Well, here's a special update. A secret blog entry -- since it feels inappropriate for my other blogs and this blog probably gets zero traffic at this point.
I recently watched the special Iron Chef showdown,
Rachel Ray vs Giada De Laurentiis!
I've gone the extra mile and uploaded screencaps: an exceptionally cumbersome thing I rarely trouble with.
I won't be giving a beat-by-beat recap. That'd be better served by someone else's blog. I won't even be dwelling much on the actual food aspects, or the final scorecard:
Some people would ask, why would they do this? Pit two of their most popular "food stars" against each other?
I ask, what took them so long?
I think one of the fascinating things about "food tv" is that a person can have a food show, or multiple food shows, yet have questionable culinary credentials. RR's got some restaurant experience, but not as a chef. G-Delly's been to pastry school, I think. Neither has been the chef of a restaurant, which seems to be a prerequisite for Iron Chef challengers. That said, the beloved Paula Deen and the distasteful Emeril have been curiously absent from Iron Chef. I reckon some of the TV personalities are probably a bit chickenshit. Which is why my respect for both RR and G-Del has suffered a boost.
Iron Chef America does a good job of casting its Food-TV personalities...
Of course, at the top of the show, both ladies are let off the hook by news that they'll be "assisted" by the Iron Chefs who trained them...
The relieved G-Del linked with
The irrepressible RR linked with
Yes, it's a total cheat. RR and GDL are reduced to being assistants.
Non-sequitur shout out to the lovely Cat Cora. Who wasn't used, but I uploaded her picture anyway because I'm an admirer of her steely, reserved beauty.
Hey, the competition out the window, let's focus on the superficial things...
By contrast, Rachel always came across as unstoppably perky. Pretty, but not the kind of pretty that makes you do a double-take (like Giada). The kind of pretty that grows on you.
But as long as we're talking pretty, stop the press...
Yes. I'm very lonely and have entirely too much time to think about it.
Aside from dreaming about which pretty girl I'd most like to go out with in my fantasy world, the actual show was pretty dull. Giada and Bobby were slightly more crazed. Rachel and Mario didn't break a sweat.
My interest reignited during the final judging...
While the judges were about the gentlest judges I've ever seen on the show...
Make no mistake, this is where the show started getting hot.
But was this ever about food?
I say, Rachel Ray wins this one, hands down. For winning my heart. Arguably the most over-exposed of the lot, she managed to come across as disarmingly human and girlfriendable.
The runner-up is Jill Bernstein. Points lost for being a bit too pretty and thus not quite girlfriendable.
Third place, sadly, Giada De Laurentiis. Points off for covergirl looks and a Hollywood bloodline. The show didn't humanize her for me. Which is probably why I uploaded so few stills of her.
Whoa. This was a lot of work just to illustrate how lonely my life is. A long way to go for such a sad and obvious point!