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[–] Fambida [S] 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago  (edited ago)

As someone who cooked professionally for many years, rising through the kitchen ranks, I can fairly judge Alton to be the most informative and educational TV chef I've ever seen. I hope he makes this new show easily/cheaply accessible, because pirating Good Eats is my first recommendation to poor li'l college kids that can barely make ramen.

Disclaimer: Alton is sometimes wrong. On rare occasions he's wrong so hard it goes beyond a factual level to hit a moral level. His crockpot no cheese lasagne, for instance, is not just wrong on "that's not how you comfort food" level, but becomes an offense against God himself (check the paintings, God is clearly Italian). Nonetheless, in general, Alton is a gift to anyone that wants to learn to be a better cook in their own home.

edit: other worthwhile TV chefs: Julia Child, ofc. Also Two Fat Ladies.

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[–] kjell 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I was going to say, "Whatever happened to the two fat ladies?", but I pieced that together on my own. They had a good show though. There used to be some many good cooking shows on PBS. My favorite is still Yan Can Cook.

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[–] Fambida [S] 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Is Yan still around? He was decent from what I remember, but it's been a while.

And OFC, the fat ladies died.

"Paterson died of cancer on 10 August 1999, one month after diagnosis. The day before she died, she asked Dickson Wright to bring her a tin of caviar but when Dickson Wright arrived at the hospital, Paterson had already died. Dickson Wright said that after Paterson's funeral, she ate the caviar as a tribute to her friend. Dickson Wright died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 15 March 2014." -- From Wikipedia

We can take consolation in the fact that they loved the shit out of each delicious meal that killed them. Some people choose to go for quality over quantity, even with the years they have left.

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[–] ninjajunkie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Two Fat Ladies was the best.

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[–] Bfwilley 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Always liked Graham Kerr to.

The Galloping Gourmet meets his match! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mY4Qi7J4ag

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[–] Fambida [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Top kek, and thank you.

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[–] Big_Amish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

For all their faults Emril and Mario make my list of top TV chefs as well. Michael Simon is cool too. Actually met the guy when he came in to do a demo at the restaurant I worked at at the time. He broke down a whole pig and we did a special all-pork menu that night. I got out of cooking years ago, but Alton was the one who got me into it in the first place.

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[–] Fambida [S] 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Mario I haven't watched too much of, so I can't comment, but Emeril I have an issue with. He doesn't explain stuff enough. Alton's greatest strength is his constant efforts to not just deliver a recipe, but explain why you should do something, and how you can alter a recipe to your tastes. He teaches techniques. Emeril is more of an entertainer than an explainer.

Also, according to folks I know that have met/worked with him, Emeril is a major jackass IRL. I can't say anything about that personally, I've never met the guy and this is all hearsay, but that's what I've heard. (Alton actually doesn't do to well on the hearsay front either, but I freely admit that I'm biased and more willing to forgive Alton)

As for Michael Symon, that's cool as hell. I've broke down my fair share of animals, but I never got a straight on demonstration from an expert for a whole hog, it was always more just watch this guy for a day then try to do what he does. I enjoy this dude's videos for butchery stuff https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs_t4Om5siqqFtVGd639Z0Q

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[–] AnTi90d 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I miss that show so god damned much. It was basically the only show that I ever watched on the Food Network.

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[–] Tendoublem 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

And he is a shooter. Keeps it low key since that would be a career ender in Hollywierd. My kind of guy. Hope to see his live show one of these days.

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[–] Brigbjones 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes! I loved his show when I was a teen. With bob ross on twitch and youtube, I can't be happier.

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[–] Fambida [S] 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Ha, I love Alton more than Bob, but they're both amazing. And Bob had that amazing perm that he hated, so he wins there at least.

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[–] Inque_Yutani 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I became a decent cook watching that show.

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[–] aria_taint 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Saw him like 10 years ago...Showed me how to make beef jerky using a box fan.

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[–] parliamentsafire 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is the best news I've heard all week.

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[–] Bfwilley 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago