The cooking shows that are now on Food Network are just downright boring. It is hard to find a decent cooking show anymore that isn’t a competition of some sort, or reality cooking shows as they are called. The phrase reality cooking show confuses me a bit because I don’t know about you, but I don’t have 2 sets of every piece of cooking equipment, 2 fully stocked pantries, or 2 ice cream makers in my kitchen to whip up the obligatory sea urchin ice cream when I need to impress a judge that may have little to no experience judging food. It’s as if we should call these types of shows, non-reality cooking shows.
The shows that actually teach you something worthwhile that can be recreated in the normal everyday kitchen (actual reality cooking) is going by the way side. They are being replaced by the winners of the various cooking competitions shown on this network. So instead of using people trained and educated in the food industry, they are now being replaced with someone with a cute smile or with a great personality with promises that they can feed your family in either a ½ an hour or for under $10. If they would have the aforementioned people educated in food, that all can be accomplished on one show instead of it taking two…
I remember the good old days when there were shows like Taste with David Rosengarten. His show was structured so you received a bit of history about the ingredient, different ways to prepare the ingredient and which wines will complement it, here, see for yourself. They are way more interesting than watching Chefs run around with their heads cut off trying to make sure that their sea urchin ice cream is properly plated and given to someone that may not even know what quality sea urchin is supposed to taste like.
Fortunately for me and others like me, there is another cooking channel appropriately enough, called Cook Channel that rarely features non-reality cooking show that is slowly, but surely, ruining the other network.