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The Fairway Gourmet – Season One (Special Interest/Food/Golf)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B



Golf and cooking, two subjects some people find boring.  Of course, everyone loves to eat, but some still do not want to work to make good food.  Fortunately, a new waves of programs and cable channels have been changing the food part, but the increasingly popular game (and sport) of Golf still has a reputation as “boring” to shake.  Enter Jacky Pluton, The Fairway Gourmet, who by his own admission is not the best golfer but is more than capable in the food department.


Each episode of his show starts with an introduction, goes to a golf lesson, than concludes with a cooking part.  He is a good host and has some amusing moments, then becomes a sort of Robin Leech in the ways he goes from terrific location to awesome location; the kind of places anyone would want to visit.  What the show communicates is how nice & laidback the good life can be, than golf is as much of a lifestyle as anything and that true enjoyment is not something that is so forced like recent media since the 1980s had erroneously preached.


On top of this, he visiting stores related to the lifestyle, including that of food markets, vineyards and even some book and antique places.  Pluton is a good host and this is a nice, classy set for those who love to enjoy good things.  The Fairway Gourmet is like a coffee table book or glossy magazine among a healthy market of such books, plus one of the better productions out there.  It does both food and golf well, plus is just pleasant throughout.


The 1.33 X 1 image is softer than one would like, especially considering the beautiful locations the show visits and all the good food Pluton makes.  Color is still on the consistent side, which makes the greenery of the golf courses easier to watch.  Since these are not shot in HD, forget about getting detail in the “sports” moments, though Pluton would joke you were only getting so much action from him there.  There are no extras, but fans of comfortable lifestyles will have plenty to enjoy in these 390 minutes over two convenient DVDs.  Also visit www.thefairwaygourmet.com for additional details.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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