Extremism in defense of tastiness is no vice.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Culling Continues. BAM!

Hail, Sandra. Hail, Guy.

Thank God there's one fewer thing to keep me from waiting for 2 Dudes Catering to come on.

New York media blog fishbowlNY is reporting that Chef Emeril Lagasse's Emeril Live will cease production when his contract expires on December 11.

This is, I'm sure, totally unrelated to the fact that, earlier this month, cool dude and reality show winner Guy Fieri's shows Guy's Big Bite--noted for such refined fare as Tater Tot Halibut--and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives--which mercifully forgoes the cooking altogether--have been renewed for one and two more seasons, respectively.

Say what you will about the man Tony Bourdain called an Ewok. It's true that his cooking show ridiculously features a live audience and a band. Sure, he seems to unduly enjoy exclaiming various pseudo-words and ruminating on the dubious benefits of notch-kicking. Yes, he garners absurd amounts of applause whenever he moves near a head of garlic or a bottle of booze. When it comes down to it, though, Emeril Lagasse is a trained chef who cooks well and clearly loves food. This is something that certainly can't be said for most of the bobble heads on Food Network's air today.

A Frankenstein ultimately undone by the monster of popular appeal that he helped to create, Emeril was largely responsible for the rise of the channel, and for the country's renewed interest in real cuisine some ten years ago. For that latter contribution, anyone who cares about food should be thankful. Like Sara and Mario, this latest victim of Food Network's never-ending quest for mediocrity deserves better.


Madison Beer Review said...

"Like Sara and Mario, this latest victim of Food Network's never-ending quest for mediocrity deserves better."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Preach on brotha!

Brian said...

It frustrates me to no end seeing people celebrate the lowest common denominator while villainizing the people who put hard work and passion into something they care about. Who wants a nicely crafted Doppelbock or a taste of authentic Tuscan cuisine when you can swig a bottle of cheap vodka or Semi-Ho some frozen lasagna?

I'm glad to see you guys are reading. Thanks for fighting the good fight on the beer front.