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Food Network is a cable network whose main topic is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin food, food and more food]] -- where to find it, how to prepare it, as well the people who do all the work behind the scenes. Founded in 1993 by the Providence Journal Company as the "TV Food Network" (this name was dropped in 1996 for the present one), FN was bought by the E.W. Scripps Company as a result of a trade with the A.H. Belo Corporation, who bought the Providence Journal Co. in 1997 (the trade was for the CBS station in San Antonio), and is co-owned with a few other channels: Home and Garden Television (or HGTV, which focuses on home improvement and construction, and was launched in 1994, three years before Scripps bought FN), DIY Network (a channel for do-it-yourselfers, launched in 1999), CookingChannel (launched in 2002 as a general lifestyle channel called "Fine Living", it adopted its current name in May 2010), Great American Country (a country music channel inexplicably purchased by Scripps in 2004) and the Travel Channel (65% of which was bought from Cox Communications in 2009). FN and its siblings were spun off into "Scripps Networks Interactive" in 2008.

FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[Series/GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''Series/IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.

Has been accused of some level of NetworkDecay, with the biggest complaint being that the how-to shows aren't as technically rigorous as they used to be (''Semi-Homemade'' is usually held up as the worst example of this) and that the channel has been focusing too much on documentaries and {{reality show}}s (albeit, a bit of a natural progression from the popularity of IronChef). Despite all that, even the most ill-advised shows have been at least tangentially about food, thus sticking to the basic premise in some way.

!!Food Network shows and personalities with their own pages:

[[index]]
* ''Series/AceOfCakes''
* ''Series/BarefootContessa''
* ''{{Chopped}}''
* ''CupcakeWars''
* ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives''
* ''Series/DinnerImpossible''
* GiadaDeLaurentiis
* ''Series/GoodEats''
* ''Series/IronChef''
* ''Series/TheNextFoodNetworkStar''
* RachaelRay
* ''Series/RestaurantImpossible''
* ''Series/SweetGenius''
[[/index]]

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!!This network provides examples of:

* AdoredByTheNetwork: Many examples. Given that cooking/travel/reality shows can be produced relatively quickly, its easy for the network to air their shows noon and night until the audience finally gets used to, or sick of them.
** Episodes of ''30 Minute Meals'' and ''40 Dollars A Day'' were on constant repeat shortly before RachaelRay got her own talk show.
** Once the network discovered Guy Fieri may have a chance among the much-coveted young male {{Demographic}}, they began to run his shows constantly. If you tune in to Food Network at any given time these days, chances are that they're showing ''Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,'' or are about to start showing it within an hour.
** Emeril Legasse had WolverinePublicity for a while, and made a big deal over how much butter and fat he used long before Paula Deen came on the scene. He has since been DemotedToExtra.
** As of 2011-12, Food Network has basically become the "Series/IronChef and Anything Like It" Channel, featuring hours upon hours of ''Series/IronChef'', ''{{Chopped}}'', and similar shows clogging up the schedule.
* AscendedExtra:
** Anne Burrell started as Mario Batali's sous chef on ''Iron Chef America ''. Now she has two shows herself.
** Several stars on the network started out as competitors on ''Iron Chef America'', including almost all of the ''Chopped'' judges. Alex Guarnaschelli is another standout, having been an ICA competitor and having her own show, but she broke out on ''Chopped'' and now serves as an Iron Chef herself.
** Some stars have been part of profiles on other people's shows. The Neeleys on the Deen brothers' show, and Paula Deen on Gordon Elliott's are two examples.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Sandra Lee's ''Semi-Homemade'' has been widely criticized, not only for processed, unhealthy, cost-ineffective ingredients, lavish sets and wardrobe changes (including her signature "table-scapes"), and her boozy cocktails. ''Sandra's Money Saving Meals'' features recipes made to feed a family of four on a budget, while Sandra's wardrobe has been stripped down and [[AsceticAesthetic the set is almost entirely white.]] The [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl boozy cocktails remain]]. Having cooked for her impoverished family as a kid, on food stamps nonetheless, [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne she probably didn't like the idea of someone calling her wasteful.]] Apparently [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Sandra Lee Has Standards]]. [[invoked]]
* BaldOfAwesome:
** Chris Santos
** Duff Goldman
** Michael Psilakis
** Michael Symon
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: A higher number of the "chefs" who host shows on this network than you would suspect are actually not chefs at all, but are merely "enthusiastic amateurs" who love to cook.
* TheCasanova: Tyler Florence, especially on ''Food 911'', although many of the [[{{Housewife}} housewives]] he helped out had a definite DirtyOldWoman vibe about them.
* CatchPhrase:
** Emeril Lagasse ("BAM!") and RachaelRay ("E.V.O.O."), to the point of inducing nausea in audience members. Alton Brown has been known to gently mock both of them for it.
** Ina Garten is known to repeat the phrases "How bad could that be?" and "How easy is that?" She also loves to use the adjective "good" whenever she possibly can, often gently reminding viewers to use "good" ingredients, and very often when episodes end with a dinner party or a picnic she'll ask "Good food and good friends, how can it get any better than that?"
** [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] has catchphrases of his own, including "golden brown and delicious", "just walk away", "oh bother", and "but that's another show".
** Guy Fieri has "that's money", "off the hook!", and "bananas!" as well as "that's on point". He almost lives entirely on catch phrases.
* CookingDuel: Increasingly a part of the line-up. Showing re-runs of ''IronChef'' brought the trope to high visibility in the west.
* CookingShow: The focus of the network; most of them are relegated to the "Food Network In The Kitchen" daytime block.
* CoolOldGuy:
** Wolfgang Puck was this for some people.
** One might also mention Rokusaburo Michiba from the original IronChef.
* CoolOldLady:
** Paula Deen may be considered this for some people, especially on her ''Paula's Party'' show.
** Ina Garten probably counts too.
** The real holders of the title were the ''Two Fat Ladies'' (RIP Jennifer).
* CordonBleughChef:
** Sandra Lee.
** Paula Deen, whose recipes seem to consist of breaded sticks of butter coated in butter and deep fried in butter with butter on the side also counts. People were sadly not surprised when she revealed she has type II diabetes.
** Definitely averted with ''Eat, Shrink And Be Merry''.
* CulturalTranslation: The original ''IronChef'' gained enough success to earn the aptly-named spin-off ''Iron Chef America''. The reruns of the original version on Fine Living were given the retronym ''Iron Chef Japan''; Cooking Channel, to which the reruns were carried over from Fine Living, has also picked up the name.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Creator Existence Failure]]: Jennifer of the Two Fat Ladies.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Robert Irvine, mainly in ''Restaurant: Impossible'' where he often ends up delivering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to various people with failing restaurants. The fact that he used to be in the British Navy, and in fact got his start as a chef there, certainly helps.
* {{Facepalm}}: On ''Worst Cooks in America'' this is basically Bobby Flay's default expression. And considering the shenanigans he's witness to who can blame him?
* FagHag: Ina Garten. Her parties are attended almost entirely by her gay friends.
* FanserviceWithASmile: GiadaDeLaurentiis is known for this.
* FieryRedhead: Bobby Flay.
* FightingIrish: Again, Bobby Flay. Besides having a rather feisty and spirited personality, he also says that when he was a teenager he frequently got into fights and hung out with a group of other tough guys before getting involved in the food industry and turning his life around.
* FoodPorn:
** [[FetishFuel Disturbingly close to literal porn]] with some of Giada's and Rachel's quasi-orgasmic tasting shots.
** ''Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives'', with some of the most surreal junkfood you'll ever see.
** ''The Best Thing I Ever Ate'', which features Food Network personalities and colleagues rhapsodizing about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** ''Emeril Live'' [[CatchPhrase took this up a notch]] this for 60 minute food "live sex show", featuring "ohh"s and "ah"s from the audience. {{Egregious}}ly so when he added a great deal of butter or garlic and the camera cut to a closeup of someone reacting in the audience..
** Alex Guarnaschelli takes it to an even more disturbing level. Virtually every sentence she speaks describing food is practically dripping with a sensuous tone of voice, and [[PurpleProse such admiring physical descriptions of the food]] that she makes it sound like it's a person that she wants to date, rather than a piece of food. Her orgasmic facial expressions when describing the food just make it worse.
*** She does it on Twitter too. Spoofed by Food Network Humor, who created "A Sensual Reading of Alex Guarnaschelli's Tweets": http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2010/07/video-a-sensual-reading-of-alex-guarnaschellis-tweets/ There's also a Part 2. Don't worry, it '''is''' perfectly safe for work. Basically just the FNH editors reading Alex's PurpleProse in a rather exaggerated fashion.
** Then there's the Neelys, who somehow always find a way to slip in sexual innuendos during every show, as they endlessly flirt with each other. They pretty much embody the SickeningSweethearts trope.
** Alton tends to pick on his Food Network siblings over this. During the crossover Thanksgiving special he said mocked Giada's garnish by saying "You're one of those people who eats with their eyes, aren't you?"
* GenkiGirl:
** RachaelRay and Paula Deen are by far the worst for this, but GiadaDeLaurentiis puts in some genki moments on a fairly regular basis as well.
** Sunny Anderson, of ''Cooking for Real'', is this as well.
* GratuitousFrench: Ina Garten of "Barefoot Contessa" is probably the most notorious offender for this, as even the Francophilic Melissa D'Arabian doesn't name-drop French terms nearly as often as Ina. Ina seems determined to use French to describe anything she can. It gets especially ridiculous (and somewhat amusing) when she repeatedly uses ''Creme Angláis,'' prompting many to wonder: [[{{FridgeLogic}} if it's English cream, then why not just ''say'' English cream...in English?]] [[hottip:*:[[DontExplainTheJoke Because the English didn't make it, making it a totally nonindicative name.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Sandra Lee. Towards the end of each episode of her shows, her eyes practically light up when she excitedly announces that "It's cocktail time!!!" In one Christmas episode, she actually ''decorated a Christmas tree by hanging cocktail glasses and wine glasses all over it.'' She then declared that "of all the trees I've ever decorated, this is my favorite!"
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)
** You may also remember Ted Allen from ''QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy''
** Brian Boitano, as, well, Brian Boitano, although in this case it's more of "Hey, it's Brian Boitano! What the hell is he doing on Food Network?"
* HotMom: GiadaDeLaurentiis, though it can come off extremely forced and a competition to see how many ways can she display "the girls".
* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:It's a widely known "secret" in the cooking community that her "mean bitch" act on ''{{Chopped}}'' isn't an act, but how she actually treats people. This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]
** Most of the female judges on ''Chopped'' seem to be more critical and less personable than their male counterparts; Guarnaschelli is just the most {{egregious}} of them.
** [[MeanBrit Kerry Vincent]], master cake decorator, became infamous on ''Food Network Challenge'' for exactly the same reasons, and to the point where ''FNC'' in turn became most notable and infamous for her judging. Sometimes her criticisms are perfectly valid, other times she criticises teams for things like ''time management'', noting that they didn't organize themselves well even if they got their piece finished on time.
* {{Jobber}}: Bobby Flay is frequently this on ''Throwdown'', owing to him being a more-or-less generalist restaurant chef being pitted against people who tend to be experts in their specialties. After eight seasons, Flay's record stood at 33 wins, 68 losses, and 1 draw. While Flay certainly cooks to win, he isn't broken up if he loses, since according to him the whole point of ''Throwdown'' is to get awesome local chefs some attention.
** Also, Chen Kenichi on the original IronChef came off like this with remarkable frequency[[hottip:*:Relative to his peers, anyway. All of the original Iron Chefs won at least 2/3 of their contests. However, when the time came to spotlight a talented challenger, Kenichi was often the one to be humbled.]]
* {{Keet}}: Guy Fieri's persona is a Guido version.
* TheLadette:
** Anne Burrell appears to be this.
** Cat Cora definitely is.
* LargeHam: Mario Batali, Mark Dacascos (and Takeshi Kaga before him), Emeril Lagasse, RachaelRay, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Gina Neely, Aaron "Big Daddy" [=McCargo=], the entire cast of ''Series/GoodEats''... It would be easier to make a list of who ''isn't''. Ironically, however, ''not'' George Duran (formerly of ''Ham On The Street'').
** Brian Boitano, however, takes it to a rather corny extreme. But what would you expect from a MemeticBadass?
* LethalChef: Generally averted. However some professional chefs have taken exception to some hygienic shortcuts taken on some shows (''30 Minute Meals'' and the contest show ''Chopped'' may be the worst offenders), and the show ''Worst Cooks In America'' follows terrible amateur cooks learning how ''not'' to be a LethalChef.
** In the first episode, one of the contestants basically mustard-gassed the others by cooking a pepper-heavy chicken in a pan without oil. [[spoiler:She eventually made it to the semi-finals.]]
** Eating Paula Deen's food on a regular basis would lead to arteries clogged with lard and butter coming out of one's pores.
** Sandra Lee. Dear God, Sandra Lee.
** It's not uncommon for the judges on ''{{Chopped}}'' to refuse to taste a dish for sanitation reasons. In one episode, of three cornish hen-based meals, only one was tasted (one was undercooked, and one was sliced on a contaminated cutting board).
* LipstickLesbian: Cat Cora
* LockedInARoom: The Network loves throwing judge Kerry Vincent and competitor Stevie Famulari together on ''Food Network Challenge'', in spite of ([[RuleOfDrama or more likely because of]]) the fact that the two are oil and water, with one being a hidebound traditionalist and the other a postmodern iconoclast. The network even invited Stevie to compete in the challenge of making Kerry a birthday cake, which ended with Stevie memorably (though accidentally) [[KillItWithFire lighting the cake on fire]]. Subverted in that despite several extended and often heated conversations, each still has little apparent appreciation for the other's point of view.
* LongRunner: The longest runner on the network is ''How To Boil Water'', which has aired on the network since the day it launched, though it is now relegated to an early-morning slot. Other shows, such as ''The Essence Of Emeril'' (debuted in 1994) and ''Emeril Live'' (debuted in 1997) are also long runners, though ''Emeril Live'' has since [[ChannelHop hopped over to]] Fine Living/Cooking Channel, staying on Food Network only for reruns. ''Good Eats'' had a 10-year anniversary special, but is now dead as a series except for the occasional hour-long special episode, and its reruns are now on Cooking Channel.
* MsFanservice: GiadaDeLaurentiis, Aida Mollenkamp, RachaelRay, and, [[MrFanservice gender-flipped]], [[Series/DinnerImpossible Robert Irvine]]. And, as of her second season, apparently Claire Robinson as well.
** During the ICA battle where Flay and Giada went up against Rachael and Batali, {{Fark}} [[InJoke warned the]] [[MemeticMutation kitten population]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms to be on alert]].
* MotorMouth: Ever heard Rachael's voice?
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy; Guy Fieri describes his look as [[XtremeKoolLetterz "kulinary gangsta,"]]. The loud clothing and the sunglasses seem to indicate something closer to "skater", or perhaps "midlife crisis."
* ProductPlacement: If you watch enough Food Network, you'll notice that certain products get pushed a lot. ''Worst Cooks In America'', for instance, seems to be funded entirely by the Pork Council and the Broccoli Rabe Commission.
* PurpleProse: ''The Best Thing I Ever Ate'' basically encourages all the FN stars to go on and use PurpleProse to describe various dishes. Alex Guarnaschelli is ''by far'' the most egregious though, both there and on her own show as well.
* SassyBlackWoman: Gina Neely. Stereotypes? You're soaking in it.
* ScienceShow: ''GoodEats'', ''Food Detectives'', and ''Ask Aida''.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Sara Moulton was a highly qualified, well-versed chef who cut her teeth working with Julia Child and quick enough to host a live call in cooking show when the network was just getting started. Later she was axed and had to leave for PBS when the network [[NetworkDecay decided against more technically-based shows]] [[ViewersAreMorons in favor of marketable personalities and reality programing.]]
* ShipTease / FoeYay:
** Alton and W on ''Series/GoodEats''. Despite the former being, y'know, ''married''.
** Robert Irvine and Anne Burrell of ''Worst Cooks in America'' have some sparks flying even when going for each other's throats.
* SickeninglySweethearts: The Neelys.
* SilverFox: Geoffrey Zakarian.
* SpinOff: CookingChannel, which replaced Fine Living, can be considered one. It also shows some programs that used to be on FN (such as ''Two Fat Ladies'' and ''Good Eats'').
* StraightGay: Ted Allen, Cat Cora, Anne Burrell.
* SouthernBelle:
** Paula Deen, y'all!
** Cat Cora's pretty Southern, too.
** Gina Neely.
* ThreeCameras: Used for the shows shot live to tape in studio, but surprisingly frequently averted, especially with shows like ''Good Eats'' and the travel shows.
* TotallyRadical: Guy Fieri. He really tries too hard to be "hip."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Paula Deen and butter. A couple other chefs are noted for their favorites in terms of both using it and eating it, but Deen's love of butter has reached MemeticMutation levels. One of Paula's shows focused on fried butter. Straight up '''FRIED BUTTER'''. A home viewer was even invited to share a recipe, who also had a variation on the recipe for weight-conscious viewers (it was still fried and it was still butter).
** Sandra Lee loves to use alcohol in her recipes.
** The Neelys have an amazing love for hot sauce in their recipes.
** Alton Brown carries a nutmeg seed in his pocket at all times. He also has a strong fondness for both kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper (to the point that he has used the latter in a ''dessert'').
** Giada looooves mascarpone cheese, and finds a way to incorporate it in probably half of her recipes.
** Bobby Flay and chorizo, to where he would lose a throwdown if it means he can stick chorizo in something not normally associated with it.
* TransparentCloset: Brian Boitano, so very very much. In fact it's more like he's just carrying a sign around saying "Would you believe they want me to be in the closet? No, I can't either."
* TravelogueShow: Several food-related ones have aired; among them are ''RachaelRay's Tasty Travels'' and ''Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives''.
* WritersCannotDoMath: In Sandra Lee's 2011 Halloween special, one segment features Sandra Lee dressed as a ghost, claiming to be the spirit of a Viennese ex-pirate who died in 1430 and was 560 years old. Assuming the episode was set in 2011, she's been dead for 581 years.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs:
** Sunny Anderson -- born and raised Army brat, US Air Force veteran, military Armed Forces Network Station DJ and later hip-hop radio DJ, TV chef -- she's had a lot going on over the years.
** As mentioned above, Ina Garten also. Ina's careers have included a job as a nuclear budget analyst at ''the White House'', owning a catering business, and her current career as a Food Network host and cookbook author.
* TheWonka: Ted Allen on ''Food Detectives'' practically channels Wonka himself, casual sadism and all... Maybe a tad bit ''[[NightmareFuel too]]'' well.
** Alton Brown also shows shades of this, though mostly on ''Good Eats''. On ICA, he's a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Host]], and on NFNS, he's the SternTeacher meets CoolUncle.
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Food Network is a cable network whose main topic is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin food, food and more food]] -- where to find it, how to prepare it, as well the people who do all the work behind the scenes. Founded in 1993 by the Providence Journal Company as the "TV Food Network" (this name was dropped in 1996 for the present one), FN was bought by the E.W. Scripps Company as a result of a trade with the A.H. Belo Corporation, who bought the Providence Journal Co. in 1997 (the trade was for the CBS station in San Antonio), and is co-owned with a few other channels: Home and Garden Television (or HGTV, which focuses on home improvement and construction, and was launched in 1994, three years before Scripps bought FN), DIY Network (a channel for do-it-yourselfers, launched in 1999), CookingChannel (launched in 2002 as a general lifestyle channel called "Fine Living", it adopted its current name in May 2010), Great American Country (a country music channel inexplicably purchased by Scripps in 2004) and the Travel Channel (65% of which was bought from Cox Communications in 2009). FN and its siblings were spun off into "Scripps Networks Interactive" in 2008.

FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[Series/GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''Series/IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.

Has been accused of some level of NetworkDecay, with the biggest complaint being that the how-to shows aren't as technically rigorous as they used to be (''Semi-Homemade'' is usually held up as the worst example of this) and that the channel has been focusing too much on documentaries and {{reality show}}s (albeit, a bit of a natural progression from the popularity of IronChef). Despite all that, even the most ill-advised shows have been at least tangentially about food, thus sticking to the basic premise in some way.

!!Food Network shows and personalities with their own pages:

[[index]]
* ''Series/AceOfCakes''
* ''Series/BarefootContessa''
* ''{{Chopped}}''
* ''CupcakeWars''
* ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives''
* ''Series/DinnerImpossible''
* GiadaDeLaurentiis
* ''Series/GoodEats''
* ''Series/IronChef''
* ''Series/TheNextFoodNetworkStar''
* RachaelRay
* ''Series/RestaurantImpossible''
* ''Series/SweetGenius''
[[/index]]

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!!This network provides examples of:

* AdoredByTheNetwork: Many examples. Given that cooking/travel/reality shows can be produced relatively quickly, its easy for the network to air their shows noon and night until the audience finally gets used to, or sick of them.
** Episodes of ''30 Minute Meals'' and ''40 Dollars A Day'' were on constant repeat shortly before RachaelRay got her own talk show.
** Once the network discovered Guy Fieri may have a chance among the much-coveted young male {{Demographic}}, they began to run his shows constantly. If you tune in to Food Network at any given time these days, chances are that they're showing ''Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,'' or are about to start showing it within an hour.
** Emeril Legasse had WolverinePublicity for a while, and made a big deal over how much butter and fat he used long before Paula Deen came on the scene. He has since been DemotedToExtra.
** As of 2011-12, Food Network has basically become the "Series/IronChef and Anything Like It" Channel, featuring hours upon hours of ''Series/IronChef'', ''{{Chopped}}'', and similar shows clogging up the schedule.
* AscendedExtra:
** Anne Burrell started as Mario Batali's sous chef on ''Iron Chef America ''. Now she has two shows herself.
** Several stars on the network started out as competitors on ''Iron Chef America'', including almost all of the ''Chopped'' judges. Alex Guarnaschelli is another standout, having been an ICA competitor and having her own show, but she broke out on ''Chopped'' and now serves as an Iron Chef herself.
** Some stars have been part of profiles on other people's shows. The Neeleys on the Deen brothers' show, and Paula Deen on Gordon Elliott's are two examples.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Sandra Lee's ''Semi-Homemade'' has been widely criticized, not only for processed, unhealthy, cost-ineffective ingredients, lavish sets and wardrobe changes (including her signature "table-scapes"), and her boozy cocktails. ''Sandra's Money Saving Meals'' features recipes made to feed a family of four on a budget, while Sandra's wardrobe has been stripped down and [[AsceticAesthetic the set is almost entirely white.]] The [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl boozy cocktails remain]]. Having cooked for her impoverished family as a kid, on food stamps nonetheless, [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne she probably didn't like the idea of someone calling her wasteful.]] Apparently [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Sandra Lee Has Standards]]. [[invoked]]
* BaldOfAwesome:
** Chris Santos
** Duff Goldman
** Michael Psilakis
** Michael Symon
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: A higher number of the "chefs" who host shows on this network than you would suspect are actually not chefs at all, but are merely "enthusiastic amateurs" who love to cook.
* TheCasanova: Tyler Florence, especially on ''Food 911'', although many of the [[{{Housewife}} housewives]] he helped out had a definite DirtyOldWoman vibe about them.
* CatchPhrase:
** Emeril Lagasse ("BAM!") and RachaelRay ("E.V.O.O."), to the point of inducing nausea in audience members. Alton Brown has been known to gently mock both of them for it.
** Ina Garten is known to repeat the phrases "How bad could that be?" and "How easy is that?" She also loves to use the adjective "good" whenever she possibly can, often gently reminding viewers to use "good" ingredients, and very often when episodes end with a dinner party or a picnic she'll ask "Good food and good friends, how can it get any better than that?"
** [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] has catchphrases of his own, including "golden brown and delicious", "just walk away", "oh bother", and "but that's another show".
** Guy Fieri has "that's money", "off the hook!", and "bananas!" as well as "that's on point". He almost lives entirely on catch phrases.
* CookingDuel: Increasingly a part of the line-up. Showing re-runs of ''IronChef'' brought the trope to high visibility in the west.
* CookingShow: The focus of the network; most of them are relegated to the "Food Network In The Kitchen" daytime block.
* CoolOldGuy:
** Wolfgang Puck was this for some people.
** One might also mention Rokusaburo Michiba from the original IronChef.
* CoolOldLady:
** Paula Deen may be considered this for some people, especially on her ''Paula's Party'' show.
** Ina Garten probably counts too.
** The real holders of the title were the ''Two Fat Ladies'' (RIP Jennifer).
* CordonBleughChef:
** Sandra Lee.
** Paula Deen, whose recipes seem to consist of breaded sticks of butter coated in butter and deep fried in butter with butter on the side also counts. People were sadly not surprised when she revealed she has type II diabetes.
** Definitely averted with ''Eat, Shrink And Be Merry''.
* CulturalTranslation: The original ''IronChef'' gained enough success to earn the aptly-named spin-off ''Iron Chef America''. The reruns of the original version on Fine Living were given the retronym ''Iron Chef Japan''; Cooking Channel, to which the reruns were carried over from Fine Living, has also picked up the name.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Creator Existence Failure]]: Jennifer of the Two Fat Ladies.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Robert Irvine, mainly in ''Restaurant: Impossible'' where he often ends up delivering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to various people with failing restaurants. The fact that he used to be in the British Navy, and in fact got his start as a chef there, certainly helps.
* {{Facepalm}}: On ''Worst Cooks in America'' this is basically Bobby Flay's default expression. And considering the shenanigans he's witness to who can blame him?
* FagHag: Ina Garten. Her parties are attended almost entirely by her gay friends.
* FanserviceWithASmile: GiadaDeLaurentiis is known for this.
* FieryRedhead: Bobby Flay.
* FightingIrish: Again, Bobby Flay. Besides having a rather feisty and spirited personality, he also says that when he was a teenager he frequently got into fights and hung out with a group of other tough guys before getting involved in the food industry and turning his life around.
* FoodPorn:
** [[FetishFuel Disturbingly close to literal porn]] with some of Giada's and Rachel's quasi-orgasmic tasting shots.
** ''Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives'', with some of the most surreal junkfood you'll ever see.
** ''The Best Thing I Ever Ate'', which features Food Network personalities and colleagues rhapsodizing about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** ''Emeril Live'' [[CatchPhrase took this up a notch]] this for 60 minute food "live sex show", featuring "ohh"s and "ah"s from the audience. {{Egregious}}ly so when he added a great deal of butter or garlic and the camera cut to a closeup of someone reacting in the audience..
** Alex Guarnaschelli takes it to an even more disturbing level. Virtually every sentence she speaks describing food is practically dripping with a sensuous tone of voice, and [[PurpleProse such admiring physical descriptions of the food]] that she makes it sound like it's a person that she wants to date, rather than a piece of food. Her orgasmic facial expressions when describing the food just make it worse.
*** She does it on Twitter too. Spoofed by Food Network Humor, who created "A Sensual Reading of Alex Guarnaschelli's Tweets": http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2010/07/video-a-sensual-reading-of-alex-guarnaschellis-tweets/ There's also a Part 2. Don't worry, it '''is''' perfectly safe for work. Basically just the FNH editors reading Alex's PurpleProse in a rather exaggerated fashion.
** Then there's the Neelys, who somehow always find a way to slip in sexual innuendos during every show, as they endlessly flirt with each other. They pretty much embody the SickeningSweethearts trope.
** Alton tends to pick on his Food Network siblings over this. During the crossover Thanksgiving special he said mocked Giada's garnish by saying "You're one of those people who eats with their eyes, aren't you?"
* GenkiGirl:
** RachaelRay and Paula Deen are by far the worst for this, but GiadaDeLaurentiis puts in some genki moments on a fairly regular basis as well.
** Sunny Anderson, of ''Cooking for Real'', is this as well.
* GratuitousFrench: Ina Garten of "Barefoot Contessa" is probably the most notorious offender for this, as even the Francophilic Melissa D'Arabian doesn't name-drop French terms nearly as often as Ina. Ina seems determined to use French to describe anything she can. It gets especially ridiculous (and somewhat amusing) when she repeatedly uses ''Creme Angláis,'' prompting many to wonder: [[{{FridgeLogic}} if it's English cream, then why not just ''say'' English cream...in English?]] [[hottip:*:[[DontExplainTheJoke Because the English didn't make it, making it a totally nonindicative name.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Sandra Lee. Towards the end of each episode of her shows, her eyes practically light up when she excitedly announces that "It's cocktail time!!!" In one Christmas episode, she actually ''decorated a Christmas tree by hanging cocktail glasses and wine glasses all over it.'' She then declared that "of all the trees I've ever decorated, this is my favorite!"
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)
** You may also remember Ted Allen from ''QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy''
** Brian Boitano, as, well, Brian Boitano, although in this case it's more of "Hey, it's Brian Boitano! What the hell is he doing on Food Network?"
* HotMom: GiadaDeLaurentiis, though it can come off extremely forced and a competition to see how many ways can she display "the girls".
* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:It's a widely known "secret" in the cooking community that her "mean bitch" act on ''{{Chopped}}'' isn't an act, but how she actually treats people. This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]
** Most of the female judges on ''Chopped'' seem to be more critical and less personable than their male counterparts; Guarnaschelli is just the most {{egregious}} of them.
** [[MeanBrit Kerry Vincent]], master cake decorator, became infamous on ''Food Network Challenge'' for exactly the same reasons, and to the point where ''FNC'' in turn became most notable and infamous for her judging. Sometimes her criticisms are perfectly valid, other times she criticises teams for things like ''time management'', noting that they didn't organize themselves well even if they got their piece finished on time.
* {{Jobber}}: Bobby Flay is frequently this on ''Throwdown'', owing to him being a more-or-less generalist restaurant chef being pitted against people who tend to be experts in their specialties. After eight seasons, Flay's record stood at 33 wins, 68 losses, and 1 draw. While Flay certainly cooks to win, he isn't broken up if he loses, since according to him the whole point of ''Throwdown'' is to get awesome local chefs some attention.
** Also, Chen Kenichi on the original IronChef came off like this with remarkable frequency[[hottip:*:Relative to his peers, anyway. All of the original Iron Chefs won at least 2/3 of their contests. However, when the time came to spotlight a talented challenger, Kenichi was often the one to be humbled.]]
* {{Keet}}: Guy Fieri's persona is a Guido version.
* TheLadette:
** Anne Burrell appears to be this.
** Cat Cora definitely is.
* LargeHam: Mario Batali, Mark Dacascos (and Takeshi Kaga before him), Emeril Lagasse, RachaelRay, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Gina Neely, Aaron "Big Daddy" [=McCargo=], the entire cast of ''Series/GoodEats''... It would be easier to make a list of who ''isn't''. Ironically, however, ''not'' George Duran (formerly of ''Ham On The Street'').
** Brian Boitano, however, takes it to a rather corny extreme. But what would you expect from a MemeticBadass?
* LethalChef: Generally averted. However some professional chefs have taken exception to some hygienic shortcuts taken on some shows (''30 Minute Meals'' and the contest show ''Chopped'' may be the worst offenders), and the show ''Worst Cooks In America'' follows terrible amateur cooks learning how ''not'' to be a LethalChef.
** In the first episode, one of the contestants basically mustard-gassed the others by cooking a pepper-heavy chicken in a pan without oil. [[spoiler:She eventually made it to the semi-finals.]]
** Eating Paula Deen's food on a regular basis would lead to arteries clogged with lard and butter coming out of one's pores.
** Sandra Lee. Dear God, Sandra Lee.
** It's not uncommon for the judges on ''{{Chopped}}'' to refuse to taste a dish for sanitation reasons. In one episode, of three cornish hen-based meals, only one was tasted (one was undercooked, and one was sliced on a contaminated cutting board).
* LipstickLesbian: Cat Cora
* LockedInARoom: The Network loves throwing judge Kerry Vincent and competitor Stevie Famulari together on ''Food Network Challenge'', in spite of ([[RuleOfDrama or more likely because of]]) the fact that the two are oil and water, with one being a hidebound traditionalist and the other a postmodern iconoclast. The network even invited Stevie to compete in the challenge of making Kerry a birthday cake, which ended with Stevie memorably (though accidentally) [[KillItWithFire lighting the cake on fire]]. Subverted in that despite several extended and often heated conversations, each still has little apparent appreciation for the other's point of view.
* LongRunner: The longest runner on the network is ''How To Boil Water'', which has aired on the network since the day it launched, though it is now relegated to an early-morning slot. Other shows, such as ''The Essence Of Emeril'' (debuted in 1994) and ''Emeril Live'' (debuted in 1997) are also long runners, though ''Emeril Live'' has since [[ChannelHop hopped over to]] Fine Living/Cooking Channel, staying on Food Network only for reruns. ''Good Eats'' had a 10-year anniversary special, but is now dead as a series except for the occasional hour-long special episode, and its reruns are now on Cooking Channel.
* MsFanservice: GiadaDeLaurentiis, Aida Mollenkamp, RachaelRay, and, [[MrFanservice gender-flipped]], [[Series/DinnerImpossible Robert Irvine]]. And, as of her second season, apparently Claire Robinson as well.
** During the ICA battle where Flay and Giada went up against Rachael and Batali, {{Fark}} [[InJoke warned the]] [[MemeticMutation kitten population]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms to be on alert]].
* MotorMouth: Ever heard Rachael's voice?
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy; Guy Fieri describes his look as [[XtremeKoolLetterz "kulinary gangsta,"]]. The loud clothing and the sunglasses seem to indicate something closer to "skater", or perhaps "midlife crisis."
* ProductPlacement: If you watch enough Food Network, you'll notice that certain products get pushed a lot. ''Worst Cooks In America'', for instance, seems to be funded entirely by the Pork Council and the Broccoli Rabe Commission.
* PurpleProse: ''The Best Thing I Ever Ate'' basically encourages all the FN stars to go on and use PurpleProse to describe various dishes. Alex Guarnaschelli is ''by far'' the most egregious though, both there and on her own show as well.
* SassyBlackWoman: Gina Neely. Stereotypes? You're soaking in it.
* ScienceShow: ''GoodEats'', ''Food Detectives'', and ''Ask Aida''.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Sara Moulton was a highly qualified, well-versed chef who cut her teeth working with Julia Child and quick enough to host a live call in cooking show when the network was just getting started. Later she was axed and had to leave for PBS when the network [[NetworkDecay decided against more technically-based shows]] [[ViewersAreMorons in favor of marketable personalities and reality programing.]]
* ShipTease / FoeYay:
** Alton and W on ''Series/GoodEats''. Despite the former being, y'know, ''married''.
** Robert Irvine and Anne Burrell of ''Worst Cooks in America'' have some sparks flying even when going for each other's throats.
* SickeninglySweethearts: The Neelys.
* SilverFox: Geoffrey Zakarian.
* SpinOff: CookingChannel, which replaced Fine Living, can be considered one. It also shows some programs that used to be on FN (such as ''Two Fat Ladies'' and ''Good Eats'').
* StraightGay: Ted Allen, Cat Cora, Anne Burrell.
* SouthernBelle:
** Paula Deen, y'all!
** Cat Cora's pretty Southern, too.
** Gina Neely.
* ThreeCameras: Used for the shows shot live to tape in studio, but surprisingly frequently averted, especially with shows like ''Good Eats'' and the travel shows.
* TotallyRadical: Guy Fieri. He really tries too hard to be "hip."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Paula Deen and butter. A couple other chefs are noted for their favorites in terms of both using it and eating it, but Deen's love of butter has reached MemeticMutation levels. One of Paula's shows focused on fried butter. Straight up '''FRIED BUTTER'''. A home viewer was even invited to share a recipe, who also had a variation on the recipe for weight-conscious viewers (it was still fried and it was still butter).
** Sandra Lee loves to use alcohol in her recipes.
** The Neelys have an amazing love for hot sauce in their recipes.
** Alton Brown carries a nutmeg seed in his pocket at all times. He also has a strong fondness for both kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper (to the point that he has used the latter in a ''dessert'').
** Giada looooves mascarpone cheese, and finds a way to incorporate it in probably half of her recipes.
** Bobby Flay and chorizo, to where he would lose a throwdown if it means he can stick chorizo in something not normally associated with it.
* TransparentCloset: Brian Boitano, so very very much. In fact it's more like he's just carrying a sign around saying "Would you believe they want me to be in the closet? No, I can't either."
* TravelogueShow: Several food-related ones have aired; among them are ''RachaelRay's Tasty Travels'' and ''Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives''.
* WritersCannotDoMath: In Sandra Lee's 2011 Halloween special, one segment features Sandra Lee dressed as a ghost, claiming to be the spirit of a Viennese ex-pirate who died in 1430 and was 560 years old. Assuming the episode was set in 2011, she's been dead for 581 years.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs:
** Sunny Anderson -- born and raised Army brat, US Air Force veteran, military Armed Forces Network Station DJ and later hip-hop radio DJ, TV chef -- she's had a lot going on over the years.
** As mentioned above, Ina Garten also. Ina's careers have included a job as a nuclear budget analyst at ''the White House'', owning a catering business, and her current career as a Food Network host and cookbook author.
* TheWonka: Ted Allen on ''Food Detectives'' practically channels Wonka himself, casual sadism and all... Maybe a tad bit ''[[NightmareFuel too]]'' well.
** Alton Brown also shows shades of this, though mostly on ''Good Eats''. On ICA, he's a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Host]], and on NFNS, he's the SternTeacher meets CoolUncle.
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** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Nickelodeon's ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)

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** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Nickelodeon's Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)



** Brian Boitano, as, well, Brian Boitano, although in this case it's more of "Hey, it's Brian Boitano! What the hell is he doing on FoodNetwork?"

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** Brian Boitano, as, well, Brian Boitano, although in this case it's more of "Hey, it's Brian Boitano! What the hell is he doing on FoodNetwork?"Food Network?"
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* ''DinersDriveInsAndDives''

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FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''Series/IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.

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FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[GoodEats [[Series/GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''Series/IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.
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FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.

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FN rose to fame in the late 1990s, after picking up Emeril Lagasse's show ''Essence Of Emeril'' and its hit follow-on ''Emeril Live''; he was the face of the network for many years until RachaelRay and ''30-Minute Meals'' came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on [[GoodEats a certain offbeat cooking-science show]] back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to ''IronChef'', ''Series/IronChef'', a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.



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** As of 2011-12, Food Network has basically become the "IronChef and Anything Like It" Channel, featuring hours upon hours of ''IronChef'', ''{{Chopped}}'', and similar shows clogging up the schedule.

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** As of 2011-12, Food Network has basically become the "IronChef "Series/IronChef and Anything Like It" Channel, featuring hours upon hours of ''IronChef'', ''Series/IronChef'', ''{{Chopped}}'', and similar shows clogging up the schedule.



** [[GoodEats Alton Brown]] has catchphrases of his own, including "golden brown and delicious", "just walk away", "oh bother", and "but that's another show".

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** [[GoodEats [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] has catchphrases of his own, including "golden brown and delicious", "just walk away", "oh bother", and "but that's another show".



** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Nickelodeon's ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)

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** Marc Summers, host of ''Unwrapped'' but better known as the former host of Nickelodeon's ''[[DoubleDare1986 ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''. He also counts for this behind the scenes: ''many'', if not the majority of non-competition/reality shows on Food Network (including ''Unwrapped'') come courtesy of his own production company based in Denver, CO (also explaining why many profiled restaurants and Food Network events, such as ''Food Network Challenge'', are hosted there)



* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:Its widely known "secret" in the cooking community that her "mean bitch" act on ''{{Chopped}}'' isn't an act, but how she actually treats people. This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]

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* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:Its around[[hottip:*:It's a widely known "secret" in the cooking community that her "mean bitch" act on ''{{Chopped}}'' isn't an act, but how she actually treats people. This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]



* LargeHam: Mario Batali, Mark Dacascos (and Takeshi Kaga before him), Emeril Lagasse, RachaelRay, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Gina Neely, Aaron "Big Daddy" [=McCargo=], the entire cast of ''GoodEats''... It would be easier to make a list of who ''isn't''. Ironically, however, ''not'' George Duran (formerly of ''Ham On The Street'').

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* LargeHam: Mario Batali, Mark Dacascos (and Takeshi Kaga before him), Emeril Lagasse, RachaelRay, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Gina Neely, Aaron "Big Daddy" [=McCargo=], the entire cast of ''GoodEats''...''Series/GoodEats''... It would be easier to make a list of who ''isn't''. Ironically, however, ''not'' George Duran (formerly of ''Ham On The Street'').



* MsFanservice: GiadaDeLaurentiis, Aida Mollenkamp, RachaelRay, and, [[MrFanservice gender-flipped]], [[DinnerImpossible Robert Irvine]]. And, as of her second season, apparently Claire Robinson as well.

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* MsFanservice: GiadaDeLaurentiis, Aida Mollenkamp, RachaelRay, and, [[MrFanservice gender-flipped]], [[DinnerImpossible [[Series/DinnerImpossible Robert Irvine]]. And, as of her second season, apparently Claire Robinson as well.



** Alton and W on ''GoodEats''. Despite the former being, y'know, ''married''.

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* {{Facepalm}}: On ''Worst Cooks in America'' this is basically Bobby Flay's default expression. And considering the shenanigans he's witness to who can blame him?
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* ButchLesbian: Anne Burrell
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* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]

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* {{Jerkass}}: [[AlphaBitch Alex Guarnaschelli]] on ''{{Chopped}}''. She [[DoesNotLikeMen hates men]], [[HeManWomanHater hates other women even more]], and seems to be an extremely unpleasant person to be around[[hottip:*:This around[[hottip:*:Its widely known "secret" in the cooking community that her "mean bitch" act on ''{{Chopped}}'' isn't an act, but how she actually treats people. This may have to do with the fact that her mother Maria is one of the few cookbook ''editors'' to become truly legendary, at least until she masterminded the LoveItOrHateIt 1997 version of ''Joy of Cooking.'']]
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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: A higher number of the "chefs" who host shows on this network than you would suspect are actually not chefs at all, but are merely "enthusiastic amateurs" who love to cook.
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** Several stars on the network started out as competitors on ''Iron Chef America'', including almost all of the ''Chopped'' judges. Alex Guarnaschelli is another standout, having been an ICA competitor and having her own show, but she broke out on ''Chopped'' and now serves as Geoffrey Zakarian's sous chef on ICA.

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** Several stars on the network started out as competitors on ''Iron Chef America'', including almost all of the ''Chopped'' judges. Alex Guarnaschelli is another standout, having been an ICA competitor and having her own show, but she broke out on ''Chopped'' and now serves as Geoffrey Zakarian's sous chef on ICA.an Iron Chef herself.
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