Bobby Flay thread...

Discussion in 'Food & Travel' started by 655321, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    What's your opinion? I know a few people who can't stand him on camera and never watch his shows. Personally, I think he's one of the channel's best personalities. An awesome cook with a totally likeable personality.

    I've found more than a few very nice recipes from his collection on
  2. Smurfquake

    Smurfquake Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    San Carlos, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    His first show, "Grillin and Chillin," was a lot of fun. I learned a lot from that show, although it was more from the co-host, Jack McDavid who was the "country" griller, as opposed to Bobby Flay's "city" grilling style.

    I find his more recent shows to be lamer. "Hot off the Grill with Bobby Flay" was annoying -- it was like a cheery morning talk show where Bobby and his chicky cohost would entertain a group of sophisticates while cooking. He rarely explained what he was doing.

    At some point he started to exude arrogance. I stopped watching his shows at about the time that the first Iron Chef America specials were on -- these were the ones produced by Fuji TV where the Japanese Iron Chefs went to New York, not the American-produced versions which are currently running. Of course, Iron Chef is the perfect show to exude arrogance on, but I got turned off by his other shows a few years back.

    I haven't seen much of his other shows, "Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay," "BBQ with Bobby Flay," or "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" although I note that he has successfully inserted his name into the title of each show. Most of the other Food TV stars don't do that.

    I have no doubt that his food is tasty and I am sure he is a great chef. I would like to go to one of his restaurants someday. But I don't care to watch him on TV, he just turns me off.
  3. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    That's about the gist of what most people say. I like the Throwdown show a lot...he comes in to challenge "masters" of a particular style of cooking or food (pizza, bbq, etc), which is pretty arrogant in itself, but he never tries to one-up them and always gives tons of props. Boy Meets Grill is OK...pretty normal cooking show really, nothing too special except the good recipes.
  4. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He is a douche. It was great when Bordaine went to his restaurant :D

    edit: just checked the bordaine thread, looks like they are showing the vegas episode tonight, the 1 where he visits bobby's restaurant :)
  5. Frieslander

    Frieslander Member
    Staff Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    North Jersey
    I'm an Alton Brown disciple but I don't mind Flay at all. I think "Throwdown" is a pretty good show.
  6. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Arsenal FC
    Bingo. That is the only show of his I've ever liked. They'd grill all sorts of stuff outside while drinking beers and McDavid would give shit right back to Bobby for being an ass.
  7. servotron

    servotron New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    St Paul, MN
    I recall him being the food judge on the one-season reality show "Wickedly Perfect" or something like that. He was actually the most personable and friendly-seeming judge on the show. I had heard nothing but "jerk" when referencing his onscreen personality, and I thought he was quite nice, at least on that show.
  8. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    yea, he seems like a pretty cool guy...somewhat sarcastic and really only joking arrogant. Like most of my friends, really.
  9. el mofles

    el mofles Member

    May 16, 2001
    RC Mongolian BBQ
    Birmingham City LFC
    Nat'l Team:
    He's alright but sometimes he should admit to himself alright maybe I'm a little bit over my head on this dish I've only tried once or never learned how to make properly. That goes for a few other guys too.

    Sometimes it also looks like he's just making up, which shows he's unafraid to tackle new things and also its a big part of being a chef and being creative but sometimes he should take a step back and look at the plate and say "You know what? This looks like a heap. Perhaps I should refine a bit more before I preform it on the show"
  10. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Genesis 16:12...He shall be a wild ass among men
    Manchester United FC
    His arrogance rubs some people the wrong way, kinda like the "ugly American" who goes overseas for the first time and know it all. ;)

    Am i the only one who thinks he's sloppy in the kitchen? Man, the way he tosses his knives after using them is disgraceful.

    he is very creative though.
  11. jlscrub

    jlscrub New Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    I agree with you on the cockiness, but women love men who can cook...

    can you blame him?

    What I do think is that he is an overated Iron Chef...I think he masks his dishes with smothering them with his bbq-chipotle sauce :p
  12. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    That'll win it every time!
  13. christopher d

    christopher d New Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Weehawken, NJ
    I don't know... I think there's something a wee bit suspicious about all of his "wins" on Throwdown. The chowder guy and the jerk chicken lady I can see, but the bartender?! Glad to finally see him lose one on Jambalaya (and how does a superstar chef ******** up rice, anyway?)
  14. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    dunno...I've seen him lose three. The pizza, bbq and jambalaya.
  15. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    He seemed like an alright guy, but I wasn't too fond of the Throwdowns. Has he done network daytime TV? Is that what's next for him?

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