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The Early Word on Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live

Last night was the premeir of Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live, and as promised, the man showed everyone in America how to cook a three course, $100 steak dinner for four, in under an hour. In what must be something of a Ramsay first, he hardly even raised his voice. Gordo's gentle demeanor might have had something to do with the fact that he was in the company of some celebrity friends who stopped by to help out -- including Cedric the Entertainer, LeAnn Rimes, Alyson Hannigan, and, live via sattelite, Ms. Whoppi Goldberg! So, how did the show fare with viewers/home chefs? Onto the Early Word:

The Good News: Entertainment Weekly's Wendy Mitchell had fun both watching and cooking along with the show, but then again, she had technology on her side: "Even after I volunteered to try to follow along with Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live on Fox Tuesday night, I was a bit skeptical. I have no TV in my kitchen (thank you, DVR pause button!), the ingredients list was daunting (at least $100 in groceries to feed a family of four), and the menu sounded dated (in 2009, does anyone eat red meat in cream and brandy sauce!?). But despite all my fears, I found the experience a huge amount of fun, I had a smile on my face watching the show, and I certainly had a great meal to show for it." [EW]

The Okay News: The television blog TV Squad tuned in, didn't cook, and sort of enjoyed it: "I don't think I've ever been as confused by a TV show while I was actually watching it. Maybe because Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong was live or maybe it was because Chef Gordon Ramsay had to move at such a frantic pace to get everything done in an hour. Whatever the reason, I found myself hating the show at first, then kinda liking it, then hating, then liking it, then finding it a little stupid, and then kinda liking it. On a scale of 1 to 10, which 1 being "I hated it" and 10 being 'I loved it,' I'll give it a 5." [TV Squad]

The "Are You Friggin Kidding Me!" News: A blogger for Rouxube, an online cooking school blog, took great offense with Gordo's teaching style: "How many people burnt their eyebrows off last night? I’m referring to the Flambé lesson taught last night on Fox from Gordon Ramsay in his new television cooking show called Cookalong Live...You might be interested to know that professional cooking schools do not – for the most part – teach recipes. They teach cooking skill & technique." [Rouxube]

The Quite Bad News: A Serious Eats staffer tuned in last night, didn't cookalong, but was still tuckered out just from watching the show: "The cookalong was a lot like my first "dinner and a movie" date when I was 15—intense, stressful, confusing, and sprinkled with moments of Whoopi Goldberg showing up on a big screen...Sure the show was mildly entertaining at times, but overall, the Cookalong was a trainwreck...Looking back, the whole thing was a hectic blur that left me feeling stressed out and exhausted. And I didn't even cook." [SE]

The Not So Hot News: Media writer Tim Cuprisin watched last night, and was disappointed by the lack of classic Gordo antics on display: "...he wasn't bleeped. Not once...Talk about your kitchen nightmares...The closest Ramsay came to being his foul-mouthed self was when he chatted up Rimes with naughty overtones while the pair mixed up Tiramisu." [OM]

The Twitteriffic News: @tvweek::caught a bit of the Gordon Ramsay Cookalong show last night, weird to see him all sugary sweet and cheerleader-ish ....@PaulaN02: Watching Gordon Ramasys cookalong live what's up with gordons voice lol @schleyguy: moms watchin Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong Live, and would have liked to join but than she remebered she cant and wont cook @GBurge After careful consideration and repeated analysis, 'Gordon's Cookalong Live' is genious and a total embrace of technological info-tainment. [Twitter]

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