The Chew: We'll Trade You Erica Kane for Mario Batali & His Crocs
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:38 PM
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:02 PM
Maybe one day Christina might make an appearance on The Chew.
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:53 PM
The Symon laugh still grates, but otherwise I kind of like him. But I find the show boring without Mario. Does he have a lot of time off? He was gone one day last week (I JUST started watching), and now he's on vacation? He's a snotty millionaire tip stealer, but I love the guy.
Edited by BlueSapphires, Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:54 PM.
Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:12 PM
Mario pledged to cut off his ponytail if his fund-raiser raised a certain amount? I thought the time of fund raiser was over last week and yet there has not been any mention of it.
Posted Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:46 AM
Posted Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:24 PM
I agree. I actually enjoy the show more when Mario is out, which he often is. He gives off a disapproving vibe some of the time. I understand it--I think he is probably a smart introvert and comes across that way but I just don't think this type of show is a very good fit for him.
I find the show to be much more relaxed and friendly when Mario isn't there.
Edited by jcbrown, Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:24 PM.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:47 AM
Mario is a bit of a snob
IMO, that is like saying Mt. Everest is a bit of a hill.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 11:46 AM
I truly enjoy this show alot. And I like the new segment where 3 guests "compete" for a chance to cook. That guy with the roast beef panini was good and then there was a woman who won that I thought could almost have a cooking show.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 2:37 PM
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 3:44 PM
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 5:45 PM
I concur! It also, appeared that Michael and the others were getting a kick out of Clinton's delight over Olivia Newton John. I noticed Michael cracking up with how much Clinton knew during the Olivia Trivia. It was hilarious!
Agreed! Clinton was adorable! He could hardly contain his delight having Olivia Newton-John on the show. It wasn't even put on, he was genuinely overjoyed. I was happy to have caught the show today. I haven't watched since it first started, and it seems to have vastly improved.
I agree. I find that the others goof off and tease each other, and just have chemistry between all for of them, even Daphne. I have been to several Batali restaurants and his father's Salumi Artisan Cured Meats (Loved his dad's place), but he seems so much more less fun than the other four.
I actually enjoy the show more when Mario is out, which he often is. He gives off a disapproving vibe some of the time. I understand it--I think he is probably a smart introvert and comes across that way but I just don't think this type of show is a very good fit for him.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:09 PM
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:18 PM
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:53 PM
Does anyone know how many shows they film at a time? Mario is there, not there with such randomness, I'm curious how it all works. On Today's episode (Olivia Newton John) I saw panini sandwich guy in the audience w/ his green shirt (from Yesterday's Sandwich show) so I'm assuming it's at least two per day. They do a good job of changing their outfits and hair - I certainly haven't noticed many tells other than audience members, and the randomness of Mario being there or not.
I like Mario but some of the things he does make me cringe. They're more nerdy than snobby but they play on TV like a word fart. Such as when he was asking Michael whether because if it was still called "Spanikopita" if it is a pie. Which is an interesting question that I'd love the answer to, but it seemed weird to spring it on him then. (Except that Greek is not a Latin based language like Italian so those suffix rules probably aren't exactly the same "-ita" meaning whatever it does in Italian). According to an old cookbook of my Greek Grandma's (Can the Greeks Cook! by Fannie Venos copyright 1950) the pie is called spanikopita and the turnovers are spanikopites. Anyone know if that's correct?
Anyway, Michael handled it well and played dumb in a cute way that only he can. Oh and between Mario and Daniel Balud the other day, I thought there was gonna be an elbow thrown. Two big egos there. Ha!
Edited by Refresh, Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:59 PM.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:38 PM
I don't know about The Chew, but I know Live with Kelly and The View tape both their Thursday and Friday shows on Thursday.
Does anyone know how many shows they film at a time? Mario is there, not there with such randomness, I'm curious how it all works. On Today's episode (Olivia Newton John) I saw panini sandwich guy in the audience w/ his green shirt (from Yesterday's Sandwich show) so I'm assuming it's at least two per day.
I loved today's show with Olivia and Clinton was beyond adorable. Olivia remains as sweet as I remember her, but she really needs to dial back on her cosmetic procedures.
Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:47 AM
Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 6:15 PM
Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 1:34 PM
Oh my god, Clinton was hilariously adorkable! I just love him.
LOL. Me too. I never knew him before this show. I like him....alot.
Anyway, Michael handled it well and played dumb in a cute way that only he can.
OMG. Isn't he like the greatest guy ever? Everything rolls off of him. He is so good and doesn't know it (doesn't show it anyway). Love that guy.
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 4:50 AM
And I love all the digs at each other!!!!!
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 9:28 AM
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 10:40 PM
Liking the idea of all their moms coming on the show this week. Hope they do the same with the dads on Father's day. (I feel Father's Day, and fathers, often gets short shrift in general, but I notice it on talk shows like this. It's always all about the moms. And I love my mom a lot, but I love my dad a lot too.)
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 4:01 AM
When Mario doesn't appear, I skip this mess. When he does, it's worth an hour of my time. He and Michael are the only ones worth my time, and Clinton makes it fun, but Mario always brings something interesting to the table, whereas Michael is very "flyover" and the rest of the cast is incompetent.
I'd enjoy the show much more if Carla, who mercifully never gets to really cook on the show, were just disappeared, and the authentic stars of the show were left to shine. But I think the show cares less about cooking and more about "entertaining," so the doofus with the crazy eyes and severely limited skills will hang on.
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 9:17 PM
Lord knows I'm no expert, but having watched Carla compete and nearly win twice on Top Chef it seems to me that her culinary skills must be top notch. However, I find her TV-hosting skills substandard, even though I think she's quite charming. Plus I love her relationship with Clinton.
Carla's terrible culinary "skills"
Speaking of Clinton, did anyone catch what made him so embarrassed during the "Material Girl" revelation today?
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 9:28 PM
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 11:12 AM
Funny enough, I actually feel the opposite about Carla and Mario. While I find Mario to be a good contribution due to his vast base of knowledge, I find him to be very haughty and snobbish. The way he interacts with his co-stars and the guests just reinforce that idea, i.e., yesterday episode with Clinton's mom where they got to choose a winner's dish to make, where he just rudely stopped the woman and said that part of the process was to talk and make the dish at the same time...thankfully the woman just laughed it off, but it was so tactless and weird.
When Mario doesn't appear, I skip this mess. When he does, it's worth an hour of my time.
But yeah, overall, he's snobby, but with that said, I think they should keep the cast. While the rest of the cast I felt gelled together very well, and they have to have Carla, no one there knows anything about baking or desserts. And I've made her onion rings, holy cow, those were good. And I also love her interaction with Clinton and Michael. But Carla seems shy and too polite, she kept getting talked over and cut off.
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 3:20 AM
I'd rather watch Daphne cutting more radishes.
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 6:40 AM
Sorry Daphne fans. She seems like a very nice person, but her personality just doesn't seem to come through clearly.
Edited by ellyd, May 11, 2012 @ 7:41 AM.
Posted May 12, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
JMO here, but I think your post may be conflating culinary skills with presentation skills.
I can't believe that this show has managed to make Carla's terrible culinary "skills" work, but it has. They have her do a segment on odd days, pair her with someone with even less skills than her, and let her rip--but only in the most minimal ways.
I agree that Carla isn't the sharpest in terms of presentation, but that's a skill you gain over time. The guys on this show all have much more experience than her in that domain. And I think she's gotten better over the course of the show. But she makes mistakes (like talking over people, not asking consistently focused questions of guests, not getting to the point sometimes, not looking at the camera at the right times, etc.) But that's more of a media training issue.
Culinary-wise, I have no doubt that she's the third most talented chef on the show--not as star powered as Mario and Michael, but far more knowledgeable than Daphne and Clinton in terms of cooking. If you'd seen her on two seasons of Top Chef, looked at her online culinary training courses, or otherwise followed her career, it would be hard to argue against this point.
Importantly, she adds balance and variety to the knowledge base on this show. Unlike Michael and Mario, she ISN'T grounded in Mediterranean cuisine. She does much more American, soul food, and pastry chef work than those guys know. And she knows the catering/non-restaurant side of things. I think all of this is important and valuable for a show like this. (Same for Daphne adding the vegetarian and nutrition angle.)
I wish she were a little less ADHD when she talks people through the recipes. I think that's more of the reason she has helpers there than any holes in her culinary ability. But like I said, she's definitely gotten better at this over time. And I love her personality; others obviously don't. But I think she works well with the rest of the cast.