Wednesday, January 21
That being said, I really liked the first episode.
The beekeeping segment was especially good, in no small part because Adam actually got stung on camera (which is what we all really want to see during one of these beekeeping segments).
Food Network has put several of its stars into beekeeping gear and thrown them to the wolves, or bees, rather. Yet everyone always gets off without a single sting! You know that little smoke can and suit can't really protect you entirely, so I was glad to see some honest, bee-stinging action... and it didn't look fake. We even got some valuable beekeeper advice when he told Adam to not try to squeeze it out, but scratch it a few times and then wash the area off.
Also, hearing the longtime beekeeper say he's been "stung on his private parts" before was both hilarious (mostly for its honesty) and intriguing at the same time (was he wearing shorts and going commando or did his private parts somehow get out of his beesuit?).
And correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember Sunny telling us in the "honey" episode of the not-going-to-be-renewed How'd That Get On My Plate? that honey comes from a bee "puking up" the nectar it sucks out of flowers. I like the directness of that! No super-scientific explanation or glossed over terms. Nope, just the realization that honey is basically bee puke.
Adam is still kind of obnoxious, but you know what -- I'm not that bothered by it when the content is good. It was great to finally see one of these "food explanation" shows look like something you'd actually see on cable and not your local access documentary channel.
Good job, Adam and crew. I think you found your niche. I just hope you can keep it up in other episodes.