New Food Network Show: Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin
The Food Network is just completely out of ideas. (Have we said that before?)
On February 21st the network is airing the pilot of Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin, which is just a flat-out rip off of so many other shows we can barely count them all. Are they pulling content from Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods? Or is it the BBC's Cooking in the Danger Zone? Or is it Bear Grylls' Man v Wild? Or is it early (and, for that matter, current) work of Anthony Bourdain?
Jeff Corwin is best known as the host and executive producer of the Animal Planet shows The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest, he's won an Emmy, and he has a degree in biology and anthropology. While the topic might be old news, Corwin's a great guy on camera, and if the Food Network does it right, the show has potential.
The pilot, which seems to be the only episode so far scheduled to air, is set in Thailand.
JEFF CORWIN DEVOURS ‘EXTREME CUISINE’ ON FOOD NETWORK
New Primetime Special Premieres February 21st at 9pm ET/PT
Corwin Journeys through Thailand on a Fun-Filled Culinary Quest
NEW YORK – February 10, 2009 – Renowned for his expertise in wildlife and conservation, Jeff Corwin now sets his sights on exploring human culture through regional cuisine in his first Food Network endeavor: Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. With an open mind (and mouth), this thrilling primetime special follows the passionate foodie and anthropologist as he tears through Thailand on a radical culinary adventure. Premiering Saturday, February 21st at 9pm ET/PT, Jeff enjoys countless surprises and unforgettable flavors as he interacts with natives and showcases how exotic foods and customs uniquely shape each community – all in a day's work!
The adventures begin as Jeff hikes northwest to the remote mountain region of Mae Hong Son to sample local delicacies like deadly wasp and bamboo larvae straight from the groves. In the nearby Pai River, Jeff and his guide use traditional bamboo materials to catch and cook catfish mixed with forest-grown greens and spices. Next, Jeff veers off the beaten path in Bangkok for an extraordinary feast including silk worms, grasshoppers, and live shrimp that literally “dance” into his mouth. In the southern Trang Province, Jeff helps prepare Moo Yaang Trang, the region’s famous roasted pig cooked in underground ovens. Then, in the Muslim fishing village of Palian, Jeff learns the extensive production process of fish sauce and trudges through coastline mud to harvest and eat the area’s surprising treat: fresh blood cockles. Loy Krathong (The Festival of Lights) and delicious street food wrap up Jeff’s entertaining culinary quest through Thailand.
For more information and photos from Jeff’s trip, visit: www.foodnetwork.com/extreme-cuisine-with-jeff-corwin
ABOUT JEFF CORWIN:
Well-known for his tireless work for the conservation of endangered species, natural resources, and ecosystems around the globe, Emmy-winner Jeff Corwin has hosted a variety of popular television shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Networks, NBC, Travel Channel, and CNN. Jeff's book, “Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World” (Rodale, 2003), focuses on diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants. His next book, “100 Heartbeats” (Rodale) due out in November 2009, explores the plight of the planet’s most endangered wildlife species. Jeff also established EcoZone, an interactive museum and environmental education center in Norwell, Mass. (his hometown). He has B.S. degrees in Biology and Anthropology, a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, and an honorary doctorate in Public Education. Jeff lives off the coast of Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.