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Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Top 10 Moments in Food TV in 2010

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Sad, but 2010 was a dismal year for television. The Jersey Shore kids came back for a second season with a new communal smush room in the same year we lost Lost, 24, and Ugly Betty. But the world of food television was much sweeter, and altogether nuttier. This was the year Cooking Channel joined the Food Network family, Top Chef got its just desserts, and the year SFoodie is counting down the 10 best moments in food TV.

10. Papalote burrito Throwdown with Bobby Flay

When Bobby Flay came to San Francisco to challenge Papalote brothers Miguel and Victor Escobedo to a throwdown, we easily threw down. Bobby busted out an all-green burrito (chile verde, green rice, guac, and super-lame white beans in apple-green vinaigrette, all loosely bracketed in dried-out-looking tortillas) to compete with the Triple Threat Burrito. Sistah puh-lease, S.F. is the Queen of Green and no color can come close to the original Triple Threat, the Escobedos' shrimp, carne asada, and chicken burrito. We prevailed, duh, and filleted Bobby Flay could only say, "Don't try to do some newfangled burrito when you're in the Mission District of San Francisco."

9. Bitchin' Kitchen premieres on Cooking Channel

When SFoodie interviewed Nadia G. just after the premiere of her show Bitchin' Kitchen on brand-new Cooking Channel, she charmed our pants off. We talked punk rock and cooking but we never thought this girl would be so hot and stir up so much controversy. SFoodie still gets nothing but comments by people who either love or hate her. There's no in-between for the girl who brings some welcome spice to the tube.

8. The big, cuddly bear on Check, Please! Bay Area

Check, Please! is a gem, since viewers get to learn about other locals' favorite restaurants. But a participant on an October episode became our instant favorite. Rolando Mafnas, a wedding coordinator, shared El Metate with viewers; thankfully, he shared so much more, too. He not only dropped the F (fantabulous) bomb several times and was sad to say that his table of bears (big, burly gay guys, for the uninitiated) all left half their desserts on their plates at CreoLa in San Carlos, but he also described the pineapple fried rice at Benjarong as a float at the gay pride parade he wished he could ride down Market Street on. Dear KQED: Please give Rolando his own show ― we could listen to him talk about food for days.

7. Jamie Oliver shames David Letterman

We admit it: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which premiered this year, made us cry a little. Here was the hot British chef attempting to change eating habits in one of the unhealthiest cities in the U.S., Huntington, W. Va. Jamie began in the classroom with the kids and shocked us all when it was revealed that American first-graders couldn't identify fruits and vegetables. We knew that he'd face skepticism with the locals, the school board, and conservative radio hosts but we didn't expect it with Dave Letterman. Dave actually said, "Try as hard as you might, you're never going to succeed because we are living in a culture dominated by the commerce of selling food which is inherently unhealthy." Later in the year Oliver returned to the Late Show and said this: "I wanted Daddy Letterman to say, 'Go get 'em, kid.' And you said it won't work." Dave sort of apologized and awkwardness (aka great television) ensued.

6. The Great Food Truck Race

We aren't sure how great the Great Food Truck Race was since we're still bitter that San Francisco's very own Spencer on the Go only got third place. Though it is pretty amazing that the mobile food movement was big enough to have a race, a show, and even chef hottie Tyler Florence as host.

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