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Futurefoodtrucker Nov 6, 2012 02:01 PM

What is your favorite show on food network

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  1. hal2010 Nov 6, 2012 07:25 PM

    It's a toss-up between that one where they have a pseudo cooking contest and the one where they visit the most unhealthy diners on the planet

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      jeanmarieok Nov 7, 2012 04:52 AM

      LOL. My serious response - I like 'The Best X I Ever Had' or whatever that series is.

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        John Francis Nov 7, 2012 07:52 AM

        That's probably the show I watch most often, though I can't keep Food Network and Cooking Channel shows straight. Also like the new spin-off, "The best dish I ever made," which is actually about cooking, not going to restaurants.

    2. Njchicaa Nov 7, 2012 04:55 AM

      I really like Secrets of a Restaurant Chef but it has been cancelled. These days my favorites are Barefoot Contessa and Chopped.

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        juliejulez Nov 7, 2012 12:10 PM

        Ditto, Barefoot Contessa and Chopped for me too. These days I've been watching more Cooking Channel though.

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          wincountrygirl Nov 11, 2012 04:28 PM

          Secrets of a restaurant chef was my favorite as she is one of the few with real cooking chops. Does anyone know what happened to that show? I love Ina, but she measure too much and she sets a record for saying "perfect."

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            James Cristinian Nov 11, 2012 06:36 PM

            The show was canceled due to the bizarre guttural noises coming from her, or not. It does still live in reruns. I agree about perfect, but it's not just Ina, it has to be the most overused word on Food Network.

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              paulj Nov 11, 2012 09:44 PM

              FN lists 9 seasons of about 13 episodes each (for Secrets ...), not a bad run. I don't know when the last as shot. Where did people read about it being cancelled? Anne has been involved in other projects (Worst cooks, etc).

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                nikkihwood Nov 12, 2012 09:17 PM

                I believe that someone asked her about the show on Twitter several months ago, and she replied that it had ended - and that she was also developing another cooking show.

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          Owtahear Nov 9, 2012 06:54 AM

          Food Network is dead and keeps on getting deader (sorry for the poor English, it was for effect).
          It sucks. And it has gotten worse every day and right now it is like it is next week. (Herb Brooks USA Hockey quote, figure it out).

          Anyway...Serious Sweets? Cupcakes? The Chopped thing is okay, but every day? It is bad when the most revealing COOKING show is DDD's, because while Fieri is a tool, some of the places look really interesting. Except those who like make chili dogs. Who cares. And again, on 20 times a day? The Neely's? I mean who is the test market that makes people think they like these shows. Hell, "BAM!" gimme Emeril at least, he is a real chef. I miss the low production David Rosengarten show. Right now Alan Richman and Cici Biggers would be an improvement. You know how bad it is when Mario Batali eventually blows off the network.

          This is now the MTV of Food TV. Think not? I bring you "Bitchin' Kitchen". Give me the PBS Great Chefs series. Anyday. Hell, I would rather watch Tony Bourdain and Eric Ripert drinking 20 hours a day than this crap on Food Network. The Cooking Channel looked like it was going to be an oasis for real "cooking" or food shows, but now the Food Network has now managed to dumb that down. Oh....sorry for the rant. I guess the best shows on the Food Network is The Best Dish I ever....whatever cooked or tasted. I used to love the Iron Chef but even that is getting minimalized. It is funny, they are having another "Next Iron Chef" but they never have "Iron Chef" anymore. It is all just spooge.....and don't get me started on the "Next Food Network Star". Please. Here endeth the rant.

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            chileheadmike Nov 9, 2012 07:02 AM

            Preach it brother.
            Except I like Bitchen Kitchen

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              thymeoz Nov 9, 2012 07:02 AM

              what he said

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                John Francis Nov 10, 2012 01:37 AM

                The Food Network isn't imposing its shows on an unwilling public. They're giving the larger part of their viewership more of what it's chosen to watch in the past. Hence the post-Iron Chef proliferation of cooking competitions, trying to cast the preparation of food as a pseudo-sporting event with winners and losers. We may not like it, I don't like it, but it seems there haven't been enough of us to keep Food Network on the track we prefer.

                At least they created the Cooking Channel to give cooking shows a place to go when pushed out of the Foot Network lineup. For those of us whose cable TV services carry both channels, we can still see the kind of shows we like, just not on the same channel..

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                  Midlife Nov 11, 2012 12:33 PM

                  Once again I find myself quoting H. L. Mencken in this context:

                  "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

                  The truth of that statement is highly lamentable.

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                    paulj Nov 11, 2012 02:00 PM

                    Sounds like what FOX talkingheads are saying about half the American population - the ones who voted for the wrong candidate.
                    --------------------------------
                    In an Oct article about the possible sale of Scripps Networks, an industry analyst describes its audience as “upscale, older women.

                    "Jason Bazinet, a New York-based analyst at Citigroup, wrote in an Oct. 19 note that Disney of Burbank, California, may be drawn to Scripps Networks to fill a “yawning gap” in its programming: “upscale, older women.” "
                    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10...

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                      Midlife Nov 11, 2012 03:33 PM

                      >>>"Sounds like what FOX talkingheads are saying about half the American population - the ones who voted for the wrong candidate."<<<<

                      And vice versa as well. ;o]

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                  paulj Nov 11, 2012 08:24 AM

                  Didn't Cooking Channel run Iron Chef (Japan) reruns daily for the first couple of years? Fuji TV just resurrected the show after a 13 year dormancy.

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                    Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2012 09:28 PM

                    <Food Network is dead and keeps on getting deader >

                    Ha ha ha. It is like killing undead.

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                      paulj Nov 11, 2012 10:02 PM

                      Tonight I'm watching Mythbusters, NIC, and ICA. I also tend to catch the new episodes of Chopped and Sweet Genius. The only thing new this week on PBS is Mind of a Chef, which I have to catch online (none of my pbs stations are carrying it this time around). So while there are nights where nothing on FN or CC is interesting, I still watch it more than any other network.

                      In my opinion, Discovery has changed a lot more than FN has. Other than the current batch of Mythbusters, the only recent interesting show there was the one Mike Rowe did on US history and liquor.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2012 10:20 PM

                        <Discovery has changed a lot more than FN has>

                        True, but isn't Discovery a much older channel too?

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                          paulj Nov 11, 2012 11:15 PM

                          My acquaintance with both only goes back 15 years.

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                      fldhkybnva Nov 14, 2012 07:06 PM

                      I can't for the life of me figure out why DDD is on 24/7, especially Friday nights when I really need something entertaining to watch. If they were new episodes, perhaps I wouldn't be so frustrated, but they are all reruns and then the same reruns rerun in the same night over and over.

                    3. C. Hamster Nov 10, 2012 04:51 PM

                      Chopped. I could watch it for 48 hours straight.

                      I'm a Chopped zombie.

                      Don't ask me to explain because I cannot.

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                        sal_acid Nov 10, 2012 04:56 PM

                        Its all gotten pretty dopey. Iron Chef or DDD I guess. And yes Fieri is toolish, but he's a likable sod, sort of.

                      2. JonParker Nov 10, 2012 05:27 PM

                        I guess if I'm going to judge by the only one I bother to record so I don't miss it, it's Mexican Made Easy. In the first place, Marcela Valladolid is freaking gorgeous, but the few recipes of hers that I've made have been spot on.

                        1. Meowzerz Nov 10, 2012 05:36 PM

                          I'll sometimes watch 3 Chopped episodes straight haha. It is predictable in a way though. I HATE Guy Fieri. But some of the places featured on his show are interesting, and it's nice to peek into real (read: I'd actually be able to afford it) restaurants. If I pretend he's not there, it's okay. I LOVE Barefoot Contessa. I just envy her life haha. Side note: the Restaurant Impossible show is hilarious, because of it's predictability, as is the Restaurant Stakeout. I heard these are staged to some extent. Oh, and last but not least, I will neverrrrrr everrrrr everrrrrrr sit through a cake/cupcake show.

                          1. Bacardi1 Nov 11, 2012 09:25 AM

                            I never watch Food Network anymore. It's completely dumbed down to pretty much 95% reality tv which I can't stand.

                            I do sometimes enjoy some of the shows on FN's sister network, "The Cooking Channel". Enjoy Mario Batali's "Molto Mario", "The Spice Goddess", "A Cook's Tour" (early Anthony Bourdain), & a few others.

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                              paulj Nov 11, 2012 09:35 AM

                              Are you implying that those of us who like selected shows on FN are dumb? :)

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                                Bacardi1 Nov 11, 2012 12:44 PM

                                Not at all. I just think that FN has run amok re: the reality shows, & they appear - to me - to be dumbed down to the lowest common denominator, probably in the hopes of having them appeal to anyone & everyone whether they like cooking or not. (Some people are just in love with reality tv, regardless of the subject.)

                                I prefer actual cooking shows, & unfortunately the current venue on FN just doesn't appeal to me. Chalk it up to personal preference.

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                                Owtahear Nov 12, 2012 06:07 AM

                                I see the travel channel today is running like a Cooks Tour marathon so set your DVR's. I am p-syched.

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                                  Bacardi1 Nov 13, 2012 08:24 AM

                                  Thanks! I did catch that. Food Network's sister channel - "The Cooking Channel" - has started showing Bourdain's "Cook's Tour" episodes once in awhile in the mornings as well. Fun to see him in his "early days".

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                                    paulj Nov 13, 2012 08:33 AM

                                    For some reason, the only Cooks Tour episode that I recall was the Mexican iguana one. How are these early shows different from the latter NR (other than being 1/2 hr)?

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                                      pamf Nov 13, 2012 08:54 AM

                                      Like Bacardi1 said, it was early days. He was still a little rough around the edges and it really did convey that he was excited about visiting a lot of these places for the first time. Like the Japan and Vietnam episodes.

                                      In contrast, the very first episode of Cook's Tour had Bourdain and his younger brother re-visiting the small town in France where he used to spend childhood summers visiting family. A very personal and (dare I say) touching story.

                                      Unfortunately, The Cooking Channel seems to show these very irregularly. I have the DVR programmed to record them, but they seem to only show up randomly every few weeks. They same is true with the old Molto Mario episodes on TCC. One just showed up on the DVR after not seeing it for a couple of months.

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                                        paulj Nov 13, 2012 09:01 AM

                                        From CC online schedule it looks like Cooks Tour is currently a regular on Wed mornings.

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                                          Bacardi1 Nov 14, 2012 06:33 AM

                                          Yes - Wed. mornings at 9:30 a.m. In fact, it's on right now!

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                                            pamf Nov 14, 2012 08:10 AM

                                            Yes, but my cable company provides only the east coast feed of cooking channel, and I am on the west coast. So it comes on at 6:30 am here. I have set it up to record on the DVR, but it only successfully records once every several weeks. So it's most likely not Cooking Channel, but my cable provider who is the problem.

                                            That said, I wish I could see more of them, because even though I watched them all years ago when they were new, they are still enjoyable to see again.

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                                foodieX2 Nov 11, 2012 10:02 AM

                                I watched Chopped, Iron Chef specials (ie Thanksgiving), The Best thing I ever ate/made, Restaurant Impossible/Dinner Impossible.

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                                  johnnyb510 Nov 11, 2012 04:24 PM

                                  Seriously, Cupcake Wars??? This channel, I rarely watch any more. Though, the "Best Thing I Ever Ate" is excellent....why has the preparation of good food become so difficult to present? Bourdain's shows are great, no wonder he went to the Travel Channel.....too much fluff here..

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                                    paulj Nov 11, 2012 06:18 PM

                                    Yea, Bourdain is really a great cooking instructor! :)

                                    I don't see how Travel Channel is a better fit for a 'good food preparation' show. Other than Tony, there's Andrew, and Man v Food. Tony left FN years ago, and now he's leaving TC.

                                    It's almost impossible to have a FN thread, without a bunch of old codgers writing 'When I was a young cook FN had real cooking shows ...'

                                2. xo_kizzy_xo Nov 13, 2012 06:36 AM

                                  Chopped
                                  Sweet Genius
                                  Barefoot Contessa
                                  any of those FN Challenges that involves cake

                                  I admit, I'm a reality competition fan. Food porn doesn't interest me as much as how someone puts something together. If it's not reality competition, show me how to put something together without all the fluff :points to Ina:

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                                    Meowzerz Nov 14, 2012 06:15 PM

                                    I hate the guy from Sweet Genius...He does not look human

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