Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical when I heard that Brian Boitano was doing a show on the Food Network, even though said program was called What Would Brian Boitano Make?. Why would an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater think he could host a cooking show? Then I actually watched (it debuted over the weekend in some horrible mid-day timeslot) and it won me over. Mostly because of Brian's quirky personality (which is different than most of the other FN hosts) and because they use the "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" song (from South Park) as the theme song.
Brian's clearly just having a good time making this show out of his house in San Francisco, and while there's nothing actually new about his hosting style, seeing someone not known for their food knowledge in the kitchen is an interesting twist. Frankly, I'm glad he ended up doing this instead of Dancing With the Stars (though he'd kick ASS on that show).
The theme of the premiere was that Brian was trying to fix up his single friend with the ladies (playing cupid is his self-proclaimed third favorite thing to do after figure skating and riding bicycles on rainbows). He goofily called in some favors in order to get some girls over, and innuendoed that his goal was to help Tony get
laid ladies. Whatever, I'm not sure I care about that so much as the fact that he made a Mar-Tony (with little cut out pictures of his friend's head on the swizzle-sticks) and said "Abracadamn!" while stirring up ingredients in a blender. He also used a Slap Chop (even he's a sucker for an infomercial, apparently) and said cheesy things like "my mother from another grandmother." He also dressed up as Hugh Hefner, and used old-timey film stock in order to give out his little tips for cooking. It's silly and ridiculous and not the best way to learn to cook, but still a nice way to spend a half an hour.
Now if they could just find a way to tone down the annoying music, this show could be my new weekend addiction. But the tunes were strange and really, really, really too loud and distracting. It should be a TV volume, not loud enough to fill up an entire ice skating arena.
Did you watch? (If not, catch this behind-the-scenes look.) Did you enjoy or hate Boitano's shtick? Sound off below.
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