Yesterday, Bob Blumer gave us the rundown on his new series, World's Weirdest Restaurants premiering April 4th at 9pm and 9:30pm ET. Today, in part two of my interview, he gives us even more insights into the series, and what's coming up next for him in the year ahead. Plus, check out the end of the post for your chance to win tickets to the pop-up restaurant event he's hosting in Vancouver in honour of the new series.
Have you learned anything from the show that viewers could use to make their own entertaining more interesting?Bob:
There are a lot of things you can do. You can always do an ‘in the
dark’ thing, where you blindfold your guests, or just turn off all the
lights. [You can wear] costumes. You can always eat in the
nude—especially for people who don’t know each other, I would suggest,
or maybe for a first date, a blind date.
In Japan there a lot of
what they call ‘cosplay’—costume play—restaurants where they would dress
up as Alice in Wonderland
characters or, you know, as crazy doctors in
the ward of a prison. So, you can dress up. And then some of the
restaurants had meals that were somewhat thematically-plated, so you
can always play with your food. Devon:
After doing a show like this,
you must be able to see weirdness everywhere, kind of like a sixth
sense. Can you think of anything that Canadians typically do or eat that
people in other cultures would find weird?Bob:
right? That would seem pretty bizarre to any foreigner, I would think.
And you know the restaurant, Just Desserts? That would be a good
example of a restaurant where people in Asia would probably come here
and find it kind of weird. Because a) mostly they don’t do that kind of
dessert and then b) the notion of an all-dessert restaurant is, unto
itself, a little bit weird. So, I think the combination would make it a
little surprising to say, the Japanese, for example. Devon:
What’s up next for you? Bob:
Well, we’re hoping that there will be a second season of the show, so
we’re hoping to be back on the road this summer. I’m working on a second
edition of my grilled pizza book [Pizza on the Grill: 100 Feisty
Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More
], which has done very well in
America—that’s a book that I co-wrote with a friend of mine. I just
designed the label for a blueberry wine that is coming out, also here in
America. And after I finish these two pop-up dinners and the launch of
the show, I’m heading to Portugal for a quick bike trip. And then it
will be back to the grind—which, of course, is not a grind.
Bob Blumer’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants premieres Wed., April 4 at 9 & 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.
Join gastronaut Bob Blumer for a delicious night of weirdness at the
World's Weirdest Pop-Up Restaurant featuring a sneak preview of his
latest Food Network Canada show, and a surprise four-course meal
highlighting dishes from the series.
We have (1) pair of tickets to
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