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Television's 5 Best Foodie Shows

By Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate | Trade News | August 9, 2012 | Comments ()


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Reality shows are becoming increasingly desperate for viewers and debased in content. You found Toddler's and Tiara's too highbrow? Well, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo! Consequently, many of my secret-shame mindless favorites aren't fun anymore. Food and cooking shows are a great alternative, and these are a few I like best at the moment. Since this is all very subjective, I hope people will add to the list in the comments, and while we may not agree on Alton Brown (I should love him, but he annoys me) or Jamie Oliver (number six on my list), I hope we can all agree that the fact that this woman has a show - not to mention the fact that she's basically first lady of New York State - is goddamn travesty:



ina.jpeg5. Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten's show purports to chronicle her weird, wonderful daily life in East Hampton, complete with gay best friends, awkward dinner parties and gigantic floral arrangements. Ina is easily pilloried; her horrible script writers have her tell stories that belie her privilege in embarrassing ways, and like her mentor Martha Stewart, she is a terrible actress, so at least on the show, most of her interactions seem incredibly uncomfortable; rigid, rude and overly energetic. But Ina is real; she is a former White House nuclear policy analyst and the wife of Jeffrey Garten, Professor and former Dean of the Yale School of Management, with whom she has a sweet and funny love affair. Jeffrey returns from New Haven every weekend to an impeccable welcome-home spread, which for some reason, he has agreed to have filmed on a regular basis. In the normal course of things, Ina would be living a cosseted life, enjoying food or dogs and redecorating constantly -- and none of it would be available to the public -- yet Ina gamely offers it all, for the love of food. I cannot begin to imagine the discussion that led to Ina dragging Jeffrey into the annals of reality television, but in her lack of artifice and apparent complete obliviousness to her privilege, I actually find Ina endearing. And her recipes make great food. Really fantastic, which you'd expect from someone who uses the finest ingredients and the best tools and knows a Lot About Europe.

nigella-lawson-415x289.jpeg4. Nigella Bites/Feasts/Celebrates various Holidays: These shows are great first because the food is luscious and yummy and seems somehow attainable, and second because the same can be said about Nigella. Nigella's posh British accent, sultry delivery and lavish/relaxed style of cooking (she's always dumping in extra oil, an additional dollop of cream, one more handful of chocolate chips, etc.) are a welcome antidote to the rigor and seriousness and/or manic silliness of many American TV chefs ("Bam!") Though I can imagine some hilarious sketch comedy based on Nigella, she appears to take genuine pleasure in food (which should not be so revelatory, but this being American TV, it is).

tumblr_m695zc6TmS1qlhapg.jpeg3. Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations: Like many chef-lebrities, Tony Bourdain is a divisive guy who often revels in and riffs off of his misanthropic ways. But unlike many of his macho chef colleagues, love him or hate him, Tony Bourdain is as close to authentic as I think they allow a TV presenter to be. This show finds Tony visiting exotic locales all over the world, finding cool people and learning about, talking about and eating food. Like any famous, egotistical person on a trip, he has the capacity to be ungracious, bored, vindictive, crabby; he wines and gets tired and pissed off, and sometimes he gets drunk. But he is also witty as hell, erudite, thoughtful and kind, and finds ways to highlight local culture that are unexpected and truly enlightening. Tony has a schtick, but his schtick is being prickly and challenging, and at his best, extremely fun to watch.

TCpadma.jpeg2. Top Chef: Two years ago, Top Chef would have topped this list, but this past season, Top Chef: Texas soured me a bit on the series. The contestants were great, but the challenges felt redundant and the Texas theme wore thin almost as soon as it began. I am hoping they resist the urge to co-produce the show with another chamber of commerce, and that next season is a more solid return to form. When Top Chef was first introduced, I was skeptical; how was a viewer ever going to identify with the quality of the product without being able to taste it? But the show demonstrates that talent is discernible across platforms, and its introduction of famous foodies, food ideas and food vocabulary into the mainstream has been a part of some welcome and exciting changes in American cooking and eating. Also, contemporary Chef culture is awesome. I love the fact that they all look like car mechanics or your ex-goth cousin, except they make bacon peanut-brittle and sous-vide everything. And as bad as the never ending steak challenges were, this season brought us both Paul and Ed, possibly my favorite reality show participants ever.

tumblr_lpmyf0yx931r0gzflo1_500.jpeg1. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Not to be confused with the dreadful U.S. remake, Kitchen Nightmares, this original British series sends Gordon Ramsey cruising around England in his Audi teaching hapless restauranteurs to cook and/or run a business. Yes, the break-you-down to build-you-up formula is in full effect, and yes, Gordon plays up his jerky persona (he constantly swears,and usually comes close to blows with the head chef). But these restaurants are making huge, business-killing mistakes, and Gordon gets to tell hard truths that are usually so blaringly obvious (your alcoholic son is a horrible front-of-house; people will get food poisoning from this desiccated meat; your restaurant's interior looks like the Best Little Whorehouse in Bollywood), the owner comes to appreciate his candor and take on board the critique. Gordon makes clear that he has genuine affection and admiration for these people, and their trainees and sous-chefs, several of whom he has subsequently hired for his restaurants. It is fascinating and shocking how poorly managed these businesses are; the management challenges are often far more severe than the culinary. It also helps that Gordon and his team sail in with concrete suggestions for decor, management, and menu changes based on common sense, experience, and local demographics, and though the new culinary direction is almost always "fresh, local ingredients, prepared simply," quite a few of the restaurants have survived and thrived after Gordon's intervention. The U.S. version of this show is unwatchable -- it removes all traces of humanity by introducing the most bombastic production techniques possible and apparently telling Gordon to scream in the face of every person with whom he interacts.







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  • mclbolton

    Sorry , your opinions don't cut it . YOU HAVE BEEN CHOPPED!

  • Hell, yeah! Padma and Nigella both make my Pajiba 10: Top Chefs Edition list. And Tony is voted celebrity with whom I'd most like to hang with. As long as we can get in barfights with stupid reality show "celebreties" together. I'd sign up for a me and Tony vs. Bobby Flay and that Nekkid Chef dude smackdown in a heartbeat.

  • ,

    I'd have gone for "Masterchef" from the Ramsey canon. He sort of gets out of his own way for a change and lets Joe Bastianich be the bad guy.

    And Joe can be one cold motherfucker.

    Plus, while I'm a fan of cursing and cooking, the focus is more on the food than on the battle of personalities like on "Hell's Kitchen."

    Still, you've made me curious: How is the Brit version of "Nightmares" so much better than the "awful" U.S. version?

  • Jill

    Why is Lawson putting fish oil pills on the top of those muffins? And are the silver ones mercury? Are we really that blinded by her beauty that we don't see she's been offing people left and right on camera all these years?

  • ,

    Jelly beans, maybe?

    Oh, sorry, I'm taking an otherwise humorous comment seriously.

    Sorry.

  • Frank Berrodin

    This is bogus man! No Guy's Big Bite!? No DDD!?

  • NateMan

    Bourdain is, and always will be, the man.

    I used to be a fan of Ina Garten, until I heard about this:
    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertai...

    Basically, turned down a visit from a kid sick with leukemia thru the Make-A-Wish foundation. Twice. I don't give a shit how busy you are, you crawl through goddamn broken glass for these kids if that's what they ask for. But I acknowledge I've got a hair-trigger when it comes to sick children. The very fact we live in a universe that allows children to get something like leukemia in the first place outrages me to the core. So, yeah. Fuck Ina Garten.

  • Nigella = food porn. I can attest to this to watching hours of it over the years.

  • enaar

    Has anyone seen Heston's Feasts, where Heston Blumenthal cooks dinners based on inspiration drawn from a historical era or a book? I caught a couple episodes recently and thought they were fantastic.

  • breeches!

    Nigella Lawson: Culinary Porn for the Middle Classes

  • The Wanderer

    I look forward to the day when a cook pulls a butcher knife from his apron and eviscerates Gordon Ramsay like a deer.
    I'd pay to see that. I'd laugh.
    Give me the original Japanese Iron Chef any day or, failing that, the American remake.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    The Two Fat Ladies are the queens of cooking TV. Sadly this list is only for current shows.

  • AM

    Well to my knowledge Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares stopped filming a good five years ago, so...

  • AM

    Helloooooo Two Fat Ladies? AKA Hogwarts Home Ec? Only the best!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • This! This! 1,000,000% THIS!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    We call Giada's show food porn. She's always handling carrots and there is no shortage of cleavage. The same could be said about Nigella I reckon.

  • No love for Paula Deen? Hahaha, I keed.

    I adore Nigella, she's the only tv chef I watch. Her food IS luscious and very doable.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Top Chef was ruined for me by the one and only Tom Coliccio what an ASSHOLE. I just can't stand his pompous attitude with the contestants. His crowning moment was when he whined about not being a mentor to anybody there. We know Tom, you are just a massive tool, you are no Tim Gunn.
    Nigella should drop all the pretense and just do straight-up porn.
    Barefoot contessa and her snooty friends are the last thing I wanna see on a Saturday morning.

  • Guest

    BBC's Kitchen Nightmares made me like Ramsay after years of rolling my eyes at the guy. Honest, it's his utter enthusiasm for expertise and professional pride (which I share--what can I say?), and the way he mentors young up-n-comers, that frankly warms my heart.

    No Res changed my mind about Bourdain, too. I read Kitchen Confidential when it came out and hated his ... everything (if he were *just* a misanthropist, that would have been palatable). But he's mellowed since then, stepped outside of himself, learned new viewpoints, lost some ego, and yet all the interesting Bourdain bits remain. Love that show. Mexico City was EPIC. I actually cried when I saw that breakfast place.

    Never seen a Nigella show or a Barefoot Contessa show, but confess I have a cookbook each from these chefs, which I use.

  • Stella

    Nigella's How to Be a Domestic Goddess is what got me to cooking - I loved how unrestrained she was, like it was ok to make mistakes in the kitchen, which up til then, I thought was NOT ALLOWED.
    In the years since, I've gone back to her books and have found most of the food awful, but she still has a spot on my cookbook shelf because of how much appreciate her approach to cooking, if not the recipes themselves.

  • Megsie

    Jacques Pepin is the best, if for nothing else the way he pronunces the word pepper. "Peh-purr.". Love! (Find him on public tv). The douche with the bow tie on America's Test Kitchen makes me want to punch babies, although otherwise it's a sound show. Top Chef: Masters is enjoyable and I like Michael Symon's show "How to cook like an Iron Chef". I like Barefoot Contessa, although I do agree with the description above. Gordon Ramsey has a marvelous show on BBC America called "The F Word". Don't know if it's in production anymore, but the repeats are great. He is far more charming and funny on it. Wish his other shows were more like it. Can't take Sandra Lee or Nigella, but I can take Alton in small doses. But seriously, Pepin for the win!

  • Slash

    Oh, man, I forgot about PBS. Yes, ditto on Jacques Pepin, but my fave is when he says, "A leetle bit of but-ehr." Delightful. And I like Eric Ripert's show and America's Test Kitchen, too. Ming Tsai has a show on PBS now, he used to be on FN, but I guess he wasn't annoying enough.

    FN seems to prefer their prime time now to be a bunch of assholes sweating and agonizing over the exact placement of food on a big, white plate so they can win some pointless contest, or a "personality" constantly yapping and laughing at their own unfunny jokes (Ray and Fieri, though I will watch Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I LOVED Ming Tsai. I always seem to miss his shows now. I'm not usually attracted to most Asian men - but he (esp with the shorter haircut) is delicious. And his food always looks so good too. Blue Ginger is on my splurge list if I make it up to Boston.

  • BendinIntheWind

    When Top Chef's first season aired, my mother and my sister were absolutely obsessed with the show and kept telling me I HAD to watch it. I remember arguing endlessly that "You're supposed to judge the food! How can you know who to root for if you can't even taste what they're being judged on?!" Well, shut my mouth. I found myself flu-ridden during a Sunday marathon and quickly got sucked in.

    But I still completely agree that the Texas season sucked balls. The only thing it was good for were the (now defunct) Best Week Ever blog's photo-recaps.

    "Hey Heather! It's me Patti, from Awful Club!"

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  • Tinkerville

    Thank you for that link. There goes my afternoon as I read through every episode. Good thing my boss is out of town..

  • BendinIntheWind

    Sorry in advance if you get fired, but...
    http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2...

    Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Real Housewives, Breaking Bad...so many LOLs.

    (MVP all time favorite recap:
    http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2... )

    "Let's do it Joffrey style" will never NOT be funny.

  • mb

    Fuck Ina Garten.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    Kylie Kwong is the Austrailasian version of Nigella and I love her.
    And I second the vote for for Tony Bourdain.
    Bourdain did an episode about elBulli and Ferran Adriá which was like sex and chocolate on a rainbow—there's also a great documentary about Adriá and elBulli (on Netflix Instant now!). Adriá is by far the most innovative and interesting chef on the planet.

  • Slash

    All the competition shows bore the fuck out of me. I don't give a shit who the "top chef" is. And Gordon Ramsay is annoying.

    Bourdain and Nigella are divine. And I have a soft spot for the Contessa and Alton (on Good Eats, and his "Feasting" mini-series were enjoyable, too). I also like Down Home with the Neelys and Big Daddy's House, but I don't know if they're in production anymore. Not caucasian enough, I guess.

  • Pookie

    I like the lady with the big melons.

  • Slash

    Ok, the Sandra Lee show can be enjoyed (and it isn't a fave of mine, but for awhile there, it was unavoidable during lunch time at work, which is when I usually watch Food Network) if you make fun of every ridiculous thing she does and says. Guffaw especially hard every time she says "tablescape." And you won't be able to keep from guffawing when she waxes poetic about how lovely the godawful tablescape is. She puts so much shit on that goddam table, it looks like Mardi Gras threw up on it. There's barely enough room for the semi-homemade food. Which may be a blessing in disguise.

  • Vi

    Sandra Lee is best enjoyed as a drinking game where at the end of the show you should endeavor to be nearly as drunk as she is.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    all the upvotes.

    Though I don't like the general condemnation for the fact she always makes a cocktail. That's usually the one decent thing she manages to put on the table.

  • Semilitterate

    Drive Ins Diners and Dives. nuff said

  • no one

    I realize that the point of the show is finding dives that make good food. But everything he eats on there is ‘oh my GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING I EVER HAD!’ Probably just cause I am an old fart but to me every episode is the same.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ooh, lost me numbers 1 & 2. Top Chef is fun, but not where I go to scratch the foodie itch, and I can't get on board with Gordon Ramsey. Love your first picks though, and agree on Alton Brown's annoyingness (but see how some would love him).

    I'm a fan of Bobby Flay's BBQ Addiction - the food is doable, and the cooking space makes me envious. And though I try to disdain Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, it sucks me in, despite Fieri.

  • Teabelly

    I like the River Cottage shows, with Hugh Fernley Whittinsall (I dunno if that's how you spell it. And The Fabulous Baker Brothers is nice.

  • Bandit

    I hate that guy. He's such a pretentious poncey twit. He's not even a real chef.

    Nigella Lawson pisses me off too. She spends more time opening packets that actually cooking anything. She needs to stop shoving her tits up and try actually cooking. Lorraine Pascal is light years ahead of Lawson in every way.

  • $27019454

    I'm with you. She doesn't really cook at all. She and Rachel Ray are cut from the same cloth.

  • BWeaves

    I'm addicted to cooking shows. They are some of the few reality shows I'll watch (besides House Hunters). Ramsey is the reason I don't eat out anymore. I figure just about every restaurant is crawling with roaches and e-coli. I love Bourdain, and I'm fascinated by Zimmern. Alton Brown is very educational, but at this point, I've seen them all.

    I can't watch Rachel Ray and her EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Why abbreviate it if you're going to spell it out right after? Plus, I can't stand how she'll go on and on about how healthy her food is, when it's full of fat, salt and looks like vomit (see the lobster alfredo sauce show, ugh). I also can't take Paula Dean, or Sandra Dee.

    I also want one of Nigella's breasts. Just one will do. I'm sure she's not using both at the same time.

    There are men I don't like and women I do like, it just happened to shake out like this.

  • Snath

    I'll eat anything Nigella makes if she feeds it to me wearing just an apron.

  • Tinkerville

    Top Chef's like crack to me, but my god this last season was horrific. I could barely get through it. Even the contestants felt grating and talentless when usually it's clear a number of them are at the top of their field. Here's to hoping they pull it together for the next one because I need that show in my life. Bring back the Voltaggio brothers.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Normally I can't stand food shows, which puts me in a bit of a...pickle, since my better half loves them. It's not that I think they're bad, though. It's because they make me want to eat everything on the show. The goddamn show about the food trucks KILLS me. Everything looks so f**king delicious.

    But I make a special exception for No Reservations. Maybe that's because you could almost call it a drinking show rather than a cooking show. I was rather impressed by his New Orleans episode, where he took the opportunity to basically personally apologize, on-camera, to Emeril Lagasse for making fun of him all these years after he saw what he'd done for the Katrina recovery.

    And I understand Nigella Lawson is north of FIFTY? In the words of the immortal Inspector Gadget - Wowzers.

  • Maguita NYC

    Eat Street makes me hungry ALL THE TIME!!! I cannot watch that show without craving gourmet grilled cheese topped with veal sausages AND fried potato donuts!

    That is why I keep mini-carrots on-hand. Bland, but filling.

  • I'm currently working my way through season 3 of Top Chef and will eventually watch all the seasons (thank you Itunes!), It's true food porn. And if you like Tony Bourdain download his books from Audible. He reads them himself and is great.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    ALTON BROWN IS A SAINT GOD DAMN IT!

    Sorry. just had to get that out there. Please resume.

  • no one

    Alton Brown gives every impression that his audience is made up of Sesame Street junkies with insomnia. Adults watch that show?

  • You kidding? It's the only show left on food network that actually teaches people how to cook.

  • no one

    I'm all for educational. But the guy rubs me the wrong way. I just don't feel like he is talking to grownups.

  • Three_nineteen

    Good Eats is for science nerds. I for one am happy to claim him as a member of the faithful.

  • Blake

    Nigella Lawson is absolutely gorgeous! So much so I will have to revise Celebrity Freebie List. She deserves far more attention and has a figure that should be worshiped as much as Christina Hendricks.

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  • Sara_Tonin00

    I love that she ends episodes by sneaking into the fridge.

  • Jenne Frisby

    Me too! It's always neat to see what she goes for at the end of the night.

  • Blake

    Damn no video links in comments?

  • Martin

    NO BIZARRE FOODS? Andrew Zimmern smokes all these clowns.

  • NateMan

    I like Bourdain because he's always gracious to often very poor people offering to him what little they have, no matter how disgusting it is. While Zimmerman, in the few episodes I've watched, has no problem telling someone how appalling what he's been offered is.

  • Gina

    Nah, he's like a less interesting version of Bourdain.

  • MikeRoorda

    Andrew Zimmern looks like an overweight mole who just broke through to the sunlight for the first time. I know, I know. He was homeless for a while in NYC and worked his way out of a bad situation. He's probably a very nice person. I just don't find him compelling to watch at all and really wish he would quit burrowing underneath my lawn.

  • Snath

    He lives kind of near me, and he's on a bunch of billboards around town since he's HealthPartner's "yumPower" spokesman for healthy eating.

    I've heard he's a complete asshole in real life, though.

  • Maguita NYC

    The man is very nice, even when slurping down some sort of exotic oyster penises...

    Gag.

  • Goddamn Padma Lakshmi. I'd bone through a wall to get to that.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Wall? Pah. Until you can manage to bone through a fatwa, I think her current hubby's got you beat.

  • I thought she was done with Rushdie...

  • Mrcreosote

    The original Japanese Iron Chef is my favorite cooking show ever. The dubbing of multiple voices by three or so people, the celebrity guests whom you've never heard of, and the amazing/horrifying food. It was fantastic.
    It's too bad the American version is a horrible pile of rotting fish carcasses.

  • mb

    LOVE. I was obsessed with Iron Chef when I was in HS. And the dubbing is beyond amazing. Those guys don't sound like they're in a sound booth reading off a script, they sound like they're right there hovering over the dishes FRANTIC to see what comes next! Even my dad, who hates cooking shows only slightly more than he hates actual cooking, loved IC. You can still find old episodes being replayed once a week or so...I think Saturday nights? I have the DVR automatically record any episodes it finds!

  • Puddin

    The best is the pretty lady judge who giggles in her hand after every sentence. "The salted cod was such an interesting mingling of favors. Tee hee hee!"

  • Michelle

    Yes, I love that lady!

  • AmbroseKalifornia

    YES. Original Japanese flavor only.

    Sorry, AB.

  • Rochelle

    The original Iron Chef changed my life!!!!! It has ruined all other cooking competition shows for me. I need to find those few episodes I have on tape....

  • I normally can't stand cooking shows, but I cannot flip past Chopped - it's impossible. That is the most addictive game show on TV. I also want to punchfight all the judges.

  • no one

    I was flabbergasted by the absence of CHOPPED from the list. Have to disagree with you about the judges though, I pretty much like them all.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I watch Chopped, but I loathe The Zakarian. And the guy who hates raw onions.

  • AM

    I hate raw onions. I might even be allergic to them. Totally sympathize with this guy. Aaron Sanchez gets a little tiresome with his predictable enthusiasm for anything remotely Latin.

  • InternetMagpie

    Oh my god, that dark-haired woman who acts like every poor dish is a personal affront. I HATE HER!

  • BendinIntheWind

    Alex something, isn't it? God she is terrible. I can't even listen to her critiques seriously because I don't feel like digging for the valid criticism underneath the seven layers of biiiiiiiiiiiiiitch.

  • She's The Worst Person.

  • mb

    YOU'RE THE WORST PERSON!

    No, sorry. I just really love Alex. I love her cooking show, but I especially love the way she stares people down on Chopped while she tries their food.

  • InternetMagpie

    The blonde is a close second.

    I feel bad I don't know their names and therefore can't hate them properly.

  • Amanda Freitag, whom I can mostly take. Unlike Alex.

  • The chubby dude with the beard & the Gotti kids hair gets a lot of hate too. Every time he says something like "Well, you used raw onion in this dish, which I hate..." I want to murder everything.

  • Jezzer

    That would be Guy Fieri, aka The Most Punchable Thing on the Food Network.

  • lurkler

    no, thats scott konant.

  • KatSings

    Chopped and Iron Chef (both versions) are constantly on our TV. As is Good Eats (we both adore Alton, who I have worked with and is absolutely hilarious). We also dig Triple D - we've always like the places he goes, and since working a Food Network event with him, I have a love and respect for Guy Fieri. Ooh, and Restaurant Impossible - Robert kicks ass on that.

    Really, the only people banned from my TV are Rachel Ray (less so since she got her voice fixed up) and Bobby Flay, who I would be happy to see fall into a grease fire. (Ok, maybe that's a little harsh...but I really despise him. Worked with him, too.)

  • Maguita NYC

    @KatSings:disqus

    Missed the part where you admit working for Bobby Flay!!!

    Please details. I heard rumblings of his constant manwhoring. Personally, I often wonder how he is able to keep his staff around because of his temper! However genius he is in the kitchen, find myself tsking whenever he loses his temper on Iron Chef, and beats the poor mixer or blender to a pulp!

  • Jerce

    We love Alton Brown's show so much in my house that we DVR it. I enjoy learning a little chemistry; a lot of that info turns out to be useful. The one thing that makes me laugh is how Alton always, always adds one small ingredient that quite obviously fucks up his recipe beyond all recall. Curry powder in beef stew. Beer in chicken soup. I've gotten to the point where, when he gets to the recipe part, I sit and wait for the Sabotage Ingredient.

  • Maguita NYC

    I lusted after Marc Forgione, winner of season 3's The Next Iron Chef, badly. Very badly. No matter his "petite-ness".

    My all-time fave is still Michael Symon though. That man I could eat with a silver ladle.

  • Maguita NYC

    I love that crazy somewhat drunken Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation! No matter his outspokenness, or lack of mercy at times, his show is what reality TV should be all about.

    Still despise Ramsay though. No matter how hard he tries, or how loud he shouts, I am no fan of the over-grown spoiled bully, with temper-tantrum control issues.

  • no one

    I don't like Bourdain at all, find him to be unwatchable. And that was before I found out what a smug, leftist he is.

  • BarbadoSlim

    He's also full of shit. His restaurants are failing all over the globe and yet there he is telling other peple how to be like him.

  • $27019454

    IF I were the type to make Pajiba 10-type lists that rate and quantify the hotness of men (I'm not...because Hotness is a nearly holy p[pursuit to me and a list just ...just...cheapens it. If I want to objectify men and their relative deliciousness-- and I do, oh yes I do -- I'll fly without a net. NO LISTS), Bourdain would be numbers 1 through 10. With a cherry on top. And whipped cream.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    God I love me some Bourdain. Tall, cranky, and drunk, that's how I like them.

  • $27019454

    That's me upvoting you because...is he not the most adorable drunk?? UGH!!

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    He totally is! And he'll eat anything too, which is quite admirable.

  • BWeaves

    I love his show, and normally I would hate someone like him. But I especially love it when his Russian friend Zamir (sp?) is torturing him.

  • TC5

    Zamir rules; anytime he shows up, you know you're in for a good time...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I feel the same way! I couldn't deal with the over-drinking, smoking aggressively opinionated Bourdain in real life. But from afar, I take great pleasure in his love and appreciation for food (especially homey stuff) & other cultures.

  • JenVegas

    I married a person about as close to Bourdain as I'm going to get IRL, it's exhausting.
    Once I waited in line to get a Bourdain book signed for the husband and Bourdain asks "Who is this for?" I tell him "It's for my husband, you are his hero. He's a chef, and a musician, he's from New Orleans." Bourdain replies with a smile "He sounds like a complete degenerate." And when I got home and told my husband he was SO MUCH MORE EXCITED about Bourdain calling him a degenerate than he was about the damn book I waited 3 hours in line to have signed.

  • Benderman

    No love for MasterChef? That and Breaking Bad are the only cooking shows the girlfriend and I care about. Though I am questioning the legitimacy of a cooking challenge show (MasterChef) where a blind contestant is the front runner.

  • ,

    Christine will be bowing out soon, I'd think. Three or four better chefs than her in the final six. I'm thinking Monti has the stones to win it all.

  • Benderman

    Monti drove me crazy at the beginning, but I don't mind her now. I'm pulling for Frank to win it all.

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