Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The tv chef

Generally I dislike tv chefs and none more than the execrable Australian Pete Evans and the French born Manu Feildel. Nor do I find their plastic like visages and glittering white teeth at all attractive.

Just the other day Jamie Oliver was being interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne and I remarked to R, I really want to to dislike Jamie Oliver, but he does talk sense.

Among all the tv chefs, and he is not what you would describe as a hot young bloke. Rick Stein is restrained and without pretence, he explores food of the world without preconceptions. He primarily talks about food but he does a good bit of eating and at times a little cooking. Good lord, will he be able to find anything good about food in Albania next week? Later: Yes he did, terrific seafood.



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  1. Andrew, Rick Stein is always interesting to watch. He's from down Cornwall way. He runs a popular little place in Padstow.
    He's virtually covered everything in English cuisine so he now travels all over the world showing us some lovely foreign dishes.
    What I like about him is that he's not infected by annoying over animated gestures that are so required now by tv chefs.
    This is why Queen of the tv chefs Queen Delia Smith quit the BBC as well as tv. She wouldn't play ball and act like a demented gorilla. So sad.
    So we just enjoy all her past wonderful Xmas cooking shows which are currently running now.
    The current dumbing down of tv is what is ruining many programs.

    Sorry to say but I just cant watch Jamie. Just too annoying. Having him and his wife as well as his umpteenth baby hanging around the Xmas kitchen stove was the last straw.
    Comedy shows were quick to cash in on that by creating sketches where for his next Xmas show we see him in the act of conceiving his next baby.

    My favourite all time chef was Keith Floyd. Sometimes inebriated but boy did he give us a laugh. The wine or cherry was often meant for the cooking but he was prone to guzzling down himself. What a legend.

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    1. Deejohn, I used to like Delia. She knew her food inside out and had great cooking skills. But oh, the constant addition to dishes of creme fraiche puzzled many of us downunder. That is funny about Oliver and the comedy sketch. Floyd was very amusing. Speaking of drinking, I wonder if Dave Allen really drank on air.

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  2. I am with deejohn about Jamie. And I wish he would wash his hair.
    I can't get over how much salt any of the television chefs add. At every stage.
    I do admire (and envy) their knife skills though.

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    1. EC, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to wield a knife like they do with their still hands and be able to keep your fingers. I never add salt to anything, while cooking or eating and I believe that like sugar in tea and coffee, you can wean yourself off salt. But I do still like the the taste of salt.

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  3. I rarely watch any of the cooking shows, if that's all there is on TV, I'll turn off rather than sit through an episode. I'm impressed with their skills, but just don't fancy the foods they cook. I used to be irritated by Jamie Oliver, but then I saw his school foods program and was quite impressed.

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    1. River, I don't really either but I really like Stein's show. I don't know if Oliver's school food programme has had a long term success but any progress is good.

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    2. What channel is Rick Stein on? I'll have a look if it isn't too late at night. I don't have recording facilities.
      I weaned myself off 99% of my salt intake, only using it now to season a steak before I cook it, and of course on chips which I rarely eat.

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  4. Anonymous8:47 am

    I love the Two Fat Ladies. Sadly no longer with us but they live on in my memory and on their DVDs which are all but worn out. All that wonderful butter and cream, not to mention the lard. Hmmmm. On the other hand, Poh's Kitchen is hugely irritating. - Ian

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    1. Cooking and eating are private activities that should be done alone, far away from tv cameras. But I agree. The Two Fat Ladies did not take themselves seriously and were thus a joy to watch.

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    2. Ian, they were both terrific and complimented each other so well. I used to worry about what was under Jennifer's bright red nails though, as she mixed ingredients with her hands. But I also like Pho's kitchen, and I did like the unlikely combination of Maggie and Simon.

      Hels, it was just such a well made show too. We will probably nevers see the likes of them again.

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  5. I'm with ian
    Two fat ladies were a joy!
    Stein is a sweet guy I like Mary Berry too

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    1. John, I am not familiar with Mary Berry, but R probably is.

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  6. I do not like Pete or Manu. However that ad he did for Campbells where he said don't use water, it is so bland.. that stuck with me and I have to say he is right about that. Rather sadly for Campbells, I use the cheap Aldi reduced salt chicken stock instead.

    Jamie Oliver is the Steve Irwin of cooking shows. So enthusiastic! And for some too much so. I hate that Woolworths teamed up with him. What, you couldn't find an Aussie chef? Just another reason I am NOT picking Woolies. However his recipes are usually excellent and very reliable. I really can't dislike him either after all the effort he has put in trying to make kids eat healthier.

    Rick Stein has a restaurant at Bannisters on the South Coast, maybe a 30 minute drive. I have never been because it is very Up Money.

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    1. Snoskred, I have not seen the add, but if you are talking about canned soup, I tend to add half milk and half water.

      That's interesting about Stein having a restaurant here. I had no idea.

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  7. I enjoy Rick Stein's shows because he doesn't take out the disasters that we all have in the kitchen, it makes him human not a chopping robot. Can't stand Evans, smarmy. Nigella was okay in the beginning but then it was all sex and chocolate. If I was really serious about dieting I would just watch Ramsey's kitchen, blerggh.

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    1. Jah Teh, he readily said he did not like something when he was in Albania. Nigella bores me. Ramsey, from the little I know of him, seems to be an nasty obnoxious creep.

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    2. I heard from someone recently that Ramsey is excellent around children, good natured, no swearing, I'm not sure what he was doing around children, maybe a children's cooking class or something.

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  8. Crikey Andrew ...... you use big words, aye, mate?? Mum had to google execrable. Before she googled it she thought it was some sort of new word game. She likes it now though. She's said it ten times and used it in a sentence 10 times so now it's etched into her brain and it will become one of her favourite words. She did the same with discombobulate and now everyone's sick of hearing her say that. I don't watch those chef blokes on TV. All that food makes me hungry but if I had to watch it would be that Rick Stein bloke. He has nice scenery in his shows and I don't know if I've got the right bloke but he has a dog, aye???

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    1. Charlie, execrable is a terrific word because we humans can say it with such venom. Even I don't use discombobulate, although at times I am quite discombobulated. I have a vague memory that Stein had some kind of terrier. Maybe you don't like terriers, Charlie. They can be a bit yappy.

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  9. I quite like Rick and his program along with Jamie Oliver, however I'm not into cooking shows all the time.

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    1. Margaret, I probably don't know much about Oliver and so it would be unfair to be too critical of him. R tells me we have an SBS tv channel devoted to cooking. Nice day for you there at home.

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  10. I like what Jamie Oliver is doing to try to make kids eat healthily. Bill has had enough of cooking shows and he is the holder of the controller .

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    1. Diane, you are probably quite familiar with the English diet and certainly it used to be, and in some areas probably still is quite appalling, so anything Olive does in that area is good. Bill consumes while you create at your keyboard.

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  11. Love Rick Stein, don't mind Jamie, I like the way he just 'throws' things together, never works for me ☺ Can't stand Pete Evans, total flake! I did enjoy Manu when he was traveling the world, not when he's in a studio. There are just too many of them now ☺

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    1. Grace, yes, I did watch Manu travelling and he wasn't bad in that. You had your own Perth celebrity chef on ABC a couple of decades ago. I can't remember his name now.

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