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(Foodbeast)   Mario Batali left Iron Chef due to an abundance of 'Skinny Little Actresses'   (foodbeast.com) divider line 158
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2012-05-30 02:05:27 PM
...None of whom responded in the positive to his repeated entreaties to play "hide the cannoli."
 
2012-05-30 02:09:38 PM
He's kind of got a point.

A lot of the random judges they use on Top Chef are complete morons when it comes to food who judge solely on their own personal tastes instead of on what the dish was trying to accomplish.

and I'm the kind of guy who thinks foodies should be force fed cheez wiz until they pop.
 
2012-05-30 02:10:05 PM
Iron Chef began to suck the moment it was made into Iron Chef America

/and it just got worse from there
 
2012-05-30 02:10:47 PM
Derrrr. Iron Chef, not Top Chef.
 
2012-05-30 02:13:12 PM
the original japanese iron chef often had actresses on. that being said, i agree with him.
 
2012-05-30 02:13:44 PM
I have no problem with them throwing in some "common man" type celebrity..the japanese version did that. But yeah most of the panel should have some f*cking idea about food. I wouldn't want to spend an hour coming up with some amazing dish and serve it to somebody who's going to look at it and go "ewww, I don't like brussel sprouts."
 
2012-05-30 02:17:55 PM

MaxxLarge: ...None of whom responded in the positive to his repeated entreaties to play "hide the cannoli."


Pfft, Mario isn't putting his cannoli into any actress.
 
2012-05-30 02:17:56 PM
He kinda has a point.
 
2012-05-30 02:17:59 PM

Aarontology: He's kind of got a point.

A lot of the random judges they use on Top Chef are complete morons when it comes to food who judge solely on their own personal tastes instead of on what the dish was trying to accomplish.

and I'm the kind of guy who thinks foodies should be force fed cheez wiz until they pop.


However, it's well in keeping with the tradition of irrelevant judges established in the original Japanese show.

I mean, do we really care what the psychic thinks about the food? Shouldn't we be more interested in her prognostication?
 
2012-05-30 02:18:29 PM
This is what used to set the show apart. At the very least, you had professionals judging other professionals. Not some "foodie" assholes who wouldn't last an hour in most professional kitchen.

But...but...but...it's hard blogging about food! (yes it is, try cooking it professionally and get back to us)
 
2012-05-30 02:18:53 PM
I agree that judges on cooking shows should be people who can actually eat food. Anorexic and bulimic starlets need not apply.
 
2012-05-30 02:22:24 PM

Shostie: However, it's well in keeping with the tradition of irrelevant judges established in the original Japanese show.


It is, but those ones seemed to know at least a little bit of what was going on. The normal judges sometimes say things like "I didn't like it, but I know that for what it is, it's very good" instead of "ewwwwwwww"

I mean, do we really care what the psychic thinks about the food? Shouldn't we be more interested in her prognostication?

She should have to write down what she thinks the secret ingredient will be. Then the Chairman changes it at the last minute and goes "IRON PSYCHICARUUUUUUUU"
 
2012-05-30 02:27:14 PM

Aarontology: It is, but those ones seemed to know at least a little bit of what was going on. The normal judges sometimes say things like "I didn't like it, but I know that for what it is, it's very good" instead of "ewwwwwwww"


Or, "I very much like the soup. It reminds me of a summer's day, where my ancestors have come to visit from the Land of Wind and Ghosts, and we all frolic on the meadow while the two-headed Wagyu lowes a mournful tune as it marches up to the volcano's caldera to end its life, as it has had its heart broken and shamed its family."
 
2012-05-30 02:30:02 PM
hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say
 
2012-05-30 02:30:46 PM
On one hand, I don't quite understand why a judge on a cooking competition would be some random unaffiliated celebrity. On the other hand, I think that if your food can't pass muster with a person who doesn't masturbate creme fraiche into an organic towel made from arugula and black truffles, then you should probably reconsider your line of work.
 
2012-05-30 02:32:09 PM
While I can see that point that an Iron Chef's food should appeal to anyone, I can see his point that if someone is to critique his cooking, it should be a critic - at least someone who can put aside their personal preferences in order to properly judge the quality of the preparation.
 
2012-05-30 02:32:49 PM
I'm going with Batali on this one.
 
2012-05-30 02:32:50 PM

Aarontology: He's kind of got a point.

A lot of the random judges they use on Top Chef are complete morons when it comes to food who judge solely on their own personal tastes instead of on what the dish was trying to accomplish.

and I'm the kind of guy who thinks foodies should be force fed cheez wiz until they pop.


Cyberluddite: He kinda has a point.


He totally has a point.
 
2012-05-30 02:33:29 PM
img.foodnetwork.com

"It's a little bit....oily".


Seriously, can she even say anything else?
 
2012-05-30 02:34:55 PM
As an ardent of Melinda Clarke,I absolutely resent this character assassination!
 
2012-05-30 02:35:38 PM

Shostie: Aarontology: It is, but those ones seemed to know at least a little bit of what was going on. The normal judges sometimes say things like "I didn't like it, but I know that for what it is, it's very good" instead of "ewwwwwwww"

Or, "I very much like the soup. It reminds me of a summer's day, where my ancestors have come to visit from the Land of Wind and Ghosts, and we all frolic on the meadow while the two-headed Wagyu lowes a mournful tune as it marches up to the volcano's caldera to end its life, as it has had its heart broken and shamed its family."


That'll learn him to overcook the Kobe beef.
 
2012-05-30 02:36:26 PM

Rev.K: [img.foodnetwork.com image 616x821]

"It's a little bit....oily".


Seriously, can she even say anything else?


That's exactly whose voice I read Shostie's post in.
 
2012-05-30 02:51:38 PM
Came for pictures of skinny little actresses, leaves disappointed.
 
2012-05-30 03:00:29 PM
Chopped is way better anyway. They've got The Queer Eye guy and Aaron "The Artist" Sanchez (best part is the "booyah" thing at 24 seconds).
 
2012-05-30 03:09:29 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Iron Chef began to suck the moment it was made into Iron Chef America

/and it just got worse from there


Go look for 'Iron Chef USA'. With Chairman Shatner.
 
2012-05-30 03:13:50 PM

FlashHarry: the original japanese iron chef often had actresses on. that being said, i agree with him.


THIS. Does he not know where this bastardized version of Iron Chef came from? If he did and didn't want the celebrity/sports figure/politician to judge his food, he should've not accepted the role.
 
2012-05-30 03:14:36 PM
I loved the early seasons, where the people who didn't know about food were up front, funny, and really did try to understand what the dishes were going for.

Now it seems any dim bulb with the personality of wet paint and zero ability to express themselves with wit can be on so long as the producers think they can bring in some ratings.
 
2012-05-30 03:17:56 PM
Whats a matter subby? farking Hero Tag broken or are you just a whiney biatch?
 
2012-05-30 03:18:03 PM
So does this mean he has time for a road trip with Bourdain?

MAKE IT HAPPEN, CNN. FILM EVERY MINUTE.
 
2012-05-30 03:18:18 PM
Iron chef was great camp. Just awesome. Iron chef America was/is awful.
It never should have been allowed to be made.
 
2012-05-30 03:19:28 PM

EyeballKid: So does this mean he has time for a road trip with Bourdain?

MAKE IT HAPPEN, CNN. FILM EVERY MINUTE.


holy deep fried street vendor christ
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2012-05-30 03:19:33 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say


Agreed. What an arrogant prick, as long as the panel is a mixed bag it seems fair to me. Not everyone is going to always like the disgusting crap you dream up and then cook. Good riddance f-ball and take Flay with you. Buy an island together and cook for / blow each other for the rest of eternity.
 
2012-05-30 03:19:51 PM

Donnchadha: Chopped is way better anyway. They've got The Queer Eye guy and Aaron "The Artist" Sanchez (best part is the "booyah" thing at 24 seconds).


Aaron Sanchez is a talentless hack. I have not seen him eat a preparation without lamenting the lack of spice.
 
2012-05-30 03:20:48 PM

RoyHobbs22: Dead for Tax Reasons: hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say

Agreed. What an arrogant prick, as long as the panel is a mixed bag it seems fair to me. Not everyone is going to always like the disgusting crap you dream up and then cook. Good riddance f-ball and take Flay with you. Buy an island together and cook for / blow each other for the rest of eternity.


And yet, you felt it necessary to comment anyway.
 
2012-05-30 03:21:53 PM

Rev.K: "It's a little bit....oily".


Seriously, can she even say anything else?


Well...you know she's well acquainted with Japanese food. Authentic Japanese food. From Japan. Japanese authentic food. She's well acquainted with it.
 
2012-05-30 03:25:27 PM

Aarontology: RoyHobbs22: Dead for Tax Reasons: hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say

Agreed. What an arrogant prick, as long as the panel is a mixed bag it seems fair to me. Not everyone is going to always like the disgusting crap you dream up and then cook. Good riddance f-ball and take Flay with you. Buy an island together and cook for / blow each other for the rest of eternity.

And yet, you felt it necessary to comment anyway.


I'm thinking of a new business venture:

The Flay/Batali Island Blow Jobateria.
 
2012-05-30 03:26:08 PM

Aarontology: He's kind of got a point.

A lot of the random judges they use on Top Chef are complete morons when it comes to food who judge solely on their own personal tastes instead of on what the dish was trying to accomplish.

and I'm the kind of guy who thinks foodies should be force fed cheez wiz until they pop.


Welcome to 2012, where everyone is an "expert" in everything and you're an arrogant, elitist pr!ck for pointing out that they're not. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has an equally valid opinion on every single subject regardless of your background or qualifications or expertise.
 
2012-05-30 03:29:41 PM
Wait, he was taking "Iron Chef" Seriously?

You don't even, you know...win anything. Iron Chef is, on the credibility spectrum, somewhere between Figure Skating and the WWE.
 
2012-05-30 03:30:08 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: the japanese version did that.


www.wearysloth.com

they certainly did.

/she spit out the whale tongue
 
2012-05-30 03:30:10 PM
The name in the headline translated in my tiny brain to Mario Balotelli instead of Mario Batali. While this made the headline odd and confusing, the idea of Balotelli somehow ending up on Iron Chef complaining about "Skinny Little Actresses" made it 10 times more awesome.
 
2012-05-30 03:32:02 PM
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2012-05-30 03:32:19 PM
I want to pitch "Stoner Chef" where you just get a mishmash of snack foods and condiments to work with.
 
2012-05-30 03:34:04 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: I have no problem with them throwing in some "common man" type celebrity..the japanese version did that. But yeah most of the panel should have some f*cking idea about food. I wouldn't want to spend an hour coming up with some amazing dish and serve it to somebody who's going to look at it and go "ewww, I don't like brussel sprouts."


"Iron Chef America" is a poor adaptation of the original Japanese version. They had some immense talent on that show. The Japanese version managed to be so ridiculously over the top while being tongue-in-cheek about it, and still being completely respectful of the cooking skill on display. The American version has just never clicked the same way with me.
 
2012-05-30 03:34:13 PM

InmanRoshi: Aarontology: He's kind of got a point.

A lot of the random judges they use on Top Chef are complete morons when it comes to food who judge solely on their own personal tastes instead of on what the dish was trying to accomplish.

and I'm the kind of guy who thinks foodies should be force fed cheez wiz until they pop.

Welcome to 2012, where everyone is an "expert" in everything and you're an arrogant, elitist pr!ck for pointing out that they're not. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has an equally valid opinion on every single subject regardless of your background or qualifications or expertise.


Every person is absolutely an expert on what tastes good. It's just that what tastes good to one person tastes like crap to someone else. I'm the person most qualified to judge what tastes good to me.
 
2012-05-30 03:35:19 PM
Did he steal their tips?
 
2012-05-30 03:38:23 PM

RoyHobbs22: Dead for Tax Reasons: hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say

Agreed. What an arrogant prick, as long as the panel is a mixed bag it seems fair to me. Not everyone is going to always like the disgusting crap you dream up and then cook. Good riddance f-ball and take Flay with you. Buy an island together and cook for / blow each other for the rest of eternity.


When Steingarten first because a food critic, he took it upon himself to eat exquisite versions of every single thing he thought he hated because he didn't ever want to disparage a dish or a restaurant just because he, personally, didn't like one of their ingredients.

The point of this show is about chefs being chefs and flexing their culinary muscles, not cooking whatever it is that will please the masses enough for their restaurant to turn a profit.

There's a difference between personal preference and appreciation of skill. If you're going to create a show that celebrates skill in the kitchen, then you want judges who can appreciate that skill, not judges who will immediate write off any dish that has broccoli in it.

/and if you're going to create a show about personal preference, you get "Hot Fudge Sundaes with the Hooters Girls. Featuring the Whipped Cream Fire Hose"
 
2012-05-30 03:40:14 PM
So you leave that for your day time talk show with the annoying skinny gal, the fashion guy from that one TLC show, another iron chef and Dr Oz's annoying daughter?

OK then.

/my wife is a fan of the chew, so sue me.
 
2012-05-30 03:40:18 PM

Rev.K: [img.foodnetwork.com image 616x821]

"It's a little bit....oily".


Seriously, can she even say anything else?


Who is this insanely giddy individual?
 
2012-05-30 03:41:09 PM

the_vicious_fez: RoyHobbs22: Dead for Tax Reasons: hearing what a 'celebrity chef' has to say is almost as low on the list as hearing what a reality tv 'star' has to say

Agreed. What an arrogant prick, as long as the panel is a mixed bag it seems fair to me. Not everyone is going to always like the disgusting crap you dream up and then cook. Good riddance f-ball and take Flay with you. Buy an island together and cook for / blow each other for the rest of eternity.

When Steingarten first because a food critic, he took it upon himself to eat exquisite versions of every single thing he thought he hated because he didn't ever want to disparage a dish or a restaurant just because he, personally, didn't like one of their ingredients.

The point of this show is about chefs being chefs and flexing their culinary muscles, not cooking whatever it is that will please the masses enough for their restaurant to turn a profit.

There's a difference between personal preference and appreciation of skill. If you're going to create a show that celebrates skill in the kitchen, then you want judges who can appreciate that skill, not judges who will immediate write off any dish that has broccoli in it.

/and if you're going to create a show about personal preference, you get "Hot Fudge Sundaes with the Hooters Girls. Featuring the Whipped Cream Fire Hose"


Now that sounds like a show I would watch.
 
2012-05-30 03:44:05 PM

the_vicious_fez: /and if you're going to create a show about personal preference, you get "Hot Fudge Sundaes with the Hooters Girls. Featuring the Whipped Cream Fire Hose"


Are you pitching this? 'Cause I can support a show like this.

/just sayin'
 
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