And the winner is: Tyler Florence

With the South Beach Food Network Awards over and done with, it's now onto the more important question; which male Food Network chef is the hottest?

The winner, not surprisingly, is Tyler Florence with 46% of the votes.  Not bad for a guy who makes the "ultimate" dish.  I guess HE is the ultimate dish.  OK that was a really bad joke and I apologize.

I was a bit surprised to see that Alton Brown, perhaps my favorite male chef, came in second with 21% of the total vote.  Maybe everyone really likes all of his gadgets...I think I'll leave that one alone.

Here are all of the results:

  1. Tyler Florence  46%

  2. Alton Brown  21%

  3. Bobby Flay  13%

  4. Dave Lieberman  10%

  5. Guy Fieri  8%

  6. Duff Goldman 2%

Poor Duff brought up the rear.  Maybe his explosions are only contained within the kitchen.

Do you disagree with the poll?  If so, feel free to let me know your thoughts.

This week's poll is along the same vein.  It's time for you to weigh in on the women.  Which female chef is the sexiest?


Food TV Face-off

I have to thank a reader for the following post.  Fellow Food Network fan, Nicky, at has started an interesting new blog series called Food TV Face Off.  In this version of the face-off, Nicky pits Dave Lieberman's Arborio Rice Pudding with Ina Garten's Rum Rice Pudding. 

Nicky proceeds by making both dishes, explaining any variations, and ultimatley crowning a winner.  For the recipes of these two dishes and for the winner of this battle, check out Nicky's site


Weekly recipe attempt: Good Deal with Dave Lieberman

pot roastThis week's recipe was an ambitious attempt on my part.  I decided to try to make a pot roast.  Me and slow cooking don't go together, but I saw Dave do this so easily, and inexpensivley, that I thought I could give it a whirl.  I had carrots and onions, so all I had to do was pick up some potatoes and a piece of beef, and I was set.  Fortunately for me, pot roast meat was on sale.  I forget what kind of roast it was, but it did say "Pot Roast" on the label, so I thought I couldn't go wrong.

Weekly recipe attempt: Red Wine Pot Roast with Honey and Thyme

Things were going smoothly with this recipe, in the beginning, anyway.  I did a fine job at browning the meat.  I managed to set it aside while the vegtables sauteed without dropping it on the ground.  I didn't burn the vegtables.  I put the lid on it and managed to get it into the oven without incident.  Everything was cooking.  Everything was bubbling.  I was patiently waiting for a couple of hours.  Things were going well and I was very engouraged, until, to my peril, I had a lightbulb moment.  The meat that I had bought was significantly smaller, I mean about half the size of Dave's meat, which meant, it needed less time.  Oh no.  I had this lightbulb moment fairly late in the game.

When I took the pot out of the oven, things looked ok.  I tried a carrot.  It was cooked.  A bit sweeter than I thought it would be (more on that later) but my panic began to subside.  I then cut into the meat.  It wasn't pot roasty at all.  It was flakey and not in a good way.  I was saddened.  This is the problem with slow cooking.  You look forward to something for two hours or more, and if it doesn't work out, you just wasted two hours and have no food.  I, however, thought that perhaps, covering it with gravy would make things better.  Covering any food with gravy or sauce usually does a pretty good job at covering the flaws. 

I poured the gravy over the mound of food, and things, once again, seemed ok.  But (remember the carrot) when I tasted the gravy, it was sweet.  Really sweet.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was expecting or what I was looking forward too.  Maybe it was supposed to be that way, and I just didn't care for it.  I tried to add salt, lots and lots of salt, but it didn't work.  Maybe I shouldn't have substituted red onions for white.  Maybe the sweetness was too much, but I doubt it.  But in any case, it wasn't the deliciousness I was expecting. 

I think it will be a while before I attempt another slow cooked meal.  I give this pot roast a 5 out of 10.


Dave Lieberman does a date!

Alright all you Lieberman lovers out there, the lastest enstalment of his internet show "Dave Does" is a must view.  On the fourth webisode, Aphrodisiacs we get the pleasure of seeing how our "Good Deal" man trys to make a deal with a blind date. 

In the beginning of the episode, we find Dave shopping for his date night food items with a reknown aphrodisiac expert.  The trick, according to Dr. Reinisch, is to keep things light.  Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who was born from the sea.  This is why sea food items such as sea bass and oysters, are the perfect love food.  Dave prepares these foods and himself for his blind date.

How often do you get to see a celebrity on a date?  At first, I thought the date was a fake one.  After a couple of minutes, though, it was clear that Dave's producers really were trying to link these two good looking people together.  It was clear that Dave was way too nervous for this to be fake.  If I were the one out with Dave, he would have freaked me out a little.  I don't know how much of this was due to editing or if he was trying to play things up for the camera, but he came on way too strong.  He actually said the phrase, "suck and slurp" on his very first date with this woman and he kept talking about everything "getting the blood flowing to the right places."  The woman played along after a while, and a couple of glasses of wine, but sadly, this did not end well for fair Dave.  There wasn't a love match despite his desire to see the cute girl again, but I don't really blame her.  He was a bit scary.

This episode is a must see.  Catch it when you get the chance.


Dave Lieberman finally "does" release his online show

I kept checking all day yesterday and the day before and his new show hadn't been released.   It wasn't until last night that the show finally premiered.  I was under the impression that since the promos said the show would come out August 14th, that would mean they would come out August 14th.  Oh well.  Now that rant is over, feel free to click on the link to watch the shows.

There are two episodes available. The first is on school food.  While the other is on doughnuts.  I found this pairing odd.  The first show spent a great deal of effort trying to emphasize the importance of healthy meals for school going children, and then immediatly after that, we watch the deliciousness of doughnuts.  I'm not sure that that was the greatest choice of back to back shows, but that's what they did.  Maybe kids will only watch the first one and try to ignore the doughnuts.  I think a show on fruits and vegtables after the school one might have been a better path. And then they could eventually lead into the sugary pastries. 

Once you get past the apparent lack of continuity from episode to episode, the shows on their own are pretty entertaining.  I was amused to see that the crazy owner of VooDoo Doughnuts' favorite doughnut was the buttermilk doughnut and my personal favorite as well.  I guess unique minds think alike.  Try to watch an episode or two and tell me what you think.


Dave Lieberman "Does" another on-line show

Let's do!  Food Network is launching another on-line only show starring Dave Lieberman entitled "Dave Does."  According to an article posted on ABC today, the first on-line only project starring Lieberman called "Eat This" garnered more than one million page views in it's first two weeks.   Natali Del Conte of PC Magazine, interviewed Beth Higbee, the senior vice president of interactive for Food Network.  In the interview Higbee said, "the show (Eat This) taught them that viewers want online shows to be shorter than a typical TV show."  

There will be 13 five minute episoded for "Dave Does" first airing August 14th.  Lieberman's new show will highlight culinary trends and eateries in New York, Boston, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. 

 To view the entire ABC article click here .

To watch Lieberman's latest installment of "Eat This" click here .

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