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Wednesday, March 5

Aunt Sandy Gets Some Love from an Unlikely Place

Foodnetwork.com has a new feature called "Meet the Food Network Kitchens Staff" where you can check out bios and little factoids about the various food professionals who work for the network.

I was quite surprised when I checked out the page for Katherine Alford, test kitchen director and current judge on Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Sandra Lee wins the coveted spot of Food Network's test kitchen director's favorite show?! Is it because they never have to test anything Sandy makes on Semi-Homemade?

I'm not trying to bash Sandra here. I'm just shocked. Aunt Sandy has a very specific, unique purpose on the network (hiLARiousness). That purpose has nothing to do with testing recipes or having food professionals even acknowledge the show's existence, though.

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At 3/05/2008 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Ms. Alford is only watching it for the comedy gold?

The shrikes over at TWOP have been asking for years who Sandy had to blow to get her job, maybe now we have an answer!

Or maybe Katherine is trying to make a joke.

At 3/05/2008 12:41 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

A little charity here? If you recall from Aunt Sandy's "Chefography" segment, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu(in Canada, IIRC), and stayed there long enough to learn about seasonings...and discover she could get mixes that rival the do-it-yourself combinations. Maybe that's what Ms. Alford likes about her...and her gumption/stick-to-it-tive-ness.

At 3/05/2008 2:27 PM , Anonymous Greg said...

No, silly! It's all about the tabelscapes! Don't know about you guys but everyting I throw a dinner party, I spend 20 minutes on the food and 7-8 hours shopping, gluing, stenciling the tablescape. And of course, I wan't my kitchen to be redecorated to match the theme and color scheme of my food. And of course, I want my wardrobe while I'm cooking to match the whole food anf tablescape color scheme/theme.

Now I think you all are too hard on Aunt Sandy. I hear she is branching out: Semi-Certified Physicians: 30% work by a competent qualified physician, 70% from the Prevention Guide to Surgery. Sign me up for the prostate surgery, pronto!

At 3/05/2008 2:30 PM , Anonymous Greg said...

- A little charity here? If you recall from Aunt Sandy's "Chefography" segment, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu(in Canada, IIRC), and stayed there long enough to learn about seasonings

yeah but I hear she left early and did not learn important things, like "it's a bad idea to leave mayonnaise in the sun for 8 hours" or "if you are tearing up a pound cake to put lemon curd on it, just by the store's own lemon pie, it'll be just as good.."

At 3/05/2008 3:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO, given what the Food Network is turning into, I can't say that this is any great surprise to me.

I can only hope that everyone at the FN had to pick their favorite show and she drew the short straw.

At 3/05/2008 3:55 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I think y'all need to lay off Sandy on this one. Anonymous at 3.08 pm rightfully points the finger at FN.

They decided they wanted to attract a certain type of viewer and have asked Sandy to simplify things a tad. She is basically an actor working for her paycheque, with a bit of side income for cookbook sales.

When she is done with FN, I hope she writes a good tell all. I hope she gives us the goods on doorknobs like Tuschman who by now probably thinks he invented culinary TV.

At 3/05/2008 10:55 PM , Blogger Marc said...

Sandra Lee is my favorite food network show. where else can you find a boozeed up botox barbie dumping preservatives, chemicals, and canned goods AND THEN passing it off as gourmet? Truly the most hilarious comedy show on TV. And the mispronounciations (gahrgonzohla and knee oh key anyone?) are hilarious in itself.

At 3/06/2008 11:33 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

You really think she is a boozed up, botox Barbie? C'mon she is only carrying out what is asked of her . Maybe she needs to get loaded before every taping because that might be the only way she can pull off this cuisine with a straight face.

As for mispronunciation, she ain't the only FN host that is guilty.

I personally don't like the "chefs" who need to up the "ITALIANIZATION" of terms. Giada with her pan chitta, spa -ghitti, moes a- reeeellllaa
Mario Batali all of the above and more. Now that is annoying. And other mindless FN drones are following them.

Marc, don't blame Aunt Sandy for all these shortcomings. Blame Tuschman. and that other gnarly chick Suzie something. They are the ones making all these savvy FN decisions.

At 3/06/2008 1:32 PM , Anonymous Harry Martin said...

Poor Sandra -- but she is laughing all the way to the bank (and bar).

At 3/07/2008 10:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandra Lee gets my attention. She reminds me of the concoctions I've made for years just to get by as a wife, mother and RN.

At 3/13/2008 3:49 PM , Blogger rebekah said...

well i'm not commenting on her kitchen abilities or lack thereof. i gave my culinary-disabled sister in law a sandra lee cookbook (because i figured it'd be the easiest thing for her to try and just a little better than microwaving frozen pizzas as she's wont to do) and uh she couldn't pull off any of the recipes decently. so yeah ... there's worse out there than sandra :)


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