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My Fave Food Network Shows

by Marisa A. Pizzuto, Esq., posted Nov 7th 2010 11:00AM
Guy Fieri[Ed. note: Sometimes we publish articles written by our readers via Seed.com, like the one below. TV Squad editors did not create or inform this list, but we have been inspired to create our own. Stay tuned for a list of our faves from Food Network. Add to the comments below to nominate your picks.]

The Food Network has become an essential portal into the world of cooking. The network enjoys top ratings and is continually adding diverse cooking talents which entertain a range of food interests, tastes and techniques.

All of the Food Network shows bring something unique and interesting to the viewer. I picked the 10 best Food Network shows based on the chef's personality, and whether we learned new cooking techniques or recipes. If you love food and cooking, you will not be disappointed.

10. 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'
Guy Fieri won season 2 of 'Next Food Network Star' and now has three shows on the network. In 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,' Guy travels across America finding the most unique foods at road side shacks, sports bars, greasy spoons and shares the cooking secrets that make each spot irresistible and different from the last.

9. 'Iron Chef America'
Alton Brown hosts each week, as world class chefs battle the 'Iron Chefs of America' using the "secret ingredient'. The show carries on the legend of Kitchen Stadium from the original Japanese show. This is the Olympics of cooking competitions.

8. 'Barefoot Contessa'
Ina Garten shares technique and recipes from her career at the Barefoot Contessa specialty food store in the Hamptons. Ina's recipes are rustic, easy and elegant with a splash of french county influence for entertaining a crowd or an intimate meal for two. Ina's cooking turns simple ingredients into fabulous flavors and her recipes have become trusted favorites!

7. 'Chopped'
Host Ted Allen and a panel of elite culinary judges decide which of four up-and-coming chefs will be chopped. Each chef must use all three interesting ingredients that the show provides, to prepare and an extraordinary three-course meal. The clock is ticking until the last chef standing collects $10,000.

6.
'Boy Meets Grill'
Bobby Flay is a critically acclaimed restaurateur and chef who shares cooking tips for grilling and entertaining on a New York City rooftop. Bobby brings expert grilling goodness to a variety of ingredients from his favorite NYC shops.

5.
'Down Home With the Neelys'
Husband and wife, Pat and Gina Neely, are co-owners of Neely's Bar-B-Que, one of the most successful barbeque restaurants in the south. They share their mouth-watering restaurant recipes, family cooking secrets and their passion for family and friends. Pat and Gina make you feel right at home and ready to eat!

4. 'Tyler's Ulitmate'
Tyler Florence has cooked in critically acclaimed restaurants and traveled around the world. He brings his extensive culinary training and world experience to Tyler's Ulitmate. Tyler demonstrates cooking technique for your avorite classic American dishes with the ultimate stick-to-your-ribs goodness.

3. 'Emeril Live'
Emeri Lagasse is a master chef and restauranteur in New Orleans. In his live show he is known to "kick it up a notch"... and BAM! Emeril delivers gourmet results by demonstrating his mastery of cooking technique before a live audience. Emeril's charisma and confidence make the live show very entertaining.

2. '$40 a Day'
Rachel Ray takes you along as a tourist to restaurants all over the world and dines on authentic gourmet cuisines and local favorites for $40 a day. She offers tips to enjoy filing your belly on a budget while experiencing true local charm and authenticity. Rachel's infectious enthusiasm, curiosity and love of food make it a fun trip!

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Everyday Italian'
Giada DeLaurentiis was born in Rome and is professionally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Giada cooks her own delicious, quick and satisfying versions of the fresh authentic Italian recipes she learned from her family. Giada's cooking instructions are easy to follow and her personal charm is icing on the panettone!

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Sandra Deane

Ed. note: We read your comments and we hear you. Sometimes we publish articles written by our readers via Seed.com, like this one. TV Squad editors did not create or inform this list, but we have be inspired to create our own. Stay tuned for a list of our faves from Food Network (and Bob's picks for worst).

November 08 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wulfn1

Thanks Sandra! Sanity finally speaks!(but really, didn't you proof this one before allowing it to be posted?)

November 13 2010 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JT

The criteria is a bit odd. You say you want to learn new cooking techniques or recipes, but you include "$40 a Day" and leave off "30 Minute Meals", which has the same host but actually includes recipes and cooking techniques. But then I learn more about cooking from shows like "Dinner: Impossible" than I do from half the shows on this list.

Oh, and as everyone else has said, you must have meant to include "Good Eats" as #0, as it is the top show on the network. Alton Brown's mini series "Feasting on Asphalt/Waves" could also bump a few other shows off this list. It's like "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" but with some actual cultural food history thrown in.

November 08 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandy

Jane! I've been wondering where you went. The new TVS is a shadow of what it used to be. I miss the old writers and I often wonder why I still visit this site daily. Habit, I guess. Altho' I do enjoy Mo Ryan's articles. I miss you and the old writers.

November 08 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jboursaw

Wow, posts like this make me miss the old TV Squad even more. When I think of the life and personality TVS used to have (which - full disclosure - I spent several years as a staff writer and editor helping to build), it just makes me sad.

November 08 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephanie

Ms. Pizzuto -

Hello? Were you making this list based on listings from 5 years ago? "$40 A Day" isn't even on the network anymore!!! And even when it WAS on the network, how did we "we learn new cooking techniques" by watching Rachael Ray sit down at a table eating food that was served to her?

And if there's no Good Eats on this list, I can't take you seriously as a writer who claims to be aware of what quality means when it comes to Food Network, let alone what is CURRENTLY RUNNING on the network itself.

November 08 2010 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

I've loved and read TVSquad for some time, but this is a truly pathetic and inaccurate list. Who exactly is paying you to promote the mediocre tripe that is Chopped? The host himself?

THE OMMISSION OF "GOOD EATS" IS I-N-E-X-C-U-S-A-B-L-E.

November 08 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wulfn1

Wow, you really know how to inspire people to rally.

Most of what has been said (in comments ONLY) is truth.
"We picked the 10 best Food Network shows based on the chef's personality, and whether we learned new cooking techniques or recipes. If you love food and cooking, you will not be disappointed."

1.) On what planet were these the BEST of what FN has to offer?
2.)3/4 of the shows you mentioned as BEST, do not actually teach cooking,techniques nor supply recipes.
3.)Several of the shows mentioned are no longer being produced, likely due to poor ratings for lack of quality.
4.) Who is the "WE" in your article? You have a mouse in your pocket?
5.) Seriously, the one show that can actually compete in this little best of list ,is noticeably absent. Where in all this is Good Eats? A show which includes a chef with affable personality, provides techniques and instruction, and INCLUDES RECIPES with each and EVERY show. (including the ones that are devoted to appliances and implements!)
I would suggest you write something new and "EDIT" this article. I understand the pay for these articles is minimal, but honestly , I don't understand how your editor and research people didn't pick up on your obvious mistakes and cut/paste technique which is actually plagiarism, without some citation from the original authors work.

There are quite a few people who post in these comments columns who have better grasp of language and writing style who could probably benefit more from producing articles for TVSquad than you have.
Are you someone's sister/cousin/inlaw? How did you manage to rank among the writers on this website? Obviously NOT from your quality of writing nor from your powers of observation. I also notice you have not defended yourself once in all the comments that have been directed to you. Which leads me to wonder if you just posted this last minute and completely abandoned it to move on to something else "shiny".

TVSquad, you need to start paying closer attention to whom you pay, and who you allow to have a FEATURE article. sad. Very sad.

November 08 2010 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

"Good Eats" is the best show on FN, and the only show worth watching on that wretched network, really.

- Guy Ferry is an immature d-bag.

- Ina Garten is an elitist snob.

- Ted Allen and Bobby Flay are insufferable.

- Tyler Florence could make someone in the midst of a three day meth binge fall asleep.

- "$40 a Day" hasn't been on in ages, and taught a generation of idiots how to be bad tippers.

- "Emeril Live" isn't on anymore, either... although he was one of the few actual CHEFS on FN, along with Mario Batali, who they also ran off.

- Giada is cute, but drives me nuts with her over the top faux-Italian pronunciations.

There's a reason all the "cool people" have ditched FN for the Cooking Channel, and this list is a good reason why.

November 08 2010 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

Too many shows that aren't on any more. Too many really bad shows (Neelys, 40$, Boy Meets Grilll). Didn't include the best FN show ever: Good Eats.

This is just one big bad joke.

November 08 2010 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backbackheyhey

I don't see how we're supposed to take this list seriously when it completely ignores Good Eats.

I've learned more about cooking from Good Eats than from almost any other cooking show, except for maybe Julia Child and America's Test Kitchen (neither of which are FN shows, so I'm not complaining about their exclusion, just pointing out what kind of company AB keeps). It's also funnier than any other cooking show on the air, unless of course you count the unintentional comedy of Rachel Ray.

November 07 2010 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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