Originally Posted by freefallin1309
Unfortunately the Food Network sees that talent is no substitution for entertainment. The more entertaining you can be, the more they want you ... cooking skills help but are not required. Guy Fieri and Alton Brown are prime examples.
I agree. It's always about the money. I enjoy a few shows on the cooking chanel, but not as much as when truly great cooks were actually teaching things I didn't already know.
What did suprise me was how much misinformation was given by Emerill. This is because his cookbooks were well-written and gave sound information. But on his show -Emerill-live, he gave unsubstatiated, and sometimes, just plain inaccurate or wrong cooking info. I quit watching his show early on as it was mostly a lot of schtick with little substance IMO.
Alton, from wherever he gets his info, still teaches me things every now and again. Plus, his quircky sense of humor somtimes makes me snicker, sometimes makes me groan.
Though I like her bubbly personality, Rachel teaches me nothing and so I don't watch her.
Robert whatever-his-name is, from Dinner Impossible, teaches me nothing and is a bit of a prima-donna. But my wife likes watching him.
Guy Fierri is fun to watch, and the dishes I see from some of the places he visits can be inspiring, even if they don't teach me anything, they give me ideas to try.
I used to enjoy watching Sara Moulton. She knew her stuff.
The chef's still on FM that I respect, I see way to little of. Masahara Morimoto, and Mario Batalli. You notice that they rarely get challenged on Iron Chef. That's because they are unbeatable, or nearly so. Those men know what they are doing.
And I have to give the Iron Chefs credit. They are sometimes very creative with the ingredients and dishes that they make. Of course, when you have unlimited budgets, and the finest foods and tools to pick from, making amazing meals is a bit easier.
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