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Monday, December 8

I Was Right! Daisy Martinez Coming to Food Network

Food Network Addict was the first to speculate about Daisy Martinez's possible arrival on Food Network, and guess what-- it's happening!

And in even better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) news, Rachael Ray will be producing the new series, Viva Daisy!, premiering Jan. 10 at 9:30am ET.


Watch Entertainment, Rach's production company whose president and co-founder is none-other than her husband John Cusimano, will be producing the series.

"I called [Food Network President] Brooke Johnson and we had a nice meeting with Bob Tuschman and some of the peeps over there, and we brought Daisy with us and she just lit up the room. What I love about Daisy is her accessibility factor; if you don't have a Latin-American heritage, it can be very foreign to an American audience. I think she makes it fun and easy,” Rachael told Broadcasting & Cable.

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So are you excited for Daisy's arrival? Think Ingrid Hoffman needs some Latin cooking company?

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37 Comments:

At 12/09/2008 9:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Millstone couldn't make it as a rock star or a lawyer so a few people at FN, anxious to keep one of their bonafide moneymakers happy, let Unibrow hubby produce a new series.

The Food Network Kabuki Turd Circus
continues for another day.

 
At 12/09/2008 10:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock and Roll Latin cooking, can not be worse than Gordon Elliot grabbing the boys parties with PD, or get out of the cupboard and slap it in the microwave cooking with SL. Lets at least give the lady a chance, she has been on PBS for years, wonder with all the new chefs they have on PBS that left the FN why she would make such a move ?

 
At 12/09/2008 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched Daisy on PBS. She can be ok, but for the most part, she comes across as a know it all and it's rather offputting. With that said, I am glad to see there is something new on FN.

I do miss new Nigella and Jamie Oliver shows though. AND I am SOOO tired of the loud mouth Neely's, Guy and Paula. They are just so in your face and obnoxious. Maybe Daisy will provide some sort of respite from that.

 
At 12/09/2008 11:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RR husband is an entertainment lawyer so he knows what he is doing.

 
At 12/09/2008 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wish that FN would have new people and shows that would phase out Paula Deen . Paula Deen has so run her course !

 
At 12/09/2008 2:07 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

I like Daisy. I think she'll be a fine addition to the TFN schedule.
(and RR producing? Hmmm...)

 
At 12/09/2008 2:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Daisy! Loved her PBS series and love her book.

 
At 12/09/2008 2:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock on Rach and John !! Can't wait to see more of your productions !

 
At 12/09/2008 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RR husband is an entertainment lawyer so he knows what he is doing.

Too funny. George Bush is the president of the United States so he knew what he was doing too.

The statement sounds ignorant that's all.

 
At 12/09/2008 4:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, RR always talks about meeting John at an "EVENT" /party and she/he are at a party before she was starting @ foodnework. Sorry, I do not agree with your politics, but I have hope /for any change in our govt! I know he has has alot on his plate, and as an american I will support "OUR President"

 
At 12/09/2008 5:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Daisy. She's spunky without being obnoxious. Can't wait.

 
At 12/09/2008 5:42 PM , Blogger Little Ol' Liz said...

Daisy didn't interest me on PBS - so maybe they'll juice up the show.

Hey FNA - are you getting the FN 12 Days of Cookies emails? Last year they sent out classic recipes. This year it's all about pumping up the "talent" (and I use that word mildly). All I can say is "meh."

 
At 12/09/2008 7:50 PM , Anonymous Turtle said...

Ingrid Hoffman really grated on me at first, but I've gotta say, most of her recipes that I've tried worked out perfectly. I do feel like she could tone down the Latin-isms, the way Giada overdoes the Italian pronunciations and so forth.

So I'll give Daisy a try. The FN desperately needs diversity, not just with their hosts, but also cooking styles.

 
At 12/09/2008 10:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even know who she is.

 
At 12/10/2008 2:12 AM , Blogger Adriana said...

It sounds like a lot of people on here don't understand that people of differnet cultures do things differently, think differently, react differently, speak differently, etc. Not eveyrone is going to fit the "American Profile." So let people be who they are. Enjoy the shows and he recipes and quit your bitc...g about I don't like this and I don't like that. For goodness sake get well rounded people!

I have only seen Daisy on two occasions. Her food is delicious! Good job Daisy. Glad to have you as part of the foodnetwork team!

 
At 12/10/2008 8:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO!!!!!!

 
At 12/10/2008 8:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

old news, but hopefully she's good!

 
At 12/10/2008 10:41 AM , Blogger HB said...

I use her cookbook Daisy Cooks all the time - I think she'll be a welcome addition and a new, fresh face.

 
At 12/10/2008 2:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Rach ... is it true you now have to BUY tickets to get your book signed??? I have gone to one of her signings a few years ago and did not have to pay a cent- I even bought my own book in from another store... do you seriously have to buy the book and a ticket ...? DO the the other FN cooks charge now ? And who gets the damn money? Anyone know the scoop?? Cause I am blown away that you now have to pay...

 
At 12/10/2008 3:56 PM , Blogger johnned said...

Rachael is a smart business women and I'm sure Daisy's show will be all the better with Rach's involvement. FN should encourage John & Rach to produce more shows. Look at her career...she is full of interesting (and successful) ideas.

 
At 12/10/2008 5:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree - Rachael is amazing. She was not named #65 in the top 100 POWER WOMEN in enteraintment for nothing! I am happy Rachael is taking her brilliance behind the cameras now !! I will watch any show Rachael and John produce!

 
At 12/10/2008 6:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adriana, stop being a racist. Who said anything about this woman fitting an "American profile"? There are people from all over the world making food on the Food Network. Your vilely racist comments reveal much more about you than it does the people who wrote here.

 
At 12/10/2008 7:55 PM , Anonymous Turtle said...

I should probably clarify what I said the other day about Ingrid Hoffman and my wish that she'd "tone down her Latin-isms."

I don't want her to fit an "American profile," whatever that means.

What I meant, and should have done a better job explaining, is that FN tends to push the quirks of their on-air talent towards caricature.

I like the Neelys, for example, but my god, they have become cartoons. Look at how "Big Daddy" Aaron McCargo is whooping it up as if he's borderline hysterical.

Paula Deen, c'mon, needs no explanation. She might as well be animated at this point.

I don't care if Giada's family at home speaks unaccented English except for random Italian words. Someone needed to tell her that it's an affectation and to cut it out.

Same deal with Ingrid, who speaks with a mild accent that is peppered with periodic, almost comical, over-pronunciations of certain Spanish words.

My concern is the same thing will happen with Daisy. But given Rachael is producing, perhaps the "Gordon Elliott Effect" that Jacob has chronicled won't be so prominent.

 
At 12/10/2008 9:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that we need to see more diversity on the FN with regard to food. More Latin-inspired is great. How about some Thai, Indian, or Chinese? Isn't there a Chinese restaurant in every podunk town in the country? Why aren't we learning how to cook GOOD Chinese food from the FN? I did see Tyler's dim sum episode, that was good.

 
At 12/11/2008 12:45 AM , Blogger Adriana said...

Goodness...LOL. Lets see...I am Colombian/lebonese/Indian and Jewish. My husband is a black Jamaican/panamanian/ Irish and muslim. Together we have a biracial daughter. Yet YOU think I AM RACIST??? lol Allow me to smile at the ignorance and leave it at that.

These comments and this blog are not for you to insult others but rather for you to discuss the subject of the post in the blog. Lets try to keep it on that note out of respect for the person that has the kindness and passion to keep this blog going.

You may post a response in return, but it will not be answered unless it has to do with the post at hand in which we discuss anything FN

 
At 12/11/2008 12:45 AM , Blogger Adriana said...

Goodness...LOL. Lets see...I am Colombian/lebonese/Indian and Jewish. My husband is a black Jamaican/panamanian/ Irish and muslim. Together we have a biracial daughter. Yet YOU think I AM RACIST??? lol Allow me to smile at the ignorance and leave it at that.

These comments and this blog are not for you to insult others but rather for you to discuss the subject of the post in the blog. Lets try to keep it on that note out of respect for the person that has the kindness and passion to keep this blog going.

You may post a response in return, but it will not be answered unless it has to do with the post at hand in which we discuss anything FN

 
At 12/11/2008 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because you are Colombian/Lebonese/Indian/Jewish and your husband is Jamaican/Panamanian/Irish/Muslim (you mutts! lol) and have a multi(?)-racial kid, doesn't mean you can't be a racist, dummy. Anyone can be a racist. And that's what you were -- implying the people here wanted someone to fit an "American profile." No one said that... you simply assumed it, because you are, as I said, a RACIST.

 
At 12/11/2008 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Ming. Bring back Melting Pot.

Tired of burgers, steak, and pasta.

 
At 12/11/2008 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adriana,
Some of the people commenting here were saying that they are not interested in certain hosts on the Food Network.

It IS being racist for you to attribute their dislike to wanting to keep to an "American profile".

Some of those hosts are obnoxious regardless of what ethnic group they belong to. Isn't anyone allowed to say that in a comment?

No matter what your background, you are pre-judging.

 
At 12/11/2008 7:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW how did we go from the mindless facts of Rach and John producing TV shows to being a racist? Seriously -
Rachael Ray Rocks my world!

 
At 12/11/2008 8:33 PM , Anonymous Court said...

I'm not familiar with Daisy. She looks kinda creepy in that picture. But I'm looking forward to checking it out.

 
At 12/11/2008 11:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

so...where does this leave ingrid? she seems to have disappeared from the network...

 
At 12/12/2008 10:57 PM , Anonymous Turtle said...

I second a return of "Melting Pot"! That was the show that got me hooked on FN in the first place.

I learned about Cat Cora, Rocco, Aaron Sanchez and Padma Lakshmi from that show.

Same set, simple recipes, revolving hosts. It totally worked.

I'd skip the Italian segment, though. We get enough of that already on the network. Same for Southern cooking or Southwestern flavors.

In fact, I'd go for all-new hosts and use it as a training ground. NO Bobby Flay, Alton Brown or Guy Fieri.

Go for Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican, take your pick.

 
At 12/14/2008 3:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Go Rach !!! I just Love Rachael Ray!

 
At 12/16/2008 2:40 PM , Anonymous Stephen said...

Only saw Daisy's show on PBS a couple of times and for the most part, her food was good. I do agree with another poster about her attitude; she comes across as a pushy know-it-all. If she can tone down her schtick, I'd watch her show.

 
At 1/09/2009 4:06 PM , Anonymous Virginia said...

I am possitively delighted that Daisy will air on the Food Network. She has a very easy way to prepare her food and will be a great addition.

Hope she makes "pastilles" again as they are a favorite.

Virginia

 
At 3/15/2009 10:43 AM , Blogger My Biography said...

Daisy is a talented chef who knows what she is doing. She will do as good or better as she has done on PBS.

Her book is so well written and so full of anecdotes related to each dish that I almost read all the book in one day.

 

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