"The Chew" Debut Brings More Food to Daytime TV

Categories: Food on TV

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The Chew Crew: Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali, Michael Symon and Carla Hall (l-r)
​Only a few hours after the ladies of The View gabbed around the table, ABC debuted The Chew. The name rhymes and the concept is similar, although food-centric: everyone brings something different to the table.

The mother hen that fills the Baba Wawa shoes at the table is Mario Batali. The rest of the crew is less impressive. Clinton Kelly, formerly of Queer Eye for The Straight Guy What Not to Wear, is the decorating and entertaining guru. Carla "Hootie" Hall, known for wooting and not winning Top Chef, sits beside pork know-it-all Michael Symon. The daughter of TV's Dr. Oz, Daphne Oz, is there as the good health authority.

For the first episode, Batali didn't bother to show up except via satellite. Kelly asked the question we were all thinking: "It's the first day of the biggest food show launch in the history of daytime television and you're playing golf. What's up with that, yo?" Apparently, he was at a charity event.

Symon cooked the first dish ever on the show: pork and beans supreme. He threw in an ingredient to represent each of the co-hosts. (Kelly was the well-dressed dish, of course.) The meal was made in five minutes, allegedly, and for less than $4 a person.

The audience then got a chance to try the dish and were probed with this leading question, "Tell me why you think this is delicious?"

The responses were generally, "I love this whole thing, it's just so delicious." Eloquent.

Oz headed the next segment, things my dad taught me, with her superfood breakfast smoothie with blueberries, yogurt, psyllium husks and Ester-C. When she went to the pantry to grab the ingredients, she pulled out Dr. Oz, who had roses for his daughter. The embarrassing dad stories then came out: he grabbed a blueberry and said it was the color of Daphne's cone head when she was born because her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. The mental picture we have belongs on Awkward Family Photos, not daytime television.

Hall, who had her southern mama in the audience, taught us how to make her favorite fried apple pancake rings. They actually looked incredible with apple cider syrup drizzled on top.

Another great-looking dish were the hors d'oeuvres made by Kelly. He had mini BLTs minus the bread on hearts of romaine, and one bite pork schnitzels to be dipped in applesauce mixed with whole grain mustard. Kelly is so right, one hand for one-bites and one hand for cocktails is always best. Don't wanna sound too Folsomy, but we're pro double-fisting!

The man of the hour finally made his second satellite cameo, making his classic pizza on the golf course. Batali explained that the ideal pizza crust has a crunch like biting into a light bulb and then a bagel pull to finish it. Clearly this man has the words we've been waiting for (mmm, light bulb.) He also gives his secret to perfect pizza. Right after it comes out of the oven, it gets more fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil and a crackling of black pepper from an enormous pepper mill.

The Chew is taking the place of All My Children and as far as daytime television goes, we're not spitting it out just yet. We'll continue to chew, marinate, stew and any other corny food pun we can think to do on this new show.

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Bliss
Bliss

Why on earth would anyone at ABC think it appealing to watch a FAT man cook recipes and stuff his FAT face (with more food that he CLEARLY does not need to eat) on national TV?

While the other co-hosts of The Chew are only mildly annoying, the FAT GUY cooking food or stuffing his FAT face is disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raina
Raina

The Chew will never get a review from me ABC goes dark in this house in that time slot. I couldn't even stomach the previews

Asia
Asia

Brian Fons should be fired for putting this piece of crap (the Chew - what a name!  It should be Spew or Druel) on air!

Avellina
Avellina

the Chew is awful.  ABC doesn't care about quality programming because, as ABC executive Brian Frons stated he can train viewers, like dogs, to watch whatever they offer.  Too bad this bone is rotten!  .

techiegal
techiegal

Wow....exciting....ANOTHER cooking show... what a great new concept... ABC you were so smart to tick off so many soap fans for this show, brilliant!

Mandy
Mandy

I really thought the first episode was terrible.  There was no chemistry between the hosts, everyone was talking over each other.  I could barely follow the smoothie demonstration, with Dr. Oz talking about how his daughter was blue at birth the whole time.  Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but I don't think Symon even tried to explain how he was making his pork and beans.  I loved Carla on Top Chef and her apple pancakes seemed interesting, but come on, the recipe they flashed on the screen for 2 seconds was "pancake batter, granny smith apple, and pumpkin pie spices?"  Plus I thought this was supposed to be more than just a cooking demonstration show.  But really, Rachel Ray does the cooking talk show way better, I don't think there's room for the Chew in ABC's permanent line-up.  I certainly won't be tuning in a second time.

Rquema
Rquema

Clinton Kelly is the host of What Not to Wear and was never on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. You may have him confused with Ted Allen.

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