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Old 03-08-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Good Bye Mario

So I just saw the most recent ICA. No more Mario Battali but it looks like Cat is sticking around.

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Old 03-08-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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Mario stopped taping shows for FoodTV some time ago. they have been showing reruns for some time.

What I heard was that at contract time, he wanted the network to keep his half hour show and they only wanted iron chef so he walked.

As a matter of fact, I heard a similar story about Emeril.

I can't vouch for the truth in either of these statements but that's what I heard.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #3
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Both chefs have lots of other work. Just makes ICA kinda dull.
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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Both chefs have lots of other work. Just makes ICA kinda dull.
I agree...Mario is such an exciting chef and tv personality...,
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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They taped his last Iron Chef show in September, 2007.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:06 PM   #6
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I agree...Mario is such an exciting chef and tv personality...,

I've always felt that this guy does it for the love of food. I do not get that from Emeril. Mario always entertains me.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:31 PM   #7
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Emeril puts his soul into the food also. I n a different kind of way, but he does. His foods n his restaurants are exelent.

I think Food network lost couple of seriously good guys. But then I am sure they do not care becasue they are really not into food any more.
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I've always felt that this guy does it for the love of food. I do not get that from Emeril. Mario always entertains me.
Mario is himself on television. The producers created a persona for the on-screen Emeril which is not him. That makes a big difference in the way they come across on tv, imho. Emeril is very shy. Not as shy as Martin Yan, but very shy.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:25 PM   #9
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If you have the green network, Emeril has a show called Emeril Green ... his best tv work yet helping pewople with specific food needs and issues.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:36 PM   #10
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But then I am sure they do not care becasue they are really not into food any more.
I'd agree with that. They are now all about challenges and competions and and very little in prime time on actual cooking. I'm sure it is because these are cheaper to produce. I miss the "how to cook" and recipe shows.
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