On one hand, I may have a bit of sour grapes, after being so summarily rejected last year as a contenstant for Check Please, but on the other hand, I have generally defended the show in previous discussions on chowhound.
Perhaps because they did not pick me, the episodes so far this year have been especially banal. I do not believe there has been one segment that made me want to change tomorrow's dinner plans. Yet as mediocre as the first five segments were, nothing approached the damnation they threw at Nueva Leon tonight, the final of today's three segments.
The person who picked Nueva Leon showed a lot of enthusiasm towards the place and launched what seemed to be the usual love-fest over everyone's choices. Until another guest spoke up. He did not get a magarighta and it was downhill from there. The third panelist condemed the place because he was the only Anglo present at lunch. The parched detractor found his plate overly brown. Amazingly, he found Mexican food to be boring.
And to think what would have happened if I won my slot. La Quebrada with its overly designed menu, seldom seen Guerrero specialities and bare command of English (let alone no liquor), boy that would have made me two new friends, huh? It just would have been fun if someone ordered the lomo en chile arbol sauce and I got to see them sweat.
Is it me, or is there a point to having people on a food show who know so little about food. It is not even like Mexican is such an exotic cuisine, and is Nueva Leon so inaccessible. Could not these people get guacamole and carne asada? Again, maybe I am taking this a bit personal. What, by god, did they say in their phone interview (they did have phone interviews, like me, right?) that made them worth listening to about resturants? That I did not say?
So, after 2 episodes, Check Please 2002, pretty yech-ey. What do you all think?