours they know.
                        At least MasterChef is judged by people who know something about food. Sure, Gordon, Graham and Joe might not always be right, and the show is a bit of a sham but at least the judges know how meat should be prepared and are familiar with world flavours.

                        Third, the cooking time is so abbreviated that the viewer gets nothing from watching at all.

                        This show has no redeeming qualities.

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                        1. re: chefhound

                          I agree, I think the reason the home chef kept winning is because the judges couldn't appreciate what the professional chef had to offer in terms of complex flavor profiles. It should have two judges, one random person like they do now, and one professional food critic.

                          1. re: chefhound

                            I also noticed last week (don't remember from the first episode) that the home cook's dish was always tasted first.

                            I agree that some of the "judges" have the palates of five year olds. I also wanted to shake the woman who complained about Cat Cora's pork having some pink.

                            1. re: chefhound

                              So Chouwhounders are too good for this show? Don't watch network TV !

                              1. re: marblebag

                                Gosh, I never thought of that. I thought I had to watch network TV.

                            2. I've watched the first two shows and it's so bad, it's cringeworthy. The show is so blatantly fixed! They should just give the contestants the money at the beginning and save us the agony of watching this mess.

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                              1. re: veryvintage

                                It is definitely fixed. Other than the milk and cookies and the tomato soup/grilled cheese, it was clear the pro should win.

                              2. Someone had this on in the breakroom at work last night. I walked in for the judging between the home cook and Cat Cora. It confirmed to me what I thought about the first episode. No way in hell will I watch this piece of crap again. It also amazes me that some cook actually wins $100K for cooking a few meals, while those poor Top Chef chefs are put through hell for not a whole lot more money. This is a joke.

                                  1. Just watched the first, and for me the last episode.
                                    My reaction? OH DEAR.
                                    It's like the (cough) TV executives keep handing out new show proposal apps to ten year olds.
                                    Obviously they have come to believe that is the mental age group that the advertisers are looking for.
                                    And they are correct.

                                    1. Wow had to turn it off after 15 minutes, very very bad show

                                      Like they would allow a mother of a disabled child to lose?

                                      so many things wrong with this "show" but why bother listing them?

                                      just plain awful

                                      1. What would redeem this show for me would be a tasting of both dishes by both contestants, followed by civil discussion of the merits of each dish by the people who made rhem. That's not going to happen!

                                        1. I finally caught this. The one where the challenge was to make a raspberry souffle and the chef won with a bread pudding. Why even bother designating a dish? I think the show premise is good. It would be interesting to come up w/ dishes that pros don't know how to make. But it's just another "cue music" sob story cooking show.

                                          1. "In a 3 to 2 vote.."

                                            "Ooooh!"

                                            "In a 4 to 1 vote.."

                                            "Ooooh!"

                                            "In a 5 to 0 vote.."

                                            "Ooooh!"

                                            There has not been as easily impressed an audience since Emeril.

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                                            1. re: ennuisans

                                              "Did you realize you just made a $x thousand dollar yyy dish?!?!?!"

                                              "Ooooh!"

                                              The thing about this is it could have been a good show. I would love to see someone compete a special family recipe against a chef's attempt. But grilled cheese and canned tomato soup isn't it!

                                              1. re: chowser

                                                Seconded. So many chefs "elevate" their dishes into the stratosphere, it would be fun to throw their idea of scallops against a home cook's and see what a typical family thinks. And heck what top critics think as well.