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post #121 of 140
Good point, holydiver. It's "The Restaurant", not "Rocco's Restaurant". I hope they give someone- respectable but perhaps unknown- a shot next time.
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post #122 of 140

what do you think about the new reallity show about the restaurant

:bounce: I just checked cable tv for the Restaurant Show tonight. and it does not show up in the newspaper tv section nor is it on the cable menu. Has anyone heard what may have happened? Or, was it an oversite on the part of tv and newspaper? lol
post #123 of 140
Last week was the Season Finale. Alas, there is another new-restaurant-to-open-reality-show on one of the cable networks starting next week... so you won't have to wait to get your dose of reality TV.

Afterall, reality TV is really in such short supply these days.

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post #124 of 140
Reality TV: A TV show about the lives of real people doing things real people wouldn't do in their real lives.

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post #125 of 140

Cooks corner what do you think about the new reallity show about the restaurant

Rocco's The Reataurant" was not great at all, but it was entertaining. Hope the new series will be more realistic. After all alot of the things that happened with Rocco really does happen, but not to that extent-----Looking forward to the next one. Wonder if it to will get as much action as cheftalk gave it. Was fun watching all the replys.
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Re: Cooks corner what do you think about the new reallity show about the restaurant

People don't really want reality when they watch "reality" TV. They want a soap opera that looks real. If realistic TV was really the desire of the masses Into The Fire on TVFN would be getting all the press.

The Restaurant was a show hatched by someone who has no experiencee in the restaurant world (The Survivor Guy...I forget his name). The sum total of kitchen on-air time from all the episodes totals about 20 minutes. The rest of the program was focused on the waitstaff. Funny how a show about a restaurant could all but completely ignore the reason people go to a restaurant. Hooters is the only place I can think of where the waitstaff is sold more than the food.
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post #127 of 140
The good news is: The Restaurant did just fine. The TV show. The actual physical restaurant, I dunno. But the network did fine, they sold their advertising space and made some money. The got the world talking about a bad TV show for a little while. So whats new? Did the food taste like a sit-com prop? Of course. Were some real peoples' reputations tarnished by being a a popular bad TV show? Maybe for a little while but probably not permanently. Rocco will be just fine. We are a world of voyeurs that will take time to watch or talk about an unrealistic TV show about peoples' sex lives, their living habits, their jobs and we as people who watch it propagate it. Want to fix "The Restaurant"? Turn off your television!
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post #128 of 140
Unless things change draastically @ Rocco's, we won't have to worry about the second season!
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post #129 of 140
We get to watch allover again. Tuesday night at 8, this time strategically sandwiched between two episodes of queer eye.

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post #130 of 140
I have been watching the repeats.
My gosh, half these frickin servers need their
butts kicked! The other half should be gone by
now!! Like the smart alec jerk of a server who
has nothing good to say and treats his customers
like dirt! Fire this jackoff already! I have to stop
watching, it's giving me an ulcer.:p
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post #131 of 140
But you can't do a reality TV show about a restaurant without snotty waiters!

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post #132 of 140

Propaganda Sells

This show is a stage, just as most other reality shows now. Even survivor is staged with up and coming actors and actresses. The Restaurant is rediculous, stupidity seems to sell as reality. I have been in this industry for over 20 years and I have NEVER witnessed such farce in my life. I would rather watch reruns of the Beachcombers...

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post #133 of 140
Kuan,
I had a real life snotty waitress, everything we asked for
she said "no" which was followed by a "just kidding"
By the end of the meal, I was tired of her trying to be
cute. So when the bill came, and the spot where you
put tip. I wrote in "no.....not kidding" It was like nails
on chalkboard. She wanted to be chummy with all her
customers, but for godsakes, let these people eat in
peace.

I know it's not a reality, reality show, but still,
why do we watch it if we hate it so much?

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post #134 of 140
once upon a time, a NASCAR fan said, "No body comes to a race to see a crash where somebody gets hurt... Nobody looks away, neither!" I guess it's the same with us. That is how we've chosen to make our daily bread. We feel tremendous empathy with, and sympathy for, people in a bad restaurant situation, and that was a bad situation. I kept hoping for things to get better...or for somebody to REALLY nail that f***ing frenchman!
post #135 of 140
Yeah!!
It's very similar to the show with Morimotto on the Food Network. My wife and I are both crazy enough to BOTH be in the restaurant business! And we get very frustrated when we watch the Restaurant!!
This guy needs to spend more time in the kitchen!! He's never in there! That is where all good restaurants start, then start concentrating on the service. He has someone out front already. All this guy is doing is blowing hot air and schmoozing!
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post #136 of 140
We have a new tv show about a 2 michelin star chef who takes a year out to rediscover his love of food. He takes his family to Southern france & we watch how it all develops.

His family are loveley but unappreciative when it comes to the passion that their dad has for food.

This week he rose at first light & spent time with a traditional baker. Next day he arose at 5am & made walnut bread for the family.

Meanwhile his estranged mother in law arrived & as chef brought the bread proudly to the table his mother in law tipped the contents of two carrier bags onto the breakfast table. Processed supermarket bread, crisps,chocolate & loads of junk.

The poor guys face spoke a thousand words, I felt really embarrassed even as a viewer & couldnt believe the insensitivity of it all.

Its compulsive & enjoyable & I hope it makes it to your side of the planet.

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post #137 of 140
I was married to that. Despite the fact that I was a culinary student when this particular moron and I met, he pitched a fit when I decided to give up my $50K office job to segue into the culinary business. "We can't take a hit like that!" he bellowed after I divulged my plans. Apparently, he thought my attending cooking school was a "lark" - a "hobby" which I'd eventually outgrow. Like an MBA "outgrows" his or her desire to pursue a career based on their diploma.

Had he decided not to purchase 7-10 CD's a week - he owned 4,000 CD's when I kicked his sorry a s s to the curb - we might have been able to work around the salary decrease. All the better, I met a chef and married him - XH is now off "speed dating" trying to meet Ms. Right in 7 minutes. The jerk.
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post #138 of 140
LOL suggest you pound some steak with a heavy mallet or make bread, works for me.

Good on you chiffonade , ;)
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post #139 of 140
Many was the day I'd brunoise a whole bag of carrots or red peppers. All those sharp knives in the house with an idiot (now X) husband - better to apply the blades to innocent vegetables. Brioche is a great workout.
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post #140 of 140

I miss everything 'til re-runs!

Bravo is airing "The Restaurant", which I missed the first time around. Maybe it's not totally realistic, but I find it to be down right therapeutic! I haven't seen all the episodes, so I can't judge the series as a whole. But there is something about seeing someone on a much larger stage than I am on go through similar (perhaps more dramatic) ups and downs in opening a business that makes me feel... better!

The first time you realize it ain't quite what you thought it was going to be. The first time you lose someone you didn't expect to. The first time you realize you want to lose someone you thought would be good but wasn't. The first time you realize that your vision isn't necessarily getting across as easily as you had hoped. The first time you realize you are being, basically, an Ahole with good intentions. I totally relate to those experiences.

Again, I haven't seen them all - only 3 so far. But I am making a point to tape it so I have something to watch after an exceedingly difficult day :)

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