Anyone who reads this blog would probably think – and justifiably so – that I hate Food Network. You would think that the very thought of all things Food Network would cause a sneer to magically develop on my upper lip. You’d think that I’d want Food Network to just disappear.
And you would be wrong.
In spite of the fact that I think that “The Chairman” on Iron Chef America is little more than an unnecessary figurehead with racial stereotype whooshes going on all the time, that I think that Chopped is unfortunately slyly addictive, and that I think that Cutthroat Kitchen is below the bottom of the barrel in taste – as in quality, as well as in palate – there’s a lot of truly great things on that network, many of which I DVR on a regular basis.
After hearing my complaints about Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen (and to a lesser extent, any of the “Cupcake” competitions), you’d probably think that I hate food competition shows. Au contraire, mon ami! For instance, the newest competition show, Beat Bobby Flay, is tons of fun to watch, and seeing the chefs who wouldn’t be caught dead on Cutthroat Kitchen (I think. I haven’t watched it again and refuse to) appearing to be having a truly great time on this show. Similar to Throwdown with Bobby Flay, except with high-end chefs instead of the mom & pops that he’d compete against before, this looks like real competition against real chefs using real food to make real dishes.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on a lot! It’s a lot of fun. And, yes, we already know my opinion on food competition shows in general.
Which means, of course, that this show will probably last only a minute before it’s cancelled or just runs its course and they put it into the daytime rerun loop. Not that there’s anything wrong with the daytime programming, of course. I learn a lot from the Barefoot Contessa, Giada, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (okay, so that’s not exactly daytime), Pioneer Woman, any show with Bobby Flay, and even Worst Cooks. So Worst Cooks is not a daytime show. Whatever.
What I’m saying is that Food Network has a lot of truly wonderful and educational shows on it that hearken back to its early days when – besides entertainment – the shows were truly focused on cooking. Which is why the likes of Cutthroat Kitchen absolutely baffle me. Disgusting, repulsive, annoying, petty, and stupid.
Want to know how I *really* feel?
So, yes, I do enjoy most of the programs on Food Network. It’s just that the occasional anomaly that is Cutthroat Kitchen is like the rotten apple. Or rotten egg. And stinks just as much. No, worse.