Review: Extra Virgin
I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen. This time around Extra Virgin.
From Cooking Channel’s web site:
Actress Debi Mazar and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, invite you into their home as they share their tremendous passion for Tuscan food and for each other. She’s a modern girl from the streets of Queens and he’s a food purist from the hills of Tuscany. It’s Lucy and Ricky in the kitchen as the two food lovers share ideas, haggle, and finally compromise to create the perfect Tuscan American blend all the while providing important lessons that you just won’t find in your average cookbook. Prepare for total immersion into their passionate, spirited life as they show you how on a daily basis anyone in any kitchen can blend the simple traditions of Tuscany with modern life in America.
I have been wanting to catch Extra Virgin because I have always found Debi Mazar strangely exotic. There’s just something about the raven colored hair and sapphire eyes mixed with that Jersey Girl moxie that I think is sexy. For his part, Gabriele Corcos comes across as a rock solid foodie. He’s a proponent of local, sustainable food just like everyone else in Tuscany and knows how to communicate his passion to an American audience. The show is shot at a fourteenth-century house outside of Florence that was given to them as a wedding present by Corcos’ parents.
But . . .
Though the food elements of the show are terrific it is only part food show. It is also part reality show – a Kardashian-like celebrity-at-home show and the first show like that was one show too many. Needless to say I can live without those moments. But don’t get me wrong, it’s no “Jersey Shore.”
Mazar is eye candy for this show, the hook. Though she does cook well enough she certainly doesn’t blow anyone away with her skills. She does dress great though – hot pants and calf-high boots to make a salad, a skimpy black cocktail dress with plunging neckline to make a cake. She’s always fun to look at.
Gabriele on the other hand has the makings of a true star TV chef. He is good looking as Mazar constantly reminds the audience which kind of makes me jealous. Who can blame her for bragging? After all prior to marrying Corcos she dated actor Paul Rubbin who you may know better as Pee Wee Herman. Seriously. And as mentioned above, Gabrilele comes across smooth. As with most Italians he was born knowing more about cooking than most of us will ever learn. I would love to see a show that just concentrated on his clean flavors and cooking technique.
Luckily the reality elements do not distract too much. They are careful not to have any of the trashy elements common to reality TV. Indeed they are actually tolerable, at least as long as Mazar still dresses like a Hollywood starlet anyway. Prrrr.