Competition Shows in Food TV


I’m the first to admit that I enjoy watching food TV.

The first channel I turn to when I flip on the television? Food Network, obviously.

There’s just something that fascinates me about all the different ways to prepare food. And I love when shows feature restaurants, like on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” or “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

But lately, Food Network has shifted to competition shows. The instructional and friendlier shows are now restricted to the Cooking Channel or the daytime lineup, for the most part.

Now primetime features “Chopped,” “Cupcake Wars,” “America’s Best Cook,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Beat Bobby Flay” and more picking tons of chefs who feel they need to “validate” themselves by beating everyone else.

The one that really bugs me is “Beat Bobby Flay.” The whole world knows he’s an amazing chef. He knows it, too, obviously.

But now there’s a show where other big time chefs try to pick people to beat him and say things like, “You’re gonna need more than that to take him down!” throughout the competition.

Hello, ego trip.

I do enjoy watching competition shows, but it has started to bother me that they seem to become all about proving yourself.

I could go on, but then I think I’d lose you all in my rant.

That’s my opinion, what do you think?



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