Food Network Maraton: 1:30-2, The Best Of

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I hate this show so much. Best of? More like Worst Ever.

It’s like watching a travelling infomercial. Mark Silverstein and Jill Cordes are to food what your local weatherman is to meteorology. Actual, they’re worse. There’s something corrupt about this show: money is changing hands somewhere. Basically Mark and Jill go across the country and eat at restaurants and that’s it. I’m sure the Food Network calls ahead, I’m sure they’re getting the food free and I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I mean, it’s not like the places that they go to are notable or culturally significant. For example, they’re in Atlanta right now (I live there) and where do they go? Dante’s Down The Hatch, a Buckhead fondue spot that I hear is way overrated and way expensive. It’s not like Atlanta is known for its fondue.

They’re letting the owner talk to the camera now: “Fondue is great for conversation—I’ll walk by a table and I’ll hear things like ‘hey that’s my mushroom,’ or ‘can you pass a shrimp,’ or ‘have you tried this sauce?’ It’s a really great social night out.”

Ugh. This is baaaaad Food Network crap. It’s like McDonalds, without the french fries. I have the TV on mute and I’m going to go pack the kitchen.

7 comments

  1. This may be the show I dislike the most on the Food Network. It seems like such a waste of airtime, that if it were on broadcast TV, I’d complain to the FCC. Michael Powell would fix their wagons…

  2. Oh, god, how I HATE this show. I mean, with a blinding rage. The way Mark Silverwhatsit swallows his Ls when he talks and Jill Cordes’ whiny voice makes me want to rip out each and every one of my own fingernails. The pain from that experience would be less than the torture of watching that show for thirty minutes.

    Great blog, I love it!

  3. Dear Amateur Gourmet:

    Great looking website! I have to say, it’s a lot of fun, even if you don’t like our show.

    Thanks for the comments. In this business, constructive criticism is just as, if not more important than the compliments. So I’m glad you offer a forum for viewers to speak their minds.

    Either way, I’m glad you’re watching.

    While we’re at it, can you also discuss (‘diss?) our new book? It’s called “Food Network Best Of the Best Of”, from HP Books, a member of Penguin. In bookstores October 5th, 2004, you can order it via our website: bestofbook.com, or on amazon.com.

    No swallowed “L’s” or whiny voices, but plenty of great restaurants to visit, and more than 85 recipes.

    One note: I like your thinking, but no money changes hands. Food Network is very strict about credibility, so the picks are all ours. Although I’ve always thought someone could make a fortune doing what you suggested. Take that idea and run with it.

    Feel free to contact me at bestofbook@aol.com, or thru the website. We love to hear from all, even (especially) those who have complaints.

    Thanks,

    Marc Silverstein

    Co-Host: The Best Of

    Author: Food Network Best Of the Best Of. (HP Books, a member of Penguin)

  4. Dear Amateur Gourmet:

    Great looking website! I have to say, it’s a lot of fun, even if you don’t like our show.

    Thanks for the comments. In this business, constructive criticism is just as, if not more important than the compliments. So I’m glad you offer a forum for viewers to speak their minds.

    Either way, I’m glad you’re watching.

    While we’re at it, can you also discuss (‘diss?) our new book? It’s called “Food Network Best Of the Best Of”, from HP Books, a member of Penguin. In bookstores October 5th, 2004, you can order it via our website: bestofbook.com, or on amazon.com.

    No swallowed “L’s” or whiny voices, but plenty of great restaurants to visit, and more than 85 recipes.

    One note: I like your thinking, but no money changes hands. Food Network is very strict about credibility, so the picks are all ours. Although I’ve always thought someone could make a fortune doing what you suggested. Take that idea and run with it.

    Feel free to contact me at bestofbook@aol.com, or thru the website. We love to hear from all, even (especially) those who have complaints.

    Thanks,

    Marc Silverstein

    Co-Host: The Best Of

    Author: Food Network Best Of the Best Of. (HP Books, a member of Penguin)

  5. im right with u marc. i think its bad to dis something my own dad does the photography for thats just so funny. u no i think we should start dissing this sight now that would be hillarious.

  6. Dante’s down the hatch is a fantastic romantic, location with great food. The melting pot is twice as expensive and cannot compare to the tastiness of Dante’s fondue sauces. I have been a fan of this place for 30 years.

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