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Why are people on food network allowed to perpetuate inaccurate information consistently?

asked by brandon over 6 years ago

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pierino
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added over 6 years ago

Brandon there is no such thing as no such thing as a Food TV police. About five or six years ago the producers of Food Network made the marketing decision to really dumb it down and make it all entertainment which certainly has helped its ratings. RR is the quintessenial example of inaccurate info because she just spins stuff off of the top of her head, much of which is not just wrong but screaming, hilarious wrong.

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ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Would you really want to live in a world where there was such a thing as Food TV Police? I would, but only if I were commissioner and I got to wield a twelve-inch skillet to whack nitwits over the head every time I disagreed with them. EVOO smoking in a frying pan? Bong!

For my own curiosity, can you elaborate on who you believe is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors (besides RR) and what they've said?

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Bevi
added over 6 years ago

Pioneer Woman

pierino
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added over 6 years ago

And indeed I'd like to back up ChefOno on the bongs. After ChefOno bonged a nitwit I'd add an extra bong. And then I'd bong Chef who would give me the Moe two finger eye poke. "Ow, Ow, Ow!" Retaliate with the double nostril pull with the head butt. Slaps ensue. See, cooking is fun.

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Oh, a wise guy, eh? Let's bring out Emeril then… Ono: "I'll take some burnt toast 'n' a rotten egg." Emeril: "Bam!" Ono: Bong! Pierino: Bong! Emeril (weakly): "Bam?" Ono: Bong! Pierino: Bong! Emeril: "Ooooh… I'm trying to think but nothing's happening!" Ono and Pierino shake hands and walk off stage looking for The Food Network's head of programming…

brandon
added over 6 years ago

she was talking about searing the meat holding in the juices, then she went on to say that a 15 minute marinade would tenderize the meat....

brandon
added over 6 years ago

sear locks in juices

brandon
added over 6 years ago

sear locks in juices

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


I'm disappointed that someone with her education and status would say such things but I can't say I'm terribly surprised -- *a lot* of people believe those things to be true. Message for Aida Mollenkamp… Bong!

sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added over 6 years ago

Yikes! I thought that searing meat on high heat was done to form a crust and locks in the juices. No?

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago



Sorry, no. There is absolutely nothing you can do to "lock in" juiciness. Searing and crusts are all about flavor. To quote Burrell, since we're discussing Food Network, "Brown food tastes good!"


brandon
added over 6 years ago

well everyone does it, especially the obvious rr or giada, but on this particular instance it was aida which was even more annoying than usual because the basis of her show is answering questions

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pierino
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added over 6 years ago

Giada, grand daughter of Dino DiLaurentis is at least a professionally trained cook. She grew up in Rome and understands the cooking. She looks like a runway model but I don't hold that against her. RR was scooped up by Food Network after doing demos on local television. This was around the time that Food Network started to furlough the real chef shows. Ming, the Tamales, and I could go on. They were really smart in picking up the original Japanese version of Iron Chef which was greatly entertaining. Iron Chef America is now one of their few quality products even if some of the judges are morons.

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Now I'm even more curious as to what she said.

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creamtea
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added over 6 years ago

I don't watch.

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LLStone
added over 6 years ago

I've watched a little, and for the life of me I cannot place an Aida.........who is that?

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brandon
added over 6 years ago

tall brunette, has show called ask aida.

sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added over 6 years ago

A very thin young woman.

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added over 6 years ago

A very thin young woman.

Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

Aida Mollenkamp

Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

Food Network really outdid themselves with Paula Deens 'genius' recipe ( With due apologies to the fantabulous genius series on food52)

http://www.foodnetwork...

Warning: You'll split your sides rolling with laughter reading through the comments!

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FunkyLady
added over 6 years ago

That recipe is precious. Makes me so grateful that we have websites like food 52.

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Thank you, thank you, thank you for that link! Priceless!

drbabs
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added over 6 years ago

That's just crazy. Do you think the comments are sarcastic? Canned peas and butter? Seriously?

creamtea
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added over 6 years ago

hilarious!! Thanks for that link!

sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added over 6 years ago

My current fave is Anne Burrell.

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susan g
added over 6 years ago

I have the Food Network Kitchens Cookbook, copyright 2003. You can see that the spirit is alive, the recipes exciting -- it's a whole different 'network,' doesn't even have celebrity chefs. The tag line is 'fresh ideas. bold flavors. tips & techniques' -- guess that was the good old days. Too bad.

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Gibson2011
added over 6 years ago

It's also unfortunate that they felt the need to market kitchen tools/cookware/dishes, etc. It seems as though they're not even trying to hide the fact that the network exists to make as much money as possible and entertain, rather than educate.

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ATG117
added over 6 years ago

Well, if anyone has watched the next food network star, the entertainment rather than food focus could not be clearer. I was shocked that most of the contestants could even make it on to the show, and the winners were always disappointing. The one contestant with promise, Whitney Chen, was eliminated for her personality, which the judges saw as lackluster (she now blogs for gilt taste). But the point is that they were looking for Guy Fieris. Sad. I grew up watching the Two Hot Tamales, Gale Gand, and Sara Molton. I do still appreciate Ina Garten. And even if Alton Brown had an informative show, I found his personality unbearable. Mario always comes off a bit pompous, which can offend some. I think he has this problem on The Chew too.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added over 6 years ago

Food Network's "shift" of programming reminds be of the old MTV and its current "game show/reality" programming.

brandon
added over 6 years ago

there is also a commercial on right now where giada says she doesn't care if they can cook as long as the personality is there, because she can always teach them to cook

Louisa
added over 6 years ago

I still miss Sara Molton...so practical, down to earth and professional. She was a wonderful host and she had great guests.

ATG117
added over 6 years ago

Well, if anyone has watched the next food network star, the entertainment rather than food focus could not be clearer. I was shocked that most of the contestants could even make it on to the show, and the winners were always disappointing. The one contestant with promise, Whitney Chen, was eliminated for her personality, which the judges saw as lackluster (she now blogs for gilt taste). But the point is that they were looking for Guy Fieris. Sad. I grew up watching the Two Hot Tamales, Gale Gand, and Sara Molton. I do still appreciate Ina Garten. And even if Alton Brown had an informative show, I found his personality unbearable. Mario always comes off a bit pompous, which can offend some. I think he has this problem on The Chew too.

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Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

I think Food Network is shifting from actual cooking related shows to those chic, glamorous food related reality shows.. & cooking channel is taking over the actual 'food that we can eat' segment.

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Of course they're doing their best to make money, they're running a business forheavensake. You can hardly fault them for giving the public what they want to watch. But at the same time, you can't accuse them of not providing a variety of shows or trying new and different approaches, some of which have been great successes, some are bound to be great disappointments. "Bitchin' Kitchen"???

Anne Burrell is supremely talented and brings a boatload of experience to her show Secrets. I love Alton's depth of knowledge and understanding and his out-of-the-box way of thinking. Michael Symon's Cook Like an Iron Chef is another gem.

They all have their quirks. And I've caught both Anne and Alton making technical errors. Nobody's perfect.

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pierino
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added over 6 years ago

Michael Symon is one of my all time heroes. During an Iron Chef episode he almost threatened Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appeitit) who is an all time dork, with physical violence. He was going to lay some hurt on him big time. Michael Ruhlman just scratched his chin and openly mocked Knowlton. But both Symon and Ruhlman are Cleveland guys.

Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

I totally agree, CHef Symon ROCKS, I've found so much inspiration from his recipes & I'm a vegetarian!

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago



Alton Brown: "It gets real spicy between Andrew and Michael. I can tell you there are almost fisticuffs."

ATG117
added over 6 years ago

One other thought: Has anyone bee surprised by Bobby Deen's show? He flat out knocks Paula's recipes and admits that they are terrible in the health department. How is this at all conducive to their production and marketing of her show?

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Linn
added over 6 years ago

Not at all surprised. Marketing brilliance as far as I can tell $$$ Paula plays to gluttony and negotiates with big pharma. Bobby picks up the other end and plays to "health".

ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Paula's family is furious with her for concealing her diabetes for three years while promoting just the type of diet diabetes sufferers should be avoiding while doing nothing to control her weight, the number one factor in combating her condition. Someone needs to tell her running off at the mouth does not count as exercise. (Then there's that little issue about being a paid spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company that markets diabetes drugs.)

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ATG117
added over 6 years ago

It actually seems to me as though her family is very supportive of her. Her sons are spokespersons too. But I was less focused on her personal decisions and rehashing the diabetes controversy as I was puzzled, from a business standpoint, as to how his show makes sense.

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ChefOno
added over 6 years ago


Sorry, I didn't mean to stir things up if the issue has been discussed previously. I've only seen a few minutes of his show but I took the comments I heard as critical of her in that regard.

As for the business issues, there are a great number of things in this world that don't make any sense to me…

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cdnrattlesnake
added over 6 years ago

Professionally, as a Chef, I've come to view The Food Network as both a bonus and a bane to my existence. The bonus comes in the realization that consumers are more educated and have higher expectations than they did even 10 years ago. They know more about quality, nutrition, safe practices, and environmental issues than ever before. They're also more likely to have at least seen other cultural influences on western cuisine and are more likely to be more adventurous in trying new things. These factors certainly seperate the professional cook/chef from the fly-by-nights that believe it's better to increase profit by lowering quality and standards.
Having said this, The Food Network is the bane of my existence for the reason you have pointed out; misinformation. It has turned certain factions of the consuming public into 'foodies', or worse, 'food snobs'. It's not even necesarily the fault of TFN or the celebrity chef involved; quite often it's the misinterpretation of the information by the viewer.

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spiffypaws
added over 6 years ago

I'm a baker and find the cake show, Ace of Cakes extremely annoying for many reasons. How do they get away w/ just wearing street clothes, no aprons and no head covering while preparing and decorating cakes??? I wish some of the cake shows on TV would post their prices because customers come into our bakery all the time w/ a picture from the internet or want a cake from a show they saw on TV and are shocked at the price. Just last week, a customer wanted an alligator-shaped cake with fondant, and only wanted to pay $45. And, she thought we could drop everything and prepare it for her that day-and did I mention it was Saturday!!!

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pierino
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added over 6 years ago

Spiffypaws, I once got to watch the Charm City Cakes team do a demonstration. And it took all day. So you are right, it's not like you can knock this stuff out in 45 minutes. Guess who the most popular person on the team was. The taciturn Geoff. The guy has fans.

bambiekat
added over 6 years ago

Can someone tell me WHY that damn Guy Fieri is plastered all over TV? The guy is a moron, have seen him in his own home town, drunker than a skunk and rude as can be, at at golf tournament. Enough already!

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Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

He's plastered there because apparently he totally stood out waay above the rest of the contestants in that season.. There was some sort of 'STAR' quality that he possessed. (Heard this directly from a source at FN during a tour of the studios)

Panfusine
added over 6 years ago

I personally had a great experience with a Cooking Channel taping session, their attention to detail regarding the details about a recipe of mine was astounding.. Learnt a LOT.

But then the show was for cooking channel & not the Food Network.. The difference there is 'cooking' vs. 'Food'

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