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Can't stand her!!! It seems like her accent and the use of "Y'all" gets more or more exaggerated with each passing day. I didn't find her that obnoxious when I saw her for the first time in 2002, but now she's just unbearable. She cackles so much that I'm really expecting her to lay an egg one of these days.

 

I've found that with other Food Network hosts as well. It's like either their director or producer told them to "amp up" their personalities. It's sad, because the chefs who actually focused on cooking, as opposed to their personalities, are no longer on (i.e., Sara Moulton).

 

I just had to get that off my chest!

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Interesting. I'm a Northerner and I find her personality kind of funny. I've been cooking for years and I think her food is mostly easy and usually delicious. :p

 

In particular, her recipe for Chicken Rice Casserole is absolutely delicious. I've served it to probably 100 people, and there is never a morsel left.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chicken-and-rice-casserole-recipe2/index.html

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I bet her southern accent is fake.

 

I'm also glad that FN got rid of Emeril Lagasse's show recently. All those "BAM!"s during his demo's are annoying as hell. His restaurant's are overrated and nowhere near worth the money to visit IMO.

 

Oh and let's not even get started on Rachel Ray......}(

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I love Paula. Her cooking is just my flavor. As far as Rachel well don't care for her but the concepts for her shows are great esp the $40 a day travel show. It's really given my wallet relief when I've traveled. If someone else was hosting her shows I think I'd enjoy them more but the concepts are great.

 

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ArVaGuy, Paula's accent was that bad in 2002. That's what I mean, it's so put on. If one played a drinking game whereby you had to drink everytime she said, "y'all", you'd be drunk after the first minute!!

 

I totally agree about Rachel. She's another perfect example of getting more and more obnoxious with each year her show is on the air. She wasn't like that a few years ago.

 

I'm also glad they got rid of Emeril and his stupid studio audience and their responses and his, "oh babe".

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I'll watch Tyler Florence because I think he's cute and Rachel Ray's Thirty Minute show because I'm drawn to it like slowing down at a wreck. But when it comes to searching recipes online I think most of the "quality" recipes of certain things come from Emeril or Bobby Flay.

The Food Network site is great, and a clue is to read the comments on the recipes before beginning because people have tried out the recipes and will give hints. Tyler, for example, always has to like put a cup of vinegar or two cups of wine in something....too much.

 

Paula was OK in her 1/2 hour show but they over-exposed her with that (?) slumber party talk-show with the Oprah audience. I can't watch it.

 

If you haven't seen it though, YOU MUST search YouTube for the video of Paula Deen taking a burger patty and putting lettuce, mayo, pickles .... and using two glazed doughnuts as the buns. Pretty funny. Her eyes pop out when she bites into it..."Y'all, I'm going to get arrested for this."

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Actually one of my coworkers does play that very drinking game. Though they had to stop with the "yall"'s because they were getting too wasted. Now, when they play that drinking game it's whenever she adds butter to some dish. They say they still get pretty buzzed.

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Yeah...Tyler has the eye candy quotient down for sure. I'm not fond of Bobby Flay and I'm not exactly sure why but he has some vibe that just annoys me. Interestingly, Flay's production company provides many of the special programming for the FN during the holiday season.

 

Alton Brown is another favorite of mine because I like the irreverent humor and the science background he gives on his shows. His recipes are great and not too complex. I like his macaroni and cheese dish, one of the best.

 

Also like Giada Delaurentis. Many of her recipes remind me of the way my Sicilian grandmother used to cook when I was a child.

 

As for the Barefoot Contessa....put some shoes on that hag and tell her to take a hike.

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I live in Ms. Deen's neck of the woods. Her restaurant (Lady & Sons) in Savannah is overpriced for average food, served buffet style. And often, the wait times are ridiculous. There are many better places to eat in Savannah, than her hole in the wall. :p

 

And yes, her southern mannerisms are extreme and do not accurately represent my beloved Dixie at all, but her sons are the weird ones. Something about those boys just ain't right.

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<<As for the Barefoot Contessa....put some shoes on that hag and tell her to take a hike. >>

 

I've been watching Food Network since the Two Fat Ladies, and as Jennifer Patterson said once: "What a foul thing to say!" Ina Garten (I think that's her name) is always soft-spoken and pleasant and the gal is THE biggest fag-hag on the channel. I love it when she does her dinner parties show. As a friend of mine said when watching the show over my shoulder: "Does that woman have one non-flaming friend?" I think every florist on the east coast gets a dinner invite.

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Not all food people are trustworthy.

The NY Post reports:

A TriBeCa caterer went on a $361,000 spending spree with his boyfriend's credit card while the pair shared a love nest at the tony Ritz-Carlton - splurging on such goodies as spa treatments, personal shoppers and dog-walkers, prosecutors said yesterday.

 

Carl Butcho, 26, who runs the trendy TriBeCa Chef, allegedly passed himself off as the heir to a large fortune as he racked up bills on the corporate card of his beau, an Ernst & Young employee.

 

He spent weeks between August and September 2007 ringing up charges, including renting limos and scooping up luxury goods via the Ritz's personal-shopping service, authorities said.

 

"He told us he had a giant fortune," said the co-owner of the Greenwich Village eatery where Butcho recently worked before suddenly disappearing, saying he had intestinal cancer.

 

"He told us he lived in an $8 million apartment and was buying a $10 million apartment," said the restaurateur, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

In addition to fleecing his then-boyfriend, Jason Warner, Butcho also scammed $8,000 from a dog-walker by having her charge expenses on her credit card, and then not reimbursing her, officials said.

 

The chef was held in lieu of $50,000 bond at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday. He is charged with two counts of grand larceny.

 

The suspect's lawyer, Lawrence Fredella, called the charges "ridiculous," and blamed Warner for the mess, saying he was the one who signed the credit-card receipts, and is now trying to pin blame on Butcho

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I love great food and it's mind boggling to me why Food Network is so dreadful until you remember that Brooke Bailey Johnson is running the show. I remember Brooke from her days with Live With Regis and Kathy Lee. Her taste in programming and definition of "star" hovers near the bottom of a trailer park.

 

Bob Tuschman (I would have changed that name at the age of three) is another reason why the Network is what it is. Rumored to be gay with an Ohio upbringing, Bob knows nothing about food. All he cares about is creating "star" chefs. Food Network is a personality driven enterprise. Bob wouldn't know a four-star meal if it ate him. When asked to name his ultimate comfort food, Bob answered, "A steaming bowl of pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe." Are you fucking kidding me?

 

Here are a few more memorable quotes from Bob:

"I love to cook, but don't have the time or patience to make anything time consuming or complicated. (What can I say? I have a TV brain.)"

 

"If the goal is to make food and cooking accessible, interesting and celebrated by as many people as possible, I'd say we're succeeding. On the other hand if the goal is to keep the food world limited to a small group of elite chefs and eaters, we're failing miserably."

 

Networks care about numbers and Bob and Brooke are doing their best to create the McDonald's of food television. They are succeeding.

 

As for Paula Dean, I can't stomach Suthun Drawls from any speaker. Any speech that has the ring of LAZY is no speech for me. Ms. Dean has an interesting life story and every hair in place but I have no interest in watching her, cooking her recipes, or visiting her restaurant. I'd rather listen to nails scratching a blackboard.

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This BUTCHO Guy better at least be one Hunky looking Dude?

 

BUT I get the feeling he's more like the Blondie "Carson" from Queer Eye Fame..judging from where those Credit Cards were used! ;-)

 

Although he is doing a Serious Promo on the LaLaLaLand Channel..where he has actually Toned his Queer Eye Personna down! By either his own choice or the Producer's! ;-)

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I agree Paula Dean is unwatchable. Her drawl is over the top and as you noted her cackle is well just so fake.

 

As for other hosts I tend to enjoy watching them. Especially Bobby Flay (maybe because I think he's cute) but I feel I learn a little fom his shows.

 

Regarding Rachel Ray I always have loved her. Like Gregg mentioned her travel shows are helpful and I like the 30 minute meals. Not for any earth shattering recipes but for the general ideas of decent quick meals.

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< "if you really want some intelligent food talk, switch over to NPR radio and catch Lynn Rosetto Casper's show, "The Splendid Table"

 

Amen. Thanks for the plug for the Twin Cities finest cook and cooking author. :o

 

I've had the good fortune to eat Lynn's food on many occasions, and she is The Real Deal, with no pomp and circumstance. }(

 

If you're a Northern Italian food aficionado, fused with enough creativity to play intense games with your palate, she cannot be beat! :9

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I was, for a brief time, truly addicted to her cooking show and the Friday night "Paula's Party" shows. I don't cook, but I just enjoyed watching and learning.

 

Over time she has become so self-absorbed, and over the top, it just screams fake. The constant name-dropping and celebrity guests dilute the charm and appeal she once had. I've never been to one of her restaurants and don't have much interest in feeding her ego or pocketbook these days.

 

I think the only reason I really watched so much before was because the bitch never stops eating and I wanted to watch her keel over on camera!

 

As for her sons....they are a bit screwed up and I'm convinced the younger one is a closet Queen. Wonder what his handle would be on this Forum....perhaps "SuckItYall"!

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RockHard, thank you for your insight on why the Food Network is so unwatchable. I totally agree about Bob Tischman. His side kick (I can't remember her name from, "The Next Food Network Star") is also a piece of work. The expression on her face during that show always made it seem like she just stepped in dog crap. Speaking of, "The Next Food Network Star" the final three in their most recent incarnation were all unwatchable. How "Big Daddy" got his own show is beyond me. His voice is extremely annoying. It's sad because The Food Network was one of the reasons I wanted to get cable (back in 2002), but I find myself tuning in less and less because as a network they're trying to force feed these "stars" down my throat.

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