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Throwdown with Bobby Flay

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I am not a fan of Bobby Flay. Probably because he comes across as arrogant and cocky. It’s a bit overwhelming for me to endure watching his shows at Food Network. But when I came across this show, it did spark interest with me. Though the arrogance and cockiness is still evident, the results of the show is always not favorable for him – I wonder how he handles defeat?

Throwdown with Bobby Flay is a show where he challenge people who specializes in a specific food. Both of them create the food to the best of their abilities and winner is declared by inviting two judges. I did notice that Bobby takes the popular dishes and somehow make it a bit different, making it his own. Most of the time, Bobby looses to the other chef which is pleasant to see (somehow a humbling experience) and there are shows that he wins the challenge. Overall, I feel that it’s a very appropriate show, a great balance. Sometimes when Bobby fails the challenge, I feel that he’s more human, the ability to accept defeat seems sincere and a bit likable.

The challenges are very simple in concept from french fries to buffalo wings to chili dogs to barbecue ribs – anything goes. So technically it’s very relatable and it’s really all about the flavors, texture and presentation of the dishes. When both chefs gives samples to the spectators to taste, I envy them – wish I was there to try them all.

If ever he will challenge you to a throwdown, knowing that he losses most of the time, always remember that it’s all about attitude and just believe in what you do.

Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin

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I started watching this show a few weeks back and I must admit that it grew on me. Jeff Corwin started in Animal Planet as a host of the show, “Going Wild with Jeff Corwin” which by the title and network itself, it deals with animals most especially discovering strange and endangered species. He is also known as a environmentalist.

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What I was surprised was the shift from the wild and environment shows to touring the world for different and extreme cuisines thus the title, “Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin” (Food Network), locally shown at Lifestyle Network. Not that I am against this but it does make you wonder. In fact, it’s a good, fresh and different take on things. Jeff is a good host. One thing that makes him very effective in this show is the ability to be open-minded on whatever he needs to taste, regardless if he’s a chef or not. Since he’s not, it makes him more believable so what he tastes and how he describes them makes it more relatable. He has a good balance of informative and yet fun way of hosting the show. He is actually representing as a tourist in a country to try the outrageous cuisines and what is likable is that he learn new things along the way, the same way as the viewer learns something with him in the show.

I do admit that when it says “extreme” it doesn’t fall short of expectations. With respect to the different cultures, it does come out as a twitching moment and wonder, “do they really eat that?” It’s between feeling amazed and intolerable to a certain extent of what Jeff was about to eat.

The show also gives a good description of the cultures of the places he visits and sometimes he explains why they eat what they eat which makes more sense and understandable. So overall, it’s truly an informative and entertaining show.

So I wish Jeff more luck and more extreme cuisine to try and experience, and we will be watching safely from our homes.

Tyler’s Ultimate

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I’ve started watching Tyler’s Ultimate over at Lifestyle network around two months ago. I knew Tyler Florence from his previous shows at the Food Network. At that time, Tyler was still fit and toned. I found him to be very entertaining and charming with his shows (coming over to a house and cooking for the people living there). It was a refreshing concept. But looking at him now with his new show, “Tyler’s Ultimate” where he shared “brilliant simple food” that can me made anytime is so much more interesting to watch. He never falls short of enticing the viewers with his recipes. One particular observation was the weight he gained. From the fit and toned to a but flabby, stuffed chef. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact, it kinda looked better – a whole lot better. Though he transformed physically, the charm and wit remains the same. I remember one time when I was having a conversation with my sister-in-law about him (who’s also a fan of Tyler), she said, “I’d rather eat something that was made by a fat chef than a thin one.” It sort of made sense and I agree. Setting aside and regardless of health issues, I believe this is very relative to all chefs.

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I really don’t know how I’ve become so enticed and looking forward to the next show. I guess aside from him looking great, he’s a bit clumsy (not in a negative but in an endearing way) in the kitchen that makes it all the more entertaining. And the way he describes the spices, flavors, and ingredients you really do get the feel of what’s he’s describing.

There was one episode that he was wearing an old rose Kashmir sweater. Believe me only a few guys could carry this sweater more so colored old rose and Tyler can. Despite him wearing an eye-catching color in front of the subdued, tone-down kitchen set, you tend to focus on him and the food he’s creating.

At the end of the show, when he tastes his creation, there’s something very sincere with the way he does that. The closing of the eyes to his yum-yum smirk to the way he expresses the experience of the taste and texture, you’ll know that he will continue eating even after the show is done (or most probably share this with the production staff). I’m very picky when watching cooking shows and this falls on my top 5 cooking shows.

More power to you Tyler and keep on cooking!!!

For more information about Tyler and his recipes, please visit Tyler’s website

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