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Though I'm pretty frelling far from qualifying as a "foodie," I am a good cook, love discovering new recipies, and watch quite a lot of the Food Network. Too much, really. Hence this poll. My post from this morning seemed so glum, I figured maybe I'd try to lighten things up just a bit (no, it's no the end of the world....not just yet). So, yes, vote please. Tell what you think. Who is your least favorite Food Network personality? I suppose I could have couched that in more positive language...who is you favorite Food Network personality?...but positive couching doesn't come naturally to me.

I picked Rachael Ray, but Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and Jim O'Connor are loathed as well.

Poll #866072 Least Favorite Food Network Personality

Of those listed below, which Food Network personality most makes you wnat to stick a fork in your eye?

Emeril Lagasse
Paula Deen
Rachel Ray
Alton Brown
Marc Summers
Jim O'Connor
Mario Batali
Cat Cora
Bobby Flay
Masaharu Morimoto
George Duran
Giada De Laurentiis


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Nov. 12th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
I picked the same, but I also have to admit that the idea of only picking one is ...difficult.

Many (most?) of them are annoying as all hell.
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
There's just something about Rachel Ray that makes me want to stick a fork in HER eye. She is too perky-happy all the time, and it comes off as fake.
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
I doa lot of post-production for the network, so i feel rather justified in my Rachael rage. She used to be merely annoying, but just dorky enough to be cute. Now that's she's got the OMGLOVEME vibe turned up to 11 all the time, i want to trip her.

At least Emeril just does a shotglass of coke per show. I put all his aggravating traits down to that.
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Emeril Lagasse is a complete and utter tool whom I wish sooooo badly to beat with a spatula.

Giada de Laurentis, though....I could watch her all day long. I'm really not sure if she's even a good cook, or what kind of food she specializes in. She could be preparing fried cat turds for all I care--I'll still watch her show (even though she does have an alarmingly big head).
Nov. 12th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
very, very happy to see Bobby Flay's name down on any list for "Most-Annoying Tool Drawing Breath"
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Racheal Ray. I hate how many people bitch me out at the bookstore I work at because, by Thanksgiving, all her books are sold out. Her fans are as crazy as her and I want to hurl my control at the TV whenever she comes on.

I love the Food Network shows where they have people create these insane, towering statutes made out of sugar or bread. Those shows are fantastic.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't read the directions closely enough. The poll lets you pick more than one, so I picked both Emeril and Rachel Ray. Actually, the thing I hate most of Emeril is his audience...or maybe the DP. Whoever it is who thinks its a great idea to get close ups of people chewing chud and slavering over whatever the hell Emeril is doing. There's nothing more unappetizing than watching people getting food-horny, particularly in detail vivid enough to count how many broken blood vessels they have in their nose.
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
I actually like Alton Brown; Good Eats is the best show on Food Network (now that the original Japanese Iron Chef episodes are no longer on). I don't like Emeril but part of that is based on how he seemed not to really do much in New Orleans post-Katrina.

I can't STAND George Duran. He used to do a cooking show in France? Obviously, the French have major issues...
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Giada DiLaurentis creeps me out, and the way her show is filmed doesn't help. It has all these sensual close-ups of hands chopping things and this very bedroomy lens. I usually prefer a lot more physical distance between my TV chefs and the camera, although close shots of Alton Brown don't bother me too much because...he has a normal sized head.
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
he has a normal sized head.

This is true.
(no subject) - tesseractive - Nov. 13th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
Alas, none of these particularly bother me (and like you, we watch too much of the Food Network). Sandra Lee, however (Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee) -- arghhhhh. I cannot STAND this woman. She's horrid.
Nov. 15th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sandra Lee would definitely have been my vote, if she'd been on the poll. I have an immediate 'flee in terror!' reaction every time I hear her voice.
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
I limited myself to three, though in reality, I can't stand anyone but Alton Brown. Good Eats is about the only show I'll watch, unless it's something about baking cakes, which is the only cooking I can do without messing up. Oh, and I like that guy that does Ham on the Street, though I don't know or don't remember his name.
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I like that guy that does Ham on the Street, though I don't know or don't remember his name.

George Duran.
(no subject) - phaedrine - Nov. 13th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Should I be lucky that I have no idea who any of those people are? My only memories of US food television is Martha Stewart, Julia Childs and Grahme Kerr (Galloping Gourmet).
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Should I be lucky that I have no idea who any of those people are?

For the most part, yep.
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
We have "Lifestyle Food" here, rather than the Food Network ...
I only chose Rachel, but then I've never seen any of the others at work. I tend to be a terrible Brit snob and switch off when an American chef comes on. Perhaps it's because I'm Australian, and I just connect better with the way the British present things.

—Oh, that's not quite true. I have watched the Barefoot Contessa. Can't remember her actual name.

My favourite TV chef is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
I dislike Bobby Flay for insisting that everyone should love cilantro, even people who are genetically predisposed to it tasting like soap. But De Laurentis is the one who really creeps me out... she's always grinning. It's just unnatural.

By the sound of the dinners you and Spooky cook, I think we have very different tastes in food (I'm not sure it's even possible for me to cook without bacon, or proscuitto, or tasso). FWIW, "Barefoot Contessa" and the unfortunately-named "Party Line with the Hearty Boys" are the shows I get the most good recipes from.

It certainly wouldn't kill me to eat more vegetables and less red meat... will you do a follow-up post sometime, telling us which shows you think have the best recipes?
Nov. 12th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
will you do a follow-up post sometime, telling us which shows you think have the best recipes?

Nov. 13th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
The only cooking shows I liked were Julia Childs and Two Fat Ladies.

As for your poll, where is the "all of above" button?
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