Around the World in 80 Plates
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 1:35 PM
I'm with the rest of you who wanted to like this, but I didn't either. I'll give it another couple of episodes, just because I want to see the locations.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 4:14 PM
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 4:25 PM
Stone seems to almost lisp his delivery has gotten so simpering. Heck I even find Yahoo Serious' accent attractive but Stone's somehow sends my nerves on edge.
Kat Cora is a decent guest judge but she is way too forceful to be a host. If I close my eyes I think a cheerleader is being held at gunpoint by the Pep Club President and told to sell that cheer dammit or the brains are air-jam.
None of the contestants are likeable. Not even remotely. And most come off as more attention whores than people hoping to skip quite a few steps on the culinary fame ladder via a reality show as TC seems. Though I'm not sure which I found more annoying. The guy who is so on every time he knows the cameras are rolling -- so on he was practically defiling himself in glee over his perceived cleverness at simply uttering what he thought were British associations in a wretched attempt at local accent that makes Stone's utterances seem divine. Or the two women who thought he was hil-ar-i-ous. While I was in the annoyed sector with a season ticket and humor is subjective, I was baffled at how simple minded they were in finding him so amusing.
I will say this. As someone who can simply get lost in the PBS pledge drive airings of "Over Italy/France/Germany/etc" I found the cinematography incredible. What little there was. Too bad the rest of the show didn't treat the food and the execution of the show with the same attempt to dazzle the senses.
Nigella needs to watch this episode over and over again in hi-def until she is convinced that whatever amount of botox she froze her face with is the absolute maximum she should ever employ. She was right on the edge of looking very mask like at a couple of angles.
I figure I'll watch to see where they are, enjoy the scenery shots and then turn the channel when the actual competition part kicks in. Silly contests with people I want to all see lose makes for a competition that doesn't even come lose to be compelling let alone entertaining.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 5:12 PM
Curtis and WWHL viewers agree with you, Nightlark. Curtis thought Paula would be fun, and the poll was 46% Paula, 45% Rachel, and 9% Sai. I just hope she was watching that - I'd pay money to see her bitch-slapped face reacting.
It made me ashamed for all women, every where. Maybe I overreacted? Also as a straight woman I'd also take Paula or Racheal over her. And Paula would make me a dessert, after.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 6:33 PM
I will give it a few more shows before I tune out
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 7:02 PM
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 8:36 PM
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 8:37 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Chaz. He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of Top Chef Texas. I don't recall what he cooked but I think he had a problem with plating his food in time. Anyway, I thought he was cute and likeable and was sorry to see him go. Glad to see him again.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 9:05 PM
I thought Chaz looked familiar, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out where I'd seen him before. I was looking forward to the show, but I am going to have to pass. I don't like reality shows where the contestants decide who goes and who stays. The meanies and schemers always make it to the end.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Chaz. He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of Top Chef Texas.
Edited by Firthient, May 10, 2012 @ 9:06 PM.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 11:06 PM
I too was disappointed with the first show. I expected far better production value from Bravo than what they gave in the London episode. What is the point of going to beautiful places if they don't showcase them in any way at all? I was excited to see Borough Hall, and then it was gone before I could even get a glimpse!
And cooking certainly seems to be an afterthought as well, when I saw a bunch of Ugly Americans stuffing their faces as fast as they could with whatever was in front of them I thought I was watching that other show where the guy eats as much as possible before puking. And then drinking and careening through the streets of London?
Certainly not enough emphasis on the cooking aspect of this, that seemed only a "add on" and you certainly didn't learn anything from it.
The time element also seemed to be off. When they were at Borough Market it was morning - by the time the "pub crawl" was over it was starting to get dark?????? It took that long???
The contestants are just "meh" as well. I'll give it another watch in hopes that it gets better, but it might be disappearing from my TiVo queue pretty soon I'm afraid.
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of Top Chef Texas.
As I was watching, I thought that this was "Top Chef rejects' amazing race on survivor island". Chaz did seem vaguely familiar - he was the one who didn't finish his risotto and claimed to have a junior high crush on Padma. I did think he was kind of funny on Top Chef. Wasn't he the one who said Padma broke up with him and he had to get his stuff back?
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 2:16 PM
The way they are eliminating chefs is the same way they do it on Hell's Kitchen. I'll keep watching, mainly for the locales.
But at least on Hell's Kitchen, Gordon has the final say, and he generally sends them back in line when he detects gamesmanship going on.
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 4:25 PM
Chaz, THAT's where I knew him! I was insisting to hubby that he'd been on Chopped... guess I owe him an apology.
Was going to regulate this to "one and done" until I saw that they'd be in Lyon next week. That's one of my dream cities to visit, so I may check out one more episode. But why send them to these great cities to have them wolf down food they can't enjoy or learn from?
Posted May 11, 2012 @ 4:38 PM
Posted May 12, 2012 @ 1:01 AM
Very little emphasis on the food or the preparation, lots of drahmah, backbiting, strategizing and stupidity.
If ever a show was made for Penny Davidi, this would be it.
We watched the London episode to see if the show was any good, then to see if it was going to get any better, and finally to see if it could get any worse.
The only high-spot was watching the contestants (can't really call them chefs) fall for the "you don't have to eat the steak-and-kidney pudding" trap. Surely someone (especially a chef) would have been interested in tasting a dish.
The one good thing here might be that shows like Top Chef have to become more focussed on the cooking to differentiate themselves from this crap.
I shall now go scour my brain to remove the memory of this clusterfuck. What a waste of Cat Cora and Nigella Lawson.
Posted May 12, 2012 @ 12:08 PM
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Posted May 12, 2012 @ 7:24 PM
I'm right there with you, GeoBQn. I mean, you add up eating alot of food quickly, drinking to the point of a buzz - if not full on inebriation - and running and then repeating that dreadful cycle? It's a miracle no one upchucked. Ugh, it was almost unbearable to watch...the using of grubby hands to eat, the sweating, the SWEATING...I felt like I was watching Man Vs. Food. And then the elimination wasn't any less distasteful. I shouldn't give this show another chance, but it has to get better, right? It sure can't get any worse.
(Also, I have an extreme fear of vomiting and was constantly worried that was going to happen during the pub crawl.)
Posted May 12, 2012 @ 9:20 PM
The bolded words are probably the first chapters in Everyone's Bible of Reality TV.
Very little emphasis on the food or the preparation, lots of drahmah, backbiting, strategizing and stupidity.
Would the gluttony and drunkenness have been required if an episode had been taped in an American bar?
Posted May 12, 2012 @ 10:16 PM
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 2:15 PM
[ do think there's a show somewhere in there that could be salvaged. If this were truly about going to destinations, trying local cuisines, and working with those flavors, that would be something.
Yes, there is definitely a show like that to be salvaged out of this - and that show is No Kitchen Required, airing now on BBC America.
And if there ever was a show for Spike, this would be it.
I completely agree - but this is not a show for Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn. This is a show that is BEGGING to be aired on Spike TV. What it really needs is to be narrated by the old MXC hosts, perhaps closing each episode with a countdown of the Most Painful Eliminations of the Day.
Posted May 14, 2012 @ 11:03 AM
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 10:09 PM
Also, is Nicole in some sort of alliance? How is she getting away with being such a screw-up?
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 10:43 PM
And there is no good goddamned reason that Nicole should still be there, nor should there be a reason that anyone would willingly pick Chaz, Kevin, or Jenna for their team next week. They actively suck and seem to think they know everything or have done more than they actually did.
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 10:46 PM
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 1:21 AM
More cooking and kitchen time. Losing my attention at only the 2nd episode.
I do like the way the teams have to eliminate a chef.
Edited by LabLover27, May 17, 2012 @ 1:23 AM.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 5:09 AM
Maybe Nicole can't count but I for one am thrilled to lose Chef Sgt "who would you rather fuck..." Sai. She couldn't get off my TV fast enough. And ha ha to Chaz and his sour grapes about Avery winning MVP..."It was a TEAM effort " after he bogarted the credit for making a dessert to win MVP last week. Way to illustrate the concept "what goes around comes around" Chaz !
The whole show is still disappointing. Who needs two hosts that do no judging whatsoever ? But because I can't hold out until Top Chef returns I'll keep watching.... *hangs head*
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 8:49 AM
More cooking and kitchen time
I agree. This show is too much Amazing Race and not enough Top Chef. It did occur to me after last night's show that maybe, given they way they have to borrow restaurants in every city, they're not getting ones that are optimally set up, especially spacewise, to do a lot of filming in the kitchens. Maybe they need to do some outdoors challenges - it looked like they might be cooking on the beach in Barcelona.
Plus with the lack of filming in the kitchens, I'm not getting a good sense for the contestants and the ground for elimination.
Still, I want to know more about the local food culture in each of these cities. The cheese and wine tastings, while better than the London, were pretty generic and not presented in a way to let you learn anything. The quenelle was great, but I'd still like to see exactly how you make one. I'd also like to have seen how they came up with the other traditional Lyonnaise dishes - all we got were the chefs walking around the streets.
I'm not paying any attention to the personality aspects of the chefs and am FFing through the eliminations. I don't care about them.
Edited by Rickster, May 17, 2012 @ 9:07 AM.