I don’t cook. I don’t really have any plans to start…unless I marry a rich man, don’t have to work anymore, have a personal trainer and have all day to plan/research recipes, buy food and cook it.
However, lately I have been Addicted to The Food Network. Not because I’ve been extra hungry. Not because I am interested in learning to cook. Not even because I have a need to eat bizarre foods…although I am open to try new things when they look delicious .
Maybe it’s because I love looking at food, but I just love the shows on The Food Network. While I like all the shows, from the fun and informative ones like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to Good Eats, I mostly LOVE the challenge shows. The people competing are so passionate and the judges are not just there for the drama like other reality competition shows. And between the time restraints, people yelling at them and crazy food items or unique situations being thrown at them, they’re just so intense!
My Top 5 Food Network Favorites so far are:
Food Network Star: Probably the most like your American Idol or So You Think You Can Dance type-shows, but without the judges trying to take over and be the stars of the show.
Sweet Genius: This show is just fun. It’s got the imaginitive aspect where people can make really fun art-type dessert projects and he gives them fun inspiration like disco balls and carousels to create “genius”.
Chopped: The most intense show on the network. They have to create 3 meals, all with harsh time constraints and work with surprise, not always traditional ingredients, then have to hear all about what they messed up on and get Chopped one by one.
Restaurant Impossible: Though it’s not a food challenge show, it’s a must watch. Chef Robert Irvine helps save restaurants from having to close down and it’s intense, cruel and heartwarming all at the same time.
Chef Wanted: Besides Anne Burrell’s crazy hair, I think I like this one so much because I worked in a restaurant and I can remember the stress and craziness that went down back in the kitchen, so I get to reminisce a little about the “old days”.
I couldn’t resist adding my 6th runner up: Cupcake Wars. I’ve only seen a couple episodes so far but from the what I imagine to be mouth-watering flavors to the fun, creative designs to the cool people, places and events they make them for, it’s certainly worthy of finding time for.
Come to think of it, watching all these shows does kind of make me want to quit my job and try my skills at becoming a chef…I’ve just begun this Food Network obsession so if you watch TFN and have a favorite, tell me about it so I can add it to my list.
Brought to you by Mills Properties