Big Daddy’s House Season 2, Meh.

May 31, 2009 at 1:21 pm 2 comments

Today I finally watched an episode from season 2 of Big Daddy’s House with Aaron McCargo Jr.  I might have made a point of it before now but the first season was just so terrible that I was not eager to sit through 13 more episodes.

My opinion?  It’s better.  A lot better.  But still not good.  Aaron’s on screen persona is much better – he actually maintains eye-contact with the camera and he has toned down the uncomfortably forced enthusiasm that made the first six episodes so hard to watch.  The two biggest problems still persist – his communication and the recipes.

Aaron still mumbles.  He still lacks confidence at times although less often than last year.  Unfortunately he stills yells out of context with what is going on on screen.  And the recipes aren’t bad it’s just that they’ve all been done before.  It’s like they are doing a greatest hits of Food Network ’93 – ’98.

On the episode I viewed McCargo was doing variations of a burger and fries and he was joined on set by fellow NFNS alum Shane “Lil Biscuit” Lyons.  All of the burgers were inventive, so inventive in fact that they conjured images of Hot Off the Grill, East Meets West or Cooking Live.  Of the three flavors of fries McCargo prepared one was new, steak fries with dry porcini and sherry vinegar.

Lyons was one of three contestants who were consistantly better than McCargo during the competition yet were mysteriously ousted.  Shane brought a natural energy to the set and McCargo instantly relaxed making the show easier to watch.  Lyons, a former child star, is a natural in front of the camera and a gifted chef.  The seven minutes the two friends shared on screen confirmed what most thought eleven months ago, “How on earth did Shane lose?”


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  • 1. Harriet Locke  |  June 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Aaron (Big Daddy) I am one of your food network fans. I truly enjoy your cooking shows, I would like to know if you’re coming out with a Big Daddy cookbook soon?I was wondering if you can do more repeat shows because we sometimes miss your Sundays shows.Aaroan you’re a great chef we need to see more of you.Can you do a show with how to prepare lemon pepper wings?

  • 2. jackie  |  July 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I cannot believe he is still on,if they would have treated Amy better, she would be there too.they gave her a awful kitchen,,look at Big freakin Daddy’s,cannot stand him,,, the Neely’s are embarassed by him….mush mouth, cannot understand him,,,,,,get rid of him…now Jamika will probably be the next to win,,what a joke the food network is becoming..You have some great shows,his is not one of them…ty


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