Food Network Chefs
Just throwing this out there. Want people's opinions about the chefs we all watch.
I'll give my answer and reason to these questions and feel free to give yours. I'll start by saying, I have unfortunately not eaten at any of these chefs restaurants. Remember Food Network only!
Best chef - I know this won't be popular, but Bobby Flay
Most overrated chef - Emeril. His recipes are weak, and his act is very dull now.
Most charismatic - Robert Irvine (yes even more than Rachel Ray)
Best show - Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I love this show. Hard to choose though.
Worst show - Simply Deliciosa. Not very informative and silly concept
Chef you'd most like to eat with - Guy Fieri. Just seems like a lovable guy.
Chef you'd most like to drink with - Anthony Bourdain.
Chef you'd most like to learn from - Tyler Florence. He seems to be patient and polished.
If you've been, best restaurant of a chef from Food Network - haven't : (
If you haven't, restaurant you most want to eat at - Mesa Grill
What type of show is missing from the Food Network - A show dedicated to ethnic cuisines, like Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Ethiopian, Moroccan. More than just Cook's Tour. I'd love a show dedicated to teaching Americans how to cook these wonderful dishes.
You are not going to get a real deep response here on this one. Too much snobbery. This is an anti-FN board. Nonetheless, I'll play along. It's hard though. Guy and Rachel are not chefs and Tony is not even on the network. Clearly you are new to FN and that's good. Keep chugging.
Best Chef - Mario
Most overrated chef - Tyler
Best show - Emeril
Worst show - The Neeleys
Chef you'd most like to eat with - Mario.
Chef you'd most like to drink with - Mario.
Chef you'd most like to learn from - Mario.
Too funny. My opinion of "worst show" is yours of "best show." Guy Fieri is FN personified, and they've found their guy--relateable, "loveable," shtick-y. "Diners, Drive-Ins..." is fun to watch to see what comes up region-wise, but not for the food or the host. It's really not very interesting. How is it different from other shows?
My public broadcasting channel airs many "ethnic" cooking shows; have you checked your listings?
I agree if I want to learn about ethnic cooking and how it's made watching Lidia, no Sara Moulton, and some others are wonderful, but they are so boring. It's like watching someone read a cookbook.
I like Guy and D,D, & D's because it shows places you can find wonderful meals that represent cities, enthnicities, and personality. Guy says when he likes something and says when he doesn't. It's a working class version of Bobby Flay's Food Nation. I'd rather watch shows of stuff I eat all the time, or wish I was eating all the time, than watch a show about some dish that costs $50 to make at home, $40 to eat out for three bites, and is boring.
I agree that guy is FN personified. They have gone the way of personality and lost a little of the classic cooks (Sara Moulton, Ming Tsai)
I still (and I know she's not a chef chef) love Ina Garten. She makes things accessible and everyone of her recipes I've made are delicious. Some stunners. And she knows how to throw a party.
Worst show - hard to decide but I think I have to go with Sandra Lee's semi-homemade. It's just disgusting half the time and she is super annoying.
But as I've mentioned before, I find Guy Fieri incredibly annoying but still kind-of like Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives because of the places they showcase.
Least Talented Male - Guy Fieri
Least Talented Female - Sandra Lee
Worst Show (tie) - Unwrapped and Hardy Boys/Partyline
Most Annoying Female - Rachel Ray
Most Annoying Male - Marc Summers
WOrst Cleavage - Rachel Ray
And to be at least somewhat positive -
Most Talented: The Japanese dude on Iron Chef (he owns Nobu)
Best Show : Iron Chef America (the original is cool but the ingredients are a bit too abstract for me)
Best Cleavage: Giada
Favorite chef: Mario
Favorite cook: Giada
Best show: Iron Chef (America & original)
Most annoying: Rachael Ray