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Tuesday, March 4

2 Dudes Craving Attention

I've honestly given 2 Dudes Catering about .325 seconds of my time and attention since I watched the first episode back in October.

I'm just not captivated by the concept, and the production value of the show is just not up to par with other shows like Ace of Cakes. I feel like I'm watching Cops, with its grainy, shaky camera moves, minus the shirtless drunk dudes. Oh wait... there's probably shirtless drunks on 2 Dudes, too.

ANYhow... Chicago Trib's blog The Stew brings word of a publicity stunt of massive proportions: Food Network 'Dudes' + big brat + John Hancock = wacky publicity stunt

Okay, so this is a publicity stunt. It’s the very definition of one, in fact. A giant grill on North Michigan Avenue. A massive (fake) bratwurst dropped onto it by crane. Two guys from Food Network there to “set the grill up”-- whatever that means -- and “kick off grilling season.” People chanting “drop that brat!”

All this to get you thinking about Johnsonville brats and Food Network’s “Two Dudes Catering” show.
So here are the details, in case you’re hankering for a publicity stunt or a brat or just want to see a big grill and a big, inedible novelty sausage. Or in case you dig those guys from Food Network.

Where: John Hancock Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7. The brat “drops” at noon. With all of this snow we’ve had this winter, March 7 could prove pretty early to usher in a new grilling season.
What: A 24-foot, two-story grill. A 14-foot, 250-pound "sausage" made out of steel. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, stars of “Two Dudes Catering.” Random people off the street chanting “drop that brat!” Maybe a bunch of snow and ice and sleet. Free samples of normal-sized, real edible brats.
Why: Johnsonville wants to sell more brats. The Food Network wants more people to watch its show. Free sausages.


I actually kind of wish I could be home in Chicago just to see how this thing pans out. To my Windy City brethren: please take pics! Let me know if it's a disaster.

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At 3/04/2008 10:54 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

These reprobates need a wash. I would feel uncomfortable eating anything they make.

This just proves ANYONE can get a show on TV.

Lastly, FN should know that nobody watches the show because it is shit. I'd fire that Tuschman clown. He is on loosing streak and it's time to switch up the coaches.

At 3/04/2008 11:23 AM , Blogger PJ said...

FN constantly strives for alternative sects by trying to brand (read, type-cast) personalities, especially male chefs, with easy-to-read labels. They've tried to make cooks seem like macho men (Alton Brown in Feasting on Asphalt*, Throwdown, Dinner: Impossible), rock stars (Ace of Cakes), athletes ("hockey player" Danny Boome), and even zany madcaps (Ham on the Street). Remarkably, whether it's these shows or FN fem staples like Paula Dean, Ina Garten, or Rachel Ray, the commercials are all clearly produced in house and use the same voiceover guy and all look the same.

FN seems so afraid of just having a show where telegenic chefs cook (their nighttime slogan is "so much more than cooking"). Good luck branding the Two Dudes as indy hipsters. Just seems like another FN knock-off.

*I have tremendous respect for AB, but I can't take him as part of a roving biker gang looking for good eats.

At 3/04/2008 1:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FN needs to cancel this ridiculous show... stat! I don't know how this garbage got on the air to begin with! Duuuuudddddeeee....

At 3/04/2008 3:06 PM , Blogger Kathryn Magendie said...

Hope you don't mind - I stumbled by here...taking a look.

I haven't seen this show, only the advertisement for it, but just the advy made me think, no no no...won't wash(ha...meant to write Watch! Freudian slip!)

Nice looking blog, by the way.

At 3/04/2008 3:18 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

I can't believe anyone is watching this show.

At 3/04/2008 3:32 PM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

I skieve. On so many different levels.

At 3/04/2008 4:07 PM , Anonymous Katie said...

Agreed. Not only are these guys completely unfunny but the food they make is uninteresting. Their outward exterior is unprofessional and gross. This show is lame.

At 3/04/2008 5:30 PM , Blogger johnned said...

I totally forgot all about that show...I guess I'm not missing anything.

At 3/04/2008 5:38 PM , Blogger Stranger... said...

I totally agree that the sight of these guys makes me gag at the thought of food. Come on, there is a certain amount of Hygienic quality you expect from your chefs!

At 3/07/2008 10:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the most boring show that was ever made. No wonder it didn't last.


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