@duodec he’s always been that way. You’ve just never seen it in full force since all of his previous shows (except cutthroat kitchen) were very scripted. He’s very sarcastic and snarky and a total smart ass and frankly I adore him more now than ever. I’ve liked him since the original good eats and my husband and I have watched feasting on asphalt, all of the Thanksgiving live shows (where some of his snark came out accidently but he mostly reined it in) and all of the iron chef shows because of him. He actually talked on QQ about having to alter his personality a bit for tv and curb the language because it was more palatable for the network execs because they didn’t think the cooking channel/food network viewing public would watch a smart ass being a know it all (totally paraphrased).
My husband got us tickets to see him live in the eat your science tour and omg I was over the moon for months before and after. It was so good
@baqui63@ivannabc@RiotDemon I admittedly prefer Good Eats AB. I recall a tweet he made during early Cutthroat Kitchen seasons when a fan asked him, and he said that Cutthroat Kitchen was acting, and Good Eats AB was closer to himself. I don’t doubt the snark and sarcasm have always been there; you could see it even then. Just surprised by some of the ‘amplification’ of it on QQ.
Feasting on Asphalt was wonderful! First one was the best but both of the cross country ones were classic! I’ve got the DVDs. I still regret that it didn’t continue (reportedly because Diners Drive-ins and Dives “sucked all the oxygen” out for that type of show).
I contact Food Network every year asking them to make new Thanksgiving Live shows, and show the previous year ones (off prime time is fine, making them available on on-demand); my favorite parts every time were AB, and then AB and Giada bouncing off each-other. Good Eats Thanksgiving shows, Night Before Good Eats, and The Cookie Claus are my absolute favorite episodes.
We also went to an Eat Your Science show here in illannoy, and it was awesome!
@baqui63@duodec omg there were sooooooooo many hateful comments about his reactions on worst cooks. admittedly, i thought he was kind of…overly bitchy at times but he’s no worse than anne has been at times. it’s like they said “ok alton you can take off the gloves and be yourself on this show” and he took them at their word. i used to work with a chef like him who was from germany. he had me rolling all the time because he was constantly saying these incredibly sarcastic and hilarious things but his humor was so dry no one else knew if he was joking or being serious. i’m not dry or witty but i am sarcastic and i love and appreciate that type of sense of humor. maybe it’s like beer: either you like and appreciate it or you don’t.
@baqui63@ivannabc I’m not much of a watcher for the shows he ‘hosted’ or narrated. I watched some episodes of Iron Chef America but he couldn’t save it for me relative to Iron Chef. I’ve seen maybe 20 episodes. Its ok.
Cutthroat Kitchen I gave up on early. I grew up in a fairly cooperative family, went to schools that welcomed competition but always always with clear honor and sportsmanship, and was peripherally involved in local muscle car culture in Las Vegas and shitcagoland; you lend a competitor a tool or a part, you help them if they have a failure, because odds are they’d do the same for you.
I guess thats some old fashioned shit now. The shows that feature the sabotaging and backbiting (not Iron Chef America) just make me sad. If I’m competing with someone I want to beat them at their best, or what’s the point?
@duodec yeah i get what you’re saying. watching people try hard to screw over the competition is an acquired taste. you know, schadenfreude and all that. not everyone has the mean, nasty, evil gene. But I’m a scorpio so…there’s that…
Personally, I wouldn’t want to compete in anything like that but I spent enough time playing video games online that I can shit talk with the best of the but that feels different somehow. you know?
@mike808 I watched Bourdin eat lower intestine in Africa once. I remember him saying it still had some filling in it for flavor. miss the guy. I could watch his programs constantly if I needed to watch TV that much.
@andyw or you could make something together like they do on those awkward segments on talk shows. José actually has a great one of these that he did with Colbert at the beginning of quarantine! It’s up on YouTube, if you haven’t seen it.
I’m not into fancy food. Pretty mundane, but I’d like to be at Rachael Rae’s house when it is mealtime, if she really cooks like that for her family. When I watch her TV show, everything looks scrumptious.
(Not that I think we would be BFFs She seems to be pretty celebrity conscious.)
@phendrick Funny, my friend’s son and his fiancé were just on her show two days ago. I knew they were supposed to be and I happened to turn around at work just in time to randomly catch the segment on the tv in our waiting room.
It’s been said above but not like this: How the fuck is Alton Brown not on that list? Maybe I’m giving him too much credit but without him food TV doesn’t become the thing that it is and I don’t get to recognize three, maybe three and a half names off that incomplete list above.
Of the someone else voters, I’m going to mentally count those as 50% Alton, 40% Bourdain, and 10% someone else.
This night would have been a real hoot. I’ve been there, but not in this esteemed company:
/youtube Alton Brown Anthony Bourdain Clermont Lounge
I watch a loooooot of cooking tv and YouTube videos and I’ve never heard of three of those people. But you leave off Alton, Giada (hands down one of if not the loveliest chef alive), Bobby flay, Michael Symon, Wolfgang puck and so many other amazing ones? Weird list.
I would LOVE to meet masaharu morimoto and Chen kenichi. They were always my favs on iron chef
@bayportbob The guy’s a New Jersey Carpetbagger hack and Bourbon Street barker rolled into one. Yeah, he learned at Commander’s, and that place was always pretentiousness incarnate. It was never the people’s food. It was always the people who used to own people’s food.
@bayportbob I’ve eaten at a few of Emeril’s restaurants & even met his head chef down in Las Vegas @ Delmonico Steakhouse. (Our waitress asked where we were from. When we said we were from ND, she mentioned the head chef was as well. He came out & greeted us. He said we had just missed Emeril by one day.) I’ve always liked Chef Lagasse and I’ll guarantee these naysayers that Food Network wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar screen without the great Emeril Live show. Always had FANTASTIC meals at his restaurants & I will gladly go back to any of his branded locations!!
I’m gonna give away my age but I remember the Frugal Gourmet on PBS, Jeff Smith was a good one and I can’t forget Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook was delightfully funny and entertaining. Not sure if either is still around the cooking circles
@mike808@pskemp2 He’s good but he doesn’t have that zany manic energy that Yan has. One guy I really don’t like is Nick Stellino. I’m not a fan of Lidia Bastianich, either. Italians are known for being warm and ebullient, but those two both seem like chilly fish to me. Lidia’s improved her manner since when she started, but it doesn’t seem authentic.
Guy Fieri just shot a few episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives here in my hometown area (Fargo, ND & Moorhead, MN) this past month. I’m curious to see how they turn out, though I’m not sure when they are to air. I wasn’t able to attend any of the tapings, but I talked to a few people who said he was super nice, signing autographs & joking around just like you see him on TV. He & his crew spent two full days here…
@tohar1 he’s done some restaurants here, and I’ve been told he was nice, but they dealt mostly with his crew until shooting time.
I still find him incredibly annoying.
A few years back I spent an unplanned night in Fargo on a road trip (I had no route in mind when I left home). I general look for places to drink beer, not restaurants, so I ended up eating a weird sausages at Würst Bier Hall.
@craigthom Wurst has 2 locations in town. Did you go to the one downtown or the one in West Fargo? Both are really good, but the downtown location kind of has the “dive” mentality, while the West Fargo is slightly more upscale (at least in comparison). I really like the place, but for the best beer you have to try Junkyard Brewery in Moorhead if you’re ever up this direction again. Fantastic microbrews!!
perhaps morbid but, anthony bourdain. i often daydreamed about me and my friends running into him and his crew some night, and convincing him to have “just one” drink with us at whatever club night we were lingering outside.
if i had to choose someone among the living, i think the most fun would be with action bronson & friends for fuck that’s delicious.
Since the wife is a big fan of this Weight Watcher guy: The Guilt Free Gourmet
I must admit, his recipes are pretty good, and he is fun to read as well. I think he seems like a genuinely interesting guy.
With all the people talking about Bourdain, I’m surprised no one has mentioned Eric Ripert. He and Bourdain were great friends. He was my favorite judge on Top Chef, gave credit where credit was due and was appropriately critical when warranted.
@mtb002 Seconded. Watching the HBO series Treme and both Eric Ripert and David Chang come across as more themselves than the script or acting. Given they were in the middle of running world-class restaurants at the time the series was made, their participation was very generous. Especially towards New Orleans as a food destination, despite what Alton Brien says about regionality in the Hot Ones video above.