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Friday, March 07, 2008

I want a show!

Since Food Network apparently doesn't check resumes, I think I'll embellish a little so I can get a cooking show. In fact, I think that just about all of use here on the Foodie Report -- readers and contributors -- could get a show.
If, according to
Robert Irvine's rules of logic...
picking fruit=making Charles and Di's wedding cake
cooking dinner for my friends in numerous countries ="a jet-setting private chef who has a flair for ethnic cuisine."
Did the story about Robert Irvine surprise anyone else? Not the part about him getting fired, or the part where he lied, but the part about how long it took for Food Network, his publishing company and others to find out!

This is not the first time Food Network has been duped!


at 1:02 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

That stinks. I really liked him and his show.

Too bad he had to lie.

at 1:28 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Me, too, FoodieToo. I mean, seriuosly... How does one even enjoy those 15 minutes of fame when you KNOW it is all teetering upon such a thin veil of outright lies!? I'd be sick to my stomach every single day...

at 3:34 PM Blogger Stepf said...

He did some really cool things on the show. Nicci, I'm with you. I am the world's worst liar!

at 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a tv show...

at 3:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He called it keepin up with the Joneses? The Joneses? They now cook for presidents and have british knighthoods? Dammit, I'll NEVER catch up now!

at 8:10 AM Anonymous vudutu said...

One of the first criteria for doing one these show is coming off well on camera. A few years back I worked for a very knowledgeable local cookbook author who was flirting with doing a show. He was also had personal ties with the Scripps family so he had a good start, A consultant was called, much coaching and camera tests ensued, format strategy and more shoots, It finally came down to the fact that he just did not come off well on camera.

There is one local boy who should have a show, Bruce French. I am really dating myself here but remember Bistro on Vine or Cocos house salad? Thats Bruce, he left here to move to my fave town on earth, Telluride Colorado and became a rock and roll chef. Bruce brought tears to my eyes with his food and again when the South east Asian tsunami hit. Bruce dropped everything and flew flew to Sri Lanka to help. Bruce was the original Anthony Bourdain, he can cook and tell some stories.



This is a tough read but the best detail of what Bruce went through.


at 12:18 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Thanks for the links. I'll read them later. I was just kidding... was feeling a bit cheeky!

at 4:56 PM Blogger Mark said...

Did Sir Robert Irvine (oops!), I mean, Mr. Irvine show his face at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show? His appearance at the show was to occur roughly a week after his cover was blown. I certainly hope that the organizers had time to cancel the check.

But, this fiasco makes me think about how less frequently I find myself watching the Food Network these days. Irvine's show is, well, was entertaining, no doubt. I have found myself watching it several nights when I arrive home (late). Still, as a whole, I am finding the Food Network less entertaining lately. Am I the only one? And the programming pipeline doesn't look great either. Guy (is a) Big Bite. Amy Findlay. Simply Delicioso. With all due respect, it is difficult to do what they do. But I'm not watching. And I am, as I understand it, smack-dab in the middle of Food Network's coveted target demographic.

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