Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What To Wear For A Throwdown, Food Network-style



So, this is what I'm wearing on the Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" huevos rancheros episode. It airs tonight. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to watch it — hate seeing myself on TV, hence why I have not auditioned for "American Idol." Plus, I can't sing. Plus, I'm too old for them. Stupid age limit.

Celeb chef Flay and his entourage blew into town a few months ago for a showdown with Teresa's Mosaic Cafe, owned by the lovely Matias family. A Phoenix chef and little ol' me were judges for the dining duel.

Things came together pretty quickly — and I was sworn to secrecy — so I had to agonize on my own about what to wear. TV's hard — so many rules. No black. No white. No patterns. So, I went safe — J Crew, baby, all the way. I'm fairly sure this outfit's something Emma the OCD high school counselor on "Glee" would wear. At least it's not a Sue Sylvester track suit, although truth be told, no one would have blinked had I shown up dressed that way. Everyone was way casual.

So anyway, I am optimistic that my screen time will be mercifully brief. I'm pretty sure I sucked, this despite a lengthy TV station internship and assorted appearances over the years on news segments and even a now defunct talk show. Not only did I need several takes every time I opened my mouth, I walked briskly past the star of the show himself when I was supposed to stop and shake his hand. Really. You can read the whole sordid story here.

Rachael Ray is safe. For now.

7 comments:

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Oh this is fantastic - you're a star! I watch "Throwdown" all the time - I'll definitely tune in tonight!

Pagano DesignWorks said...

You look adorable and write beautifully! Sorry you had to suffer in closet indecision all alone...

I am soooo proud!! :)

jacquelyn said...

My husband and I are dying to see this. The Mosaic Cafe owners are clients of the architecture firm he works at and he knew about this forever ago. He set the DVR last night. I'm excited to see you on TV...though secretly I keep hoping we'll run into each other, along with desert flower, at La Encantada.

And my husband has huevos rancheros for dinner and or/breakfast at least once a week, so he would have been a perfect judge.

Love the az star article about this, too. I always look for your byline in the paper.

I'm going to stop gushing now.

On a completely random note I just had a co-worker who sits in a cube a few down from me make her big TV debut on Wipeout last night. All these brushes with fame...maybe my time will soon come! Wait, I'm going to Baking with Betty at the Betty Crocker Kitchens! Maybe my time has come!

Back to work now.

Kcookski said...

j - that would be hilarious if we all bumped into each other at anthro one day! the matias family is just so lovely and gracious. i can't believe i've never been.
that is funny about the "brushes with fame" in our little burg....
good luck with the crocker! i always love seeing the recipes from the big winners. i think you will do better than all of us.

Desert Flower said...

This is so exciting!! I am thrilled you're going to be on t.v. I will definitely be taping this.

I'll be at La Encantada this weekend sometime, returning things. I keep secretly hoping I'll bump into you too, Jacquelyn. I have the advantage since I know what you look like!

dinagideon said...

Congrats! If you won't tune in to see yourself, I will definitely do so. Love seeing J. Crew on the small screen.

I love how you call the story of you walking by Bobby Flay sordid. LOL. :)

Keep a pen handy for all the autographs. ;)

Jessica said...

I wish I was caught up on blogs much earlier - I would have killed to see you on the small screen!