Thursday, September 07, 2006

THROW DOWN

Do you ever wish celeb chef Bobby Flay would just...go away? Leave poor normal Annie's Mac N' Cheese eatin' people like us alone?

And what about his new show 'Throwdown With Bobby'? It is so totally sad and sometimes depressing. Have you seen it? I can barely watch it. Basically Bobby travels across America to find people in small towns that are famous for that ONE thing - their ribs or their pie or their pizza, etc. Bobby then surprises these innocent people at their home or family bbq or kid's birthday party or giant family reunion and challenges them to a showdown in making their signature dish. Yes. That dish. The only dish they are known for. In front of all of their family and friends.

Great. Thanks. That sounds fun.

First of all:

What family member signed their husband, sister, mother or whatever up for this horrible and severly stressful situation?

What if I were that poor husband guy who slaved away at the office all week and my only real 'down time' besides cleaning out the garage was making my 'signature' ribs for close family and friends. And then what if my wife called the Food Network and signed me up for this show where in the middle of my family bbq where I was happily cooking up a storm of ribs for the people I know and love - Bobby Flay arrives in a catering truck with 75 state of the art gas grills and fifty midgets to set everything up and veggies flown in from New York's Chelsea Market and an actual live animal from Texas to slaughter on camera for the fresh ribs to make...STEAL...take away my thunder by making MY RIBS but instead with HIS TOUCH - ribs smoked in hickory chips, dipped in an ancho chili rub with a side of Maple-Horseradish dipping sauce and a side of Jicama Slaw...UGH. NO.

And yet in the end does any of it matter?
No. Why?

Because Bobby is better than you. Yes you.

61 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, Blogger jayKayEss said...

He should hire those Mexican ladies to think up some new dishes for Mesa grill.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger e said...

i've been hearing about how terrible the show is (and it sounded stupid when i saw commercials)... last night i caught the last 5 minutes. i wanted to see if he'd lose. well, he lost. it was a pizza episode in my hometown nyc. what a jerk. bobby sucks.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger e said...

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At 12:55 PM, Blogger Cybele said...

I watched an episode (chowder) and was saddened. Why put people through that? I know that they actually agree to it, but the playing field is not level.

I know the Food Network is stretching for new content.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Mary said...

I find Bobby Flay to be pretty unwatchable with the exception of the Iron Chef challenges. I think that this Throwdown show is sort of mean-spirited and definitely sad. Why is it so important to Mr. Flay to prove that he makes better anything than some poor schmooey in Anytown, USA? Can he not be content with having his own restaurants and TV shows? If he comes to San Jose to try to make better cinnamon bread than my friend Jeanette's dad, I'm kickin' his ass!
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At 6:33 PM, Blogger kencod1 said...

Yet another pretty (rich) boy smarmfest.What no eye candy cheering him on, sipping insipid drinks? My, but his standards must be slipping!Someone must've been awful cruel to him (in hi dreams) when he was young to inspire thissort of meanness. And our celebrity-besotted culture slurps this stuff up. Tell ya what Bobby- been to a couple of your places, not impressed, but your former co-host Jack McDavid's place in Philly knocked me out.It was worth the search from 1-95!Someday, not too far from now, people will tire of your peculiar brand of blue-corn crusted chipotleism, and you'll rest in deserved ignominy.

 
At 11:53 PM, Blogger zack said...

Why can't somone just grill him? He's a weiner. He should have been put down like the slimy eel he is when he stood on the prep area table of kitchen stadium during Iron Chef.

 
At 1:07 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

I saw the Chili episode of that show. The funny thing is, even with his $50,000 rig, I think he rarely wins. That is what is so hilarious. He pulls out all the stops and he still can't do better than these 'normal folks.' I'm not sure if I should be happy about that or just cry about the whole concept.

I think we can all agree - Bobby Flay should be shot.

 
At 1:17 AM, Blogger overunder said...

I gave the show a go recently, and it is just so sad to watch. It felt like they pulled up in an aircraft carrier to battle a street gang armed with bats.

Flay's ego is so out of control, next thing he's going to do a kindergarten challenge, and deride joy from beating little kids.

Please someone take him and his lackluster 'cuisine' away from the limelight once and for all.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Vanessa said...

Urgh! That's awful! It sort of reminds me of the Olymics where the American "Dream Team" trounced countries where they don't even have basketballs. Except I was still routing for the good ole US of A.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger kaymaria said...

I thought it seemed pretty cruel, too to have him all, "I've never made such&such in my life but I bet I can beat so&so!"

It made me feel all joyful and triumphant when I saw him on an Iron Chef with a HUGE fever blister on his lip....though I pitied the judges that had to eat his fare because of it.

The "red-headed step child" line keeps coming to mind when I think about vengeance.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Sarcomical said...

you know, i didn't really mind his other shows, i took his cockiness with a grain of salt.

but you are so right about this new one. it just tips the scales into Assville.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger baby221 said...

Eurgh. I haven't watched that jackass since I saw him on Iron Chef berating the hell out of some poor prep chef who wasn't chopping off his fingers in his delighted ecstacy to do Bobby's bidding. This show sounds much more indicative of his true character.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Cham said...

I agree. Some schlub agrees to cook a few gallons of chowder for their friends, meanwhile Bobby has his team concocting a million different chowder recipes at the Food Network megakitchens.

Bobby shows up with 50 trailers filled with equipment, prepurchased and chopped everything, and Mr. Schlub is stuck out there with one pot and Coleman camp stove.

Doesn't seem fair to me. It would be much nicer if we took a well-prepared and well rested schlub and have him roust Bobby out of bed at 6AM for a surprise throw-down.

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger Samantha said...

I don't pretend to know anything about donuts but Mark Israel cheated on the Throwdown this week. Sure Flay challenged him on the fly to a donut bake off but Israel was just about to quit when Flay's donuts were made fresh in front of everyone in that room. Then Israel insults Flay about his donuts being too "doughy" and then the comment about the inside mix of Flay's donuts coming between their shaking hands, the donut moron was an idiot and he cheated. It shouldn't have been allowed that he bring donuts (not fresh) from his plant - he should have had to make them on site like Bobby did. He then was allowed to change his mind about which of his stale donuts he wanted to present - panicking in the end with his most prized donut for the cops. eveyrone knows that cops know squat about donuts -- they will eat even the stale ones cause they live on low salaries and are in the middle of stake-outs and need the suger rush.

Flay lost because Israel is a big baby and for the life of me even though I don't eat donuts I will never buy one from that idiot donut moron. He's a cheater.

 
At 1:41 AM, Blogger Flintstone93 said...

couldn't agree more with samantha. bobby flay is just having fun. he respects everyone in victory and defeat. the doughnut dick is a pathetic turd of a primadonna. what a joke. you're making doughnuts, jackass. go kerosene yourself if you're that scared to have a little cookoff. or how about this...just say no! i'll chew vomit pie before i go to that idiot's chop shop.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger MountainMom said...

Bobby Flay is one of the best at what he does (and he does a lot). He is creative and fun on the Throw Down show. He steps out of his elements and goes on the road to visit people who are experts at those one dishes. He is!, at a disadvantage even with his expert helpers. Not to mention, these people (he challenges) get wonderful publicity ie more business (exposure).

About the doe-nut guy M.I. he was the sore sport. Covering the camera with his hand, his behaviour. Even if that was the most aggressive thing he did I wonder what the camera missed or the editors cut out. Everything about his presence was offensive. The one bright spot was M.I.'s helper/assistant. I didn't get his name, but he seemed Alright... Was that M.I.'s large red headed gal in the crowd or just a bud that he dresses up and goes out with?? What would grampa say? (an aside)
Mark your self-confidence in your
hard learned abilities melted down under the pressure of immediate performance, rise to the occasion,
(like your famous donuts) guy. Be
more then what you are capable of,
you represent many people and things, think about that next time.

Bobby you were a true professional! M.I. was insulting and low and you handled him so well. What a gentlemen in comparison. You even had to offer him some of your creations first and wow the guy doesn't even have it in his mouth for a second and says its (doughy). Your donuts' looked great and I would have loved to try them. If I was there I don't think I would have even tried his. Because of his attitude they would have made my stomach ache.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger gog said...

bobby is so hot my name is rick sanchez his secret lover we will be together i love u bobby

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger Heather A.. said...

Mark Isreal was a donkey. Once a few hours had elapsed and he'd had time to reflect on his behavior, he should have pleaded with FN not to air the episode. He's probably too dense to know that he humiliated himself.
Even if I hadn't liked Bobby Flay before, I would have been won over by his class in dealing with the Doughnut Jerk.

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

I don't agree about Israel. I think BF was the prick... The Food Network approaches Israel about a special just for him. At the end of taping he is basically told that the whole thing was a prank and instead the show is a "throwdown". I would be super pissed too. Imagine the time he spent for nothing. Also, if he lost the challenge it would completely defeat the purpose of the show in his eyes, his business would suffer as opposed to being a half hour advertisement. Who would agree to that? I think Israel acted restrained under the circumstances.

 
At 12:47 AM, Blogger Gwen said...

I had no idea that there were people out there who are defenders of Bobby Flay. I can't think of anything more pathetic.

 
At 3:22 AM, Blogger kachank said...

bobby blay ain't nuthin but a nail biter.

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Danny said...

why don't you just relax?

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Gina Bianchini said...

I hate Rachel Ray.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Booby Flay said...

Throwdown cracks me up. Booby gets beat practically everytime. And, why is everyone feeling SOOOO sorry for the people he challenges? They are getting FREE NATIONWIDE publicity for their restaurant/business! Plus, they can send Booby away, if they're too chicken shit to step up to the challenge. Ok, the Doughnut Pussy was a lame and annoying episode. Good thing Booby lost, or else we would've been treated to the Doughnut Pussy crying. I watched the Hattie's Fried Chicken challenge the other night, and it sounded like that was the last ep.???

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Robert said...

i'm with YOU, kdunk. and have you seen how much makeup he's been wearing lately? he's becoming the dolly parton of the food network.

 
At 5:26 PM, Blogger MyMyMichl said...

Mark Israel: I remember him when he used to pedal his bicycle around lower Manhattan delivering his wonderful donuts. When I had a few spare bucks I was happy to get one. They were beyond delicious; he resurrected a lost art. Set his personality aside, just close your eyes, open your mind, and taste.

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Only_Nice_Drinkin_Rum said...

I like Bobby Flay. I don't see the arrogance as much & I'm more annoyed at Rachael Ray's fakeness(yummo? arghhhh). As far as Throwdown is concerned, half those people are far more arrogant (the woman who makes Jerk Chicken, the woman who makes burgers & the idiot donut maker). Free advertising & being able to say they beat a top chef...what's so bad about that?

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger David Fair said...

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At 9:45 PM, Blogger raiders said...

Just tried the Great American Burger from the recent Bobbie Flay Throw Down Show.

It is a winner - Great Juicy Taste Definately worth a try. Its a keeper.

Regards from Prince Albert, Sk. Canada

 
At 2:27 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I agree with Bobby Flay sucking but the fact of the matter is that he loses more than he wins and that what lets me sleep at night.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Brigitte said...

Bobby Flay's show stinks. How about some Flay bloopers where he burns his fingers and drops food on the floor. Thats what a real chef does!

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Percy said...

Bobby Flay, any day ... any time ... I'll take the challenge for Bobby to see who has the BEST pork spareribs ... all you have to do is come to Topeka, Kansas and issue the challenge and I'll be there ... make sure it is well advertised and we will see.

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger A.G. said...

throw up with boobie flay...won't watch it or him
boobie was on the first show with Jack McDavid(a BBQ guy from Philadelphia, and a trained french chef) called Chillin' and Grillin.
boobie continually made fun of Jack...who cooked over wood or charcoal, while boobie cooked over gas.
I hatred him then and ever since...he is just an arrogant, no talent, on trick pony.
We went to the first food tv live show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in about 2000/2001.
Don't only did this whole unorganized ripe off a waste of time and money...but boobie was there (as wall as Emeril)
I yelled out during his bs demo "HEY, where is the talented Jack McDavid" boobie gave me a look that was pure hatred...which made me and some other others laugh out loud.
It amazes me how he almost always wins on iron chef...demanding a rematch after losing to the japanese iron chef (and jumping up on his cutting board, to which the japanese chef said "he's not a chef!"...and winning.
He must be blackmailing someone

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Max said...

I think you're all missing the point, Food Network knows just how much you (and most people, actually.) HATE Bobby Flay.

They figure you hate him enough to tune in and watch him get beat up by an amateur.

You see this a lot in wrestling, everybody loves to see the underdog trounce the heel.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger doc holiday said...

all of you people that can't stand the iron man Flay are jealous, he gives every chef or wanna be chef there fifteen minutes of fame. I would love to have the honor of meeting him, and have him try challenging me

 
At 11:09 PM, Blogger SF Tam said...

I agree with doc...bobby is a professional. he's not the best chef on the network but he is VERY good. I don't find him as offensive as most people for some reason, although he is cocky. I actually think that he is very respectful to the other chefs on the show and probably should have won more than a few that he lost.

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger SF Tam said...

Rachel Ray is annoying as hell, however.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Pissed Off Chef said...

If Bobby Flay is better than me, than why wont he challenge little ol' me? Because he is scared! Because I know his tricks.

Indeed, you can be a celebrity or a chef, not both. And that is pretty much by definition. If you want him to go away, don't watch the drivel. What The Donald's show instead.

He's not doing Throw Down to win, he's doing it to make money and entertain. Being a chef is entertaining with food. He's just taking it more literally.

 
At 4:18 AM, Blogger Poincare said...

I agree with pissed off chef. Throwdown is intended as entertainment, and I personally find this show very entertaining. Almost every episode makes my mouth water thinking about how good the opponent's special dish must be for Bobby Flay to deem it worthy of challenging. The "Muffuletta" episode is a personal favorite. Having watched it I cannot wait to try my first Muffuletta.

I just watched the new "Lasagna" episode earlier tonight. Flay wins but the defeated chef far from being upset or embarrassed actually thanks Bobby for showing up and challenging him--saying "it made my family very happy." I don't see anything wrong with that.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Pissed Off Chef said...

Bobby Flay and I have mutual friends. However, I also don't like the ambush tactics that the show has. But don't think of it as a cooking show, think of it as a, well, not a show about cooking, as a, well, it isn't a spy thriller, though they try to make it look like one, as another idea for a reality show which litter our airways, our public airways. Shame on us.

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger petetow said...

Some poor person has gone to a lot of trouble creating their dish to be hijacked by this guy I have a big Buschbeck barbecue to throw him on see if he cook ups as good as his food.

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger Pissed Off Chef said...

You Americans. Look it is very simple. They exchange humiliation for air time on the public air waves.

That's the formula. So, boo hoo to all those 15 minute of famers.

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Rex said...

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At 2:30 PM, Blogger Chasiubow said...

Most of the people that are challenged are small business owners/chefs that would love to be able to advertise the fact that their recipe beat a nationally reknown-chef like Bobby Flay.

To those who comment on Flay's ego, have you ever met the man? You really can't judge a person based on his attitude on Iron chef, especially since it is a stressful enviroment. If any of you has worked in a restaurant before, you know that curtness in the kitchen is the norm because you're under extreme time constraints.

That being said, I've never personally met Mr. Flay before so I can't say whether he is a conceited megalomaniac, but those of you who have never met him really shouldn't make an opinion based on ignorance.

Finally, I believe his record is something like 15 wins and 30 losses. If he were really egocentric, I doubt he would continue with the show since his record is so bad. I would think that many losses would be a humbling experience.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger ettesa said...

I think that there are too many celeb chefs, gardeners etc on air at the moment, programmers find these to be popular and rather than spreading out the programmes they hammer them to death (cheap programming) until we are sick of them, then there is always the ones that push the products like heinz foods or asda garden furniture, where and more importantly when will it stop, we need some good programmes and a wide choice, not just a handful of popular formats that are being flogged to death until we are so sick of them we even stop cooking.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Ranger said...

Bobby is giving them exposure, who cares, in 75 years, who is going to care. Do you want some cheese with that whine? Mark Israel is a puss!
He must be a Jew?

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Matt said...

I don't care much for Bobby Flay, but I think the hatred some of you people have for him is simply unhealthy.

It theory the show sounds sad and makes Flay sound like a real jackass, but If you actually watch the show you find that the people he challenges usually deserve to be knocked off their high horse more than he does. Being the best at the one thing they do goes to their head and they spend the first half of the show tooting their own horn.

I've actually found that Bobby Flay's cockiness has been toned down after the first few episodes.

There are a few people I feel bad for that think they are living their dream of having their own show before Bobby shows up and crushes their dreams, but thus is rare.

Even when Bobby wins, the people in the crowd say that it's bull and the people who lost get overly defensive.

Bobby usually loses though, so who cares really?

It's all a bunch of arrogant jerks so don't judge unless you've actually seen a few episodes.

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger caseylauren said...

someone may have already pointed this out, but bobby flay doesn't go to small timers that just make their signature dish for say their families. he targets people who make these meals for a living and profit off of them and gives them a chance to appear on the food network to prove that they are the best. if these people truly are the best, they win. these are meals that bobby flay sometimes has never even made and creates an original dish the same week as the throwdown. if he has the ability to beat someone who has been making it for years then they deserve to loose.

i for one was very glad when he beat down junior's cheesecake. they don't deserve the fame.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Tanker said...

What is sad is the people that he takes on that talk all that crap, like Mark Isreal, who are the true losers then have their asses handed to them. Thats what I like. I was never a Bobby fan. I have had a strong dislike for him since his cutting board incident on Iron Chef Japanese. He cooks the same thing over and over but when he started this show I had my doubts. The Chowder show was one that I wondered about until Ben started going on about how his is the best and better than anyone elses. Sorry folks, I grew up in the birth place of chowder on the docks of Gloucester, Falmouth and Cape Cod. Don't hate Flay because he has an attitude or maybe looks like an ass sometimes, hate Bobby Flay because he brings out the A-Hole in the cooks or chefs you like who make themselves look bad treatin him like crap.

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger A. Socrates said...

Haha, Well I just signed in to comment on this blog and I somewhat agree. When I first caught an episode of Throwdown I was so upset that Flay literally does tear down his competition in front of their friends and family. Such an awkward moment when the person loses. He should stick to Iron Chef.

 
At 1:23 AM, Blogger Colby said...

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At 1:32 AM, Blogger Colby said...

Flay, my multi-generation-deep Texas roots can out grill your "food" any day. You show up challenging donut people, Italian cooks, and the like who have sweated over sometimes decades to perfect their craft, only to see your arrogant Yankee ass show up to challenge them and embarrass them in front of their friends and family. Screw you, you hack. Let's throw down on some BBQ, sweetie. When I win, I want a statue no shorter than 6 feet erected in Fort Worth, I want my face on your sauces for a year, AND you will eat a boot filled with my BBQ sauce. Ready, darling?

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger Abigail's Dad said...

First off, I love Bobby Flay and his show Throw down. It's highly entertaining, at least for me it is. As someone astutely pointed out, its huge exposure when you appear on his show and get challenged to a throw down. Only a certified idiot like Mark Israel would behave like a petulant bore when challenged. Israel looked like a huge donkey on the show and based on his behavior I would NEVER purchase one of his products, I don't care how good they allegedly are. Flay made the best of the situation. He always treats his adversaries with respect and managed to do so with Israel, even though he deserved to be treated like the donkey he is. Food TV showed Mark Israel in all his braying splendor. I have a four year old child that behaves with more maturity then Israel showed on Throw down. Long live Throw Down. I watch every episode and Mark Israel is the only one I have ever seen act like a braying donkey and Food Network showed him in all his glory.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

Whether Flay's show is good or bad doesn't matter. He's a chef, or is supposed to be, so it is his cooking that tells. After my trip to Bolo, I wont be going back. It started out with the worst Sidecar I have ever had and didn't improve as the evening progressed. Sticky risotto? Come on! Creamy, Bobby, not sticky. And the bill? Sad. Next time, Perilla or maybe back to Per Se.

Check out my blogs for more restaurant reviews and other stuff.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Mesa Grill -- Sophie's salad -- personal greeting by the Chef. Nice!

He's really cuter in person, you can really see that he is a ginger kid (hair, freckles)

I was surprised at his height.

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Dharmamama said...

It's interesting to read this after the show's been on a couple of years. You can really see, now, that Bobby *hopes* to get beaten by the hometown cook, he's there to give them exposure and publicity. He's usually very gracious, or funny if they're really challenging him. No need to hate!

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger sue.farrell said...

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At 8:06 AM, Blogger Grace said...

If you watch the show, you'll realize that Bobby is the opposite of an egomaniac. He's actually incredibly humble. He'll do nothing but compliment the chefs and the town, and it's all earnest. When he wins, he seems embarrassed, and will go out of his way to stress how good the competitors food was.

Honestly, the point of the show is to showcase these small, regional hometown favorites. But Food Network actually has a lot of those shows, and none of them are as successful as Throwdown, because no one wants to watch a special about some random from Maine that makes lobster rolls. He adds an element that makes people tune in, which in turn creates more publicity, especially when they win [most of the time]. The competitions are definitely not in Bobby's favor - even with all his equipment, they usually judge based on authenticity, and Bobby always tweaks his dish. They also pick local judges, and it's usually pretty obvious which dish is Bobbys.

I used to think it was really mean that he would show up and ruin a special for someone, but in the end, it's definitely better business for the local to be on Throwdown, and most of the people seem really happy to meet Bobby. And they should, because he seems like a real genuine guy.

 
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