Well, that was my impression anyway about Giada's appearance on Oprah yesterday. And I thought Giada did fine with the great Pooh-Bah herself. But Oprah definitely didn't have the same chemistry with Giada as with RR. After all, she gave Rachael her very own show.
Oprah WAS ever-gracious, though, complimenting Giada on her first dish - an "easy" appetizer to show Nate that even HE could cook. I don't think fiddling with coating food and frying it in lots of oil is necessarily the easiest thing she could have done, but Ms. Winfrey was impressed with the results, which was the important thing.
Giada moved on to a quick little appetizer with blue cheese - crostini with honey drizzled over. Oprah seemed a bit forlorn that the blue cheese didn't get melted over the bread. She was sure it looked like it had been cooked. Giada had to explain that O's hot lights made it look like that. Luckily, Oprah's a grownup and got over it.
But, oh my, this next thing WAS kinda bad. Giada made (WHY didn't she read my blog on this topic?!) her panini with brie, chocolate chips AND BASIL.
Giada, honey, I could have told you that the O-Mighty wasn't going to like it.
Oprah took a bite and her face froze, as she thought of something to say. She came out with "In-TER-Resss-Ting". And then, and THEN they brought out tastes for the audience and the ENTIRE audience was unmoved and silent.
Oprah asked if they had ever had anything like it before. The whole audience said NO collectively, signalling, I think, their intention NEVER to have anything like that again.
I understand that Giada was trying to bring something different to the table and Oprah even thanked her for allowing her to try something she would otherwise never have tried before. (Goodness knows, there was really nothing else to thank her for. I was impressed that Oprah thought of THAT.)
Anyway, I get that she wanted to do something interesting, but Giada's very first consideration should have been making something that TASTED fantastic! Because when Oprah tastes something she likes, SHE REALLY GOES TO TOWN TALKING ABOUT IT. Remember the restaurant she backed, because of the amazing sandwich she had?
I'm not sure what it says about Giada or what it says about Oprah or even us, for that matter, that Rachael Ray has had more success on Oprah than Giada. And, maybe, for all I know, no one else noticed that Oprah was a bit off. (And, NO, it had nothing to do with her thyroid condition. She simply didn't care for what Giada made and, so, was less than her usual enthusiastic self.)
I love Giada, but I hate brie with basil and chocolate chips. One thing I know for sure...don't bring a truckload of something iffy to the Queen of Talk and expect her and her audience to embrace you. They just want something GOOD...LIP-SMACKING GOOD.