Friday, March 7, 2008

Restaurant Recipe for Disaster

A Good way to calculate the downfall of Phantom Gourmet, is to look at the degradation of sponsorship for the Restaurant Recipe segment of the show.

In the beginning the Restaurant Recipe was presented by Newbury College.
Respectable.

At one time is was presented by the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
Not Bad.

The New England Culinary Institute.

They got Alton Brown - cool dude.

So, what's up with this McIntosh College, the new namesake for the Restaurant Recipe??? From what I gather it's the ITT Tech of cooking schools. They call themselves a "Career Education School." I don't think that means college. I think it means you can study to be a chef
. . . or an ambulance driver. . . or a graphic designer. . . or be an HVAC repairman. All trades that require only a GED and a rough childhood.

I bet they're not even accredited.


So I wonder, what came first - the slow devolution of Phantom Gourmet content? or, the lackluster sponsors? Did McIntosh college cause the 54% increase in Comfort Food / Guilty Pleasure / Snack Attack programming?

http://www.fallingfruit.tv/images/stuffedcrust.jpgJust look at some of the recipes featured in the McIntosh College "Restaurant Recipes"

Buttery Lobster Balls
Golden and luxurious, with real crab meat.
Popcorn Balls
Homemade microwave popcorn and Crisco work magic.
Not Your Mom's Meatloaf
Your Mom's is probably better.
The Strummer's Stromboli
Pizza dough isn't just for stuffed crust pizza anymore!
Deep Dish Pizza
Double the cheese... double the crust... double the toppings... double the toilet paper.
Stuffed Chile Burger
Cheese isn't just for stuffing pizza crust anymore!
Cookie Sandwich
This is a cookie dessert for NASCAR fans.
Waffle Fry Nachos
Handcut is overrated. No one could cut a waffle fry by hand.


So, this is where the staff at Ground Round went to school.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey miiister. You thank yer all fancy with yer jokes and makin fun of colege and everythang. whATS WRONG WITH NASCAR COOKIE SANDWICHES? I LIKE RACECARDS AND I LIKE SNADWICHS AND I LIKE COKIES. THATS MY GRANDMAMAS SPECIAL RECIPET!! I M IN SCHOOL AND MCACINTOSH AND WHEN I GET MY DEPLOMA IM GOINGT O BE SMARTHER THEN YOU!

March 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muah. That show never covers anything down here in the hole, for us locals. As if people actually drive from Falmouth to Boston for a meal. Once they do a review of the SWOPE, I'll start watching.

-Chuck

March 10, 2008 at 8:32 AM  

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