I used to watch the Food Network a lot. “Chopped,” a cooking contest show, is one of my favorites. I also enjoyed “Restaurant Impossible.” In addition, I liked “The Next Food Network Star” and “The Great Food Truck Race.”
I also watch the holiday baking contests including “Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday,” which pitted the two great cake makers against each other this holiday season. Duff won this year and received $25,000 for his charity Off Their Plate.
I did watch the Iron Chef competitions, but grew tired of them.
I only watch TV in the evening, so I miss Rachel Ray, Ina Garten, and Ree Drummond showing how to prepare food. But, I wouldn’t watch them if they were on in the evening because I don’t enjoy cooking shows.
Now, however, when I start watching television in the evening and check out the Food Network, all I find is “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri, “Guy’s Grocery Games,” with Guy Fieri, and “Beat Bobby Flay” with Bobby Flay.
Fieri and Flay are two TV hosts I rate very low. I don’t enjoy their programs at all.
If the Food Network is going to rerun lots of programs, I suggest they pick something other than programs made by these two.
So, what’s going on at the Food Network?
It’s made mistakes, according to the Mashed article “The Food Network Has Made Some Pretty Bad Decisions.”
Viewers' tastes have shifted, chefs have created controversy on- and off-camera, and more than a few claims of cultural appropriation have left the station with egg on its face, the article said. In addition, the network has shifted to focus more on pop culture and guilty-pleasure recipes over the years.
Anyway, I’ll keep checking out the Food Network to see if they’re offering anything worthwhile. However, I’m not hopeful.