Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Anthony Bourdain thinks of Kansas City

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I believe weve all seen this divine light at L.C.s
  • Travel Channel: No Reservations
  • I believe we've all seen this divine light at L.C.'s
Barbecue got sexy for an hour. Then it got dirty. And then everybody started to have tummy rumblings. That was the world of Kansas City, according to Anthony Bourdain and his Cold War-era sidekick, Zamir Gotta (In Russia, barbecue eats you) on Monday night's No Reservations.

"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.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No Reservations' KC episode will air Monday, April 16

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Anthony Bourdain joins in the family meal at Green Dirt Farm.
  • No Reservations
  • Anthony Bourdain joins in the family meal at Green Dirt Farm.
Bourdain will be back. Albeit, for now, just on Kansas City's television sets. The Kansas City-centric episode of No Reservations - chef Anthony Bourdain's travelogue/eating adventures - airs next Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

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.)

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Aaron Sanchez's Heat Seekers' KC episode airs tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Roger Mooking (left) and Aaron Sanchez battle KCs hottest dishes tonight.
  • Food Network
  • Roger Mooking (left) and Aaron Sanchez battle KC's hottest dishes tonight.
Chileheads and pepper guzzlers, this one's for you. The episode of Heat Seekers, the Food Network program featuring celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking that was filmed in Kansas City last year, will be premiering tonight. The pair of spicy thrill seekers will take viewers to Zarda Bar-B-Q (11931 W. 87th St. Parkway), Thai Place (4130 Pennsylvania) and KC Smoke Burger (1610 W. 39th St.)

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cable Execs: Stop Overcooking the Drama

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Chefs are getting too big for our TV sets.
And now, an open letter to those who create programming for food-related television.

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.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lunch Blog KC's Robert Bishop is coming to your TV set

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Robert Bishop looks ready for his own cooking show.
  • Robert Bishop looks ready for his own cooking show.
We're not saying that you need to be featured on Fat City to be famous, but ... it probably doesn't hurt. Robert Bishop, Fat City contributor and the creator of Cheesy Blasters in real life (see this 2009 interview), is part of a new series of online and television commercials promoting 30 Rock.

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.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Dear Coors, man is already equipped to determine the temperature of beer

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Super cold is the new cold.
  • The Other Side of the Hill
  • Super cold is the new cold.
I understand where you're coming from, Coors. When you can't focus on taste or bottle shape, you're basically left with only one alternative: temperature. Hence, you've decided to expand on your cold activation concept that saw the mountains on a Coors Light label magically change color to blue when the beer was officially "cold."

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.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Randy Santel hoping to bring Man v. Food back to KC

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Randy Santel takes on the Cowboy Burger challenge at the So Long Saloon in Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Randy Santel takes on the Cowboy Burger challenge at the So Long Saloon in Manhattan, Kansas.

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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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Carter Holton wins Food Network Challenge competition

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Carter Holton
  • Carter Holton

The funny thing about 24-year-old local pastry chef Carter Holton winning the Star Wars Cake Challenge on the Food Network Challenge series last week is that the competition required Holton and his three competitors -- all bakery owners and professional cake designers -- to create a cake based on a character from the Star Wars film series. And Holton had never seen one of the films.

"I had to learn a ton about Star Wars after we got the assignment," Holton says. "But until then, I had never seen any of the movies. I've since seen a couple of them. They're OK. You know, it's science fiction."

Last Sunday, Holton invited 75 of his nearest and dearest friends into his new loft in the Stuart Hall building to watch the airing of the Food Network episode -- filmed last March -- in which he won the grand prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to re-create his cake -- featuring C-3P0 -- at Walt Disney World last May.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Cooking Channel will be at Julian tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 8:30 AM


Chef Michael Smith isn't the only Kansas City chef getting a bit of tube time on Friday -- the Cooking Channel's host Jeffrey Saad is heading over to Julian tonight for the dinner service.

The United States of America crew will be at Extra Virgin during the lunch hour -- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- and then it's off to chef Celina Tio's kitchen to get some shots of her prepping and making the Brookside restaurant's signature dishes.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Cooking Channel will be filming at Extra Virgin tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Extra Virgin is heating up on the small screen.
  • Extra Virgin is heating up on the small screen.

If you were kicking yourself for missing The Food Network cameras at Extra Virgin earlier this month, you've got a shot at redemption tomorrow. The lights and action return to chef Michael Smith's restaurant, which will be featured on the Cooking Channel show, "The United Tastes of America," with host Jeffrey Saad.

"Things are very busy for sure," Smith says. "But we are having a lot of fun and encouraging our patrons to have some, also."

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