Cooking Channel First Impressions, Part Two

Still plowing through a DVR full of cooking shows. I also taped an epsiode of Galloping Gourmet, which Food Network used to show back in the day. It's chock full of light sexism, ugly shirts, and a complete disregard for cross-contamination. It's kind of awesome. But as for the real shows:

CHUCK'S DAY OFF:

Nice and to the point. The premise is that he's a restaurant chef who films a TV show on his day off. It appears to be filmed in his actual restaurant and kitchen, and he's comfortable and precise and refreshingly without affectation. 

It's funny - it's clearly meant to be fast and rustic like Bill's Food, but it doesn't look like complete shit, plus with only three dishes in half an hour, you can actually follow what he's doing and learn from it. I think this'll go on the regular rotation.

FOOD JAMMERS

Stoner hippie foodie nerds talk a lot then root through the woods pulling up things to make soda out of. This is more entertaining than it sounds. They do talk a whole he'll of a lot, though. And at least two of them look a lot like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Also, if their loft is not a set, I can imagine exactly what it smells like.

By the end, they were running seven lines from refrigerated soda kegs in their kitchen all the way to the couch in the living room. It's completely ridiculous and I am won over in spite of their incessant fucking rambling.

AT THE TABLE WITH...

A combination biography and restaurant profile. I watched one on Chris Cosentino that I think was a few years old, but still interesting. Better than most of the Chefography shows on Food Network, at least.  Ton of detail and very little bullshit. And while it covered Cosentino's life story adequately, it didn't do so at the expense of his food. I have a Cat Cora and a Michael Smith to get through.

UNIQUE EATS:

Part VH1 clip show, part Best Thing I Eer Ate. It's got that travelogue thing going on top of it. That formula's appealing as long as the people making the five or ten second comments aren't too irritating, and so far, so good.

One thing I like about both this show and At THe Table is that they're informationally dense. They pack a lot into 22 minutes - more than I'd have thought was possible. Unique Eats covered five places in 22 minutes, and never seemed to skimp on any of them.

Overall, this was a much more promising batch of shows than the first group. I still have a couple of shows I've only seen a few minutes of, or didn't take notes during, like Mo Rocca's hour-long Foodography, and what looks to be a mildly irritating Italian food show starring someone named David Rocca.

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Galloping Gourmet

I love him. We watched him when I was a kid and I loved him then. Now he's old and cooking very healthily. There is food for all kinds of humor in his Wikipedia article, by the way.

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