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Wednesday, June 25

Anne Burrell Chats with Village Voice

Anne Burrell's new Food Network show Secrets of a Restaurant Chef premieres this Sunday, June 29 at 9:30am ET.

But this Iron Chef America sous for Mario Batali and Executive Chef at New York's Centro Vinoteca would probably not even see her first episode... if it weren't for TiVo.


"Most people who work nights aren’t up at that time. If it weren’t for Tivo I’d probably miss my own premiere," Anne tells the Village Voice.

I know a lot of people who are looking forward to this show. I'm hoping Anne is able to bring the cooking know-how (which we know she has) along with the personality one needs to host a good show.

And the show's concept is pretty cool.

"Every show is based around a menu. The show starts with me preparing the menu at Centro and then moves to the home kitchen, where I break it down and teach people the technique. It’s about how to successfully cook those restaurant dishes at home."

Anne will certainly raise the culinary level of Food Network's daytime programming if she sticks around beyond her six episode trial season. Here's the test to see if a "real" chef can get higher ratings than the home cooks of the network.

You excited about Anne's show?

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20 Comments:

At 6/25/2008 3:20 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I hope her show takes off. Maybe she can do a 101 on pasta making for noobs as this is what she usually kicks off an ICA Battle BAtali with.

I think it is possible a trained chef can get higher ratings than Rachel Ray or Fee'Eddy. Flay and Lagasse did it for years.

 
At 6/25/2008 4:03 PM , Blogger Karen said...

The first two episodes are pasta bolognese and leg of lamb. I'm looking forward to this one. I find that many of the FN shows try to do so many dishes in a single show that you don't really learn how to cook any of them really well. I'd rather have a show that focuses on one thing, and really shows you the right way to make it delicious and perfect.

 
At 6/25/2008 4:12 PM , Blogger Amelia said...

Interesting show concept, I'm looking forward to it!

 
At 6/25/2008 4:48 PM , Anonymous Andrew said...

Thank god -- a *real* food show on the Food Network!

 
At 6/25/2008 4:50 PM , Blogger Harry said...

The nicest part of ICA is that the sous chefs get their due, and this is even better - hope her show sticks around and moves to a better slot!

 
At 6/25/2008 6:35 PM , Blogger Becca said...

This sounds like a great show, just wish it didn't have the deathly time slot of 9:30 Sunday am.

 
At 6/25/2008 7:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Chef Burrell has the best of success with this show, it will be great to have a cooking show on FN that wasn't pitched down to the completely neophyte audience, but actually was a "Cooking 102" type show that went a bit deeper than the absolute basics of cooking.

 
At 6/25/2008 8:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see a chef again on FN. It's nice when I can learn something new, and I'm a professional cook. Anne is great on Iron Chef and hope she does well with this new show. Looking forward to it!

 
At 6/25/2008 11:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to it! I hope this proves to FN that there is room for all different types of culinary programming on the network and not just Rachael, Sandra, and the other wanna-bes.

 
At 6/26/2008 5:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Karen..i love Alton Brown because he really delves into one kind of food and goes to town...

 
At 6/27/2008 3:25 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

It will be interesting to see if Anne uses her cleavage like some other FN people do.

Her promo pic suggests she will.

 
At 6/29/2008 10:03 AM , Anonymous Dairyland Girl said...

Not today, Alec! She's all covered up. What a great opening show- this program was fabulous! It begs the question: if FN is capable of this, then why....?

Nevertheless, I'll definitely be watching Anne in the future. What a great beginning.

 
At 6/29/2008 10:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the premiere this morning, and I hope you post about it, Jacob. I have some comments of my own that I will stow for the moment.

 
At 6/29/2008 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cook the crap out of it?? Oh yeah I want to eat that...and what's up with all the belly dancing??
I give up...you have hosts that talk, but can't cook..and chefs that cook, but can't host!!!

 
At 6/29/2008 1:44 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Too bad she's WAY over the top! The show was a flop. Loved the concept but hated her.

 
At 7/02/2008 7:27 AM , Blogger Andrew's Mom said...

Ok, her hand gestures and affectations were WAY over the top - but I learned alot from her episode - I didn't like cook or brown the crap out of it either - but if I can learn to be a better cook (and I'm pretty good now) - great. I actually by the end of the show liked her and could get past the hula she was performing throughout the episode.

 
At 7/23/2008 2:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like she is not being herself and trying to do hand movements and loud talking like Rachel Ray. Why everyone is trying to imitate Rachel Ray. This is pathetic.

 
At 7/28/2008 12:56 AM , Anonymous sandy said...

I wanted to like it, but, too many "chefs" are calling food "these guys" and I can't stand it!! It drives me crazy! She must of said it at least 10 times in the first 10 minutes, also too much of the hands going in the air as if she was about to take off...Sorry, not for me! The same thing used to happen with Tyler Florence with his "okays and all right" after every sentence. Don't their directors or producers notice this???

 
At 8/03/2008 7:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just too loud. My four sons start making fun of her when she comes up and it is really distracting the way she talks. What happened to calmness with people.

 
At 1/03/2009 11:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Anns'how this AM and would like to find the recipe for the carmel apple tart.

I have checkd all over and come up with nothing.....

ma

 

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