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Besh got hosed
« on: November 12, 2007, 07:17:24 AM »
I don't know how many of you follow Food Network or the Next Iron Chef but the final was last night.  I was not thrilled with the outcome to say the least, my opinion Besh had it won hands down.  Seems like whoever I root for loses ::), I guess I need to change strategies. :)
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 02:41:54 PM »
I have to disagree.  Throughout the competition it seemed to me that Besh was the one they wanted to win.  I told my husband that if he won, then the whole thing was a farce, because they already knew the outcome. 
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007, 04:04:47 PM »
Simon went into it a 2 to 1 favorite, Besh was the only one that was a consistant performer.
My .02.  I enjoyed it but I think that 90% of Iron Chef America is rigged in favor of the Iron Chef.  Besh beat Mario Betalli, not a small feat in my opinion.
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007, 09:42:09 PM »
Symon has friends in high places.  One of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" shows was in Cleveland, where Tony was with Michael Ruhlmann (one of the judges) and visited - where else?  Lola.  Symon's restaurant.  They already knew he could cook, and well.  They wanted to see how he did under pressure. 

I predicted Besh to win, due to his consistency, and the regional flavor of his cooking.  Unfortunately, he's not flashy enough for the Food Network.  Food TV is all about show, appearance, and drama.  It is no longer educational, except for Alton Brown, and even he's a bit weird at times.   So Symon was a shoo-in for the network due to his appearance and his attitude.   I agree that John Besh should have had the job.


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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007, 07:09:58 AM »
You summed up exactly what I was thinking.  Rigged
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 11:02:20 AM »
Rigged, like professional wrestling....maybe? 
I think that of all TV shows...'cept sports (and sometimes suspect some of them... :) )
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 11:18:44 AM »
Pretty much.  You never see what goes on behind the scenes but you could tell by how the judges bickered around there were loyalties to certain folks.  I would have liked to have see different judges for each challenge.
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2007, 12:39:52 PM »
So are you telling me that Symon is now an Iron Chef?  I don't have cable right now, and so didn't even know that this was going on.  I read about him in a book called the Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman.  Very interesting and he's sounds like a great chef.  Did you guys ever see any of the episodes they had several years back of a show that was all about ethnic cooking?  Symon was one of the regulars.  He's got charisma and a huge belly laugh.  I bet that definitely came into play, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was partly rigged.

I never was very impressed by Cat Cora, fwiw.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2007, 12:56:02 PM »
Yup, Symon got the nod.  It looks like there is a new episode of Iron Chef comming up and Symon gets challenged.  I like Bobby Flay and Mario Betalli, Cat was not very impressive.
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007, 01:14:30 PM »
I have never understood how Cooking has become a reportable sport without residing on the same elevation as Professional Wrestling.  When I see one of these "competitions" begin, I laugh at the handful of TV chefs as they imitate a bunch of preschool kids playing house.
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2007, 01:47:27 PM »
You can make a sport/compteition out of anything as long as you have 2 willing competitors and an unbiased ::) judge.  We held weekly flatlance contests when I was in college.  It started out by decible rating then went to amount of flame produced.  No I'm not proud to admit it ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Besh got hosed
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2007, 11:08:15 PM »
You can make a sport/compteition out of anything as long as you have 2 willing competitors and an unbiased ::) judge.  We held weekly flatlance contests when I was in college.  It started out by decible rating then went to amount of flame produced.  No I'm not proud to admit it ;D ;D ;D
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