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Chef In Your Ear

Chef In Your Ear! My new favorite television show! My new source of culinary schadenfreude! I’ve watched the now-cancelled Dinner Party Wars which was a larf in itself, but Chef In Your Ear cranks up the schadenfreude to 11. The premise is pretty simple: you have a professional chef bark orders over an earpiece to […]

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Santayana

  This is probably the most famous quote from Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (Americans call him “George”) and is often brought up when people critique political/historical turning points which have either turned out to be fortuitous or disastrous (e.g. Churchill and Austria, the Cuban missile crisis, the 1995 Yes/No Campaigns, foreign […]

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Red weenies

I think it’s pretty evident to everyone and their dog that I watch an inordinate amount of food programming, as in I watch almost nothing except food programming. That’s not entirely true: I do also watch select cartoons, CSI (the good one set in Vegas), the odd movie, and Jdoramas, or Japanese drama series. Don’t […]

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Antoine Sicotte Le Cuisinier Rebelle

Antoine Sicotte

Antoine Sicotte is a very odd Janus sort of individual in that at one level he’s known as one of the two musicians who founded the chez nous R&B pop rock group Sky, and at another level he’s a rather wild and wacky television chef known as Le Cuisinier Rebelle on Zeste.tv, the chez nous specialty […]

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Sour grapes

The Beeb’s got itself a new cookery show

There is going to be at least one person who will contact me about being so sour-grapes mean-spirited, spiteful, petty and jealous over this young woman who’s worked so hard to achieve the success that she currently enjoys and my obvious and à propos response to that is “BMSYA”. Here’s why: She so carefully and […]

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Schadenfreude returns to the chez nous

Ruh-roh, Raggy! Schadenfreude returns to the chez nous as CasaTV has just kicked off the second iteration of Ca Va Chauffer, the chez nous variation of the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules (this is an Australian cooking competition series for those of you who don’t read this blog, which I guess is most people in […]

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My Kitchen Rules

My Kitchen Rules

Seven’s My Kitchen Rules kicked off Season 2 tonight, and leading off in Episode 1: two butchers from Queensland, pudgy fingers, pork belly, and… poached pears (where have I seen something like this before?). The Australian cooking competition has an expanded roster for the second season, adding Tasmania for a total of 6 states as […]

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Cooking competitions chez nous

Ça va chauffer. There are various nuances in the translation of this phrase going from “things will heat up” to “things will get ugly”. It’s also the name of the local version of the Australian show My Kitchen Rules, though with less money and with a different accent. January is one of those horrible times because it’s […]

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My eyes! My eyes!

Unfortunately that rancid stench that is causing my eyes to water happens to be 7TV’s all-new series Iron Chef Australia. Why can’t programmers leave a good thing be and just bring back the original Iron Chef (Ryōri no Tetsujin, 料理の鉄人)? That was a great show, especially with the Canadian voice actors who provided the English […]

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Dinner Party Wars

Dinner Party Wars

Also known as FoodNetwork Canada’s effort to bring about Canadian unity via Toronto-centric shadenfreude. The press blurb reads: “Dinner Party Wars invites you to enjoy a deliciously hilarious hour of wining, dining and undermining as three couples go head to head in a ruthless, no-holds-barred dinner party competition.” What does that mean exactly? Toronto couples battling […]

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