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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:07 PM
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Who are 3 current TV chefs you like, and 3 you dislike
For my list I included only those who do cooking on TV (so no Bourdain).

Like:

Lidia Bastianich - quirky presentation but wonderful food and she KNOWS what she's doing
Jamie Oliver - not the most expert but he loves the food and it shows
Ina Garten - Not a classic chef but I like her approach to entertaining and feeding - and bonus points for being so gay-friendly

Dislike:

Giada - she's not toxic, but I consider her a marketing gimmick rather than a real chef
Ming - I wanna know who is bankrolling this guy because he seems to be without a clue
Rachel Ray - predictable, I know - almost gave it to Emeril though


Honorable mention for likes to those no longer in production - Julia, Pierre
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:10 PM
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1. I don't really have a fave, but if you are into TV chefs you might like this book:
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:12 PM
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2. I only know Gordon Ramsay
but I'm fortunate to have seen him in his British shows where he's not an amped overbearing prick so I don't mind him.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:50 PM
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13. I like Ramsay
I despise Rachel Ray


Other than that, I am clueless.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:52 PM
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15. I've read the rantings against her on DU
and EVOO and all that. However, I've never seen her in action, except for plugging Dunkin Donuts. Which are crap. Their coffee sucks, too.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:18 PM
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3. Ramsay rawks
I like how point blank he is.

Like:
Ramsay - a smart ass
Alton Brown - scientific
The Food 911 dude - detailed

Dislike:
Paula Dean - voice
Martha Stewart - too picky
Emeril - played

:hi:
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deucemagnet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:27 PM
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4. OK.
Like:

Lidia Bastianich - Incredibly good authentic Itatlian food.
All of the "America's Test Kitchen" crew - Thorough and scientific.
Alton Brown - Entertaining and scientific.

Dislike:

Guy Fieri - Annoying personality to the nth power.
Paula Deen - Sweet woman, tragic voice.
Sandra Lee - Sweet breasts, tragic food.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:45 PM
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5. ...
Like:
Lidia
Emeril, but I hate his show
The America's Test Kitchen crew
For oldies, Julia and Jacques


Dislike:
Rachael Ray
Sara Moulton
Rachael Ray (sic)
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Scooter24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:55 PM
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6. My Faves:
Like:

Martin Yan- "If Yan can cook, so can you!"
Justin Wilson
Two Fat Ladies

Dislike:

Paula Dean
Gordon Ramsay
Rachel Ray
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hellbound-liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:57 PM
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7. Here are mine:
Like:

Giada- I like her food and admire her passion
Ina- She really knows how to throw a party and I also like the fact that most of her friends seem to be gay
Bobby Flay- He seems really down-to-earth for someone with a lot of talent and influence.

Dislike:
Rachael Ray- Though I like her personally and admire her rags-to-riches story, she has been overexposed by the Food Network
Jamie Oliver- I like him personally, too but his food just doesn't appeal to me.
Paula Deen- Love her and her two boys but she has been overexposed just like Rachael Ray
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:01 PM
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8. I'm putting Alton Brown on my DISLIKE list. That's right, you heard me.
I know everyone here is all pro-Alton and everything, but he annoys me. :P

Also on my dislike list:
-- Bobby Flay. Egomaniac.
-- Sandra Lee. Her food looks disgusting and I can't stand the way she coordinates her kitchen for each show. And ... Tablescape? Please.

Likes:
-- Ina Garten. The woman likes her butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and cream. I wouldn't cook like that, but it's fun to watch someone else do it. Same with Paula Deen.
-- Giada. All her food looks tasty (except for the red meat, which I don't eat).
-- Nigella what's-her-name. Like her accent and her attitude and the way she cooks.
-- Jamie Oliver. The food looks incredible, and he's got more energy than a squirrel on speed.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:05 PM
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9. I accidentally dissed Bobby Flay some years ago.
I was helping someone who had a booth at the NY fancy food show -- this was pre Food Network, so I didn't know who Bobby Flay was.

He came up to the booth I was working and I thought he was another booth worker so I said something like "who are you working for" blah blah.

After he left I was told he was the guy whose name was all over the mega-multiple-display elsewhere at the show.

Oopsy! :shrug:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:21 PM
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17. Oops!
I'm actually surprised Bobby didn't give you an earful. He seems like the kind of guy who would be easily offended.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:35 PM
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19. You'd think so. It's about my favorite brush with fame story.
The folks I was working with, who are of course food people, got a huge laugh out of it.
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 07:03 PM
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48. You're officially my hero.
I hate that douchebag.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 10:37 PM
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54. In fairness, I dissed him accidentaly and may be unworthy of heroic status.
My 12 year daughter, however said quite intentionally that he has man boobs.
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 10:42 PM
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55. LOL. You're still my hero
Even an accidental diss is good when it comes to him. :D
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 04:56 PM
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39. Bobby Flay
is a blowhard. I cannot stand to watch him.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:07 PM
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10. I only have a total of three.
Likes: I hear Anthony Bourdain is going to cook in a new show, so he is one of my likes.

Ina Garten gives a lifestyle presentation, which is part of her appeal. She is smart with class and she cooks good food. I like her husband too.

Dislikes: As far as dislikes, Sandra Lee, as I have said before, I want to like her and I have tried, but I would be scared to eat with her. She had a tough life growing up and she and all that weird anal stuff is the product of sublimation.

I am sorry I dont have three of each, I just feel mediocre about everyone else, I get excited to see Ina or Anthony and reach for the remote when those three dots appear.
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:44 PM
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11. Someone has to be the contrarian

Like:

Alton Brown: He's fun, he's educational -- he's like a home ec teacher on steroids

Rachel Ray: I'll grant she's overexposed, but she does show how to make some great food in 30 minutes. And she's friendly, and I consider her easy on the eyes.

Robert Irvine: I know.. I don't get to like him for much longer, but I like his attitude and watching him cook in stressful situations

I'll give an honorable mention to Sandra Lee: say what you will about her food, but her life story is pretty inspirational.



Dislike:

Anthony Bourdain: Arrogant, uninformative, and he's said really unnecessary and unkind things about Sandra Lee

Nigella: She's everything I don't like about Martha Stewart, only more so

Her name suddenly escape me, but the woman who does "Simply Delicioso" on FoodTV. Just Bad


I used to dislike Flay (who, oddly, I'm watching now), but he's mellowed, and I like him more since he's done "Throw Down"
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ok_cpu Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:49 PM
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12. ...
Like:

Alton Brown
Bobby Flay
Paula Dean

Dislike

Rachel Ray
Ina Garten
Guy Fieri

If Sandra Lee cooked, she'd be on the dislike list.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:35 AM
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26. ...
high 5 on the Sandra Lee comment, I couldn't agree more.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:39 PM
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14. ok
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 09:02 PM by Tuesday Afternoon
like:
Ina Garten
Paula Deene
Alton Brown
I also like Jamie Oliver and Bobby Flay

burned out on:
Rachel Ray
Sandra Lee
Giada De Laurentis

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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:17 PM
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16. Whatever happened to Martin Yan? I used to love to watch him!
I like Alton Brown and Jamie Oliver.

Don't like Rachel Ray, but I don't feel as strongly about it as many here do. Emeril has too much ego for one person--and Bourdain has too much testosterone.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:52 AM
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25. Yan Can Cook?
:bounce:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 04:53 PM
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37. I loved that show! First cooking show to ever hold my interest. nt
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:19 PM
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44. Martin Yan is still around on PBS and he's actually gotten better...
He downplays all the silly showoff shtick that drove me crazy in the past. Today, his programs often feature other Asian restaurant chefs, overseas and domestic, and visits to Asian markets. All in all his program has become more informative than it used to be.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 06:27 PM
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46. I didn't know he was still on. I'll have to go to my PBS station's website.
Thanks!!
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:23 PM
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18. Faves and Nots
Faves:

James Martin--don't know if you get him hear--I was watching him overseas
Bobby Flay
Nigella

There were a lot of others on the BBC food channel that I liked more than I like most of the ones we get here. Also, their photography was absolutely the best.

Paula Deane--it's that voice!
Sandra Lee--too much ETOH
Giada

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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:46 PM
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20. Current... hmm
ok

Likes:
America's Test Kitchen crew - Julia is my favorite of the gang
Alton Brown (love the scientific approach)
Jamie Oliver (his enthusiam and quirky words do it for me - took me awhile to figure out what "pips" were)

Dislikes:
Paula Deen (ugh)
Sandra Lee (the color coordination thing is just bizarre)
Robert whatsisname (just too full of himself for no good reason)
plus a whole bunch of runner-ups in this category
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:52 PM
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21. Here's my list
Like:

Kylie Kwong - beautiful Asian chef with a full-blown Aussie accent. Gets a lot of recipes from her mom and adds a modern twist. Cooks with her mom on the show a lot.



http://home.discovery.com/fansites/kyliekwong/about.htm...

Tyler Florence - I just like the "ultimate" concept. He's hit or miss depending on the show.
Jamie Oliver - Seems "real" and honest, not putting on any kind of a front

Dislike:

Giada - appears to lack a single sincere bone in her body and the smile is too much
Bobby Flay - Smug effing punk
Paula Deen - Too much butter, too much mayo, and some very questionable business deals that are easily Googled.
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gbate Donating Member (900 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:39 AM
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22. Like:Emeril,Jamie Oliver,Alton Brown. Dislike:Ina Garten,Rachel Ray and Paula Deen.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:47 AM
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23. Here -
Likes -

Lidia Bastianich - made a Lidia recipe this weekend. Tasted awesome, but somehow, though, it looked better when she did it . . .
Mike Symon - Cleveland! and the Next Iron Chef
Justin Wilson - cooked with feeling, not measurements.

Dislikes -
Emeril - sorry, nothing that guy cooks looks like I would eat it.
Bobby Flay - Gomer-ass hack.


I don't know why everyone's saying "Racheal Ray". By her own admission, she's a cook, not a chef. If anything, she's a product.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:50 AM
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24. I like Nigella........
can't really tolerate Rachael Ray......don't want to get any onion "action" going. :rofl:
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:40 AM
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27. fun topic
like: Alton Brown, America's Test Kitchen folks and I'm really having a hard time coming up with #3

dislike: More than 3 but I'll confine myself to Sandra Lee, Bobby Flay and the dread Rachel Ray.

Honorable mention in the I LOVE HIM but he doesn't actually cook on TV: Anthony Bourdain. He's a love him or hate him kind of guy because he's mmm, let's say "vulgar." I think it's refreshing and I love the irreverence and snark. My ultimate fantasy would be to watch him judge Iron Chef or America's Next Top Chef (Or whatever that show is called). They'd have to edit the hell out of it though so it would probably lose a lot in the translation. Tony the Tiger, grrr!
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:44 AM
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28. I always liked Bourdain because he was such an antidote to all the happy marketing as TV approach.
His first series was okay. I've been really enjoying No Reservations because he seems so comfortable with his own voice, and I like the authenticity.

The Test Kitchen people leave me cold because they always seem to be about how something should be done to be technically properly cooked - but they seem so rarely to have any passion for the food. That was always my problem with Martha too.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:22 PM
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30. I like them for that reason I guess
It's just really straightforward and they go a little bit into the science of why certain ingredients work but not to the extreme (or with comedic effect) of Alton. It's different from food porn in that we're seeing a very detailed description of technique rather than just watching someone throw stuff together and say Bam! You know what I mean? It's dry but informative. Actually though, I think Chris Kimball is an adorable dork and I think he'd be fun at a dinner party. Call me shallow :)
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mountainvue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:35 PM
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32. Bourdain was a guest judge on Top
Chef the other night. Also, he finally did do some cooking on No Reservations recently as well.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:45 PM
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34. oh man really?
I wish I would have seen that. Was he snarky?
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mountainvue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:53 PM
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36. Just a tad at one point. It was their first
challenge so the judges weren't too harsh. On No Reservations, ne went back to Brasserie Les Halles and cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner on the line. It was pretty cool. He's very good from what I saw.
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:50 AM
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29. LIke:
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 11:57 AM by youthere
Alton Brown
Gordon Ramsay
Anthony Bourdain-even though he disses vegetarians all the time..you gotta'love his style.
Jacques Pepin and America's Test Kitchen crew


CANNOT STAND:
Rachel Ray
Sandra Lee-she doesn't really count as a cook though..she should be beaten with a book of her own recipes, and have her unconscious body turned into a tablescape.
Emeril
That loudmouth Italian cook on PBS...not Lidia..the other one...Mary Ann something.
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mountainvue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:31 PM
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31. Love
Anthony Bourdain
Gordon Ramsay
Rocco DiSpirito

As far as dislikes, I really don't have any.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:40 PM
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33. You love Rocco and so does he.
My god does he have a show? I have an unexplained detestation and loathing for that guy.
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mountainvue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:49 PM
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35. LOL. I think I just have the hots for him.
And I think he really can cook. He was a judge on Top Chef the other night. I don't think he has a show right now.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:11 PM
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42. Its ok; really, the hots dont always give us much say.
You can know something, but your body may not be listening.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 04:55 PM
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38. likes: Anyone from America's Test Kitchen, Pepin, Alton Brown (kinda)
not likes: Emeril, Rachel Ray, that lady with the stilted voice :banghead:
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:04 PM
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40. Like: Jacques Pepin, Tony Bourdain, Alton Brown CANNOT STAND: Sandra Lee, Sandra Lee, Sandra Lee
Okay, I'm not crazy about Paula Deen, Rachel Ray, Emeril and Bobby Flay, either, but Sandra Lee makes me want to throw my Wustoff knives at the tv.

I also like Ina Garten (although she's a bit pretentious), Ming Tsai, Jamie Oliver, and Caprial & John.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:05 PM
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41. Here's mine:
Like:
Pierre Franey (deceased)
Julia Child (deceased)
Jacques Pepin

Honorable mentions:
The America's Test Cooking show staff
Martin Yan


Dislike:

Giada - She just bugs me
Rachel Ray - Do I really need to explain this?
Ming Tsai - I wouldn't feed the shit he cooks to my dog

Too bad there are only three dislikes, because I could go on and on:

Emeril
Charlie Trotter
Michael Chiarello
Rick Bayless
The cooking team on that Martha Stewart show where she doesn't appear
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 08:02 PM
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51. Glad to see another THUMBS DOWN on Ming.
My theory is he has wealthy parents financing him - who else would????

I saw him doing sushi rolls, and he said if you do it such and such way the filling will be in the CENTER. So he did it and guess what - his sample WASN'T CENTERED!!!!

How bad do you have to be that in a pretaped show, in which you can keep re-taping until it's perfect, you STILL present a fucked up sample???
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4_Legs_Good Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:14 PM
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43. It's gotta be Elzar
Edited on Mon Mar-17-08 05:15 PM by 4_Legs_Good
"You wanna see it make a star?"



David

Edit: better link
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 05:19 PM
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45. "and now a dash from the spice weasel"
"Bam!"
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 07:02 PM
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47. Yo! Lay off my classmate Ming already!
Ming Tsai was not only in the Class of '85, but in my residential college (at Yale, we wouldn't dream of calling them "dorms" :-) ), Saybrook. Not exactly being the most popular or social of Saybrugians, I did not actually know him... but boy, oh boy, could we ever have used him in the dining hall!! I even read about him opening the restaurant in Wellesley in the Class Notes section of the Yale alumni magazine.

P.S. George W. Bush '68 was NOT in Saybrook. He was in Davenport. :P
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 07:04 PM
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49. i like everybody on America's Test Kitchen. the ones i don't like are mostly on
Food Network but really---sandra Lee and Rachael Ray are not chefs.
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RedSpartan Donating Member (736 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 07:58 PM
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50. Mine:
Like:

1. Lidia Bastianich -- The Master.
2. Giada De Laurentiis -- I've met her. Even more stunning in person, incredibly nice, and a class act.
3. Alton Brown -- The guy is fun to watch, and from Georgia. Can't beat that.

Dislike:

1. Rachel Ray -- The Food TV equivalent of the Anti-Christ.
2. Bobby Flay -- A pompous douchebag. (And hey, Bobby, try cooking something without chipotle sometime.)
3. Um, see #1.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 09:14 PM
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52. Mine:
Edited on Mon Mar-17-08 09:14 PM by YellowRubberDuckie
Like:
Alton Brown: He keeps the show interesting and funny.
Gordon Ramsey: He can be a bastard at times, but I find him a great chef who is just hell bent on serving great food. Great sense of humor and how adorable are his kids?!
Paula Dean: THis woman has overcome so much in her life, and I find her hilarious and refreshing. She uses butter! How weird is that these days?

Dislike:
Giada: First of all, I don't trust a skinny female cook. Second of all, I have a hard time watching her. Her head is bigger than the rest of her body. Thirdly, her food is substandard.
Sandra Lee: She makes gross nasty food. And she's annoying.
Rachael Ray: She's everywhere, and she gets more annoying as time goes by.
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Zoigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 10:25 PM
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53. Sam, the cooking guy is tops on
our list right now. z
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momophile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 10:49 PM
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56. up - Ming, Alton, Bayless; down - Yan, Rachel and Emeril
the downs just annoy the hell out of me.

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