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Twitter Conversation With Adam Gertler
Posted on October 15th 2009

What can I say. The man is funny. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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(Adam lost to Aaron McCargo on Season 4 of Next Food Network Star. I wanted him to win. I also wanted a Vespa scooter. I never get what I want. Come to think of it, sorry, Adam. You probably lost because of me.)

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Will Work For Food: Premiere Episode Review
Posted on January 22nd 2009

adam gertler will work for food lobster fishermanAdam Gertler’s “Will Work For Food” is yet more proof that the Food Network is completely out of ideas. The new prime time show is a blatant rip-off of “Dirty Jobs” and “How’d That Get On My Plate”, except without the charisma of Mike Rowe or the personality of Sunny Anderson.

The premise is simple enough: man goes around the world doing food related jobs. But Houston, we have a problem.  Adam’s employers don’t seem to like him or even want him near them, which leaves the viewer feeling like they’re watching an awful job interview that’s going down faster than Paris Hilton. Out of options and unable to engage his guests, Adam resorts to asking them rapid-fire questions in a desperate attempt to fill the long and uncomfortable silences. This tactic backfires, and leaves Adam sounding more like an inquisitive 2-year old than an entertaining, witty host.

For Adam’s first job, he worked as a fisherman on a small lobster boat off the coast of Maine (because apparently we haven’t seen that job being done 1,000 times before on the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and Lobster Wars). The lobstermen seemed annoyed by Adam’s presence, and simply uttered dismissive one-word answers to Adam’s annoying, incessant questions. “What’s this rope do? What’s this thing called? Where do you go if you have to throw up? What is that bait? How much longer?” The men on board the boat looked like they wanted to throw him overboard so they could just get their day over with.

Next, Adam traveled to California to harvest honey from the hives of 3 million bees (a gig which was, once again, already done by Mike Rowe on “Dirty Jobs” and Sunny Anderson on “How’d That Get On My Plate.”) Adam spent the entire segment complaining about the heat and wriggling around in his beekeeper suit like he was a schoolgirl in an uncomfortable church dress. His bumbling, whiny antics may have amused some, but we just found him wimpy and irritating.

Adam was charming and endearing on Next Food Network Star. We enjoyed watching him every week, and rooted for him to win. Sorry, Adam, but even after only one episode, it’s clear Will Work For Food isn’t doing you any justice at all. Everything about the show is awkward, almost to the point of being unwatchable, and we’re throwing down an early prediction that it will be canceled after the first season.

Did you enjoy the show? Will you keep watching? Share your thoughts in the comments. We love to hear ‘em.


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