Tasty television

posted on March 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

I have to say I am quite proud of myself. I have managed to cut my TV viewing time dramatically over the past year and as ashamed as I am to admit it, completely kicked my nasty celeb gossip habit–something I picked up while working in public relations for a certain Fortune 500 company that valued mentions in US Weekly magazine and shows like “Access Hollywood.” I am, however, still hopelessly addicted to my shows about food–especially anything on PBS or BBC America. Here are some programs I’ve been watching as of late and others about to premiere:

The 4th season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”, which takes place in Chicago, starts tonight at 10 p.m. Loads of luck to chef Richard Blais.

Gordon Ramsay has returned for another eight-part season of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” on BBC America. If you are not familiar, Ramsay goes to a flailing restaurant and helps them get their shite together. A great show and a different (read: more caring and genuine) side to the chef everyone loves to hate (I love him). If the Fox’s version wasn’t your speed (I absolutely hated it), check out the original. It is way better.

“Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie,”which airs on PBS, returns this week with an episode entitled “Bovine Rhapsody.” You gotta catch this one when it airs on Saturday at 1 p.m., because there are no repeats and Gourmet magazine’s website does not have season two videos up yet.

Did anyone see yesterday’s episode of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel? Fricking hilarious! Tony was back on the line working under another chef and it was priceless. You gotta catch the repeat!

And, lastly, I keep hearing great things about “After Hours with Daniel Boulud” on the MOJO channel. I can’t get it because I don’t have Comcast (grr), but the episodes I have seen–especially the one where chef Eric Ripert and chef Boulud cooked dinner for a group of amazing food personalities–were amazing. Anyone know how to get it another way?

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  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Leah · March 13, 2008  6:51 AM

    i feel like a little girl with a new crush while watching top chef. it was awesome last night! i was completely impressed with richard and disappointed with nimma. i cant wait to see what will happen next week.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Mike · March 13, 2008  10:29 AM

    After Hours is avaialble at the following link on Amazon.

    The NY season was excellent and represents everything that foodie TV can be. The LA season was horrible and was flawed from the lack of good guests. It’s true that NY is the heart of the culinary world.

    I’m editorializing here, but I thought Nimma’s dismissal was well deserved. I thought the dish was extremely poorly conceived and under seasoning is a cardinal sin for chefs.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · March 14, 2008  4:28 AM

    Awesome! Thanks, Mike. I will check it out.

    And, I totally agree with you about Nimma.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Sudhir · March 14, 2008  7:47 AM

    Richard was awesome. He had me cracking up with his competitiveness and his comment, “It’s safe to say I want to make a statement. I want the judges to say, “What the f^*$ did tha tguy just do?” I felt Collichio’s comment that after all the smoke clears and the razzle dazzle of Blais’ cooking wears off, you are still left with an excellently prepared dish.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Broderick · March 14, 2008  10:10 AM

    Top Chef, Ramsay, No Reservations, I didn’t realize how much food TV I’m addicted to until this post, LOL. Thanks for the tip on the Gourmet show. 🙂

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: sam i am · March 19, 2008  7:28 AM

    do any of you guys watch bizarre eats? its not as good as bourdain’s show, but still a lot of fun.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Anonymous · March 19, 2008  5:03 PM

    I rented copies of “After Hours” through my netflix subscription. I have yet to send the DVDs back.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: Anonymous · March 27, 2008  6:32 AM

    The new season of After Hours has started. Its set in Miami and two episodes have aired. I think the foods of the area are interesting but the show lacks a distinct chemistry because Daniel does not have any connection with the chef and many of the guests. Therefore, it makes for rather uncomfortable viewing.

    Also, Thomas Keller was on Charlie Rose recently for about a half an hour interview. It should be available on the Charlie Rose website. It was a very good interview with video from Per Se, etc. He gives some insight into his failures and succcess.

  • Re: Tasty television
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · April 2, 2008  7:15 PM

    Not a big fan of “Bizarre eats.” The guy just irks me something terrible.

    I downloaded “After Hours” through Amazon (thanks to Mike’s link) and am so bummed there is only one season! I even have the BF hooked. I can’t wait to see more.

    Just finished “Top Chef” from tonight. I totally think Dale or Blais have it in the bag.

    Anyone else?

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