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(Foodbeast)   Mario Batali left Iron Chef due to an abundance of 'Skinny Little Actresses'   (foodbeast.com ) divider line
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2012-05-30 06:02:00 PM  

loonatic112358: RoyHobbs22: I'd rather watch Triple D than Arrogant Chef America any night of the week. At least I eat the crap they showcase on DDD, I am not interested in snail balls braised in goose fat and shiat.

but does ddd need to run for 6 - 5 hours every god damn night?


Probably not but if I've seen the episode I find something else to watch, catch up on my DVR and what not.
 
2012-05-30 06:06:28 PM  
Bring back Jeffrey Steingarten!

/agree with Mario
//Iron Chef America jumped the shark a little while back, but I still like it.
///ALLEZ SLASHIES!
 
2012-05-30 06:11:33 PM  
I want to develop a fantasy game - Dungeon Chef - where the heroes have to kill the ingredient in the arena before cooking it. "Mmm, this owlbear is really fresh. And what's this here?" "That's my left arm, actually."
 
2012-05-30 06:14:28 PM  

SavageWombat: I want to develop a fantasy game - Dungeon Chef - where the heroes have to kill the ingredient in the arena before cooking it. "Mmm, this owlbear is really fresh. And what's this here?" "That's my left arm, actually."


Oh dear.
 
2012-05-30 06:15:16 PM  

the_vicious_fez:

And I'd like to pair it with "Real Men for Real Women: Mike Rowe and Ewan MacGregor fix cars in towels".


Not ashamed to say I'd watch that...and dvr it to watch again.
 
2012-05-30 06:29:19 PM  
Another vote here for Chopped over ICA. I was a huge fan of the original Iron Chef (heck, I had my wedding at Sakai's restaurant in Tokyo), and I do enjoy ICA but something is missing... I think it's the camp and fake seriousness/honor/factions that came with the original. Whenever the Ota Faction sent in a hit man, you knew you were in for a good show with some smack talking and amazing cooking.

As for the skinny actresses, baseball players, politician judges, etc.. Yes, the original version had them, however most of their commentary indicated they were well versed in cooking theory or at the least had a reputation for eating at the finest restaurants. I suppose it also helps that most Japanese have very few compulsions about eating 'icky' foods, so the risk of an ingredient that the guest just doesn't like, or is overly weird, is considerably less.
 
2012-05-30 06:30:26 PM  
I think the Futurama episode "The 30% Iron Chef" beats Iron Chef America hands down.
 
2012-05-30 06:34:17 PM  
Anyone who disagrees with MB needs to go to Salume in Seattle and STFU.
 
2012-05-30 06:36:45 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).


I was never able to get past Amanda Freitag acting like somebody making something merely good and not extraordinary out of shiat ingredients in 30 minutes was some kind of personal affront.
 
2012-05-30 06:36:46 PM  

89 Stick-Up Kid: Anyone who disagrees with MB needs to go to Salume in Seattle and STFU.


Make sure to tip well; he likes that.
 
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2012-05-30 06:36:58 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: "Shut up, Giada! Put the chipotles in the basket or else you get the hose again!"


Hah hah!

Teknowaffle: My wife calls him the aspergers tamale guy.


I like it. He's going to keep farking that chicken. He's made too much money now to stop...
 
2012-05-30 06:48:47 PM  
As previously pointed out, the original series typically had Fortune Teller Kazuko Hosoki and "Vacuous Actress [flavor of the week]" on the panel. Even so, most of the starlets would wistfully talk of the kalbi they tasted in Seoul or the way they would help their grandmother shave dried bonito.

I don't watch ICA, but if the whole breadth and depth of the panelists' culinary experience is a McSalad or a Dominos cheese with no sauce, he's probably right. While the chefs are "unaware" of the key ingredient until show time, I imagine the judges probably are.
 
2012-05-30 06:53:52 PM  

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

/and it just got worse from there


I don't do this often...

THIS.

Also, why did Alton Brown get so mean? I can't enjoy Good Eats reruns anymore because of his act on Iron Chef America.
 
2012-05-30 06:54:23 PM  
I like Sweet Genius myself. The main host is such a prick, it's awesome. But also the stuff the people make is awesome.
 
2012-05-30 07:00:02 PM  

Shazam999: I like Sweet Genius myself. The main host is such a prick, it's awesome. But also the stuff the people make is awesome.


Last season was better than this one. He was funnier, creepier, and more of a dick ("You have served me a WHISK in my dessert. This is not genius. Is disaster!"). Now he's all smiling and sunshine and farts. I'm pretty sure that was an intentional tonal shift, but it still makes me sad.
 
2012-05-30 07:10:17 PM  

RoyHobbs22: loonatic112358: food network runs iron chef america? when between reruns of diners drive ins and dives?

I'd rather watch Triple D than Arrogant Chef America any night of the week. At least I eat the crap they showcase on DDD, I am not interested in snail balls braised in goose fat and shiat.


I'm amazed that a show about a 40 year old man frat-boy douche stuffing his face and talking with his mouth full has lasted this long.
 
2012-05-30 07:13:06 PM  

rcantley: 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).

I was never able to get past Amanda Freitag acting like somebody making something merely good and not extraordinary out of shiat ingredients in 30 minutes was some kind of personal affront.


She and Alex Guarnaschelli seem to have their faces stuck on the "WHO FARTED?" setting.
 
2012-05-30 07:16:11 PM  

Galaxie500: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Iron Chef began to suck the moment it was made into Iron Chef America

/and it just got worse from there

I don't do this often...

THIS.

Also, why did Alton Brown get so mean? I can't enjoy Good Eats reruns anymore because of his act on Iron Chef America.


I've noticed that too. On the Next Food Network star, he's heading up a hand-picked team of 5 to compete with Giada DiLaurentis and Bobby Flay's teams. Unfortunately, 90% Alton acts like someone peed in his cornflakes, f*cked his wife and shot his dog.
 
2012-05-30 07:17:36 PM  
I meant to say, "Unfortunately, 90% of the time, Alton acts like..".
 
2012-05-30 07:18:35 PM  

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


That psychic knew more about food that half the dozens they've been throwing out there combined in the last couple of seasons.
 
2012-05-30 07:38:19 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: hstein3: lockers: Aaron Sanchez is a talentless hack. I have not seen him eat a preparation without lamenting the lack of spice.

Oh, then you should see him on his show Heat Seekers. If I had to demonstrate to someone what it meant to be a douche bag, I'd show them clips from that show before Jersey Shore.

Good lord, I hate that show. I like spicy food, but what's the point of eating food so spicy that your tongue becomes too numb to taste anything? It's basically just a penis-measuring contest between two douchebags.

"I can eat 12 jalapenos!"

"Screw that! Watch me eat 2 dozen habeneros, you p*ssy!"

"B*tch please! I'm going to cram 100 ghost peppers up my ass!"


Gotta confess, I would watch that!
 
2012-05-30 07:41:13 PM  
csb:

A good friend of mine lived in Japan for a year or so, and in between teaching English classes, she did some voice-over work. One of her favourite gigs was doing the English dubbing of "the bimbo" on episode of Iron Chef.

/csb
 
2012-05-30 07:55:22 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: I've noticed that too. On the Next Food Network star, he's heading up a hand-picked team of 5 to compete with Giada DiLaurentis and Bobby Flay's teams. Unfortunately, 90% Alton acts like someone peed in his cornflakes, f*cked his wife and shot his dog.


Do you follow him on twitter? I don't think he's too excited about doing that show
 
2012-05-30 07:58:47 PM  
Did the fatass dago pay the 5.25 million judgement yet?

/fu*king eyetalian pig.
 
2012-05-30 08:02:24 PM  

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

MAKE IT HAPPEN, CNN. FILM EVERY MINUTE.


He was on several episodes of Bourdain's show - his Jersey episode, where they review an Italian Bakery, and his father (who owns an Italian butchery in San Fran) was in one too.
 
2012-05-30 08:12:26 PM  

loonatic112358: Do you follow him on twitter? I don't think he's too excited about doing that show


Because it's a cruddy show with a cruddy set of personalities. "Let's place this famed, beautiful cookbook author, a world renowned restauranteur and chef up against the guy who smokes ribs in cardboard boxes and explains food science with puppets in a show judged on style and personality as much as the food."

Alton works because as much as he show he spends cooking he takes time explain hows and whys. Not just science, but also history. THis show gives him none of that, while focusing on his weaknesses, his gruff personality, his need to prepare, and withholding his more creative works.

I personally think, while loving cooking, he's tired of doing it on screen. There's only so many ways to explain gluten, only so many ways to explain how to explain how bread rises. Combined with the inanity of food network (Hey, let's do another 4 weeks on grilling, I'm sure something new will come with same people!). You know there were food network people saying "What are you doing talking about chick peas and asian noodles? Do more 30 minute boneless skinless chicken breast recipes!"

I'm not shocked by his more dower attitude lately.
 
2012-05-30 08:24:33 PM  

saintstryfe: Because it's a cruddy show with a cruddy set of personalities. "Let's place this famed, beautiful cookbook author, a world renowned restauranteur and chef up against the guy who smokes ribs in cardboard boxes and explains food science with puppets in a show judged on style and personality as much as the food."


His episode on grilling a porterhouse was a life-changing moment of TV for me.
 
2012-05-30 08:35:53 PM  

born_yesterday: saintstryfe: Because it's a cruddy show with a cruddy set of personalities. "Let's place this famed, beautiful cookbook author, a world renowned restauranteur and chef up against the guy who smokes ribs in cardboard boxes and explains food science with puppets in a show judged on style and personality as much as the food."

His episode on grilling a porterhouse was a life-changing moment of TV for me.


And it wasn't because he smacked his lips, or added 30 pounds of cilantro or went "bam" - it was because he explained to a different type of cooking show fan how it's done. Not just how, but the rest of the questions: who, what, why and when. He teaches. The rest cook and allow us along. His method of teaching doesn't work for everyone. and he does have that slightly prickily personality. He's also made a few missteps - that fried turkey episode was one of the stupidest things ever on a network that spawned Kwanzaa cake.

Alton isn't the only one: He's following in the steps of Julia Child, who likewise explained where her food came from, and the how of it coming together. His fandom comes through frequently. He isn't the only one too - Guy Fairi , as much as he's disliked by some, does a lot of Alton-style explanations on his shows and entertains similarly.
 
2012-05-30 08:39:46 PM  

saintstryfe: loonatic112358: Do you follow him on twitter? I don't think he's too excited about doing that show

Because it's a cruddy show with a cruddy set of personalities. "Let's place this famed, beautiful cookbook author, a world renowned restauranteur and chef up against the guy who smokes ribs in cardboard boxes and explains food science with puppets in a show judged on style and personality as much as the food."

Alton works because as much as he show he spends cooking he takes time explain hows and whys. Not just science, but also history. THis show gives him none of that, while focusing on his weaknesses, his gruff personality, his need to prepare, and withholding his more creative works.

I personally think, while loving cooking, he's tired of doing it on screen. There's only so many ways to explain gluten, only so many ways to explain how to explain how bread rises. Combined with the inanity of food network (Hey, let's do another 4 weeks on grilling, I'm sure something new will come with same people!). You know there were food network people saying "What are you doing talking about chick peas and asian noodles? Do more 30 minute boneless skinless chicken breast recipes!"

I'm not shocked by his more dower attitude lately.


I have to wonder if he's just gotten tired of being a celebrity. He clearly liked doing Good Eats, he seemed pretty upset that Feasting on Asphalt didn't turn out better, and he seems to genuinely enjoy hosting ICA. All that said, it just seems like he is getting tired of the attention and would rather spend more time with his family. I saw him do a live show last year and he talked a lot about his family; makes me wonder if he isn't unhappy spending so much time away from them.
 
2012-05-30 08:55:08 PM  

SweetSilverBlues:
And I'd like to pair it with "Real Men for Real Women: Mike Rowe and Ewan MacGregor fix cars in towels in Speedos".

If Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemmsworth guest star, I am all about that.


And Robert Downey Jr. And Ryan Reynolds.
 
2012-05-30 09:00:40 PM  
Sounds like someone is still a little sore about having his fat ass kicked to the curb by Cat Cora.
 
2012-05-30 09:20:17 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I want to pitch "Stoner Chef" where you just get a mishmash of snack foods and condiments to work with.


The secret ingredient that must be made into gourmet meals, the secret ingredient that will now be revealed by the Chairman.

Today's "Stoner Chef" secret ingredient is:

www.delish.com
(japanese accent) Seven-Ereven!

 
2012-05-30 09:26:41 PM  
images.betterworldbooks.com

farking hypocrite
 
2012-05-30 09:29:52 PM  
Original Iron Chef

Old food critic:This is a very good dish. I think you balanced the seasonal ingredients in a way that highlighted the featured item.
Rosanjin scholar: Humph I thought it was pretty good! Really Japanese!
Young skinny actress: Oh, it squirted in my mouth! tee-hee, it just explodes on your tongue! tee-hee
 
2012-05-30 09:46:38 PM  

SuperChuck: 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.


No, they are not. Most people are not only idiots they have a palate that is trained towards crap food and are resistant to anything that isn't familiar.
 
2012-05-30 10:14:23 PM  

hstein3: saintstryfe: loonatic112358: Do you follow him on twitter? I don't think he's too excited about doing that show

Because it's a cruddy show with a cruddy set of personalities. "Let's place this famed, beautiful cookbook author, a world renowned restauranteur and chef up against the guy who smokes ribs in cardboard boxes and explains food science with puppets in a show judged on style and personality as much as the food."

Alton works because as much as he show he spends cooking he takes time explain hows and whys. Not just science, but also history. THis show gives him none of that, while focusing on his weaknesses, his gruff personality, his need to prepare, and withholding his more creative works.

I personally think, while loving cooking, he's tired of doing it on screen. There's only so many ways to explain gluten, only so many ways to explain how to explain how bread rises. Combined with the inanity of food network (Hey, let's do another 4 weeks on grilling, I'm sure something new will come with same people!). You know there were food network people saying "What are you doing talking about chick peas and asian noodles? Do more 30 minute boneless skinless chicken breast recipes!"

I'm not shocked by his more dower attitude lately.

I have to wonder if he's just gotten tired of being a celebrity. He clearly liked doing Good Eats, he seemed pretty upset that Feasting on Asphalt didn't turn out better, and he seems to genuinely enjoy hosting ICA. All that said, it just seems like he is getting tired of the attention and would rather spend more time with his family. I saw him do a live show last year and he talked a lot about his family; makes me wonder if he isn't unhappy spending so much time away from them.


I can understand that. He's got a beautiful kid at home, wife, his parents whom he loves are still up-and-kicking, and he's still young. It's gotta be soul-crushing to make TV for people who can't fry an egg and then be told he's less valuable then the bubbleheads.

Aces for a guy - he ended his show before it got bad, he's winding down his first career. He'll find something he loves just as much.
 
2012-05-30 10:23:31 PM  
A few things.

1.) He's right.
2.)The original Iron Chef did have skinny little actresses. But you also have to understand the culture of China. It's huge on a scale of 'Who you know" especially if you're in business and acting. It's expected that if you want to rise the ranks of whatever genre you're trying to go through, that you socialize. They do this by going to restaurants. Going out to eat. Eating is considered the prime standard of socialization. Consider inviting your boss (AND PAYING) if you ever move to any asian country and want to advance. (It's expected)

Also consider, that it's a great insult in China and Japan to turn someone down if you're invited to dinner. Doesn't matter the reason, really. It's up there with trying to tip the wait staff in japan.
I would say also that those asian actresses on the original Iron Chef would comment a lot more about the food. "This bird's nest soup has a delicate flavor, it's subtle and I've had it lots before."

3.)Whereas the skinny actress that didn't like fish, doesn't like raw fish?
So they Chefs are being judged on her lack of culture?
wat?
 
2012-05-30 10:34:33 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: SuperChuck: 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.

No, they are not. Most people are not only idiots they have a palate that is trained towards crap food and are resistant to anything that isn't familiar.



You are most people.
 
2012-05-30 10:39:01 PM  

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

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


Seriously, can she even say anything else?


She bugs the hell out me. Practically sticks everything up her nose before eating it, too.
 
2012-05-30 10:48:00 PM  
I hate chopped. Here is your basket of monkfish anus, star fruit, and turnip. Whip me up something spectacular. Utter bull shiat ingredients most people never use, it teaches most people who like to cook nothing. And that arrogant Padmi biatch can lick my taint. The other judges seem like they know cuisine or at least how to cook/plate a dish.
 
2012-05-30 11:46:17 PM  
Wow...great to see Mario stand
behind his food.
I used to LOVE this show until the guest judges came on and ruined it.

I think the show is 1 step away from having Ashton Kutcher as a judge.

I love listening to Mario explain the entire history of a particular dish...
 
2012-05-31 12:07:22 AM  

laid back w/bud light: Blah. Blah blah, blah, blah. Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah, blah blah blah. And that arrogant Padmi biatch can lick my taint. Blah blah blah.

 
2012-05-31 01:41:24 AM  
I used to like Mario Batali back in the MOLTO MARIO days, before I found out he
was an arrogant douchebag whose restaurants in NYC are repeatedly in
violation of health codes and who chiselled his servers out of their tips.
 
2012-05-31 02:37:41 AM  
The original Iron Chef had actresses, psychics, reporters, and even food critics on the panel. Mario needs to wash the sand out of his vag and get over himself. Food Network doesn't cater to chefs and critics, it's for every day housewives and lonely guys who like watching people cook so they can manage more than ramen or Kraft dinner. Sometimes people aren't going to like what you make. Boo-freaking-hoo. I've never liked this fat fruitcake.
 
2012-05-31 03:32:21 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I want to pitch "Stoner Chef" where you just get a mishmash of snack foods and condiments to work with.


I like the way you think. "Stoner Chef" would be the highest rated show on Food Network.
 
2012-05-31 08:13:18 AM  

elvindeath: Mario can do no wrong. I remember watching him hollow out a wheel of parmesean to make an impromptu serving bowl for a dish and realizing no matter how much fun I had working on my kitchen skills on the weekends for the family, I was never going to approach his genius. I'm siding with him on this one - as soon as judges start panning a dish because they just don't like the ingredient, the whole show stops working.


He and Bourdain really would put on a pretty great show. Throw in some scantily clad Gwyneth Paltrow (Batali's buddy) to spice up the show with dipshiat proclaimations and it just might work.


So, he did no wrong when he stole money from his employees?
 
2012-05-31 08:39:26 AM  
static03.mediaite.com

If you want culture and you want it now, I've got the place for you. New York's hottest club is [funny buzzing noise]. Written and directed by James L. Brooks, this place has everything. Backpacks, sea lions, Ron Wood, a rental car filled with bottled water, my best friend Joel, plus a special appearance by evil celebrity chef, Wario Batali. He's just like his brother, except he doesn't wear crocs.
 
2012-05-31 10:17:08 AM  
I'd rather have a skinny, moron actress than Jeffrey "I wrote a book ten years ago, so I can be a cranky old fart, even though I probably couldn't make a grilled cheese sandwich" Steingarten, or that douche "Sustainable Foods Expert" chick who is on there all the time.

They should follow the original formula--two honest-to-goodness food experts (legitimate chefs, etc) and ONE dingbat "celebrity"

Mario Batali killed my dog and stole my tips.
 
2012-05-31 11:09:16 AM  

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."


I read that in the voice of Tenmei Kanoh.

Takes me back to the good ol' days.
 
2012-05-31 11:10:00 AM  

FuryOfFirestorm: RoyHobbs22: loonatic112358: food network runs iron chef america? when between reruns of diners drive ins and dives?

I'd rather watch Triple D than Arrogant Chef America any night of the week. At least I eat the crap they showcase on DDD, I am not interested in snail balls braised in goose fat and shiat.

I'm amazed that a show about a 40 year old man frat-boy douche stuffing his face and talking with his mouth full has lasted this long.


He's a douche but he highlights places that A) I would actually go to and B) I can afford. I don't actually watch the show but I understand the appeal.
 
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