When we go to Chicago for the International Home and Housewares Show each year, it’s to scope out the latest and greatest items that will soon be coming to the stores and getting the “real scoop” on them. We also connect with our favorite brands so we can get items to test and review for my readers. After all, if they are going to spend their hard-earned dough on something, don’t they want to make sure it is worth it?
We had an appointment with the good folks of Black and Decker — but it was time for their celebrity chef to start his demo. Enter Richard Blais…you.
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure who you were, but my Senior Editor Ann was totally in the know.
You started off funny until you introduced the female chef who was to be your assistant. Ann can correct me if I am wrong, but I think she also worked in your restaurant. What I did NOT find funny was your constant bashing of her. Calling her “slow” a “slacker” and firing her several times during the short demonstration just started to Tick. Me. Off. She was the butt of your jokes as you laughed your way though a fairly poor demonstration of the featured appliances. You did quite a bit of self promotion though: talking about your stint on TV and referring to your cookbook (which you didn’t have on hand).
In a world where women struggle to earn the same paycheck as men for doing the same job, In a world where a British Biochemist can say in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech that “girls don’t belong in the lab”, In a world where there are pink Legos so they can be considered a “girl toy”???
What. The. Heck.
Sorry Mister Blais, you were not funny. You were insulting.
Pitting her up against a machine to dice a veggie was funny as you (and the machine) may have beat her in speed but one-third of the veggie didn’t dice, it got stuck under the lid of the machine. I’m not sure if it was the actual machine or user error … because we couldn’t find the reps we met after the demo. It was a tad hard to ask questions.
FYI: your tarts weren’t fully cooked either — user error or the Black and Decker toaster oven?
Just a suggestion?
It’s OK to be funny…I often do it during my own lectures. Pick on YOURSELF instead of your help and you will come of as less of an ass.
To the good folks at Black and Decker? Thank you for parking us at your demo and then vanishing. We must not have needed to know about your products. Oh, you also didn’t reply to our emails…