In theory I like the Food Network – you can learn new stuff! see master chefs at work! be inspired! – but in practice I have to hurriedly flick by it en route to other non-culinary channels.
From the brief encounters I’ve had, it seems to be mostly reality shows about chefs either competing against each other or at work in their own restaurants/businesses.
It appears very formulaic and not-at-all inspiring.
I’d prefer more of a focus on DIY recipes, health and nutrition and perhaps even backyard farming.
But I freely admit that I haven’t watched enough to really critique it.
There’s a very good reason for that – every time I sit down to watch a show about food I have to get up again and hit the fridge within minutes of the opening titles. No matter what they are cooking.
A liver pie could be on the menu and I’d still finding myself thinking: “Urgh, that looks like animal innards stewed in dog poo and passed through the bowels of a warthog. Where did I put the ice-cream?”
It’s like Pavlov’s dogs all over again.
The TV flickers to life, the drool response kicks in and I feel the tractor-beam pull of the fridge.
Is it just me or is this a common epidemic? Is there anything worth watching on Food Network? Have you got sucked into it yet and did your waistline expand as a result?