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Old 11-16-2009, 02:23 PM   #11
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Thank goodness that Robyn is finally gone...did she annoy everyone else as much as me???
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:31 AM   #12
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No, not at all. Not everybody could be a gourmet chef. Her cooking is very simple and she's had a successful catering company for many years. She is a good but simple cook. Nothing wrong with that. Half of the stuff served in the gourmet restaurants is disgusting in my view. You have to have a pallet trained for them. Considering that her food supposedly was not the best, She made it pretty far.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:21 AM   #13
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I wasnt really looking at her dishes, although since she did end up in the bottom so many times, i would assume it didnt taste that good. I was more referring to her attitude. She always seemed to be so high on herself and tried to act better than anyone else. Although with editing, i am sure the producers should more conflict or blew things up as it is "more exciting" for people to watch in their eyes
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:31 AM   #14
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Ironsides,

I am doing some work for Lexus Magazine and they have an article featuring Tom - it is funny because he doesn't see himself as a celebrity. I would love to visit one of his restaurants - has anyone ever been?

I have never been to one of his restaurants, but I had the opportunity to work a James Beard Dinner several years ago in Kansas City where he was one of the celeb Chefs. He is very funny, down to earth and a great Chef.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:08 AM   #15
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Robyn's prob was her mouth. She talked when she should have worked. I like the Volt bros, and have been to Volt in Frederick MD. Nice restaurant. (doing very well now since the airing of Top Chef.) Kevin is certainly good too. Whoever wins will need to be on top form that day.

I have been to Craft Bar in NYC, one of Tom C's restaurants...a casual place. Creative menu, excellent food, top service, would go back again...in fact will be in March. The customer is treated well. for example... wine by the glass is poured tableside after a taste for approval.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:20 PM   #16
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Agree that it would be nice to see someone with nice character win -- like Kevin. Brian also seems like a person for whom I would like to work. Michael seems genius at times but oh, so arrogant and aggressive. We all have flaws but I always want the good guy to win. Cling to hearty, good values-- like the food I enjoy. Doesn't have to be edgy and in my face, so to speak. Go, Kevin.
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #17
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Ironsides,

I am doing some work for Lexus Magazine and they have an article featuring Tom - it is funny because he doesn't see himself as a celebrity. I would love to visit one of his restaurants - has anyone ever been?

I have never been to one of his restaurants, but I had the opportunity to work a James Beard Dinner several years ago in Kansas City where he was one of the celeb Chefs. He is very funny, down to earth and a great Chef.
Wow a James Beard dinner sounds awesome. Sounds like the article got it right with him being a down-to-earth kind of guy. I also really like his stance on fresh from the farm food I know I personally try and do this but it is nice to see a celebrity chef implementing the same ideas into his restaurants.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:12 AM   #18
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I also like the personality of Kevin and his food seems to be tailored a bit more for the masses as opposed to catering for those who have trained palates. My only thought is that one of the Volt bothers might take it as they seem to be more skilled in actual technique. Whatever the finals have, i think that technique will be just as important as taste. Last weeks episode pretty much showed that Kevin did lack knowledge of cooking techniques.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:27 PM   #19
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They're ok but I liked a program starring Gordon Ramsey. It was not on the Food Channel but he used to have a good show called Gordon's Kitchen From Hell or something like that. It was the classic tale of overcoming adversity in this case in the backroom of a restaurant. It was an interesting examination of how different people ran restaurants while showing what goes on behind the scenes. I assume they either ran out of poorly run restaurants or the solution was always the same - give the customers good food and good service in a nice environment and more than likely you will succeed in the restaurant business.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:34 PM   #20
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I think you are referring to "Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares" and/or "Kitchen Nightmares". There is a thread on Gordon you might be interested in.
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