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Tuesday, August 26

The Cooking Loft Premieres Saturday

Taking a page from Perez Hilton... fill in the blank:

I am _____________ about Alex Guarnaschelli's new show The Cooking Loft.


I don't know much about the show, other than the host, Alex Guarnaschelli (executive chef at NYC's Butter), teaches a small group of students (a la Molto Mario) how a "pro puts her own unique spin on basic cooking techniques."

I have high hopes for the show. After the major success of Anne Burrell, Food Net appears more prone to finding great talent within the restaurant world, often having years of training.

Still, lots of training doesn't necessarily equal a successful show. And that student/teacher type show can sometimes make the viewer feel like a third wheel.

The Cooking Loft premieres this Sat. at 9:30am ET on Food Network.

PS- I have heard unofficially that Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef was renewed for more episodes. I'll let you know as soon as that is cofirmed.

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34 Comments:

At 8/26/2008 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

having seen her a lot as a judge on iron chef i must say i LOVE alex!
she has a great sense of humor and solid culinary chops.
i don't know how this show will fare but if it fails it is tushmans fault not hers......

 
At 8/26/2008 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

love love Alex....and i'm overjoyed at the prospect of seeing more of Ann Burrell ...looking forward to the cooking loft...

 
At 8/26/2008 4:43 PM , Blogger greenbean said...

geeked! i'm really excited to see her show. her sense of humor is perfect for a show like this.

although, i don't like the pic. she's too done up and doesn't look like herself. this isn't a diss, i just like her looking herself.

 
At 8/26/2008 5:12 PM , Anonymous Patty O. Furniture said...

ambivalent.

I am glad that FN has decided to look for more pedigreed chefs, but I'm not sure how popular/likable Ms. Guarnaschelli will be to the general FN audience. I've always enjoyed her appearances as guest judge on Iron Chef America, but I don't see the same people who tune in for Rachael Ray or Sandra Lee wanting to watch her.

 
At 8/26/2008 5:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw her compete on the Iron Chef
and she was fabulous

So much better than some of the clowns FN tries to pass off as chefs

ie..Big Daddy and Sunny..Blech

 
At 8/26/2008 5:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

im kinda unsure about this new show. the commercials with the sparkles don't appeal to me...i don't know maybe fn will surprise me

 
At 8/26/2008 5:55 PM , Anonymous Turtle said...

I've enjoyed her appearances on "ICA" so this sounds like fun. I do miss "Molto Mario" and the concept of a cooking class show with the guests in person is a good one.

Alex actually competed on "ICA" though? Did she win?

I think the commercials are cute with the little sprinkle of stars and sounds of an orchestra tuning up. FN really, really needs to have more trained chefs in their lineup, so I'm looking forward to the show.

 
At 8/26/2008 7:36 PM , Blogger Charles said...

I'm def looking forward to this new show. Although not familiar with her "ICA" appearances I always like to give new peeps a chance. Others have posted she has a great sense of humor and I love that so I hope the show does well. I will be tuned in.

 
At 8/26/2008 8:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks boring from the previews I've seen, but I'll give it a shot!
~A

 
At 8/26/2008 8:47 PM , Blogger snndee said...

saw Alex compete on ICA--barely beaten by IC Cora--but she was GREAT!!!!
will definitely be tuned in to her new show--

 
At 8/26/2008 9:22 PM , Blogger Brian Flaherty said...

BORING...let me know when Jamie Oliver is back

 
At 8/26/2008 9:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic...FN sucks. I am so tired of these shows. Guy Fieri? Noooo.

Jamie Oliver is the best they have right now. Quit with the Flash and Pomp!

Go back to the Basics. Please.

 
At 8/26/2008 9:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya wanna talk off topic?? i really miss 2 hot tamales and the 2 fat ladies.... some day in the future
we will be able to program a unit to play whatever we want.... until then we are stuck with someone else's stuff.......where's the alka setlzer??

 
At 8/26/2008 10:06 PM , Blogger snndee said...

totally agree with anon 9:42--
one of the BEST was '2 Fat Ladies'--

 
At 8/27/2008 1:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, thanks for posting this, as requested on the Sunny thread! I am really looking forward to this show, especially after seeing her as a contestant on ICA. I was already familiar with her judging on ICA and really liked what appears to be her approach to food as well as her snarky while still being kind sense of humor, but I liked her even more after seeing her compete. This is one new FN program that I will definitely be watching. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

 
At 8/27/2008 1:47 AM , Anonymous markus said...

I'm excited to see the show. I am tired of seeing the sparkling finger commercial.

 
At 8/27/2008 12:03 PM , Anonymous Andrew T. said...

Yay!

That is all.

 
At 8/27/2008 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way back when I started watching Food Network, I saw a FN Challenge Thanksgiving episode that Alex was on, and I remember she failed at it and her whole attitude just turned me off. I don't think I'll be watching this new show.

 
At 8/27/2008 2:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunny and Big Daddy. I agree with you anon. Two of the worst (after Aunt Sandy and Pawlor). LOL.

 
At 8/27/2008 10:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i can say is, if she makes one more stupid face at the camera while holding a plate of food i'm going to hurt someone

 
At 8/28/2008 12:22 AM , Blogger Matt said...

not gonna lie...the commercial creeps me out. she makes weird faces and says things like "hear how the food is hissing because it wants attention too?". I don't understand how a show can be successful if the viewpoint is food being a multi-sensory experience to be shared...just seems like a lame idea.

 
At 8/28/2008 1:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Matt, food IS a multi-sensory experience to be shared. If you don't pay attention with ALL of your senses while cooking, you're inviting trouble; or at least a less-than-ideal end result.

Gotta agree with you on the creepy commercial thing, tho. All in all, I like Alex and look forward to her show. Don't judge by the commercial.

 
At 8/28/2008 9:25 PM , Blogger Charles said...

To anonymous and snndee's posts earlier, I totally miss the "2 fat ladies" show. They were so good together and were so funny but yet informative all at the same time. I do know all their episodes were released on dvd recently so be on the lookout for it.

 
At 8/29/2008 9:54 PM , Anonymous ralph said...

im so anticipating this show i really like her shes a great judge on ica and i think it will do good.
i hope that anne burrell rumor is true

 
At 8/30/2008 10:42 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I'm enjoying The Cooking Loft, but will Jamie Oliver be back? I love that show.

 
At 8/30/2008 9:11 PM , Blogger Charles said...

I really liked the show today. My cable info said it was going to be about chicken but it was about tomatoes but nonetheless she actually made tomatoes pretty darn interesting, particulary the caramel pear stuffed maters' she prepared. I'm going to have to try that. Look forward to future episodes but I also do miss me some "Jamie @ Home". He is fantastic.

 
At 8/31/2008 1:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see a real chef on her own show. I'm so sick of watching people make stuff that a kid could make. I was watching a few minutes of Ask Aida yesterday, and got bored, so I switched over to a recorded episode of Molto Mario. What a difference. Learn all about the food and culture of a particular region of Italy, or what some chick make a freaking vinagrette? Hooray for the new show!

 
At 8/31/2008 4:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with many of the posts. I'm tired of the FN thinking their audience is ignorant. I miss Mario, Jamie Oliver, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, etc. on a regular basis. Shows like Bobby Flay's and the chefs I mentioned are the only ones around that actually teach you something about cooking. I don't understand burdening us with Sunny, Aida, Aaron, etc. who know nothing more about cooking than I do from watching 15-20 years of the food network. A perfect example of a waste of tv time is Ted Allen's new show. Or should I say his rip off of Alton Brown's Good Eats and other shows. He is the last person I would want to tell me anything about food. I can barely tolerate him as an ICA judge.

"Attention FN Execs: Just concentrate on the 'real chefs' and not Giada wannabees or being politically correct.

 
At 8/31/2008 7:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but I absolutely hate this woman. She gets on my nerves like none other. Everytime she comes on the tv I feel like she's whining. I think she's just an ugly human being. I dislike her more than Rachel Ray which is saying alot.

 
At 8/31/2008 10:40 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Ouch! To Anon @ 7:23 sounds like she really gets under your skin. In a 30 minute, edited episode you "think she's just an ugly human being"? Wow. Are you sure you were watching "The Cooking Loft"? I didn't get that from her at all. That's pretty harsh. To not like the show is one thing but to bash the host and make such a statement is over the top and way out of line. Btw, you misspelled "Rachael".

 
At 8/31/2008 11:39 PM , Anonymous ralph said...

this show delivered! i loved it. everything was looked delicious. cant wait for the next episode.

and to mr anom why all the hate? i agree with Charles. you are way out of line.

i would love to hear jacobs review of the show.

 
At 9/14/2008 7:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore....

 
At 9/20/2008 7:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught this show for the first time this morning and I'm hooked. The "Perfect Pasta" episode was wonderful. Alex is charming and fun to watch and I love the cooking class premise. For the first time ever I actually printed out FN recipes and I'm actually making one of them tonight for dinner!

 
At 12/13/2008 10:26 PM , Blogger stefanie said...

MORE IMPORTANTLY who was that totally hot guy with the button up shirt and tattoos that was on the show today? Talk about yummy.

 

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