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Review: Food Jammers

I finally got a little quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  Time to experience Food Jammers.

Thanks, Cooking Channel, that’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.  At first I thought Food Jammers was a show about molecular gastronomy not unlike Planet Green’s Future Food which chronicles the creative process at Chicago’s Moto but it isn’t.  It should be, but it isn’t.

Food JammersFood Jammers is more like Mythbusters, no Robot Wars than a cooking show.  In fact, actual flavor is not a goal.  In one episode they decide to make a cake in the image of an old car.  Host Nobu Adilman comments, “I could care less what this cake is going to taste like.”  If you enjoy food and TV shows about food there is really no reason to watch the show.  Like Justin Bieber, this Canadian import is best left north of the border.

Here’s the gist – three slackers with a backyard full of junk try to McGyver creations that can only loosely be considered food. Or as the network’s web site puts it:

Far from the ordinary stand-and-stir cooking show, Food Jammers features a high-impact, low-fi culinary contraption conceived, designed and constructed in the Jammers’ warehouse studio. Food Jammers are artists, inventors and dudes who can really cook. Each week these three offbeat adventurers come up with a crazy scheme to rock the food world. With bold ideas, heavy machinery and a taste for the extreme, they turn up the heat and bring on the inventions. Follow along on this tasty, madcap food odyssey that’s sure to satisfy your craving for an unusual viewing adventure.

I really cannot understand why the Cooking Channel chose to air this show.  Sure hosts Adilman, Micah Donovan and Chris Martin display some amazing ingenuity for creating things but they neither create nor try to create good food.  Even if they did, I’m not sure you would want to eat it as all three apparently believe bathing should only be done in moderation.

The production value of the show is poor as lighting, cinematography and editing, like taste, are only afterthoughts.  Frankly I have seen much better work on youtube.  The animations between scenes are humorous.

Now after all this Food Jammers-bashing one might think I dislike the show but I don’t.  It is entertaining, or at least could be with a jug of cheap wine and a bag of Amsterdam’s finest.  It just isn’t a food show.  In fact it is an affront to foodism (is that a word?) and perhaps that is the point.  But since the purpose of the Cooking Channel is to appeal to the foodies who have felt alienated by Food Network’s recent direction it comes across as a slap in the face to their target audience.  After watching it I’m left wondering what Bob Tuschman was smoking when he selected Food Jammers as part of his inaugural line-up at the new network.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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