Gina and Pat Neely: Too Hot for TV?
The Food Network chefs like to heat things up in the kitchen
The BBQ-slinging duo, who star on the Food Network's "Down Home With the Neelys," are all about cuddling and canoodling in the kitchen while they fry up some chicken or doughnuts or anything else they can coat with a nice crispy layer of bread crumbs. (They're from the Paula Deen side of things, rather than an Elie Krieger, say.) All well and good -- and kind of cute, really -- but lately the pair have taken to what comes off as so much verbal foreplay as they get things started in the kitchen.
Maybe fine for some latenight munchies, but really, Food Network, do I need to hear Pat Neely say, "Gina's been melting my chocolate for more than ten years now" or "She's one hot little chili pepper" as they seductively dip their hands in whatever they're mixing up, sort of a la "Ghost" and the pottery wheel, at 5:43 on a Monday afternoon. (Why I'm watching Food Network marathons in the middle of a weekday afternoon is different story, which I'll save for another day.)
The long-married couple, who run a chain of BBQ joints in Tennessee, are business partners and parents to two, so it's nice to see that they still enjoy each other's company in the kitchen. Maybe inspiring, even. After all, who doesn't want to, uh, stir things up every once in a while? But perhaps it would be best for the Food Network powers-that-be to slap a PG label on the show for those watching with impressionable chefs-in-training.
I actually love the show. I'm sure they have the spats but this is food program. And more is a relationship growing and loving when both individuals are sharing the cooking responsibilities and making it fun! There are alot of couples that don't have this opportunity but if there are others that do, it is something that is missing in television. I think it is inspiring to see a couple together in the kitchen. And what's with the mushy and lovey dovey issues. Is your relationship so stagnant and passive that even you hate admitting your loss? Love is being mushy and lovey dovey and having the spats that is not shown on food network. Though, food network has visited this theme in other reality food programs. I think the Neely's is just wholesome television of a couple who loves cooking and it is one of many reasons how love brought them together to the kitchen.