Food personalities you love to hate

(Andrea) #66

Just think of it as a pate with French four spice.




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(:@)) :@)) ) #68

Back to the topic, what do you think of Nigella (Lawson)'s style or her food? She’s rather err… distracting. I like to watch but have never even been tempted to make any of her recipes.

I can’t think of one single Australian TV chefs/cook that I like. (I am referring the TV chefs who have been featured on various BBC food programmes, and/or have at one time or another lived in the UK or other European countries.)

Maybe Spam can have its own thread. I don’t eat it but others do. If I had to eat something like spam it’d be Leberkäse. Nice in a roll with mustard.



In fairness, I didn’t mean to derail. I blame Gordon… :slight_smile:


(:@)) :@)) ) #70

No worries! Off-topic responses open up other topics and ideas. It’s a good thing.

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(John Hartley) #71

Let me preface this by reminding everyone that I am a late middle aged straight man. As such, Nigella’s TV programmes have some appeal, although I preferred her younger less pouty panting persona. I cannot abide the regular programme format which often end with her trotting out the dishes to a bunch of fake friends ( it was better in the younger days when she trotted it out to the late husband and two kids).

As for the food, I’m fairly indifferent to it. We usually buy her books, as they quite quickly get heavily discounted in the supermarket. But they never survive our cookbook culls and rarely have been used for actually cooking anything in the time between their arrival in the house and their departure. The only recipe I can think of that we do (and then rarely) is her mushroom “steak” sandwich from her first book “How to Eat” (which I actually got from an early Nigel Slater programme)



I’ve made her Buttermilk Roast Chicken (using chicken thighs). While the chicken was incredibly moist, IMO, it didn’t have enough flavor for my tastes. The buttermilk bath needs a LOT more oomph to be added.


(:@)) :@)) ) #73

I often hear this about her recipes. So it’s true then. Taste is almost everything and the recipes tend to fail or not impress.

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(:@)) :@)) ) #74

She can dial down the “tarty” presenting style notch. Her children are always always on the programmes, why? They are no lookers and serve no purpose on the programme.


(John Hartley) #75

A regular issue, IMO. Disappointing really, as I usually find books by cooks to be much more useful than books by chefs. Currently, the only one of hers on the shelves is “Simply Nigella” but |I can’t recall us cooking anything. I did hang on to “Feast” for a while mainly for the Christmas chapter “just in case”, but never actually used it.

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(John Hartley) #76

Pure marketing in her early days when she was very much being portrayed as “hard working mum and home cook”. The “Domestic Goddess” period, if you will. I’ve often wondered how the kids felt about it, not least as they came to adult life.

By the by, doesnt time fly - it’s hard to believe she’s nearly 60.

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(John Hartley) #77

I don’t know whether Luke Nguyen fits your BBC/UK criteria but I’ve enjoyed his Vietnam programme which I’ve seen on one of the two food cable channels here. Other than him, I struggle to think of names, other than John Torode (who is OK on Masterchef but I don’t enjoy when he’s doing his own cooking series.)


(:@)) :@)) ) #78

Ah, thanks. The girl often looks as if she got pressured into appearing.

The partner and I used to watch Ready Steady Cook but then we stopped watching telly and now I guess they had stopped the whole thing. But you probably didn’t watch RSC. Harriot was the host at one point. Hah!


(:@)) :@)) ) #79

If you enjoy watching Luke Nguyen do check out another Aussie TV cook called Adam Liaw (Masterchef winner, now Australian citizen, half British, half Malaysian). I really like his Destination Flavour Japan. Japan being the only enjoyable part of this series, however. I don’t like his other series.

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(Andrea) #80

We don’t have control over where our body fat ends up, and I’m usually hot when in the kitchen and showing a lot of cleavage myself. But the last time I saw her on TV (don’t remember the show, she was a judge or something) she seemed overly made-up and trying too hard to look young & sexy. Not that 60 can’t be sexy or that you can’t wear (whatever) after a certain age, it turned me off because it seemed like a caricature of her younger self, not a natural look.

I did enjoy the Domestic Goddess baking book but don’t have it anymore.


(John Hartley) #81

Oh, I did. It used to be on just about the time when I was getting in from work, so I’d settle down with a coffee. I’ve just looked at the show’s Wiki entry and there’s a list (incomplete I think) of chefs who appeared - surprising just how many seem to have completely faded away.

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(Santa Rosa, California) #82

I used to enjoy Bill Granger’s show when it aired in the U.S. I also like Luke Nguyen

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(:@)) :@)) ) #83

I’m on the fence about Oliver but think his Jamie Cooks Italy series are enjoyable, only because so many local grannies show him how it’s done.

This week in the gym I’ve been watching Nigella’s My Kitchen episodes. How utterly frustrating that there’s very few and very brief shots of the food, mostly close-ups of her non stop talking face!

A programme just right before Nigella’s is Poh and Co. Does the US get her series? She’s another Malaysian-Australian Masterchef contestant.

Just remember an American chef I like:Judy Joo. She’s pleasant to look at and I like her style.

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What are"no lookers"?

ETA; Ohhhhhhh!


(:@)) :@)) ) #85

Not good looking, to put it mildly. But the point is they are a distracting part of her show.