I watch way too much Food Network. It’s the background channel while I’m doing other things. Chopped has just gotten boring for me, although I like the new chopped sweets. I really like when they do Best kid baker shows. Duff Goldman is a great judge host and seeing some of the stuff little kids make is pretty cool.
I watched Cupcake Wars one time. They made some sort of horrible abomination cupcake with fish in it. I almost lost my lunch trying to watch in horror while they ate it. I cannot watch it and not think of that. Ugh.
Guy’s is personally the best for me right now but personally I would love to see Cutthroat Kitchen back or and hear me out have guy’s grocery game mix with Cutthroat Kitchen were they have make a crazy ass dish out of a hot dog run thru the store getting their ingredients but they have 15 mins and you toss in Robert Irvine in there too he able to push over shelf and stands and if he see and catches a shopper he can push their cart over and they have to go and grab everything and put it back in the cart then come the cutthroat kitchen part…then the next episode since time slot might of run out by then they cook for round one every 4 contests take 8 episodes to do the whole cooking game and Winner go one to masterchef where they have to beat Bobby Flay and become Iron Chef and get a half a million dollar salary working at Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen at Guy’s Flavor town but that only if they the green light to make a theatrical showing
Mom watches an absurd amount of Beat Bobby Flay. All of these shows are so macho and sensationalist compared to my fave, the Great British Bake-Off. Like…just calm down and bake things, please. Quit trying to be drama-mamas.
@UncleVinny Ageed. I’ve tried watching the competition shows but just can’t stomach all the contrived melodrama. Just STFU and cook the damn food!
I am so sick of “Reality Television” in general (with a few rare exceptions). It’s practically the only thing on anymore.
@Kyeh@tweezak I’ve had a Duff cake they suck. A woman who worked on my research floor had a tiered wedding cake from Duff just because she had money. She also had a sheet cake from her favorite local bakery. Her older sister brought the duff cake to work and no one touched it.
I’ll watch marathons of Cupcake Wars anytime, which is odd because I don’t like cupcakes and the host is a twat. But as others have said, The Great British Baking Show is exponentially better than any of them. No shenanigans, no manufactured drama, just baking. Really really good baking.
Throwdown with Bobby Flay was wonderful. The in-studio show he does now is rather meh, like most of them.
I enjoy the holiday competitions, Halloween Wars, Gingerbread competitions, Christmas and Thanksgiving baking, but its mainly because I’m a holiday-loving person and go overboard for all of them.
Cuthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown made it fun but he even said that he was playing a role, and the real Alton Brown was Good Eats Alton Brown… but then in later shows he really became much more cynical and sharp, so I think CTK changed him…
Iron Chef over Iron Chef America (except Alton does well on ICA as the emcee).
Anything with kids in competition is like jumping the shark, or wesley the weasle crusher defecating all over STTNG, or bringing someone’s kid on as crew on the Love Boat (which my parents watched at dinner so we had to) and ruining the show. Meh. Get thee gone foul brats.
It is Iron Chef… but NOT Iron Chef America. i love Alton Brown (and am really enjoying the things he is posting on YouTube from his house w/ his wife - as well as his “i can name this product and swear because we aren’t on network TV” episodes), but it doesn’t make up for the … less-ness of Iron Chef America.
I dunno. I have several favorites:
–Dialing for Donuts
–Home Chopping Network
–CBS Evening Stews
–The Soupy Sales Show
–Hoagie’s Heroes (which is a bit redundant)
–What’s My Lime?
Lots of AB fans I see. He and wife Elizabeth are doing a live weekly YouTube show from home, Tuesdays at 7 eastern. It’s entertaining, check it out. Quarantine Quitchen, soon to be renamed…something else.