December 16th, 2009
05:54 PM ET

Food Network cooks up huge ratings

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In times of economic uncertainty folks look for comfort. Since nothing is more comfortable than food, this year they found it on the Food Network which has enjoyed its highest ratings since the network launched in 1993.

The network drew in an average of 1 million viewers nightly this year according to Nielsen ratings.

Foodie favorites included “The Next Food Network Star”, with celebrity chef  Bobby Flay, which brought in 32 million total viewers a month and “The Next Iron Chef” series which brought in 29 million total viewers monthly.

The network also successfully launched new weekly hits including “Chopped”, with former “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” star Ted Allen and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” which features the channel’s favorite personalities showing off their favorite eats.

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  4. Carolyn

    I really enjoy the TV show "Chopped". However, it seems to me that the women are almost always 'chopped' even though they get good reviews from the judges. I wonder if the judges do not like women chefs????

    November 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Phil

    The Neelys make me want to puke. Their cutsie woostie style is disgusting. And I want to slap him every time he says "y'all" or "hehehe". Of course she whines like a pig. I turn them off every time they come on.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    I hate, hate hate the Neely's. I turn the show off everytime. Get a hotel room. They really have dumbed down their shows. Rachael Ray and Paula Deen are also very boring. They haven't added a good chef in years to their line up.

    December 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LampEft

    The Food Network is largely a wasteland of mediocrity at best. There are some bright spots in the lineup here and there. The best: Good Eats with Alton Brown. An always interesting and often times funny show with a smart and engaging host. In the middle-ground we have tolerable shows such as Ace of Cakes and Unwrapped. The latter can be interesting even if it often doesn't amount to much more than an infomercial for the products featured. At the nadir of the network's offerings we have the worst: anything with the living horror show that is Guy Fieri. Guy needs to act his age, dress like an adult and learn to chew with his mouth closed. It's a pity, because if not for him, "Triple-D" could be a very good show.

    December 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cregis

    I thought Emeril was let go because Rachael Ray was more popular. I love her because her food tends to be healthy. I like everybody on the Food Network except for the cackling Paula Deen and Ina who has never met a stick of butter she doesn't love.

    December 19, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    Wish they would get rid of Gordon Elliot productions. He produces such stereotypical personality shows: Neelys, Deen and Big Daddy's House.

    Expect more junky programming once Scripps Network (parent of Food Network) changes Fine Living into the Cooking Channel next year.

    December 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robyn

    I am so totally addicted to the Food Network that I can't go a day without watching it or I would go through withdrawal!! Every cook and every show is so much fun to watch! I love every chef that's on there. I have tried many different recipes from all of them and I was never diappointed. I hope the Food Network stays on forever because I wouldn't know what to do without it!! Love to all and happy holidays!

    December 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    If you watch Food Network, you should really read FoodNetworkHumor (dot com) – it is HILARIOUS

    December 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lee

    I did watch the FN all the time when it was about cooking. Now, it's about everything but cooking. Mario Batalli and Emeril were the best. Rachael Ray was good once but she has left her first love for money, I don't watch her any more. The Neelys really really need to be cut out of the network. I think Alton Brown is a great teacher and one of the mainstays of the network now.

    Stop all the reality crap and put on good cooking shows with real chefs. Duff the cake maker needs to go as does Sunny Anderson. I agree with others that DDD is a good series for entertainment but Guy does NOT need to eat everything. Ina Garten needs to get a real personality. Giada has a good show and a good show personality.

    Please bring back real cooking shows!!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nancy Struzziero

    i saw a commercial for frozen mussels during one of your shows. I did not even know there was such a product. I did try them and they were outstanding – quick & easy.
    Another reason I am so "hooked" on the Food Network!!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cdpf of Norfolk, VA

    I remember Julia Child, Galloping Gourmet, The Fat Ladies (they were hysterical), Cajun Cooking (loved his storytelling) and among others. I also love Tyler Florence (he's a hottie), Bobby Flay (still sexy-I want to have a Throwdown with him), Ina Garten (need I say more), Paula Deen (I love the way she cooks her seafood in butter-also her sons are cuties too), Ace of Cakes (this show is a nailbiter-the way they move the cake from counter to table which is a cliffhanger). Another one is the BQQ cook off contests (spare ribs and others). Jamie Oliver (love his British accent-very sexy and great cook).

    December 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. red robin

    I absolutely ADORE Alton Brown. His show is interesting, amusing, and unique. Ina Garten's food is simple, but reliably good; her show is predictable...a Hamptons Martha Stewart. Tyler Florence's recipes and technique are always terrific. I like the way he designs menus. I wish we could see more of Nigella. I like her recipes and her verve. For the cake decorating-haters out there: the reason we like Duff is that it's fun to see a person doing what he likes, doing it well, and enjoying the folks he works primadonna or boorish behavior.

    As for the people who've taught me the most about cooking: Julia Child and Madelin Kamen. Because of their instruction, I can cook and appreciate all the people mentioned above.

    December 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ca

    Hey Food Network!

    Bring Adam Richman (Man vs Food) over! He's great – what a cute and loveable young guy.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. steve

    your food network is the greatest since slice bread to all the chefs
    merry christmas and happy new year. keep up the great work.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. nic

    I love Food Network! My kids are addicted and I am don't mind. There is no violence, they learn all about where food comes from and how it is prepared. They have even wanted to start cooking. Now if they could invent a channel to inspire my kids to clean up!

    December 18, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. Lee

    My wife and I enjoy most of the shows on Food Network esp "Chopped". It's funny that we actually drove 3 hrs to a place that was shown in 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"

    December 18, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. Susan

    I love Ina, Giada, Tyler, Bobby, Aida and many more stars of Food Network. I do not usually watch during week nights as they do not have shows I am interested in. I watch on weekend mornings and early afternoons when I have time. I like Rachel's show but her talking makes me crazy. I like the Neeleys and Paula but my family cannot stand either show to be on when they are in the room. Between HGTV and Food TV and PBS's' Create', I am a happy girl!

    December 18, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  21. LP

    Love Alton and Ina, cannot watch the Neeleys or Anne Burrell. Can't listen to Sandra's long drawn out Lllls or Sunny's voice. Giada's cleavage is totally inappropriate. I'd love to see more Ellie Krieger and more actual cooking at night. Why do the judges on Chopped look so angry all the time? It's not fun to watch. The contestants should have more time so they aren't forced to serve a dish before it's done. What's the point?

    December 18, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nikki

    I heart the Food Network! What baffles me, is if people don't like certain shows or cooks, why do they watch them? I wish I had more time to watch shows that I don't like, actually I don't that would make life very boring :P)

    December 18, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  23. barb

    I agree with all the new faces. They are boring to watch. Sometimes it seems like they just pick people off the street and offer them a show. Stick with the old favorites as they are the best. What happend to the "Next Food Network Star" recent winner? Did they dump her already?

    December 18, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jill

    I love Food Network! I think that Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee is great. Most of her dishes are very practical. I also enjoy Robin Miller's show, Paula Deen and The Neely's (although they need to tone down the loveplaying-gets a little old after a while). I do not like Alton Brown's show at all (very silly). The cake shows are horrible!

    December 18, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  25. L Kelly

    I can't stand down home with the Neely's. They are getting really carried away with the mushy honey love fest in front of the cameras. It is just too much. Great food and recipes but please stop the flirting. It is too much and getting really annoying. The food always looks awesome but the flirting is starting to take away from the dishes.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  26. cookspencer

    If you think Food Network sucks then why are you still watching and reading about it? I think it's the best network on television.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  27. G

    Wow! Quite a response of comments. I have been watching the food network for years. I started out watching Julia Child when I was 5 on PBS so it was in my blood from an early age. It is good to see such positive feedback on a network that actually teaches us something. Just like everyone else, I just have to list my favorites. Here they are:
    Sandra Lee – great for working moms
    Alton Brown – he's so cute and very educational
    I could live without all the cake shows and contests. And why don't I ever see Nigella? Really make this a great network and bring back Martha Stewart, Mario Batali and Emeril.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  28. Al from CO

    Good Eats
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    Best shows around!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. Doug

    This network should be shut down-I know too many already unhealthy, obese people who sit glued to it all day. The producers of these shows should be ashamed of themselves. Perhaps if they started publishing the calorie and cholesterol information on the wierd stuff they cook up, it would do some good.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  30. Foodie

    By far the best and the classiest is Ina Garten with simple but yet bery elegant and tasty recipies. I also agree on the many faces of the Food Network – they don't need it. Why fix something that is not broken...

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jake

    I learned the right, and safe, way to deep fry a turkey from one of Alton Brown's episodes. Peanut oil/Canola (rapeseed) oil. Ladder and pulley. He probably saved my life, and my house.

    I've got no use for the programs that show how to cook unhealthy foods. All that butter and carbs in Julia Child, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen dishes! All expensive ingredients in most of the other 'chef' dishes.

    I watch PBS Create now. New Scandinavian Cooking, Cook's Country, Avec Eric, etc.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. becky

    I'm a FN addict, the hubby and I watch it together!

    – Love Paula (tweak her recipes though, not everything requires a pound of butter)
    – Giada is tolerable, I get some good ideas from her, but her smile is a bit creepy. Not her fault, but just a lot of teeth...

    – Love anything with Guy Fieri & Alton Brown... they could read the classifieds for a half hour and I would watch!

    – Chopped is awesome, and like Iron Chef when the secret ingredient isn't something outlandishly weird. Also love Tyler Florence, fun to watch and eye candy for me! Split decision in my house on Ann Burrell, I love her, my husband can't stand her- I win, we watch her!

    Not so much....
    – Sandra Lee. Gives me the creeps and can't cook. And table scapes? Where do you store all that junk? Little too "Stepford Wife-y"
    – Rachel Ray. Used to be on my Love list, but I think she's just worn out. Seems like she is just running in, throwing stuff together, then running to her next job. Going through the motions now, not really into it like she used to be.
    – The Neeleys. Gag, gag, gag, gag... They seem like very nice people, but ENOUGH ALREADY. We get it, you love each other. That's great, but I throw up a little bit in my mouth with all the sickeningly sweet, over the top stuff.
    – Ina Garden. I get some great cooking tips from her, but she just comes across as such a snob! It's all about the Hamptons and her rich gay friends.
    – Unwrapped. I don't care how they make Cheetos. Or Doritos. I don't eat that junk anyway.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike in NJ

    I'm not a big fan of the new, overproduced shows they have... I liked the old "Essence of Emeril", "Molto Mario", Sara Moulton, "COOKING" shows; the new, soft-lens, "Entertaining" shows like Giada de Laurentis, etc, don't attract me at all.

    On the other hand, the market has spoken, and they're more popular than ever, so I must be wrong, but I'm still not watching anymore. PBS's "America's Test Kitchen" and "Lidia's Italy" are my cooking shows of choice now.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  34. FunWithFood

    Racheal Ray does talk a bit too much. Even Martha Stewart said she is a better entertainer than a cook. Ina is the real deal and what she makes is real and she has the experience. Tyler is a good cook but is full of himself.

    For the totally clueless both Mario Batali and Cat Cora are no longer on the food network. Mario was replaced on Iron Chef with Mike Symon and Cat is being replaced with whoever run this last season. She had an awful record anyways.

    Nealys are like Paula Deen except apparently the food at their restaurant actually tastes good. Ted Allen is annoying even if he knows his stuff. I don't think they are using him correctly. If you want real cooking shows watch the series that comes on PBS that includes Rick Bayless, Jacques Pepin and Lidia Bastianich.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jersey George

    Watching the food channel especially Iron Chef America and Alton Brown's Good Eats really relaxes me. A nice break from the stresses of life!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  36. Chris

    Ina Garten is my idol. I worship her!! Seriously, though, folks.... her recipe for Rugelach is probably the best cookie I've ever eaten. De-lish!!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  37. Sara

    Love food network! Ace of Cakes, Food Network Challenge, Iron Chef America! My daughter (2) who doesnt usually pay attention to the tv, will stop whatever she's doing and watch Tyler Florence.

    December 18, 2009 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  38. Anne

    Great network, my fav's are Alton Brown, Guy Fieri and Mario Batali.....heck, love them all!

    December 18, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  39. Sarasota Mom

    I love:

    Alton Brown

    Can't stand Neelys – turn the channel whenever they come on

    Need to quit adding new stars and let the original ones continue to shine with their great cooking

    December 18, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  40. mjt

    I LOVE the challenges!!! The Food Network Challenge, Chopped, The Next Food Network Star and Iron Chef. I also like Ace of Cakes. We have over 1,000 channels to pick from and most of the time I'm watching the food network, unless BRAVO's Top Chef is on.

    December 18, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  41. alexandria Hadden

    Anything with Alton Brown is Good Viewing!

    We LOVE "Good Eats" and his special travel shows (like "Feasting on Asphalt"). Please let there be more in the new year!

    Merry Christmas, Alton! You're the best thing going on the Food Network!

    December 18, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  42. laura

    @junkfoodie- those are reruns of Emeril. Big difference...
    @Sally- I'm with you on Rachael Ray. She was the reason I started watching the channel several years ago. Now she is just annoying with her EVOO, kids and GB. I have noticed that she gets way to much done just over a commercial break and it takes hours to shoot a segment. I don't think her meals can be done in 30 minutes. Most of her meats are still bleeding when she pulls them off the grill pan.

    December 18, 2009 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  43. deb

    Guy Fieri Rocks the house on Diners, Drive Ins and dives. Off Da Hook!

    December 18, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  44. MarilynS

    PAULA, PAULA, PAULA .. just lover her show and almost all the others on the FN.
    GREAT recipes and LOTS of helpful hints as well.

    December 18, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  45. Jeff

    I wish the network would get back to doing what it meant to do, that is teaching people how to cook! Enough of these "contest" shows.

    December 18, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  46. A W

    The best:
    Good Eats (It is a little silly at times)
    Barefoot Contessa

    The worst:
    Emeril – good showman, terrible chief, has his staff do all of the work
    The Neelys – Count how many times he says Ya All in a half hour. Give a break!!!!!!!! His wife is great, he is irritating, I can't change the channel fast enough

    December 18, 2009 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  47. alton follower

    ALTON BROWN IS A FOOD GOD!!! They could do without all the cake contest shows for sure though. Death To Unitaskers!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  48. Bonnie

    I love the foodnetwork my special shows are Rachel Ray, Giada – bothe of her shows and Bobby Flay shows. I do really miss Mario I love his Italian cooking and his knowlege on the regions of Italy. Please bring him back.

    December 18, 2009 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  49. Lori

    With money being tight Food Network inspires me to be creative when preparing meals for my family. After all how many time can you eat hamburgers or spagetti in a week?

    December 18, 2009 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  50. DW

    Barefoot Contessa is the best cooking show on TV. Classy, classy, classy and fun to watch. Well done show.

    December 18, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  51. dejay

    My favorite network...cant wait to see Emirl on Iron chef in Jan. that battle should be fun and a joy to watch. love move of the current shows but have to give props to Ina, Tyler, Sunny, Paula, Pat and Gina, Big Daddy, and Triple D, oh yeah I can't forget Chef Irvine. I would love to challenge Mr. Flay to a Throwdown.

    December 18, 2009 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  52. Steve Booth

    Emeril was good in the beginning. He cooked food that most guys cook. He wasn't a chief by any means. He just made normal guy food. Then the band started and he got so full of himself that was the beginning to the end. I think he thought he was Emeril Winfrey or something.

    December 18, 2009 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. PeteSeattle

    @Zuhair, who was your fav in Next Iron Chef? My money was Friteg.

    All in all when I don't like what on T. V. Food Networks always saves the day. And when Triple D is on I'm cursed with living 3 blocks away from the grocery.

    Iron Chef at the White House should be interesting.

    December 18, 2009 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  54. Jim

    Anne Burrell- love the show – but- next time you watch, try to count the number of times she says the word "SO".

    I try but it seems impossible!

    December 18, 2009 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  55. Brian O

    I can see that the Food Network is trying hard to bring up the status of the culinary arts profession. Unfortunately, sexual innuendo (non-stop) from the Neelys and (occasionally) Paula Deen is going in the wrong direction. I really do not want to watch Gina Neely sexually baiting her husband, and certainly never want to watch Paula Deen sexually embarrassing guest Mario Lopez again.

    Bobby Flay and Ina Garten look and act like professionals, while still having a great time. I love this Network!

    December 18, 2009 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  56. MWA

    Dinner Impossible, Good Eats and Throw Down are great. My kid loves Ace of Cakes. We both love the old and new Iron Chefs. I'm not so much a fan of Semi Homemade, but I do have tons of respect for Sandra who used her skills for survival. It's the most watched channel in our house, second only to major league baseball during the season. I could live just watching those two things. I used to watch CNN, now I just visit the website. Same diff. - how's that for annoying?

    December 18, 2009 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  57. B

    Good Eats is the best!!! There is nothing else like it on television. A true original.

    December 18, 2009 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  58. c w

    can't stand Fieri....and he seems to always be on

    December 18, 2009 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  59. Zuhair

    IRON CHEF IS AWESOME! But how did Garces manage to win? Crazy stuff. The guy who was knocked out because of some bad rice should have won. But still the best show on tv.

    December 18, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  60. Hazel Saito

    It is all about Chef Robert Irvine and the Food Impossible Challenges, that and Bobby Flay's throwdowns. So happy Irvine is back sorry Symond you never even got close! and who doesn't love the Iron Chefs, and in Canada we get to savour Chef Micheal Smith. For that matter go Alton Brown!

    December 18, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  61. Greg from CT

    watching all the time... lots of great ideas and personalities...

    Alton Brown is da man!

    December 18, 2009 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  62. Steve Shine

    Alton Brown saved Food Network and they ride his coat tails nightly. BSquared rules.
    Emeril is a tool – the worst type of tool – a unitakser.

    December 18, 2009 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  63. Megan Webb

    I love Paula Deen she reminds me of my grandma she welcomes you into her home too.

    December 18, 2009 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  64. Wright

    Well – Gina and Pat – Her little "Spice fairy" routine is trite – dont like her – dont like either Pat or Gina – admittedly its very hard to do a duo routine – they are entirely too familiar on TV – sorry gang – I know the gang out there likes the black couple – sure FoodTV has been long time coming with this – but they need to find someone else

    December 18, 2009 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  65. junkfoodie

    i dont no why all of you keep posting that emeril is no longer on food network, he is on everyday at 10:30 am on essence of emeril

    December 17, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Give me good food

    Not a fan of Emeril or Paula Deen. Like Bobby Flay.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Give me good food

    I love the food network too. Tyler's great, Big Daddy, Neeleys, Ina Garten. I can do without prissy Giada but love that lady with the spiked hair. Lastly that lady in England just cracks me up. She just throws her food together and those English really are eating food that just doesnt' compare to the US equivalents. Oh yeah can't forget brainiac Alton Brown.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Virginia

    LOVE food network. Favorites are:

    Barefoot Contessa
    The Neelys
    Claire 5 ingredient Queen
    LOVE Paula Deen!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Christina

    Guy Fieri rocks... this summer I went on a business trip and was lucky enough to find one of the restaurants that I'd seen on DDD. It was the BEST food ever! El Indio in San Diego... go there! You'll love it!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  70. LT

    I faithfully try to watch Robin Miller daily. She cooks exactly how I like to feed my family! We try most of her recipes. I like the shows where the they start cooking right away and don't mess around with live bands and talk about random things. Just get to the cooking immediately. Our family can't stand the Neely's! ewwwwww!!! We turn the TV off right when they come on; way too irritating. Also, there needs to be a show about vegan cooking. Raw food diet. FN needs to get current with the times!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dman

    Good Eats is by FAR the best show on this network. Alton Brown rocks!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Addicted to Food Network

    Ina is one class act. Great food. Great show. Tyler is my second guilty pleasure, and there's something about that good looking redhead Bobby Flay!! But PLEASE, if you think Paula Deen is a southern LADY, you are so wrong. She used to be okay to watch before she went over the top. I live very close to her, and that is such an act on TV – can't stand the FAKE that once was Paula Deen.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  73. B. Rainwater

    Emeril is one of the main reasons The Food Network took off and is now doing so well. As a chef Emeril is truly amazing . As a person , he is extraordinary. Long live this culinary inspiration .
    The Food Network is indeed a blast to keep up with and the variety of innovative programing is inspiring . Keep up the good work and lets get Emeril back in Prime Time !

    December 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Bryan

    I loved the original Iron Chef series from Japan. That was the whole reason I started watching The Food Network. I have no idea to this day what Cod Roe really is (I probably don't want to know either), but Iron Chef Chen Kenichi would sure make it look good!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. bommie

    My absolute favorite chef is Giada. I was thrilled to see her on Shape magazine's cover this month. She is my idol. – beautiful, thin and a great chef.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Crystal

    I used to love watching the old Iron Chef. I loved the commentary translated by the Americans, it was so funny. I just miss watching all the old stuff.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  77. John G

    Alton Brown is very good on Goods Eats, but Tyler Florence is the BEST. His shows are very laid back on his recipes are easy and awesome! All are made with common ingredients and easy to make.
    More of Tyler's Ultimate!!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sally Berdos

    I can't believe that after reading all the above comments that nobody
    mentioned that Rachael Ray never shuts up – she describes every single thing in unnecessary detail – she annoys me – and how do we know with the technical advances of television that all her meals are really completed in 30 minutes??? I love Ina Garten, a real class act and yes it would be nice if Giada wore a turtleneck once in a while. LoveTyler and Paula does get on my nerves with her Y'all as every other word...and the Neeleys are definitely over the top with the lovey-dovey stuff...Bobby Flay is past his prime althou I like the Throw Down! Guy has grown on me but I didn't care for him in the beginning. Spend many hours every day with the FN on whether I'm watching or in my kitchen cooking or baking up something hopefully delicious!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Wright

    I know Mikes comments – I long for the old shows – Julia Child, sorry but Grahem Kerr, what was his name – The Frugal Gourmet – Paul someting – the Cajun Chef – I miss those days

    December 17, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Wright

    On the comments

    One of first comments I have is that FoodTV recycles shows over and over = They will show a gingerbread house competition thats 5 years old – But in fairness – all networks show reruns.

    Guy Fieri rocks = 3D is the bomb – quirky and fun – th other show sucks

    Tyler Florence is handsome – good cook

    Mario Battali rocks – great info – he really wants to educate – probly not very popular

    Emeril – good showman – actor –

    Rachel Ray – OMG that woman rocks – she is so natural (ok maybe she is different off camera) – but she is so real – I love her!!!

    Paula Deen – She is very natural – she is who she is – but good god in heaven – I dont need lobster poached in butter – please do not give me an IV of butter!!!

    Giada – very very attractive lady – but I resent the fack routine – she lived in Italy until she was 4- her grandfather was a CA movie producer – I very very recent the fake accent

    Ina Garten – fag hag

    Good Eats – Alton Brown – probly good producer – nerdy on the show – absolute hate it!!! I'm sorry but I really do not want to hear about the connective tissue of beef fat – or whatever

    Next Food Nextwork Star rocked – who knew? Melissa? she rocked – give the great lady credit. I had no clue.

    Nest Iron Chef – great

    Iron Chef America rocks – Jeffrey Steingarten needs to go – bitter old queen

    Chopped – well Amanda Freitag always looks like she just sucked on a lemon – she needs to go. Didnt like her on Next Iron Chef. I wanted hjer to burn on day one. My god – if you didnt de-vien the shrimp or if she got any kind of shell in your food – she would burn you – i wont say what she needs – she obviously isnt getting any.

    Ted Allen Rocks

    December 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Greg

    Although I'm southern and I am supposed to be a huge Paula Deen fan, they've saturated the network her. My go-to show is and always has been Barefoot Contessa ( Ina Garten ). She gives class to the network. In fact, she doesn't allow herself to become over-saturated and her shows are filled with simplicity with the volume turned up. She's the one good thing the network has going for it. The Neelys and that woman who does Cooking For Real need to go. I also wish there was more of Nigella Lawson on the network. At any rate, as long as Barefoot Contessa is on, I'll be watching.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  82. FlMom

    I have to agree with others on The Neeleys, they are waaaay over doing it and the banter between them is nauseating.
    Love Tyler Florence, his dishes are awesome and who doesn't love Alton Brown. Guy, please back off and stop stuffing your mouth and talking, it is gross!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. flgrl

    Please tell Guy to stop stuffing his mouth so full into the camera, I can't even watch him anymore. They should change the name of the show from Diners Drive Inns and Dives to "Watch Guy Eat". I love Alton Brown and my new favorite is Sunny, Cooking For Real, love her!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. catherine

    Absolutely LOVE Ina Garten – the simplicity of her cooking style, yet elegant. "Chopped" has also become one of my favorites as well as Ann Burrell. Surprised that Food Network's broadcast standards staff have allowed "The Neeley's" to make such unnecessary sexual innuendos. I find them to be both phony and unprofessional. Not up to Food Network standards.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  85. MeFoodie

    More Nigella! She understands food is for all the senses: anyone who would use words like "unctuous" and 'permeate" and "silken" when cooking is someone who is truly into her food. And I just love her English sensibility. And SHE"S delectable to boot! And not that I'm a total Anglophile, but what happened to Jamie Oliver? Adored Pukka Tukka and Jamie At Home! Bring him back!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  86. John

    I agree with Mike. The new Food Network is totally about personalities, with little concern for real cooking. The distance between Guy Fieri and someone like Jacques Pepin is incalculable.

    December 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Chris

    Alton Brown does not use kosher salt. Whatever salt Alton uses is OK with God and that makes it kosher.

    December 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Andy

    Why can't 'healthy' fit into these chef's recipies on this network? They all too eagerly toss in sticks of butter, pounds of cheese, cups of sugar and margarine.... etc etc.. into their so called signature dishes. I wonder if any of them have had a cholestrol reading recently?

    December 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Steve

    I don't watch Good Eats... I MEMORIZE it. Alton Brown has taken the cooking show to a new, and much needed, level.

    December 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  90. james

    Paula Dean is un-watchable,totally annoying!! same w/the "prosac" women on Barefoot Contessa!!
    Alton Brown is the best.

    December 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  91. John

    Is this really a surprise when the majority of the country is obese?

    December 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. KDL

    I LOVE The Neelys!!! I watch everyday!

    December 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Dianne G.S.

    Love,Love, is by far my favorite channel. I love the magazine also. I think it is better without Emeril. Emeril was not enough cooking and too much show biz. More shows need to be more like Ina amd Giada. Love Guy and think the Neelies are silly.

    December 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Geraldine Carbone

    I feel bad that Alton Brown thinks his viewers are "fat." Well, maybe we shouldn't watch the Food Channel with all the butter, bacon and saturated fat in every recipe.

    December 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  95. impulse94

    I have Food Network on almost constantly. However, I have had quite enough of any cake show, and the glut of artificial "competition" shows. Maybe they will soon go the way of Discovery Channel and have ghost cooking shows.

    December 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Bob Conley

    Jamie Oliver kicks butt- too bad he's not there any more except to sell stuff

    December 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Rhonda

    Food Network is the BEST! That's the station I watch most because there is nothing else on TV – but please, with the reality food tv shows – they are the worst ever! My favourite is Tyler's Ultimate and Rachel Ray!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Kathy

    I'm with Mike. I love the past Food Network cooking shows. Too many shows now are simply for entertainment–I mean, how many people need information on emergency catering for 100+ people? Having said that, I love Alton Brown, Giada, Ina and Sandra Lee. Rachel and Guy are fun to watch too. Paula's food is so unhealthy; she can take a perfectly good vegetable and turn it into a heart-attack-on-a-plate!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Turquoise0609

    I am really addicted to Food Network as always!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  100. texn8

    I think the neely's are so lame..the icky sweetness kills me!!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  101. gamy

    love ddd, guy is the best loved his christmas show this year, going to disneyland just to taste all the wonderful things he had. to many challenges going on though, to many iron chefs, i know its all about making money, but the chefs who cook makes you the money, and yes you all have made all of us fat, howrever try adkins ive lost 130 lbs, im hooked on foodnet

    December 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Dianna

    So good to know that I'm not the only one watching and taping FN.

    LOVE Tyler over everyone else. REALLY like Alex and Guy and Big Daddy. Like the Nealy's recipes but tired of their 'gushiness'...

    Still like but not in love w/ Paula and Giada...can barely tolerate Rachel Ray...enough w/ the EVOO!!!

    All in all I like that there are so many shows on FN because I can now pick and choose who and what to watch!

    Keep it up!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mike

    I honestly miss the old food network that was more focused on cooking than reality TV. The older cooking shows were more far more informative. Honestly, how many times can I watch competitors trying to make some fanciful cake of the likes I will never attempt to make or buy in my lifetime? I would rather watch programming that incites a culinary curiosity and can help me become better at making food. A good shows are certainly left but they are relegated to odd hour or Saturday time slots.

    December 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  104. ph30

    Man vs. Food!

    December 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  105. paul

    Food Network and the Top Chef series are both interesting and offer some good shoes....Tyler Florence is excellent, some of the are a bit overexposed and getting mentioned, the pic you chose to show is not accurate...

    December 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Barbara

    Love Big Daddys house

    December 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Cat

    We looove Ace of Cakes!! I even managed to turn my step-kids onto Duff & his zany cast of characters & their amazing creations over the holidays - Keep it up, Duff and crew!!
    We can't get enough of Guy Fieri and all his shows either; they're a lot of fun. Great energy and you just have to chuckle along with him!
    Alton's great, too .. We love all his tips and make a lot of his recipes – always with great results.
    All three turn us into FoodChannel junkies all the time! I miss Jamie Oliver too, he was unique and fast-paced. Thanks Food Network; keep up the great shows and bring Jamie back!!

    December 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Bobaloo in Texas

    I've been watching FN since it started and many times, my husband and I have it on instead of regular programming which is so awful except when college football is on. BUT... we, too, are disappointed about Emeril being kicked off. My husband mutes the TV when the Neeley's are on – he can't stand them; their cooing over each other has NO place on a TV cooking show. Recipes good but their behavior not. I'd love to see Paula's sons back; their road shows were wonderful and informative. We lost interest in Food Netwook Star a couple of years ago; none of them have stay quality except for Guy who seemed the least likely to succeed in our eyes. But he's a winner for sure. And yes, cut the cake shows. We could care less as we don't bake/eat cakes much at all. Hey, Paula. Cut the butter; we don't find that funny in the least in this day of health awareness which you look like you should be practicing more of. Keep this up and you won't be with us much longer!

    December 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ks

    Food Network has been my mainstay for years now. After numerous surgeries, I'd watch the show endlessly. Love Ina Garten and DDD. What fun and enjoyment. Keep up the great shows (too many newbies though) Merry
    Christmas yall.

    December 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Lives For Food in St. Louis

    I am convinced Rachel Ray has eating issues. Of all the Food Network show hosts, she yaks about food - but NEVER with any passion - and she NEVER - I mean NEVER - tastes her food during preparation - instead, she waits until the last 2-5 seconds of the show to 'pretend' to eat a bite while credits roll - then the camera always cuts to black - so we never see her truly eat anything - or to tell us how savory or delicious her recipe is - instead, I suspect, she spits the food out when production is done. Ann Burrell, Ina, Paula, Giada, Bobby, Tyler, Sandra - and especially Guy - GUY! - now these folks LOVE everything about food - they LOVE to express their love FOR food - and make me want to eat it whatever they are preparing. Ms. Rachel ... not so much - NO LOVE for food - and way, way too much love of the YAK, YAK, YAK ...

    December 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Phil Dikeman

    I love watching Emeril and I love watching the Food Network......but he's not on Food Network...what's up with that?

    December 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  112. blindintexas

    Not a fan of the Neely's either...too much PDA for me.

    December 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  113. blindintexas

    Love Alton, Guy, Bobby and Iron Chef. All the "reality" type shows make me want to throw up.

    December 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. ponder

    I do like Guy's Triple D and Ina Garton and the Neeley's. Rachel Ray is ok but she seems tired and not as cheerful as in her earlier shows. Enough with the Iron Chef and Copped and the other competion shows. I want to view shows about food and recipes that I WOULD COOK! Contest are boring and some of the judges are very mean and I don't like to see that. I know, these are top rated shows but do you think you could cut back a little on them?

    December 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  115. FNFan

    Did some one mention Rick Bayless? PBS would be crazy to let him out of his contract but a great addition to the Food Network Family ...this holiday I talked the family into trying some of the great recipes on the Dear Food Network... it was the best Thanksgiving Feast Ever!! Best Channel EVER!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  116. sundriedtomato

    Emeril???! Good riddance, the Food Network's a better place now! He was so full of himself and always repeating the same old hackneyed sayings: "smellavision", and the over-worked "Bam!" SOOO-OO much more genuine talent now!

    December 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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  118. Brad

    I love Ina Garten and I dvr her show daily. She sparked my interest in cooking years ago when she first came on the air. Most of what I know about cooking and entertaining I learned from watching her show and reading her books (I have them all). Great lady. So classy but without the Martha Stewart know it all attitude.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Dr. Anne-Lisa Scheihing-Winters

    Throwdown is great with Bobby Flay and who can beat Ina Garten for a great meal. Nigella is a trip everytime.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Jo-Anne Wolfe

    Really enjoy Food Network but would prefer to see more cooking and less entertainment. I love Ina, Bobby and Tyler (probably the best cooks) and maybe Giada if she didn't have that weird smile. Guy is great entertainment but again I'd like to learn more cooking!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Maryland

    I agree with Food Network being a "default" channel. I always turn to it when there's nothing else I REALLY want to watch. It's just comforting to watch people at home, wherever cooking and chatting. Of course some shows will be hokey because everyone has different tastes. Even as a default channel, I ALWAYS watch Paula Deen, the Neelys, Road Tasted, Big Daddy's House, Feasting on Asphalt, Triple D and sometimes Ace of Cakes because I went to college in Balto. and it's just artsy and interesting.
    I miss classic Food TV shows like "The Best Of..." and that show w/ Sandra Pinckney. Forget the name, where she travelled around the U.S. showcasing finds. "Food Finds", I think.

    Oh, and I dig Bobby Flay's "Throwdown" show as well as some of his other shows and seasonal specials. Marc Summers' "Unwrapped" is good, too. And Tyler is cool.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Riccardo

    The Food Network is a good idea – but they need to work on their programming. I want good information and I don't want to be entertained. I find that the good cooks have disappeared and the new guys just don't interest me...

    LOVED: Mario
    LOVE: Giada, Ina, Nigella, and Jamie
    HATE: Guy, Sandra Lee...

    Where are the Chinese and Indian programs?

    December 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Al

    I love Giada. Especially in HD!!!
    No, seriously, I like Diners, Dives, etc and Alton Brown.
    I went to the Neeley's BBQ joint in Memphis and was disappointed. There's much better BBQ places in the Bluff City.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  124. cshreve

    Absolutely love the Food Network. All the shows are great. My favs are Iron Chef, Neelys, chopped, Paula, Bobby, Etc etc !!!!! Love em all!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  125. laura

    I can't believe anyone would like Guy Ferry (his real last name). He is loud, greasy and just in your face, as are the Neeley's. I think her own family was embarrassed of her during one of their holiday specials. I can almost take them since some of the food does look goos. I use to like Paula, but then she bacame some sort of clown act. Licking her fingers, saying YA'll way to much and just her whole act. I wish the station would go back to the days of acutally cooking and stop all the foolery.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Foodie

    Tyler Florence (Tyler's Ultimate) is my favorite food network show, but I do enjoy most of the other talent on the network. I just wish the network would air some cooking shows in prime time rather than all games and competitions. Tyler's Ultimate, 30 minute meals, Everyday Italian, Barefoot Contessa ...I'd be thrilled if any or all of them came on after 6 PM!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  127. good eats in ak

    Good Eats is the best!! If we had more teachers like Alton Brown the American school system would be a better place for our children to go!! I enjoy the locations on DDD but a better, less arrogant, host needs to be found. Guy MUST go!! 90% of my meals are prepared using Food Network recipes. Has anyone else noticed that the background music for Giada sounds like she's in a porn flick?

    December 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Fifi

    INA!! Love her and all of her recipes. Thanks for the wonderful barbeque sauce recipe, I will never use another. How about her perfect roast chicken which indeed is perfect. The woman can cook.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Lee

    I really like Simply Delicious with Ingrid Hoffman – she has great recipes that are unique but easy to make! Love watching Food Network on a lazy Saturday morning with our pot of coffee and seeing all the different recipes I wouldn't mind trying. Paula Deen – a bit rich for me – Ellie Krieger is also really good. Mostly love all of them and it is a good channel for the whole family and to get people who may not have been too much into cooking into the kitichen to try it – that is how I became to like being in the kitchen more! Good going to Food Network.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  130. hummingbee

    Guys, how about Anne Burrell? She is the BEST chef ever! She makes fabulous food. Easy to duplicate. I think she's better than Ina though I do like Ina as well.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Mary

    I LOVE the Best Thing I Ever Ate! Makes me hungry every time I see it. Can't wait to eat at some of the places they suggest. YUM!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Lorri

    Watching Food Network has turned into family viewing in my household. The kids, ages 4-9 watch with us adults and love it! Watching the Next Iron Chef with them was hysterical and so much fun. Watching the kids cheer for cooks is great. Much better viewing than mouthy ansty teen agers on Disney Channel.

    My faves are Alton Brown & Guy Fieri. I miss Emeril but he was getting annoying on his live show.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Shirlene Dickerson

    Love, Ina, Alton Brown, and Paula-keep up the great cooking!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  134. di

    Love seeing all the food, my favorite personalities are Ina, Sandra, Giada, Alton and Tyler. Not loving so much the Neelys. My favorite new person is Guy, and seeing allt he places he is eating in Diner DriveIn's & Dives. Its a very comforting food network!

    December 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Heavy T

    If you live in a mobile home and like NASCAR, or if your butt is made out of butter, Paula and the Neelys are for you. PLEASE provide more Bobby, Giada Nigella, Jaime.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Scott in Michigan

    Haven't seen anything yet about Sunny Anderson. Love that girl! Her "Cooking For Real" is very easy to follow for novices like me. A lot of comfort foods. Hope she has a good long run on the network.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  137. D Copella

    Man v. Food ... need I say more. That show is the best and Adam rocks out. Keep up the good work and Adam if you a listening there is a hamburger in Clearfield, PA with your name on it.....

    December 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  138. wiley

    There's so many great shows on the Food Network! Our whole family loves so many of their shows, and I don't have to worry about what my kids are seeing.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Diana

    I have 2 small children and even they will watch the foodnetwork. It's the one educational channel that I do not have to worry about if I let my kids watch if I step out of the room for any reason. Even PBS has somethings I do not want my kids to see. Love most of the shows where the hosts have personalities (Paula, Alton, Bobby), even if a few of the shows stop showing you how to cook (throw a handful of that, a pinch of that, "eyeball" it – doesn't work if you have never cooked before)....

    December 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  140. mark the shark

    Would love to see the original "Chairman" do a couple of shows on the new Iron Chef and bring the originals with him to do battle against Flay, Battali & Cat. Would be a ratings hit! Also bring some Japanese judges to balance it out.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Dave C

    I LOVE watching every artery clogging minute of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy is one of the best shows on Food Network!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Ranae

    Love Paula and Rachel most. The Neely's recipes are great, but they are nauseating to watch! I look up the recipes on, but refuse to watch them. Food Network needs to tone them down. Gag!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  143. peggy

    Ithik most of the shpws are good, Big Daddy's is one of my favorites the food looks good and he is very funny. I also think the Neelys are good and they work well together . Keep up the good work.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Snow White

    Ina Garten best one by far..and followed by Paula Deen. It's just not the same anymore without them. The newbies just don't seem to cut it.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Roe

    Food Network....Love it.....Bring back Emeril, live from NY (had the pleasure of meeting him at book signing...wonderful man and a terrific personality), love Paula and especially Robert on "Dinner Impossible"....thank goodness he is back...does anyone watch his show?????.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Tom

    What ever happened to Mario's show?! His skill and knowledge re Italian food opened my interest in cooking.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  147. SeaJewel

    Our absolute favorite is Good Eats, but we have watched every single show – haven't seen a new show in quite some time now. However, all the recipes are for everyday food with everyday ingredients. The exlanations of why to use particular ingredients or tools to get the desired results have improved my own cooking substantially – and I wasn't a terrible cook before. And the humor in the show is great!

    Giada makes beautiful elegant food and makes it something anyone could do. I like Ina also. I can't stand Sara's SemiHomemade though. I was excited at first when they had hollandaise sauce featured, and totally disgusted when she used a packet of powdered mix from the store. NOT the same, anyone can do that! Now it's a household joke here.

    We watched Guy when he was a finalist to be on the Food Network and knew his personality would be a hit. DDD is okay but gets pretty old quickly. Would love to see him actually cook, though. I like the Neelys and their recipes, but I can see why some people don't like all the innuendos and sweet talk. Just needs to be toned down a bit. It's otherwise an excellent niche.

    Anthony Bourdain on the Travel channel is entertaining, but it doesn't teach anything really about how to cook anything - and that's supposed to be the basis of cooking shows. Otherwise it's food-related entertainment. Still, we do really enjoy Anthony Bourdain for learning about food in other cultures or regions. Never have watched him cook.


    December 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Neil

    Ina is a fat slob. Rachel Ray is annoying . The Nealys are so phoney. Tyler is just a pretty boy who can't cook.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Lorraine Essex

    I guess I'm old-fashioned but I've gotten more special recipes from the annual Pillsbury Bake-off than from watching a lot of the other shows, altho I love the regulars: Iron Chef America and Next Iron Chef, among others. Thanks, Guy, for bringing us into the eateries of America! And I cried when Big Daddy won the Next FN Star a couple years ago – what a nice, nice man – and he can cook!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Troy

    Love the Food Network. My favorites are Top Chef and Chopped. I also like Triple D with Guy and Throw Down with Bobby. Great stuff FN, keep it coming.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  151. mj

    LOVE THE FOOD NETWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could do without Sandra Dee....she is awful.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Kristi

    My girlfriend watches this stupid channel and I am constantly amazed at how many ways you can re-work the same dumb shows. The competitions and "reality" shows are even sillier than their regular shows.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Ellen

    I love Paula Deen and Jamie at Home. Jamie's show isn't on any more in our area and I really miss him.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  154. PJB

    I used to watch the Food network in the 90's when it was actually about food and cooking. Now its just another reality TV channel with essentially chef versions of Survivor and every other reality TV show out there. Whats so compelling about that? Obviously I'm not in there core demographic (an actual foodie). You can have your cookoff's if that's what sells. Where have you gone David Rosengarten!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  155. FunWithFood

    Food network is just alright. It's starting to become overabundant in its shows. The shows that I really loved like The Secret Life of or Food Finds have gotten replaced by people with the chemistry of a snail. Guy Fieri (not even his real name) is like the Blue Collar Comedian that got away. He's the male equivalent to Racheal Ray. I don't need to see a show of him stuffing his pie whole. Bobby Flay is one fo the few people on there that actually came up through the world of cooking, but his persona on tv is very arrogant. There are some shows on their still worth watching.. Iron Chef is fun even if some of the choices for judges are rediculous. Good Eats is always sure bet for host and information provided and Unwrapped is sorta fun to watch as well. Please get rid of some of the bloat FN.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  156. ANa

    Also I would looove to see more of Ina Garten

    December 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  157. ANa

    I agree with G and jo jo above. Enough with the new and keep the old around...

    December 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Bill

    My daughter was so excited to get a chance to meet Ina at a food show in San Diego last year. After waiting in line for a long time and finally getting to the table she was the rudest woman she had ever met. She was very dismissive and it was plan that this woman is nothing more than a food "Diva". I hope the rest of them are better mannered. She threw away the cookbooks she had and will never watch her again. Very dissapointing when you meet your idols and they ruin the impression.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  159. foschld

    I watch the FN channel off and on and I do like some of the shows, mainly Ina and Iron Chef. But Rachel has gotten way too much exposure – please!!! She's everywhere! It's too much. They should give each person 1 show and that's it. Give other chef's who may have something to offer a chance to show what they've got too! The Neely's have some good recipes, but I just can't stand the back and forth "Daddy" this and "Daddy" that. He seems to be such a wuss and that's sickening. The sexual inuendo's need to go – children may be watching for goodness sakes! We know you have a good marriage, but that's not what the show is about – it's about cooking, as they all should be. Paula's shows are okay, but not if you're trying to watch your waistline (a stick of butter in every recipe can't be good for the old ticker!) I used to watch and like "How to boil water", but it appears that Tyler came on and shoved the original guy out of the way due to his fame (shame!).... I like Ina because she's down home cookin to me.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Sandra

    My favorite shows are : Triple D ( He visits places that cook like I like to eat. I am hoping to one day take the triple D tour), Big Daddy's House, The Neely's, Barefoot Contessa ( she makes you believe that you can pull of this fru fru cooking with ease), 30 minute meals, Dinner Impossible ( Loves me some Robert Irvine), Everything Paula Deen, Michael Chiarello, Duff Goldman, Alton Brown and Everything Emeril.

    Stop hating on the Neely's, it is actually pleasing to watch two people that have a genuine love for one another.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Steve J

    Emeril wasn't actually fired...his Emeril Live! show was just moved to FLN (owned by the same company).

    Still, I think he started running out of ideas quite some time ago when I saw him making basic grilled cheese sandwiches one day like it was something fancy. 🙂

    December 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  162. jim

    Triple D is the best.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  163. tanner

    Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Giada deLaurentis all give me much inspiration to cook! Huge thanks to them and all of FN.

    I am also a Food Network addict.

    And if someone is correct about Emeril returning next year that would be great.

    December 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Jane Roll

    Please get rid of the reality and contest shows. I never watch the Food Network in the evenings due to those kinds of shows. I like the basics and would love to watch Paula, Ina, Giada and Tyler in the evenings. And what's happened to Sandra Lee?

    December 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Colleen

    I too have discovers this channel and am now a real fan. While my son who is now 27 has been a fan since he was 12, I just started watching after a week sick in bed with the flu. But quickly became addicted to the next food network star. I love Ina. She's my fav and then Guy and Sandra Lee and Duff. I'm 49 and have learned how to cook things I never knew I didn't know how!! Ina seems like a really neat, open, loving person and I just love watching her show. I actually just purchased food network reciepe book for my sons Xmas. You think it's a coinsidence his girlfirend looks just like Rachel Ray LOL

    December 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  166. big fan

    Love FN, but get rid of the Neeley's!!!!!!
    I turn the channel everytime they are on!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Chris

    I love the Food Network, too! My favorites are Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Good Eats with Alton Brown, DDD with Guy Fieri, Iron Chef, and Chopped. I absolutely cannot stand the Neeley's, Barefoot Contessa, and Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. They are not realistic at soon as they come on, the channel is being changed....

    December 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    The geek in me loves "Good Eats." Alton Brown is a rock star. I have an autographed copy of his first book "I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking ." It treats heat as an ingredient (grill, bake, saute, broil, braise, fry, poach).

    December 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  169. erika

    Love FN – watch all the time. Can't stand the Challenges – Cannot stand Sandra Lee – and I don't know why. Good eats – too querky. Giada shows a little too much cleavage for me (perfect smile, though). And I though Dinner Impossible guy was off the show for lack of credentials – I can't get over it and hate the show.

    What has happened to Rachel's voice?

    Love Iron Chef, Chopped, Thriple D, nd Unwrapped

    December 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Heather

    This surprises me. I used to be an avid watcher of the Food Network and now choose not to watch. The programming is so dumbed down now and I think they need to incorporate shows that focus on eating healthy, eating local, and step up to a more advanced group of cooks. Not too hard to make something taste edible with a ton of butter, bacon or cream.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Rachel

    Absolutely love Duff and the Ace of Cakes staff!!!! They keep me laughing. Love Triple D and Tyler's Ultimate as well as Paula. My two small kids love watching the Food Network! I may have two chefs in my future!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Lesa

    I love all the classic cooks on FN – like Ina, Paula, Sandra Lee, Tyler, Rachel and I miss Emeril. Unwrapped is a really fun show – love the FN Challenges, Dinner Impossible and all the Iron Chef shows. The Neeley's have awesome looking food – and I agree their show gets pretty corney (my son says he feels like he has to take a bath after watching it) – lol! Last year's FN Star winner, Melissa, was cute on the contest show – but not so crazy about her cooking show. But I especially am grateful for the Food Network website which provides us with wonderful recipes from all these cooks!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Sephiroth

    The Food Network is great! Guy's show makes me want to jump in my car and drive to those great restaurants that he showcases.

    Tyler's Ultimate is a great show too. He always makes it look like so much fun, especially when he tastes his creation at the end of the show. Mmmmm...

    Bobby Flay needs to be cancelled and so do the Neeleys.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Stacy

    I LOVE- Chopped, Ina,

    HATE- Guy, The Neelys, I'm over Rachael Ray

    December 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Tiffany

    I love, love the Neeleys!!!!!! I love the warm friendly family atmosphere they display. The passion and love they have for cooking. Keep more of their shows coming.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Lynne

    Love food network. Tyler, Guy, Ina, Giada, Duff, Paula, Next foodnetwork star, chopped, Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef, all the challenges. I'm sure I forgot some of my fav's.
    Get rid of Neelys, The winner of the last Next foodnetwork star (forgot her name) the wrong one won that show!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  177. david

    i dont know how the rating are so high half the show s#$%
    paula dean – please – giada – please ( can u wear a turtle neck one day ) – rachel – forgetta about it 9 with the man hands ) – barefoot catessa – some thing must be tickleing her feet because she laughs after every other word – down home – leave home

    December 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  178. TB

    Top Chef, Man v. Food, Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Eats are some of the best food centered programs that ARE NOT ON FOOD NETWORK. Food Network is okay, but they've lost their way in terms of entertaining programs backed by solid personalties and production values. The Next Food Network Star, The Next Top Chef, The Neelys, and the Food Challenge programs are really difficult to watch. Giada, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and Guy Fieri are still entertaining.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Bob

    8 PM was always my time for watching Food Network. And Emeril was my hero. I haven't watched it since then since all those cake programs and contests are not my thing. I'd love to have Emeril back. If he's not available please move some of the earlier "cooking" programs into that spot. You could rotate them in and out.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Katrina

    The Neeleys, Paula Deen, Big Daddys House, Ina are the greatest. However they are all good. Love it and thank you Food Network. To the person who says Big Daddy is loud and has sexual overtones has not watched one episode. He is well spoken and very friendly. Don't judge a person by its name.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Kay

    I like Ina Garten but I wish she'd stop fishing for compliments at the end of her show.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Mike

    I wish that FN would get back to more 1/2 hour cooking shows rather than all the "challenge" shows at night. Ina is definitely my favorite; I always feel confident making one of her food recipes. I used to enjoy Paula, but it seem to me that her Southern accent has become much more exaggerated over the years, and it grates on my nerves. FN hardly ever shows Nigella anymore, another show that I thoroughly enjoy. Bring back more Nigella, Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Josie

    Love the food network but to many new shows and faces will not watch the neeelys they are to much . Love Bobby Flay Paula Racheal Ray and Iron Chef.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  184. arteater

    I miss Emeril and I hate all those reality cooking shows. I get reality every day at work and it's highly over-rated! I want to learn something new. I don't get THAT on the Food network anymore.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  185. alex

    What a scoop! Keep up the hard hitting journalism, CNN!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Mary

    We used to watch Food Network so much that the logo is burned into the bottom right hand corner of our TV.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Me

    The Neeleys need to get a room!! I can't stand them or that show!!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Toni

    The Food Network is out of this world good. I don't know what I would do without it. I love every show and will watch it at any time. It's been good for my kids too. They enjoy it, and aren't watching all that "kids" junk. My favorites are Rachel, Guy, Sandra, and Paula without a doubt. I make a ton of the recipes on the network and couldn't imagine cooking without it. My husband wanted to get rid of our dish, but it would mean I couldn't see my shows in High Definition. Even with the econmy bad. I said no can do. Food Network rules.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Lisa lou

    I love D.D.D. and Guy is so fun to watch..he cracks my sons and Myself up.... I also love Rachel Ray as she is so fun....The Neely's are ok...just weird sometimes but I cannot believe I am the only one on here that dislikes that Alton character...OMG he drives me crazy.YUCK to his show.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Jeremy

    I'll admit it, I can't resist watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives anytime I see it on.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Laura

    I love the Food Network. My husband teases me because whenever I end up watching TV alone, it's almost always FN. I watch 30-Minute Meals, Barefoot Contessa, Chopped, ...anything with Bobby Flay. I can't stand the Ace of Cakes or any of the challenge shows (boring!). I'd rather watch people cook instructionally.

    Does anyone remember Mario Batali (miss him!) or, LOL, the Two Fat Ladies. Wow, they were hilarious... riding around in their little motorcycle with the sidecar. Haha.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  192. TRClark

    My faves are:

    -Five Ingredient Fix (really easy and tasty recipes)
    -Dinner Impossible (glad Robert's back! even though he is pretty loud)
    -Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (he's so cute)
    -Food Detectives
    -Dave Lieberman (such a sweetie)

    Don't like:

    -Anything with Paula (food looks good but she licks her fingers too much while cooking. Sons are cuties though).
    -Unwrapped (show is ok but host has too many unnatural pauses that make me want to rip my ears off).
    -Any of the Challenge shows.
    -Throwdown (love Bobby, but the whole premise of this show is kinda mean).

    December 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Kay

    I have watched the food network for many years, and recently, with the lack of good programming on many networks, my husband has become a fan too! He just loves Guy's Triple D and Dinner Impossible, along with Iron Chef. Good food and great programming. I have learned so much from the food network! Good going!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  194. mmr

    The love fest on the Neely's makes me lose my appetite!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Tania C Parker

    I believe that confort feeling we find in food is a good reason for the bust in ratings. However, we are lacking of shows with moral values. It seems that most of channels are just trying to bust their ratings thru poor quality, mass consuming programs that exploit the worse in our society. I am a fan of food channel programs. Most are smart, funny and if we cannot find anything else to tell about them, at least they are "feeding us up" with low values.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Charlotte, NC

    I LOVE that everyone loves all the different chefs on the channel. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives makes me wanna go to ALL of the diners! Iron Chef is awesome and Good Eats is great!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  197. SgtRojas

    Can you please tell me why we don't see more of Sandra Lee???!! I can watch her all day! I don't care what's she cooking, she seems to be the nicest person in the world!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Tom

    Food Network is always a good watch, especially Ina Garten, Triple D, and Chopped. The Neely's are incredibly irritating. I miss $40 a Day. I don't remotely miss Emeril.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Diva4

    I watch the Canadian Food Network and Laura Calder and Giada D. are my faves as the photography and props are elegant and the food simple but very pure and delicious. "Big Daddy" is also enjoyable.

    I do not enjoy Guy, Paula Dean or Nigella Lawson . Michael Smith is beyond annoying always coyly mugging at the camera

    December 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  200. fn junkie

    Food Network is always on at my house! My husband thinks I am as addicted to it as he is to sports! Bobbie, Giada, Guy and Alton are entertaining to watch. I was a faithful follower of Emeril, but got a little tired of his pompus attitude, not really missing him.

    As for the Challange shows and "reality type" shows like Chopped, The Next Food Network Star, etc, more, more more!!! I love to see them.

    I love watching Duff too! Geoff is one of my favoites.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  201. LBW

    Love the Food Network, but it makes me hungry. Guy is a cutey and Tyler rocks. Sunny is cute and she makes some really practical dishes. her pot pie made from Thanksgiving dinner looked great.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Bill Lonsford

    As a 58 year old male, I never watched a cooking show in my life, but FN has changed that. Started with a boring evening with nothing on and flipping channels and settled on DDD with Guy and found a resturant (Dive) in my town that I had never heard of, ended up eating there 3 times a week for the last year. Since then I have become a regular for Guys Big Bite, Unwrapped, Tylers Ultimate and DDD. Give me shows that teach me how to cook something uncompllicated yet delicious and spare me shows that are chat- a- thons. I watch Paula, Giada (she sure is proud of her breast!) and Sandra Lee with the mute on. The challange shows teach me nothing. Also, Real Cooking with Sunny would be good without her constant chatter and the 15 pounds of salt she puts in every dish.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  203. NYC2LA

    I love Ina's style. She is so cool, calm and collected in the kitchen. Her home is fabulous and I love the way she intereacts with her husband her friends. She's a class act and a total pro. Giada's got alot of class and her dishes are pretty easy to make and taste really great. Love seeing her with her little girl and her husband. They're a really cute family. Tyler Florence is great to watch as well. He's got great personality and flair in the kitch. Guy Fieri and his Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives is a really fun show to watch. Not a fan of Rachael Ray (her nicknames "E-V-O-O" and "sammies" are annoying). Also don't care for Paula Deen ... her recipes are extremely fattening and very unhealthy. I know they're very popular on the Food Network but they are my 2 least favorites.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Sandy

    The Best of the Best:
    Big Daddy – never before has a steak looked so Fabulous!
    Nigella – talk about flirting with food, that Domestic Goddess
    Giada – lightens up Italian food to eat for every day
    Claire – 5 ingredient fix, using one ingredient 3 times in a recipe-wow!
    Ina – classy, down to earth, cooks with her hands, fantastic!
    Alex – Another chef showing us how to cook at home!
    Guy – Triple D is the bomb!
    Tyler – glad you finally got fat and share your terrific homey dishes
    Alton – King of Foodies!
    Ellie – Thank you for showing us healthy can be tasty too!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Jeanne

    Ace of Cakes is the BEST! We also watch Iron Chef, Chopped, Good Eats, and Unwrapped on a regular basis-Food Network is generally better than regular network TV.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  206. fn fan

    Food Network is our favorite channel!!! 200 channels to watch and only one worth it!!! Keep it up (but without the Neeleys)

    December 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Juniper

    I love the Food Network! I have been watching it since I was in college and information from the shows coupled with working in restaurants has given me a great appreciation for food preparation. I love watching Giada DiLaurentiis and Ina Garten, but my favorites are Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. I wish FN would feature them more often. I loved "Jamie at Home" because it often showcased fresh, sustainable food that he grew in his garden. Nigella is smart and sassy and beautiful and the way she describes her food just makes you want to eat it! I love her and have all of her cookbooks, even though I'm a vegetarian and can't cook a lot of the recipes! More Nigella and Jamie, please! Also, I can't believe they don't have a vegetarian show yet... I'd be happy to volunteer for the job!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  208. TV viewer from the Midwest

    I like the food network sometimes too. I especially enjoy the Bobby Flay show (the throwdown or whatever they call it). and the Iron Chef is lots of fun too. my only complaint is that some of those shows are getting harder to find, like Good Eats. they put them on at such weird times.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Joe

    I liked Food Network more 5 years ago than I do now. Good Eats is a classic, but I'm tired of watching the same shows over and over again. Same thing for Iron Chef. They ran off Mario Batali who did interesting shows about Italy and Molto Mario was my favorite show on the network. That show alone inspired my cooking more than anything else. To me, the best food shows are no longer on Food Network. I'll take Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain and Rick Bayless every day of the week over what currently passes for cooking shows on Food Network.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  210. angela

    so much for research when they use this photo when he's not even on the food network anymore

    December 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  211. SilentFAN of Fn

    Emeril got to big for his britches and only so many times a guy needs to say "BAM!" One can find him on the Green Network (Planet Green) pluggin' stuff with Whole Foods.

    So why did he sell off his brand? (Martha Stewart no less!)

    A lot more interesting folks on Food Network these days but Giada is the hottest........looks, cooks, personality

    December 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  212. smm

    what ever happened to Semi-Homede w/ Sandra Lee, Man- What "A RacK' of Lamb .

    December 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Debbie Sue

    I too love watching Food Network and Guy Fieri's Triple D is my all time favorite.
    My husband stated a couple years ago that he just loved Ina Garton and could curl up on the couch with her! (Whatever that means!!)

    December 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Marian

    Love Alton Brown, although his comments about his fans being fat (not a quote) something to that effect, were upsetting to me since I am overweight. Alton's own weight loss was off-putting I thought he was sick at first, i'm glad he is not sick just overshot his goal weight. Still love Good Eats no matter what, Alton inspired me to cook again after being out of the restaurant biz for 12 years!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Chef2Be

    The Neelys, Paula Deen and Guy need to take an English lesson, watching any of these is mind-numbing. Ina has the knife skills of a MacDonalds counter person, she needs to cut down on the butter, its showing!!! Sure makes it easy to watch Top Chef on a different channel.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Teresa

    I love Unwrapped and my 13 son loves it too! I love Giada, Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri, Ace of Cakes....I watch it all the time!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Lurene Burke

    Love all the shows, especially Triple D and Ina Garten! Guy Fieri is a real star! Ina's food is the best!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Christi Pitts

    I just love love love the Food network...I watch it all the time...A good break from other TV shows!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Spornk

    Love Guy Fieri..he seems to have a blast all the time. Wish I could say the same about my job!

    I got sick of Rachael when her face started showing up my box of Wheat Thins.. enough already.

    Unwrapped is a fun show, except it makes me want to run to the store and buy whatever they're featuring. So, I'll go out and come back with Cheetos, Pot Stickers and Hot Sauce!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  220. SMG

    The oldies are the best............Many people comment have commented on the Neely's so I will, too. I don't so much dislike them as I do their actions and words. Baby this and sugar that. Enough. Cook and teach as you're being paid to do. Leave your romance in your own kitchen, not our's.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  221. JDN

    Get rid of the filler Challenge shows. Also, there is a lot of dumbing down of the cooking programs. That is really sad. Even if the cable channel is trying to bring in novice cookers, they have to understand those people, once they gain skills, will have few shows to watch. Do I really need to watch Rachel Rey open a bag of lettuce or make yet another sandwich? At some point, no. With the exception of a few people I like, (Alton, Ina, Tyler), everything is pretty passable. I watch PBS for real chefs.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Seawife

    I used to watch Emeril faithfully until they pulled the plug. Martha Stewart now owns the rights to anything Emeril.

    My present faves are: Giada Di Laurentis; Ina Garten and Tyler. To me they are the best on TV. Forget all those nonsense shows about who will be the best newest chef, etc., all the crazy acting cooks with their crazy hairdos and crazy antics (not professional chefs). Bring back the REAL chefs please like it used to be, w/o all the hype.

    It's all about reality shows,and not your real chef's. Too many crazy looking, acting people now on Food Network. It has mostly gone to pot with these crazies. Why do we need this.

    I long for the days of Sarah Moulton's night time shows. Where is Sarah? Food Network, please bring her back, please.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Nikki

    Iron Chef America is the best show on TV! Love Alton, Guy, Mike Simon, Tyler, Ina and Sandra. Could live without Food Network Challenge – it is so boring watching people decorate cakes!

    December 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Laraine

    Love Giada and her smile. She has some of the best recipes and would enjoy seeing more of her. I also wish Emeril was back on live because his recipes are wonderful and he has such a great personality for that type of show.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Joey

    A good show to watch but I can't afford most of the recipes they offer. They good to look at, but that's about all.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Shawn

    I don't watch Food Network everyday, but when I do I like watching Ian, Paula Deen, Giada and I also like watching Sandra Lee very much. I like the quick easy ways she makes a meal and then the table decor. I just simply love that stuff. Guy is also good to watch with Diners, DriveIn's and Dives.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Z

    I am always surprised by why Food Network hasn't come up with an answer to Top Chef. Firstly, the show naturally belong on FN more than Bravo and with the chefs available to FN they could make Top Chef an even bigger hit.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Lore

    Benn faithful watercher since 1993 but in past couple of years they've stretched for new hosts and ideas. Wow I'm about to tell you how many hosts annoy me and cause me to not watch anymore.
    Can't stand Dinner Impossiible-he's a odd duck and always yelling-and while he makes it seem like 'they'll never get it done" they always do. Stopped watching this. Also I find Ted Allen (?) Chopped annoying. He seems too formal in his talking tone that it annoys me. . Neelys–too lovely dovey for me for a cooking show. Nice that they get along but plz.
    And Paula–OK you're happy but too much laughing.

    Sorry Food Network–but since I've watched from the beginning I felt I was entitled to give my opion.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Mary

    I love Food Network too, but I wish you would take some of the competition shows off or only have them on a couple of nights. Get back to cooking shows like Giada (love her the best) DDD and Ina Garten. Paula Deen and Rachel Ray have seemed to let their success go to their heads. They are not the same anymore.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  230. momtothemom

    Know why I love Food Network? No politics, violence, or sex. Just friendly people who love food and cooking just like me.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Kirby Marie

    Giada is absoutley the best, Before I started watching her show I coulnt even cook eggs. Paula Deen is pretty great too, but to be honest I only make her stuff on special occasions becasue her food makes me gain some weight . I am in my early 20's and I am happy to say that love the food network! ( I would rather watch the food network then go to the club on a friday night) 🙂

    December 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Ex FN Addict

    I quit watching Food Network because of Sandra Lee, Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Cooking For Real, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Iron Chef.

    It is time for a new batch of cooks that can actually cook without using a stick or two of butter or jar of mayo which masks the fact that the recipe is worthless.

    The stupidest thing ever was when Bobby Flay put cilantro and chili powder in Sushi. I turned the tv and promptly threw up..

    December 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Matt P

    Does every CNN story have to include a commentary on the "bad" economy? Do we know, for a fact, that viewership at the Food Network has increased because people are retreating from the "bad" economy to television shows about food? I mean, come on.... Thats like saying the SciFi channel's audience increases because NASA launches a satellite. That being said, I love the Food Network! Here are my best and worst.

    The Best --
    Tyler Florence
    Ask Aida
    30 Minute Meals
    Iron Chef
    Good Eats
    The Neeley's (the wife, not the husband – he is SO annoying!!!)
    Bobby Flay

    The Worst --
    Giada – her mouth looks like a shark's
    Paulla Deen – she looks like a Barbie Doll now
    Any competition show – how many Iron Chef's do we need?

    December 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Kathryn

    I love Ina Garten; her recipes are wonderful. Paula Deen gets on my nerves along with the Neelys. The constant use of language such as "Big Daddy" and their sexual overtones is just too much. Paula's laugh is like nails on a blackboard. Pat Neely's constant "huh, huh, huh" is so forced and annoying. Bobby Flay is enjoyable as is Tyler Florence. What I miss about the FN is getting back to actually cooking and good recipes. It has become more about personalities rather than the food. The shows no longer have a sophisticated presentation with the exception of Barefoot Contessa and Tyler's Ultimate. Guy Fieri is loud and brash as is "Big Daddy." I miss Emeril and Mario. Sounds like I'm bashing the network, but I really miss what it used to be, and dislike what it has become – dollars and personalities.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  235. super G

    Food Network is porn for fat people

    December 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Caroline

    I love Tyler Florence and Mario Batali. They are so informative and make a great meal!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Lynn

    We rarely watch anything but FN. Generally all the shows are appropriate for our family. We love the ladies – Ina, Paula, Giada...and the guys are great, too. Esp. Alton Brown. Guy's DD&D is also popular in our house.

    We went to see Bobby's live show a couple of months. He was really funny – definitely a wise cracker. Saw Paula Live a couple of years ago. She talked for over 2 hours...and kept the audience in her hand the entire time....not sure she even cooked! So entertaining.

    However, we could do without Sandra Lee – everytime she comes on TV, I think of the old saying, "Never trust a skinny cook." I once saw her cook on a big network morning show – she was just too bossy!!!There is just something very unapproachable about her – she doesn't have that "make you want to hug her" aura that the other ladies exude. But, I'm sure all the guys out there will disagree with me!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Eileen

    I love Ina, Giada, Ace of Cakes and while I love to watch Paula Deen, I don't quite get her recipes. Tyler is great, I like the grilling show with Bobby Flay and enjoy watching Guy's triple D show. (On a side note, you can see why we are a fat nation after watching triple D, my goodness, the excess of the portions!) The Neely's recipes are good, they need to tone the act though, it is incredibly grating! Also, love Whatever Martha on FLN.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Coastal Eddie

    Most of the new crop of stars are passable, but I wish they would play a rotation of their classics.

    Anything with Sara Moulton, How to Boil Water (specifically the ones with Tyler Florence and Jack Hourigan), and especially Taste – hosted by David Rosengarten. Every show ended with a beverage that paired with the meal of the day, usually wine. But I'll always remember his episode about the perfect BLT, the drink was simply a Coke.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Sandra

    Food Network is the best! Love Barefoot Contessa and Triple D! I used to love Rachel Ray but I don't watch it any more. Can't stand the worn out words/phrases she uses....EVOO (then tells you what it is every time)...stoop – which is thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew (ugh!)...yum-mo...or... hmmm...what IS that (in reference to a pinch of nutmeg)...sammies. It's really irritating.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Mark

    Alton and Tyler are great, but my favorite is, and always will be, Giada. My family and I met her once at a book signing, and she was incredibly sweet and gracious (and even more beautiful in person). She was only supposed to stay an hour, but stayed for over two hours until everyone in line had their book signed, pictures taken, etc. The staff at the store where she was signing says that unlike another well-known female Food Newtork personality, Giada is always very down-to-earth, not a prima donna, and is respectful to the staff, never leaving until she personally thanks each one for helping out with the appearance. And, not for nothin', her recipies are great, too!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Kathy

    There is so much garbage on TV that I always turn to the Food Network, HGTV or Travel channels. Can't stand to watch the cable network news...they say the same thing every day and night only using different players to play the blame games. I love Ina, Paula, Emeril (on a different network), Giada....they are all great! It's a positive energy they bring in our homes. Stay with us always!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  243. SD

    I agree about disliking the Neelys, but only because I can't stand hearing their voices! Glad to know about their silly banter – makes me even happier to change the channel! Can't listen to Rachel any more either – her voice is just monotone.

    Love Giada!

    What happened to Jamie what's-his-name ... Brit who picked stuff from his garden ... I liked him.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Eddie

    Ace of Cakes stinks. Next Food Network Show is waste of air time

    December 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Steve

    Good Eats! Alton Brown is entertaining and informative – he is also a GREAT host for Iron Chef America. I have enjoyed his "On the Road" shows, too.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Linda

    Love Ina, Alton, Neelys and Sandra Lee. Hate the Challenges and Iron Chef!!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Kate

    I agree, enough with the Neely's sexual inuendos. It is uncomfortable. Bring back the show that cooks a recipe in high fat mode and healthy mode, but with better hosts than those two women they originally had. The classics are the best and other than Chopped and Throwdown, the contests are lame.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  248. judy

    I love most of the Food Network shows, but especially DDD and throw down with Bobby Flay.
    Just watching the shows helps me relax!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  249. JLB

    Triple D, Alton Brown, Food Network Challenge, Ace of Cakes and Unwrapped. I don't even mind Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Good stuff Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  250. GINA

    Food Network is the only channel that's safe to watch with children. Educational, fun and free of the "soft porn" that seems to be the norm for all the other networks including "kids channels", my daughter and I have been watching since she was 3.

    At 12, she now has an advanced appreciation and knowledge of food preparation. She cooks and can tell you what the ingredients are in any dish that's presented to her.

    i am very pleased with the programming they have so far. I do think there is an untapped market and possibly a hit if they look at a show that focuses on teaching basic food skills to kids.

    As for me, it has helped me greatly in advancing my food skills.

    An appreciative shout-out to Tyler Florence. 🙂

    December 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Gary

    Other than Guy, I don't know, I've gotten away from Food Network and watch Travel channel with Anthony bourdain, Andrew Zimmerman and Adam Richman. More interesting.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Mrs. Angel

    OMG, Alton Brown rules. I absolutely never miss "Good Eats" or "Feasting on Asphalt" or "Feasting on Waves". I learn something everytime I watch and since I teach 2nd grade, that is so perfect. There have been many things I have learned by watching Mr. Brown that I then share with my kids. Food Network rules. Neely's are awesome, Triple-D is superb, Iron Chef is wonderful, Paula Deen is fantastic, the list could go on and on......

    December 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  253. atheistocrat

    Guy Fieri is a douchebag

    December 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  254. emtlady

    Giada = bobble head – bugs me. Her mmm and ahhing with everything she puts in her mouth is annoying, along with Paula and her YALL after practically everything she says. The challenges are the best, Alton Brown, Chopped, Unwrapped. I watch it all the time and love it overall.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  255. IToldUso

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive's is a great show.

    Sadly the only one worth watch now.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Cindy

    I guess there is something for everyone on Food Network. While I can stomach The Neeley's (God, get a room already) or Alton Brown, I do enjoy the Challegenges, Alex, Chopped, Paula (not the Party show, though), Triple D (better than Guy's Big Bite), Giada, and Ina, and Bobby, and Iron Chef. A little of Rachael goes a long way. I could take or leave Sandra. I do miss Mario and The Two Hot Tamales (going into the WAY BACK MACHINE here). Ermeril got to be too predictable for me. However, there is something for most everyone. LOBE, LOVE, LOVE The Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Staci

    I love Chopped – I would like to see a couple of "game show" formats. Years ago there used to be a cooking game show that had a famous chef and contestant for a team, 2 teams and mystery ingredients. Also loved Supermarket Sweep!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Donna

    I'm not much of a cook but I love watching the channel. I have tried some of Ina's (my favorite) recipies and they turned out really well. Can't wait for the new show where the Secret of a Restraunt Chef takes the worst cooks and teaches them to ge good cooks. I should have signed up for that one! Food Network – you rock!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  259. L

    Unwrapped with Marc Summers cool show with all the facts,secrets and info. regarding our favorite treats.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Dave

    Oh... my second favorite...somedays most favorite is ....
    can't remember her name but she's tall blonde and cute and
    her dishes are all color co-ordinated.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  261. lori

    BRING BACK MARIO!!! He is the only true professional chef! Emeril is gone and that it good; I'm sick of his face always being in the food.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Dave

    Good Eats is my fave. Alton Brown is cool. On Discovery Health there is Sam the Cooking Guy who has a great show...Just Cook This.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Allan S

    I've watched over 3000 hours of food shows over the years. We got a satellite dish years ago just to be able to get Food Network. It has been a foodies heaven. Food Network had been my default tv setting for years. But not with the current obsession with cakes.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  264. John From Raleigh

    It is funny the author of the story does not know about Emeril's departure from the network, which happened at least a year ago.

    That being said, FN has improved over the last year and they have some very entertaining shows on. The new chefs are clicking with me and I still continue to watch the old chefs when them put out new shows.

    Kudos to Tyler, Bobby, Claire R., Alex G. and Anne Burrell. These are chefs whose shows I will not miss..

    December 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Donna

    I don't like the competition shows either. I guess those bring in the ratings though. I like the more laid back one on one cooking sessions with my favorite chefs/cooks. I learn a lot of good tips and I have used a lot of the recipes.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Donna

    I love the Food Network! My favorites are Tyler Florence, Giada, Ina, The Neeley's, Big Daddy, Alton Brown, Michael Chiarello, Rachel Ray.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Rosie

    You are wrong about Emeril being off food network. He is still on but not live anymore. I love food network and watch it all the time.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Chris

    Food Network rules, Can't decide which chef is the best, I've made recipes from almost all at one point and haven't been let down. With all the garbage on TV their ratings will no doubt continue to grow. Useful and entertaining – what could be better.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  269. IQ

    Good Eats is my favorite show. Alton's recipes never fail to please. I also loved Emeril, as well. He's over on Fine Living Network (FLN) which owns the Food Network, or is a sister company to it that's owned by a common parent company.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Melissa

    Love Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

    December 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Hannah

    Guy Fieri was a real find for the Food Network. Love everything he does.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  272. TIMO

    Lets not forget double R – Rachel Ray – she is the reason The Food Network is so popular. She has totally changed how and what I cook. Diners, Driveins and Dives is another great show! Keep up the great work!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  273. she

    Love Ina and Good Eats – but cannot stand the Neelys...they need to get a producer that doesn't let them talk about how wonderful their friends and family in between cooking's a cooking show, not a fluff feel good family show...get miss piggy off the air asap.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Mary

    Emeril is still on the Food Network! i watch him every morning instead of the morning News! Love Giada and Ina and even Rachel and Paula!!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Steven

    The best show ever is Guy Fieri's Triple D (Diner, Drive-ins and Dives)

    December 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  276. L

    Guy Fieri Diners, Drive-ins and Dives makes me want to hopp on my car and drive to all the places Guy goes to they all look and sound sooo good.

    December 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  277. TC

    My favorite is Diner, Drive-ins and Dives!! Guy is the bomb!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  278. B.J.

    I love Paula Deen and the Neeleys. I use alot of the ideas and recipies.The holiday specials are great!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Kathy Funk

    The food network is the only channel I keep on 75% of my t.v. watching time. I feel like the chefs are my familiar friends. Ina Garten is the best show for me. I love her style and her cooking techniques are adaptable. Tyler of course is great, I have made his horseradish crusted prime rib for 3 Christmas dinners now. I would like to know what has happened to the winners of the next food network stars that didnt make it. the gourmet next door faded into food t.v. heaven, I used to love the Hardy Boys. I felt their recipes and style was at the top of the list. but where are the others? and to end on a high note. Guys triple D is the star of all the shows now. hes just the best personality with no pretentiousness about him. Hes such a nice 'Guy".

    December 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  280. mike p

    I love the new show Chopped, and Guy is the bomb on Diners, Drive I's and Dives!! Keep it up. Happy Holidays!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Firewoman

    I enjoy the food challenges as well, also Top Chef, Diners-Drive-ins & Dives is another goody, Hell's Kitchen, Iron Chef, Chopped, the Next Food Network Star is also well received – plus Ace of Cakes rocks!

    I feel this network to be a a pothead's dream channel. And yes – has taught me a lot more about cooking then I'd have ever known otherwise.

    So thank you Food Network – keep up the great work!

    Happy holidays!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Louise Oven

    Ina Garten is the best there is! I feel like I actually know her. I would give anything to be at one of her dinners! Or, Ina, call me and I'll cook YOU dinner!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  283. Penelope

    Next Iron Chef was awesome! (Iron) Chef Garces is amazing to watch. I also love Ina Gartner, who makes complicated dishes seem doable for us common folk.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  284. me

    Guy Fieti is where it's at

    December 17, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  285. elouise brannon

    I love the Food Network as well. i do believe they are adding too many with the next Food Network Star show.There is no room for all these people. Paula Deen and Dinners, Drive-in and Dives is first and second. Least favorite ACE of Cakes and the Cake Challenges.

    Some of the so-called experts (Judges) for these contests need to chill out...or go back to wrting (or whatever they were doing before some producer felt they looked good on camera). They can sometime have this East Coast/ New York snobbery.
    I too miss Emeril. He was the person tht I first saw on the network and starting watching the show. I know reality show are cheap to make (look at Chopped, Disney Cake/Theme Challenges) But live audiences brings in tourist to you place in New York.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  286. Kraig

    I love Paula Dean!!! Barefoot Contessa, it makes me laugh.
    Neels, NOT! I am really sick of the ebonic language, yall

    December 17, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  287. texas girl

    I absolutely LOVE watching the food network! My 5 & 7 year old daughters love to watch Paula Deen and we have tried many of her recipes.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  288. Marley Horner

    I absolutley love the Neely's, Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri, I could watch the Foodnetwork all day long, love love love the show.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  289. Cardsgal

    I LOVE Ina and Giada and never miss them. Ina's recipes are among the best meals I've ever made. I also like watching Sunny/Cooking for Real and the 5 ingredients show. Paula Deen and the Neelys make junk food...

    December 17, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  290. gary, indiana

    I just purchased the DVD series "Down home with the Neeley's. Luv it!
    I have been waiting for comast to list their show "On Demand"!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  291. Laura Hunn

    I love Alton Brown! Make his brined turkey for Christmas. It's so good!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  292. Katie

    So glad that the Food Network is finally getting recognized. It is absolutely my favorite channel. Chopped is possibly the best show on TV. I am not a cook but have gotten so many good ideas from the show. I tape 14 shows a week off of the Food Network and that is only when I am at work. That is the only channel I watch every night. Keep the good shows coming.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  293. Del

    My wife and I have always watched Food Network. We love Alton and even have gone to his Opryland event. "Feasting on Asphalt" #1 and #2 were great!! We also love Guy's DDD!!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  294. Elaine

    Emeril was good in his day. But food has made a dramatic change and he hasn't. Samo ol samo with him. I love Ina, Paula and Ingrid.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  295. Garry

    I "like" ther Neeleys, BUT i get really tired of so MUCH lovey dovey scenes. so, you like each great, but do we have to be subjexted to it so much? The "he's always stealing my sugar" gets old quick, BUT i do like some of their recipes!
    I to wish they would stop bringing so many newbies in, Emeril is gone Sara Moltan (sp) dissapeared as well, WHY? I loved Sara..guess she was to "expensive" as well!
    And what happened to the "Next Food Network Star" she had maybe 4 shows and then she was gone, granted the show sucked, but revamping it might have helped? The you have "What Would Brian Boitano Do" which i thought was funny as heck and great to watch.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  296. apb

    LOVE LOVE Big Daddy and Down Home with the Neelys; makes me want to cook everytime I see those two shows.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  297. LionelRaoul

    It's amazing to think how this tiny network has grown. I watch so many of their shows on a regular basis that it's definitely had an impact on my small screen pop culture landscape.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  298. Medoa Green

    I love the Neelys, Paula Deen, Big Daddy, and miss Paula's sons.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  299. Mary Jean

    Just love Giada, Ina and Paula! Get so many ideas and methods that I am a happy cook here at home due to cheers from my family.
    I do miss Emeril though.
    Bobby is great fun too.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  300. SueO

    I love Ina Garten and Tyler's Ultimate shows the best. I sit through most of the other shows. I will say that this past summer I did use the Neeley's dry rib rub for a family gathering and those ribs were best I have ever had... anywhere! Get the recipe, make it and use it!
    I am really so over Rachel Ray and Paula Deen. I only watch their older shows went they weren't so into themselves. Now I know you have noticed too. Ugh! Watching RR now is like fingernails on a chalkboard..

    December 17, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  301. Salsa

    Definitely Tyler's Ultimate and any other cooking show he's on. He's funny, absolutely darling to watch and his recipes are out of site good. I made the Tyler's Ultimate Blueberry Cheesecake and it was simply awesome. Also, you can't beat Alton Brown for any food information and background. He's really knowledgeable and also fun to watch. Go Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  302. Karen McCausland

    I think I have been there since the beginning (remember, Ready, Set, Cook; Dining Around?). I love all the shows & have made so many of each person's recipies I cannot even keep track. Many have become favorites. By the way, The Essense of Emeril is still on (maybe they're repeats I don't know). I am sad though that the popularity of the Food Network seems to have contributed to the demise of Gourmet Magazine which I subscribed to for years. I still subscribe to Bon Appetit & now take Everday With Rachael Ray & The Foot Network Magazine also. I happen to think there is room for the printed food magazines as wekk as the televised recipies. These days I'm sure money is the issue (as it is for everyone), it's too bad Gourmet couldn't find a way to keep going!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  303. Matt

    Food Netowrk rocks. Love all the shows. I have made many a dish from several different chefs. Must say Alton Brown is one of my favs. Good Eats really are, and the technical aspects really broaden a person as a cook. Must admit though that I'm mostly a sucker Giada's two perfect Sous Chefs who she has "hanging out" with her all the time. Never tried to cook one of her dishes, since I can't ever remember anythign she says during her shows.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  304. vickie harris

    I have fallen in love with Chopped! I make my kids pick out secret ingredients when I make dinner. (they think I'm totally lame but I don't care)

    December 17, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  305. S

    Bobby Flay sucks!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  306. ruben

    ACE of CAKES is the best.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  307. Michelle Sample

    I am a huge fan of Food Network. My cooking style and the different things I cook now are a direct action from just watching.

    My daughter and I love LOVE Dinner Impossible. Robert has a charm you can't buy. It just is and he has IT.

    Rachel Ray has infulenced my cooking the most. I will take 30 to 45 minutes to prepare a fab meal for my family.

    Food TV is amazing, comforting, and hello, Food.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  308. Cathy

    I love, love, love the Neelys. They are crazy and always crack me up. Of course, their recipes always look so good and I've made quite a few too. Next best show is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on a Sunday afternoon (as long as my beloved Eagles are not on at the same time!). Food Network is the best channel on TV.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  309. Marco

    I really like the Food Network.

    But, ever since they let Emeril go, I find that I don't watch it as much. I am now watching much more Planet Green because of his show "Emeril Green".

    However, I do like "Chopped" and the early Saturday shows (Tyler's Ultimate, Healthy Appetite, Ask Aida, etc). I still like Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives, but it seems to be getting a little old.

    What I don't like are lame shows like Chefs vs. City, Extreme Cusine w/ Jeff Corwin, and Will Work For Food. Those shows are just horrible and so gimmicky that they turn me off to the Food Network in general.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  310. David

    I love Alton Brown and Good Eats.

    And I love Tyler Florence and Giatta (sp?) DeLaurentis.

    But Paula Dean? With all that butter she uses, the cardiologists must love her! Her cooking is dangerous to your health.

    December 17, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  311. Donna

    I love Food Network! Can't get enough of Tyler FLorence and Guy Fieri. Also love Rachel, Paula, and Elton. I have learned so much from Elton, and I love Tyler's recipes. Good shows! Keep up the good work Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  312. Chermail

    My family and I love the Food Network especially Chopped and the Next Food Network and next Iron Chef competitions. Watching these cooking shows are energizing, creative and relaxing for us all at the same time, Food Network is definitely must-see tv in our house!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  313. Charles

    Second helping of "Good Eats!" On this show, and the "Feasting on..." series, Alton Brown really breaks down the science and history of food and different regional dishes. Between him and "Diners, Drive-In's and Dives," guys have an alternative to the (good) but soft, warm and fuzzy shows like "Barefoot Countessa" and "The Neelys" (who I also like). But I do agree Food Network needs to take a breather and stop trying to create so many new "celebrity chefs." So many shows come and go (where are all the winners besides Guy from "Next Food Network Star?"), it's hard to get invested in a show. Oh, well....rock on Food Network!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  314. Andrew

    I dvr Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) every day. Love her recipes, love her lifestyle!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  315. A

    Love Good Eats, Ina, Paula,Neelys- Hate Unwrapped and cake contests

    December 17, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  316. TexasZephyr

    I HATE the challenge shows. I never watch them. I love Guy Fieri, Paula Deen (not her party show, I don't watch that one), Ina Garten, that lady cook with the spiky white hair (can't remember her name), and Tyler, of course. One drawback to watching Food Network. It gives you the munchies.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  317. PJ

    I signed off the Food Network months ago because it's just turning into another endless reality tv/contest show. I agree with jo jo. Keep the classics, get back Emeril. And cripes, the stupid cake show makes me crazy.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  318. Maryann Rose

    I actually just started watching the Food network. Because there is NOTHING else on TV worth watching these days.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  319. Debra R

    Love the food network

    December 17, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  320. JBee

    Down home with the Neeley's has the most appealing dishes on the network. They also have the most grating, nauseating, corny personalities. Talking about over-doing the cool love fest with each other, GAG!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  321. Iman

    I HATE the Neely's and their in your face sexual innuendos! She, opening the oven "Hey Daddy, stick your wieners in here!" Geezes! Get them OFF the network!! It's sick!

    More Nigella !!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  322. Ellorysgirl

    FTV needs to quit with all the "personalities" and bring back some real chefs, instead of just home-style cooks. I don't watch any of the new "stars." The treated Lagasse and Batali like you-know-what, and now Travel Channel and TLC both are pushing their food programs.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  323. Phil M.

    You can't go wrong with Good Eats. Alton Brown is the Mr. Wizard of cooking shows.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  324. judy

    I absolutely love Food Network. I loooove Down Home with the Neely's, Ina Garten and Rachel Ray....I also love the Food Network challenges....I am glad there are a lot of other people like this channel too! I was beginning to think that I was weird or something. I agree with another comment that I think its weird that they used Emeril's picture on this story.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  325. cindy

    they've dumbed down food network without emeril, mario, etc. i rarely watch it unless it's iron chef. the next food network star is awful, no comparison to top chef.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  326. Judith Quillen

    I have been using Paula and Ina's receipes for years – love the simplicity, comforting, but yet elegant presentations. In other works keep it up ladies. They are cooking for us everyday cooks Thank you

    December 17, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  327. Ken

    How can you not love Good Eats? I actually learn some interesting things from that fun show.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  328. sm luv's u!!!

    I watch Good Eat's all the time. i make my dad watch them with me so that i have something to do. most of the time i try to make what mr.brown creates but othertimes i make someone else do it for me. i guess im just lazy.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  329. kathie

    I cannot stand the Neely's. The are just nauseating at times, Get real, folks. They most surely are like that for the camera and I change the channel every time they come on!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  330. leelee

    Love Alton Brown! Every recipe of his that I have tried has been great. Not fancy, just great tasting, dependable recipes. My husband has even started watching some of the Food Network shows with me – Chopped, Good Eats ... great for us as new empty-nesters. I use all the time for recipes.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  331. PAULA

    I Just love Tyler's ultimate. If I ever get the chance to taste anyone's food it has to be Tyler's. He makes it fun and I gust want to crawl into the Tv and eat.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  332. funnygirl

    Guy is my favorite with DDD. I always want to go to the cities where he finds these great places to eat and just eat my way thru that city.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  333. Alabama Mom

    Paula Deen, Ina Garten and Giada D. are the BEST!!! Love to cook their recipes, love to watch their shows, they are wonderful! PLease don't take them off or change their shows b/c you will lose viewers!

    Also never miss an episode of Diners, Dive-Ins and Dives. Guy is fantastic, my husband loves to watch and he is very inspirational!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  334. luke

    Love Emeril, but please how a photo of an actual, current Food Network chef, like Ina, Paula or Alton.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  335. Steve Kuhns

    "And now, I say unto you, in the words of my uncle...ALLEZ CUISINE!!!"

    Love Iron Chef America and Dinner Impossible!!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  336. Paul

    The Food Network is making me FAT!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  337. Stephanie

    I also heard Emeril & the FN had a falling out a few years ago. I believe he is coming back though in January.

    Hi my Name is Steph am a Food Network Addict

    December 17, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  338. k

    Good Eats is definitly the best.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  339. Gabriel

    for my money, it's IRON CHEF AMERICA...I watched the Next Iron Chef in the hopes that they put the perfect compliment to the current roster!! Great stuff!!! My favorite channel...

    December 17, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  340. Anna

    I agree with Jo-jo there are too amny new faces in Food network. keep it simple but I am glad that Martha Stuart is long gone. I love guy Fieri's "diner, Drive-In, and Dives" and also Throw down with Bobby Flay.

    Even 6 and 2 year old kids watch Food Network at night!! they like the Food Network Challenge and Iron Chef America. When I was pregnant with my son and was in bed rest all I watched was Food network and I loved Food 911 by Tyler Florence so I named my son after him....

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  341. doxiemom

    Pat can stay...Gina has to go. Ina is the bomb and Emeril still pops up here and there. Guy is my fave on whatever show he Triple D.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  342. Tami Falbe

    I love, love, love Foodnetwork!! Kudos to all the shows but I have to give my hat off to Duff. Who knew this round guy who bakes cake could be so intriguing to watch?

    December 17, 2009 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  343. E

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE NEELYS. Fodd Network keep doing it. For us inspired cooks and Foodies.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  344. A

    Go Good Eats!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  345. Natalie

    I'm so in love with the Neely's. I never miss an episode. I watch daily, thanks to the wonderful invention of the dvr. I can't imagine watching the channel without Big Daddy also. It's a highlight of my day when I see these guys. They're like family in my home and I can't remember cooking without them. Especially during them holiday season. I love the "Remix". Pat and Gina puts on the old favorites. I've pot lucked most of their recipes on many occasions throughout the year.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  346. Jackie O.

    I love Food Network, can't get enough of Guy Fieri and Down Home with the Neeley's. The Food Challenge shows are great also. Watching all day some days is my guilty pleasure. I also get lots of great recipies from the various shows. I'm a big fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |


    December 17, 2009 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  348. jo-jo

    The BEST ones on Food Network are Paula Deen and Ina Garten. What fun, creative, classy ladies they both are. I have made so many of their recipes, and they have all been GREAT.

    I do think that the network doesn't need to keep adding on so many "new people" to the roster of cooks and chefs. It's getting to be too many. Keep the old standards!

    Merry Christmas.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  349. cathy

    My Fav Food network show is Tyler's ultimate!!! He is soooooooo fun to watch and his recipes are the bomb!!!! Excellent!!!!

    December 16, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  350. G

    I love the way the use a picture of Emeril Lagasse to accompany this story when he is not even on Food Network any longer. I read that it was felt he was too expensive so they let him go. Its a shame, as Food Network sucks without him...

    December 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |

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