Like many of you here, the subject matter implied by "the Food Channel" is near and dear to my heart. I love food and I like to talk about it qand learn about it almost as much as I love to eat it. All that being said.....
I have reached the point to where I think the food channel is one of the dullest things on TV. All of the "best of" shows seem to have no real relation to what is really good, the "food finds" shows don't seem to be finding anything very good, and I already know how much junk food Americans eat, so why should I care about how it is made?
The "hosts" in some of these shows are never at the site, they are just reading a script over stock video tape. I think this type of programming is better off being on the "Shameless Promotion" channel running on channel two in some hotel room.
I do like Tony Bourdain. Alot. He is intuitive about food, a great writer, and a generally funny guy and appeals to me greatly. I like Jaques Torres and also enjoy Sara Moulton, as she clearly knows what she is doing and cooks things I would like to eat most of the time. While Emeril is an aquaintance and someone I admire, I don't get much out of his show, although I love all three of his places in New Orleans. The guy knows his way around the pots and pans. And as far as Paula Dean and the Barefoot Contessa go, those shows just seem like really poor versions of "Two Fat Ladies", which was a wonderful program. I like Mario and enjoy his restaurants. Malto Mario is a good show with some great cooking going on. I like the 'Sweets" lady as well, but her name escapes me at the moment.
I guess, if I could wish a perfect food channel, that it would be more like Alton Brown or Sara Moulton. My interest lies more in learning about technique and the reason behind why things are automatically done a certain way, than in the best hot dog in Dubuque, Iowa.
But on the plus side, at least they got rid of that "Cissy" woman who used to host Ready, Set,Cook (now THERE was a dumb show). I guess she is back to doing local weather in Scranton. Where she belonged all along
Later, I will post what I really think