Hot!Food Network "personality" Ted Allen

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JayL
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2009/03/25 00:39:17
" /> I can't believe I used the term "personality" in the same sentence as Ted Allen...Mr. No Personality.

Am I the only one who can't stand to hear this man talk?  He sounds like a pre-programed computer.  Every sentence has a hard ending like he's really trying to drive home a point.

His "Food Detective" show isn't a great concept and he sure doesn't add any sort of appeal.  The show "Chopped" isn't a bad concept and I don't mind watching it for what it is...but Allen mucks it up every time he opens his mouth.  He really is hard to listen to.

What is Food Network thinking?  I've seen a noticeable trend toward diversity in the past year or so.  I wonder if Ted is part of that.  Whatever the reason, he certainly isn't an asset...he ranks just below that annoying Nealy couple.
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 01:57:00
I find "Food Detective" interesting, but I think you probably picked the right word when you said the Food Network was heading toward "diversity".  Remember Ted Allen was the "food and wine connoisseur" of the five experts on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", so actually he had about five years of TV exposure before coming to the Food Network.
jellybear
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 07:48:58
I put Him in the same category as Inez the Barefoot Contessa.I can't stand them!The fastest I ever move is trying to change the channel whenever I hear their voice.It really doesn't help with His Orientation either.
zataar
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:00:54
Wow, we sure as heck don't want too much diversity on the Food Network. What can they be thinking, putting an openly gay guy on there? And a couple of color! Yikes!  One can never have too many white, straight people on the media. Forget about the Nealys and Ted Allen. What we need is more Bobby Flay clones. 

jman
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:20:47

Over/under on how many posts before this thread is locked? 
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:26:18
I like Ted Allen.  I think he's very interesting.
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:35:52
Zataar, I didn't say anything that even resembled your post.  A bit paranoid are you?

Anyway...yes...there has been a move toward diversifying FN.  They have made some bad choices.

I don't dislike Ted Allen because he is GAY and I don't dislike the Nealys because they are BLACK.  I dislike them because they are not good FN personalities.

You see, this is why people have to be so very careful when being critical.  Had I criticized Emeril I bet most would simply have jumped right on the bandwagon without giving any thought to his skin color or sexual orientation.  Yes I made a comment about diversity...but I never said that wasn't a good thing and my post certainly wasn't about that.

So anyway...Ted Allen is boring as all get out.  He certainly doesn't do a single thing for FN ratings in my book.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:41:04
Jay you have missed the voluminous amounts of forum real estate devoted to figuring out what's wrong with the programming on the Food Network.  Most of it comes down to this idea: they keep trying to reproduce their successes (the eighteen clones of Bobby Flay) instead of getting original and new voices and assuming the viewers aren't 12.  Which most of the folks agreeing with you in this thread seem to be.
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:52:58
jellybear

It really doesn't help with His Orientation either.


Why would his sexual orientation negatively impact your opinion of the show? He's not swishy and over-the-top "look at me, I'm gay" like his former fellow cast member Carson Kressley. He's just Ted Allen, kind of boring, but nothing special.

So what bugs you? Please share, as I'm always fascinated by the inner workings of homophobics.
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 09:56:36
Well, only one person actually has agreed with me and I have no control over whether or not that person likes Allen's orientation.  I certainly don't use that as my excuse for my dislike and I hope that I've made that clear.  My dislike stems from my genuine opinion that he's boring and way to stiff on camera.  He'd certainly be kicked off "The Next Food Network Star" no later than halfway through the season.

I should not have ever typed anything about FN's diversity project.  I guess that put "white guy racist/homophobe/elitist" in everyone's mind.  Had I left out that one sentence it probably would have changed the entire tone of this thread.  Most of the "new" talent on FN isn't doing the network justice...it doesn't matter thier skin color. 

Maybe they need to double up on "The Next Food Network Star" shows.  If they did twice the amount of "seasons" per year, then they'd find twice as many Guy Fieri's.  Love him or hate him, that guy is a great personality and an asset to FN...plus DD&D is a great concept that he does well with.


JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 10:01:28
And WHAT has happened to Batali?!?  He doesn't have anything on the network anymore.  I've seen him on PBS but not FN.  What gives?  Mario Batali is one of (of not THE) best "real" cook on FN.  He's down to earth, straightforward, and gives us AUTHENTIC Italian.

He's one of the few on FN (and again, if not THE only) that Tonly Bourdain approves of...which says alot to me.

If FN is looking to continue on their success, they need to bring us more of what made them a success.  Batali is a large part of that.  He is an icon of FN...the epitome of what they should be looking for.
post edited by JayL - 2009/03/25 10:03:16
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 10:06:12
I'll say this more and then I'm done.  I think taking him out of the lineup on 'Top Chef' and putting in Gail Simmons was a mistake--at least use 'em half and half.  And I don't know who does the casting for 'Next Food Network Star' but when 'Top Chef' has people who should clearly be on, if not winners, of that show (I'm thinking of Carla and the Italian dude, if not Jamie), then somebody is not doing their job.
GNeedles59
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 10:10:35
I find the show interesting.  for the person that claimed his sexual orientation "didnt help", welcome to the 21st century! great to have you! Now you can grow up.


post edited by GNeedles59 - 2009/03/25 10:13:22
hatteras04
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 10:46:29
This is not the first time this person's views have come into play in my mind. See this thread and look about halfway down.  I responded that I thought it was uncalled for and even referenced an earlier post that I thought was inappropriate that has since been removed.  The response to that just reinforced my opinioon of this poster.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/23-cent-pizza-from-Papa-Johns-m400590.aspx
HotDogHead
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 13:17:13
I like Ted.  He's a little "geeky" but he's cool.  I also like Guy and Ina. 

Not cool jellybear.  Shame on you.
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 13:47:10
LOL  I like Ina also.
dinska
Junior Burger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 17:21:00
Oh god, I thought you guys were talking about the HUNGRY detective show. I had no idea there was another FoodTV show with the word "detective" in it. That seems wrong somehow, as the Hungry Detective show was just SO BAD. It was like, let's give the only fat guy in LA a show. He must know about food, he's fat.

Anyway, FoodTV is bad for you. It rots your brain. I watch the travel shows to fall asleep, that's about it.
Bill Reynolds
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/25 23:43:23
I think Ted would be a better fit on the 'Myth Busters' show and the Nealeys should film their show from a motel room. Not trying to PO anybody but I would rather watch Alton Brown or Guy anyday. JMHO.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 01:10:22
I like Ted.  He is one of the few television personalities that come off as being genuine.  My gut says that his off-camera persona is probably very similar to his on-camera persona - kind of low key.  Many of the other television/reality show/food network/travel channel people all seem like they are performing schtick.

I guess that is the ultimate irony.  "Reality" television that is just too real!
tkitna
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 04:09:03
I'm not a fan of Ted Allens (did not know he was gay). He just came off as being a little stuck up or high and mighty when he was a judge on Top Chef to me. I like Ina a lot though.
Cosmos
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 10:13:10
I think Ted's fine, but Food Detective is not a good vehicle for him...or anyone, its interesting stuff, I just don't enjoy the theatrical style of it.

I do prefer Chopped, I have enjoyed that show quite a bit lately, and I think he is just fine in that role.
jmckee
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 11:26:51
I don't much care for the show "Food Detective," but I thought he was good as a judge on "Iron Chef" -- he really knows his food. Part of the problem with his current show is that Alton Brown's "Good Eats" does a lot of the same sort of stuff, and does it much better.
WarToad
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 12:23:52
I agree, Good Eats is much in the same line.  Plus it's done better, and Alton is a riot to watch and listen too.

It's not that I don't like Ted, but there's just not much there to really pull you in.
WarToad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/26 14:05:49
jellybear

I...It really doesn't help with His Orientation either.


New York?  Yea, totally agree.  We all know what them New Yorkers are like.  All the same too.
Tedbear
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/27 09:15:48
 
Someone who is bothered by another person's sexuality--especially if the two people are not in each other's proximity--is clearly someone who is very insecure about his/her own sexuality. 
 
If a person is secure with his/her sexual identity, whatever someone else does behind closed doors with other adults will not matter to him/her.   It is interesting to observe how a person's biases can reveal much about their underlying psyche and, in some cases, their sexual identity.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2009/03/28 07:26:34
"His orientation does not help" is the issue, not whether or not you like him. I like the Neeleys but I understand if people don't. So many food and travel shows depend on the personality of the host. I don't like the Travel channel show with the Playboy model host because I find her insipid but have found Dhani Jones show fascinating because I find what they film interesting and the conceit fascinating.
Turtle66
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/12 21:22:22
Nigella Lawson is pleasant to watch.  
MellowRoast
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/12 22:52:31
Yep, Ted is pretty dull.  Actually, very dull.
JayL
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/12 23:57:43
LoL!!!  Back from the dead!
 
I still think Ted is boring as a landscape stone.  LoL
WarToad
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/14 07:52:15
Last night I noticed he's off the new 2014 Chopped.  Greener pastures somewhere.
 
And LOL!  Nice Necro of a 2009 thread!
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/14 15:32:20
WarToad

Last night I noticed he's off the new 2014 Chopped.  Greener pastures somewhere.

And LOL!  Nice Necro of a 2009 thread!

 
Is he off the show or were you watching Chopped Canada?  I saw the Canadian version on in the past day or so...and I'm in South Carolina.
Foodbme
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 02:22:30
He looks, acts and sounds like a country bumpkin announcer on a small TV station in Booneysville KY or AL or WV, or OK who does the sports, weather, news, morning show and sweeps the floor.
( no offense KY, AL, WV & OK)
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/02/15 02:23:52
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 12:25:25
Ted Allen looks like some guy who was walking down the street, the producers of Chopped, realized they didn't have a MC, they just grabbed him, told him what to say, and don't smile. He still can't figure out what happened, and what he's doing there!
Texascajun
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 15:26:35
That's funny!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 16:02:56
chewingthefat

Ted Allen looks like some guy who was walking down the street, the producers of Chopped, realized they didn't have a MC, they just grabbed him, told him what to say, and don't smile. He still can't figure out what happened, and what he's doing there!

You crack me up! 
To me, the most annoying one is Sandra Lee with her matching curtains, matching clothes, matching tablecloth, matching flowers, matching everything.  Bleech.   
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 16:34:13
lleechef

chewingthefat
Ted Allen looks like some guy who was walking down the street, the producers of Chopped, realized they didn't have a MC, they just grabbed him, told him what to say, and don't smile. He still can't figure out what happened, and what he's doing there!

You crack me up! 
To me, the most annoying one is Sandra Lee with her matching curtains, matching clothes, matching tablecloth, matching flowers, matching everything.  Bleech.   

Sandra Lee also has nice matching Boobies!!!!! 
gostillerz
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 17:14:36
He's a hell of a lot better than Mo Rocca! I dunno, I just miss Emeril Live. It was fun to watch even if you weren't interested in what the theme was for that day. Wish they'd air them again. I'm watching more cooking shows on YouTube anymore.
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 17:22:11
gostillerz

He's a hell of a lot better than Mo Rocca! I dunno, I just miss Emeril Live. It was fun to watch even if you weren't interested in what the theme was for that day. Wish they'd air them again. I'm watching more cooking shows on YouTube anymore.

Emeril was a great Showman, no doubt a great Chef, problem I had with him is he never cooked a damn thing I had any interest in...Hot potted Cottage Cheese with braised Rabbit Ears, ah pass again Emeril!

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 17:34:44
Foodbme

lleechef

chewingthefat
Ted Allen looks like some guy who was walking down the street, the producers of Chopped, realized they didn't have a MC, they just grabbed him, told him what to say, and don't smile. He still can't figure out what happened, and what he's doing there!

You crack me up! 
To me, the most annoying one is Sandra Lee with her matching curtains, matching clothes, matching tablecloth, matching flowers, matching everything.  Bleech.   

Sandra Lee also has nice matching Boobies!!!!! 

Giada's are better!!!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 17:41:50
IMHO, The Food Network has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Let's reminisce :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg17STB93SM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdUkvyY6sqc
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/02/15 17:44:00
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 17:57:05
The Food Network is pretty lame.  For example, today from 4PM to 11PM they're running "Worst Cooks in America".  Who the heck wants to watch that??
Texascajun
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 18:24:58
I somewhat agree. I like DDD and Robert Irvine and that's all I can think of. I do miss Emeril and I think John Besh would be great on TFN. They both started at my favorite New Orleans restaurant Commanders Palace so they both know how to do an excellent turtle soup so I like 'em.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 18:56:39
I always did like DDD because he goes to Roadfood-type places.  I liked Iron Chef America because the chefs are professionals and did some pretty amazing dishes with beautiful presentations.
Texascajun
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 22:11:50
lleechef

I always did like DDD because he goes to Roadfood-type places.  I liked Iron Chef America because the chefs are professionals and did some pretty amazing dishes with beautiful presentations.


I forgot about Iron Chef. I liked it also. Great dishes and it amazed me the things they would make ice cream from.
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/15 22:34:55
lleechef

I always did like DDD because he goes to Roadfood-type places.

 
DDD is such a great show concept.  A lot of people don't like Guy, but there is no one that could do that show as well.  His personality is perfect for it. 
harriet1954
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/19 16:08:47
JayL

lleechef

I always did like DDD because he goes to Roadfood-type places.


DDD is such a great show concept.  A lot of people don't like Guy, but there is no one that could do that show as well.  His personality is perfect for it. 

 
I just wish to God he'd change his hair. And Anne Burrell needs a hair makeover, as well. This is 2014, and younger (that's right) viewers just don't take him or her seriously with their 90s hair.
I used to watch "Chopped", but stopped out of boredom.
 
Now don't get me started on the Fox channel food shows, because I am privy to some "stuff" that people would either not believe I know the facts about, or they'd totally agree with me. And I won't name names or episodes. But don't get me started.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/19 17:32:40
Aw, come on Harriet spill your guts.  Tell us some juicy stuff about Fox channel food shows! 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/19 18:21:59
Fox channel food shows? I didn't know they had any.
Pancho
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/19 19:35:14
harriet1954

JayL

lleechef

I always did like DDD because he goes to Roadfood-type places.


DDD is such a great show concept.  A lot of people don't like Guy, but there is no one that could do that show as well.  His personality is perfect for it. 


I just wish to God he'd change his hair. And Anne Burrell needs a hair makeover, as well. This is 2014, and younger (that's right) viewers just don't take him or her seriously with their 90s hair.
I used to watch "Chopped", but stopped out of boredom.

Now don't get me started on the Fox channel food shows, because I am privy to some "stuff" that people would either not believe I know the facts about, or they'd totally agree with me. And I won't name names or episodes. But don't get me started.
Yeah, come on Harriet! You ALREADY got started and there's no retreat for you now. Are his initials G.R.?
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/19 21:02:30
G.R. is a raving, screaming lunatic. 
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/21 16:26:41
lleechef

G.R. is a raving, screaming lunatic. 

 
Honestly, he's not. Only gets paid for acting like it, though he does get pissed off in front of the camera. He's not the problem. Fox and their disgusting editors and producers are! If anybody's on Facebook, please give me a shout - I'm friends on there with a lot of people from here. I just don't wanna go into detail on here. I want to protect family and extended family, and if I open up a mouth, I won't stop and I'll end up getting sued (yep!) I wasn't "there", but somebody I gave birth to was!  

blue heaven
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 08:30:20
I like Ted & Ina they are laid back and genuine not to mention intelligent and informative.  The one person that drives me crazy is Carla Hall (was on Top Chef, now a regular on The Chew), she is hyper, loud and obnoxious and tries to upstage the other co-hosts.  She even interrupts the guest celebrities on the show.
Pancho
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Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 09:13:43
blue heaven

I like Ted & Ina they are laid back and genuine not to mention intelligent and informative.  The one person that drives me crazy is Carla Hall (was on Top Chef, now a regular on The Chew), she is hyper, loud and obnoxious and tries to upstage the other co-hosts.  She even interrupts the guest celebrities on the show.
and to think she used to be a "super model". If I owned a farm I'd leave her in the back forty to scare away the crows.

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 10:46:50
Carla Hall used to be a "super model"??  Aside from the fact that she's obnoxious, she's butt-ugly!  Gisele Bündchen she ain't!!!
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 11:25:09
lleechef

Carla Hall used to be a "super model"??  Aside from the fact that she's obnoxious, she's butt-ugly!  Gisele Bündchen she ain't!!!
Hard to believe...this from Wikipedia...did you ever see her around town?

Modeling career

In 1988, Hall shifted focus and spent several years working as a model on the runways of Paris, Milan and London. It was in the first of these three cities that she quickly fell in love with the art of food.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 17:52:31
Pancho

lleechef

Carla Hall used to be a "super model"??  Aside from the fact that she's obnoxious, she's butt-ugly!  Gisele Bündchen she ain't!!!
Hard to believe...this from Wikipedia...did you ever see her around town?

Modeling career

In 1988, Hall shifted focus and spent several years working as a model on the runways of Paris, Milan and London. It was in the first of these three cities that she quickly fell in love with the art of food.

If she was working on a runway in Paris, it must have been at Charles de Gaulle Airport!!!!  No, maybe it was at Roissy Airport, fewer people.

Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Food Network "personality" Ted Allen 2014/02/22 20:30:29
lleechef

Pancho

lleechef

Carla Hall used to be a "super model"??  Aside from the fact that she's obnoxious, she's butt-ugly!  Gisele Bündchen she ain't!!!
Hard to believe...this from Wikipedia...did you ever see her around town?

Modeling career

In 1988, Hall shifted focus and spent several years working as a model on the runways of Paris, Milan and London. It was in the first of these three cities that she quickly fell in love with the art of food.

If she was working on a runway in Paris, it must have been at Charles de Gaulle Airport!!!!  No, maybe it was at Roissy Airport, fewer people.

Now, THAT'S Funny right there!!