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Tuesday, August 21

Dave (and others) could be McSteamy

My oh my. With all this talk about hot male chefs on Food Network you'd think some massive supplier of plastic wrap and other kitchen products would devise some sort of "steamiest chef promotion."

Well, they have.

You can go to Glad's web site and vote on who you think is the steamiest. Choose between Govind Armstrong, G. Garvin, Dave Lieberman, Aaron Sanchez and Aaron Talbot.

You also have the chance to win a dinner with the steamiest chef and other prizes. The bobbleheads are enough for me, though.




At 8/21/2007 5:46 PM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

Sam Talbot. From Season 2 of Top Chef. Best known for repeatedly insisting he's "not that guy," and getting gypped out of a spot in the finals.

At 8/22/2007 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally someone recognizes G. Garvin!!!!!!! He has a cooking show on TVOne and I would eat anything he cooked, hmm wait except for fish.

At 8/22/2007 12:56 PM , Blogger Gregory said...

Ok, I know this really belongs in the post below but since the subject is still Food Network men, allow me to make a rant.
I have big issues with Dinner Impossible, or as I call it, Dinner Irresponsible
First a few disclaimers:
1) Yes, I get this is a “virtuosity” show as I call it, one like Iron Chef, to a degree Wolfgang Puck and others which you are supposed to just watch and not do, it is definitely a "don’t try this at home” type thing
2) I also get this is supposed to be microcosm of all the things which go wrong when running a restaurant or organizing a party. A good chef/host has to be prepared for anything. Robert consistently shows his skills and sang-froid when pulling off very difficult tasks.

But now let me rant:
1) How real can it really be? These are extremely important events. For example, we saw the Governor of Pennsylvania’s inauguration party. So are we to believe that, for a critical event like this, the venue, decor, schedule, security etc. are prepared months ahead of time but for the most important food, they will say, “ok, yeah, we’ll just throw you a fridge worth of a limited number of ingredients and just a few hours and hope it works out ok”? Something like an inauguration party is not something you would want to put to chance. Or maybe it is a wedding. Or a graduation. Or a film premiere. If YOU were in charge of these events, would you be willing to say, “Well, it’s possible my guests will get squat so we can be on this show.” So who knows if they have a catering company on hold or other contingency plans.

2) If this IS real, what kind of yokels want this to happen for their important event? I work with members of the public too, not in cooking, and can say that 90-95% of the time, it is not a real emergency, just poor planning on the part of the client. You are not given sufficient time, insufficient materials and feedback but they expect a 100% top-quality product. These "emergency" types are also always the ones who complain the loudest.
So in other words, you are saving the client from himself/herself. Everyone has to run around like a crazy person because not enough materials or time was provided by the client and you take the blame if it is not right. Now, I realize there are real emergencies in life and clients have them too and you try to accommodate. But having six hours to cater an event that has been scheduled for 6 months is not an emergency. Having insufficient ingredients and cooking facilities for an event planned for a long time is NOT an emergency.

3) As I said above, this show illustrates the hazards that can happen to a chef or a party organizer. But again, there are real emergencies and fake ones. Real emergencies: your refrigerator breaks down unexpectedly, the side of beef you buy from your usual top supplier is bad, your sous-chef is in a car accident...etc. Fake emergencies: Shopping at the last second for an event planned for 2 months, not having enough staff on hand for that event etc. It is Dinner Irresponsible.

4) I would tell Robert to f*ck off. One episode I saw they took these elderly lunch room ladies, who probably earn minimum wage, and subjected them to all sorts of bellowing and stress. So Robert, what gives you the right to bellow and moan at people because of poor planning that was completely avoidable? They are not on your payroll. I long to see the episode where somebody just walks out on him.

5) I get so sick of this bullshit they keep pushing on FN that you've got to be prepared for anything at any moment. Um, so does Giada do that on the episodes of her show where every detail is planned, multiple camera angles are filmed and the show is filmed 8 months before airing? You need to be on your feet enough to do a promo on the Today Show or a FN commercial, that’s about it, NOT rush around like an idiot for an event planned for 3 months.

Yes, I know, many are saying, “Just chill out, it’s just a show”. Yeah, you’re right. But I think we all get a free rant sometimes : )

At 8/24/2007 8:58 PM , Blogger Recipe Tweaker said...

Dave Lieberman gets my vote!

At 8/27/2007 2:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a toss up. Dave is a cutie, but there is something about Sam. I always feel a little dirty watching his episodes of TC. My mind wanders to very bad/good places. Is it getting hot in here? Must go vote.


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