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Monday, February 9

Info on Jeff Corwin's Food Network Special "Extreme Cuisine"

Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery, CNN and more-star Jeff Corwin is premiering a new primetime Food Network special on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 9pm ET called Extreme Cuisine.

Self-explanatory title? Perhaps. Still, here's the lowdown:

The adventures begin as Jeff hikes northwest to the remote mountain region of Mae Hong Son to sample local delicacies like deadly wasp and bamboo larvae straight from the groves. In the nearby Pai River, Jeff and his guide use traditional bamboo materials to catch and cook catfish mixed with forest-grown greens and spices. Next, Jeff veers off the beaten path in Bangkok for an extraordinary feast including silk worms, grasshoppers, and live shrimp that literally “dance” into his mouth. In the southern Trang Province, Jeff helps prepare Moo Yaang Trang, the region’s famous roasted pig cooked in underground ovens. Then, in the Muslim fishing village of Palian, Jeff learns the extensive production process of fish sauce and trudges through coastline mud to harvest and eat the area’s surprising treat: fresh blood cockles. Loy Krathong (The Festival of Lights) and delicious street food wrap up Jeff’s entertaining culinary quest through Thailand.

While some will certainly write this off as another unoriginal idea by Food Network, the practice of TV networks trying to reproduce proven concepts is not new or even out of the ordinary. (Just look at basically every reality show out there right now.) Also, this is just a primetime special, not a regular series--at least not yet. And finally, Food Network doesn't just say, "We want to copy No Reservations. Now make it happen!" They get approached by production companies with fully developed treatments. So let's give Extreme Cuisine a chance. Jeff's a better looker than that Zimmern dude, anyway.

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At 2/09/2009 7:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does sound like they're going to try and do Zimmern's show, and I'll put my money on Corwin - sexy as hell, and at least in any show I've ever seen no where near the asshat that Zimmern can be in his shows.

This one actually could be a winner. Corwin's got the goods (his Alaska series was excellent) and FN has deep enough pockets I'll wager that if they want to start going after Travel Channel in the Culinary Travel department, they could get the talent to do it, and do it right.

At 2/09/2009 8:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just sick of coming on here and seeing another unoriginal show by FN. And then hearing everyone defend it. This is getting stupid.

At 2/10/2009 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares about this?

At 2/10/2009 10:08 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Didn't FoodnetworkHumor.com mention this and "admonish" FN for their lack of originality ?

But we'll give it a try. I'm sure there will be loads of new stuff.

At 2/10/2009 1:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:32, the Zimmern show is already a rip-off of Bourdain's show.

No, I won't watch this. Because I have no interest in watching some gross-out food show where people eat an animal's anus or something similarly disgusting.

You can make the case for "Chopped," because it's not a complete rip-off of "Top Chef." And maybe even "Will For For Food" (MAYBE). But this? It defines unoriginal. And judging by the comments here, it's the exact OPPOSITE type of show people want to see on that network.

At 2/10/2009 2:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacob, check your spelling. It should be "While some will certainly WRITE this off..."

At 2/10/2009 4:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Work For Food seems awfully similar to parts of the Wild Gourmets , a UK production done in 2007.

Please let me know when FN come up with an original idea not done somewhere else in the world before.

At 2/14/2009 1:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Corwin's show one day "will work for food" and all the people that do the real work on the jobs would give him dirty looks. It was like they could not stand this girly putz trying to do their job.
What a little wimp!

At 2/15/2009 4:27 PM , Anonymous curmudgeonfish said...

So FN needs a bug munching stunt-eater of their own?

I avoid Zimmern's show like the plague, and I'll do the same with Corwin's effort.

At 2/20/2009 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please NO MORE shows with weird foods that none of us will ever eat. Geeze.....

At 5/10/2011 9:35 AM , Anonymous Kamagra said...

I love to see the program of this men, is so crazy and with so funny situations, but in my personal opinion I prefer to see Dr. Brady Barr, this men are a madman.


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