The Food Network television program is the culinary equivalent of House Hunters — the viewer always believes that they could make better choices than the contestant they're watching. In a bit of brand extension (there are only so many celebrity chefs to go around), Food Network is inviting viewers to suggest themselves for a series of themed episodes named, but not limited to, "amateurs, family feud, moms, unsung heroes, cook yourself thin, military and teens." To be considered, you have to answer a 19-question application. For advice on what to do (or not do), see Deadspin writer Drew Magary's expletive-laced, but hilarious, tirade/earnest appeal.
Gold will be cooking to raise money for Children's TLC. She is one of a dozen chefs vying for the grand prize of $100,000 on the cooking reality show filmed in Las Vegas. Along the way, everybody from the B-52's to Brian Boitano to Dita Von Teese, could be tasting her cuisine.
The Golden Ox and I don't have a long history. I've danced with the restaurant's prime-rib sandwich and enjoyed an unironic Old Fashioned at its bar. But I do have a soft spot for the steer horns above the kitchen, the beaded booths and a dining room that is an unabashed love letter to steak. So my ears perked up when a delightfully generic commercial host informed me that Wal-Mart was doing a ""Steak-Over" (a meat-based makeover?) at the Golden Ox.
"Tomorrow I'm going to burn these sticky, smoky, airborne grease-infused clothes and have a nice green salad ... with a hunk of brisket on top," Bourdain said as he neared the end of his eating rope.
Bourdain and pal Zamir Gotta were in town last December to shoot footage for his Travel Channel show. Bourdain also held court at the Midland for a night, answering questions about his experiences in and out of the kitchen. While L.C.'s, Green Dirt Farm and Woodyard BBQ will all be featured in the episode; you might just see one of Fat City's own as well. (Hint: It's someone with previous food television experience.)
To whom it may concern: I haven’t voiced a complaint since Land O’Lakes switched its butter wrapping from gold to silver foil — the same color as its margarine wrapping — thus leading to much confusion for me as a middle school chef. That was an unforgivable mistake, as I kindly explained to the call-center employee who took my call and humored me. She told me that the company appreciated my feedback and would seriously consider my suggestion. I urge you to do the same.
I’m afraid that you, the creators of food programming, are headed toward a similar mistake. While your hope is that America’s expanding waistline will lead to oversized ratings for shows reflecting what we see in the mirror, you’re neglecting the core tenet of what has made food reality TV successful in the first place: the food.
I mean, Suzilla: The Mouth That Roars and Fat Chef? These two food shows have debuted in the past month. The first, on Discovery’s Planet Green, promises an exciting journey alongside a competitive eater. Suzanne French is a new breed of big-eats contestants in that she’s a petite blonde and a woman. The second show is a Food Network program that sounds like a punch line but is a rip-off of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (one of that network’s few hits). Each week of the six-episode Fat Chef season features two chefs working alongside a trainer (one is — surprise! — former Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel) in a struggle against being overweight in the very kitchens that made them obese.
For Bishop (the brains behind Lunch Blog KC), you see, has been designated a 30 Rock superfan for his commitment to bringing the fictional foods featured on the NBC sitcom to life.
In your latest tailgaiting spots I suppose I should feel gratified that you're assuming men can read by moving from pictures to actual words — a beer theoretically goes from "cold" to "super cold." Not since the cold gave chase to Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow has temperature been given such a starring role.
Man v. Food understands something about America — we are a nation of eaters. As such, they've invented the Man v. Food Nation challenge — wherein the show will come to one city to film an aspiring (or current) competitive eater take down a monster plate of food.
Randy Santel is Kansas City's hopeful, one of five finalists left in the challenge — and he's got his eyes set on a 55-ounce burger called The Super Flea at the Westport Flea Market. The winner will be determined by online voting that ends on Thursday, August 11, with Man v. Food filming an episode in the winner's hometown.Â
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