Tyler Florence is from the pretty boy school of chefs made so popular, lately, by Rocco of reality TV fame. I can’t stand Rocco–he’s such an asshole to his staff. Tyler Florence, on the other hand, at least seems like a nice guy. And this show is a semi-neat concept: he goes into people’s homes and helps them cook things they’re afraid of or bad at making.
Today that’s a whole fish. And already he’s giving some helpful tips—finding big enough baking pans, etc etc. That’s why this show falls into the “good” category of Food TV shows; it comes nowhere close to the inanity of “Kitchens” (whatever that show was I watched this morning, I already blocked it out of my memory). Tyler’s an actual chef with actual knowledge. What a novel concept.
Amazing how fennel is such a popular food on the Food Network, at least when it comes to fish. Sara just used it in her papillote, the Barefoot Contessa uses it in her salmon, and now Tyler’s stuffing it into the fish along with tangerines. Looks good.
Actually, Tyler is winning me over. Not only is he giving this lady pointers, he’s making her do scary stuff to help get over her fears. He just made her flip a the fish over in hot oil with a spatula and her hand, all the while chanting: “Gracefully, gracefully, gracefully…” Sure, she burnt her hand off, but who needs a hand when your fish tastes great?
Mmmm, actually all this food looks really great. This is the most appetizing stuff I’ve seen so far today–the whole fish, anchovies with lemon and mint salsa–although, to be fair, I’m still starving to death. Actually, I’m taking one for the team and running to Whole Foods… I’ll be back in time for the next show!