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Favorite Food Show on TV?

(is this ok to post here?)

Just thought it would be fun to share our favorite food shows on TV.

we love Ace of Cakes and Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins

hope everyone is doing well (and eating well!)

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  1. what's a Jersey guy doing with a defunct Atlanta radio station attached to his Chow name? ;)

    i used to love DDD, but i'm getting tired of Guy's shtick. i still watch Iron Chef America, though i'm losing interest in that as well. Best Thing I Ever Ate is kinda fun, as is Chopped. but Top Chef will always be my #1.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      The buffoonish Fieri is the host of an upcoming network game show, God help us.

      1. re: greygarious

        Strangely, the ratings were abysmally low!

        1. re: mnosyne

          Guy was the only amusing part of the show. The game show part itself was terrible.

        1. re: Jennalynn

          I agree. Love No Reservations! Top Chef comes in at a close second. I also enjoy Man vs. Food...it's like DDD, but better. And I know this is not on T.V anymore but Yan Can Cook is my all time favorite! "If Yan can cook, so can you!" Haha, so awesome. =)

        2. Julia Child, for the cooking.
          The original Iron Chef from Japan, for the chairman's hair.
          Top Chef, for the tattoos.

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          1. re: runwestierun

            Love that response. I share those faves.

            I should add that I like to watch 10 Dollar Dinners and Semi Homemade purely for the snark value.

          2. America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country (same show, different locales) and Everyday Food. I find all of these shows take the subject matter seriously and are intelligent and do not speak down to their respective audiences.

            And a shout out to Lidia and her many shows over the years, because I love her food and she (and her mother) reminds me of my mother!

            1. I confess, I like Everyday Cooking, because most of my cooking is, well, everyday. Love the magazine, too.

              Love watching Hubert Keller, but that's mostly because I have a huge crush on him, and I love to hear him talk.

              I've learned a lot from watching Jacques Pepin, and from Ann Burrell (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef). When I first started getting interested in cooking, I honestly enjoyed Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee. I graduated from them pretty quickly, but I think they're good entry-level shows, and there will always be entry-level cooks.

              The ones I don't like are the overeating shows and, heaven forbid, Guy Fieri (and I just despise how he pronounces his fake last name (he was born Guy Ferry).

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              1. re: Parrotgal

                "The ones I don't like are the overeating shows and, heaven forbid, Guy Fieri (and I just despise how he pronounces his fake last name (he was born Guy Ferry)."

                For real??? And here I thought he was of Italian decent and was pronouncing his last name the correct way! lol silly me.

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  his full name is Guy Ramsay Ferry, and apparently he's Italian & Irish.

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    Possibly Ferry is an Anglicized version of Fieri, but even if that's the case, he's not pronouncing it correctly. A "dd" pronunciation is not the same as a rolled "r", which would be the proper sound.

                2. Top Chef
                  No Reservations

                  1. The new (at least in my area) "Chef A'Field." Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

                    1. no reservations,and andrew zimmerns show.does anybody remember that old cajun cook a bunch of years back .hilarious i garrontea.

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                      1. Diary of a Foodie was good and smart.

                        1. Good Eats, without a doubt. Alton Brown has taught me so much. Ditto Julia Child.

                          1. It's gotta be "The Neely's"!

                            1. Lydia is number one. Barefoot Contessa is a close second. How bad can that be?

                              1. good eats
                                jamie at home

                                in that order. after years of watching food television, and years of cooking, these are the only two that keep me entertained anymore really. i watch paula deen sometimes because she reminds me of my grandma.

                                1. You should have a look at the numerous posts that have already been done on this exact same subject.

                                  1. I'm really enjoying "The Best Thing I've Ever Ate" on Food Network. That and DDDs are the two shows that make me hungry.

                                    Love No Reservations, but that brings on a travel bug, not hunger.

                                    Top Chef is good, but can get boring at times and loose food focused.

                                    1. Top Chef
                                      Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

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                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        +1 for Secrets...Anne Burrell's food looks good and she looks like she actually eats!

                                        Also ATK and Ina.

                                        1. re: coney with everything

                                          I like Ina too, but Anne totally inspires me to get in the kitchen. She is one of the only tv chefs that I learn something every time I watch her.

                                      2. Love Julia Child, Jacques Pepin (and the two together), Ming, Iron Chef, Daisy Cooks... I catch alot of the shows on Create TV, don't do much food network except for Iron Chef mostly.

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                                        1. re: libgirl2

                                          I absolutely love Daisy Martinez and Daisy Cooks. Too bad there was only one season (I believe) of this show. I caught her show on FN a few times and she is just not the same. It's a Rachel Ray production, so I guess that accounts for a big part of the reason why the show is not very good.

                                        2. I really enjoy watching Tyler Florence's "Ultimate" show. I always learn a little something and have made some great recipies.