Yummy TV: The Best Thing I Ever Ate
by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2009 1:16PM
If you think this image of french fries looks delicious and appetizing, this post is for you.
There are so many cooking shows and food competition shows, everything from Hell's Kitchen to Top Chef to Man v. Food, but there's a new one that started up recently that I'm really, really enjoying. Maybe because it's just about the joy of eating! Whatever the reason, The Best Thing I Ever Ate is a winner.
The idea behind this new Food Network program is simple: they've asked the personalities, chefs, cooks and foodies of the network to talk about "the best thing they ever ate" in a particular category, like fried foods or pizza or sandwiches. Not only do they expound on that particular food, but they tell you where you can get it for yourself. So far, I've got about six spots on a map for a cross country trip I'm planning! Because they're talking about foods they love, they really get into it.
Aside from the fact that it's fun to see the likes of Duff Goldman gushing about something other than cakes or watching Giada DiLaurentis drool over hot fried doughnuts, what makes the show work -- for me -- is that they're talking about real food.
Generally speaking, they're not talking truffles or souffles or exotic fare like Anthony Bourdain might order, it's a lot more meat and potatoes. Case in point, Bobby Flay extolling the brilliance of french fries cooked just right at a restaurant in New York. You can practically taste them.
The only thing wrong with watching The Best Thing You Ever Ate is that it invariably makes you hungry.