Food Network is a cable network whose main topic is 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), Cooking Channel
(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 Rachael Ray
and 30-Minute Meals
came along. Also the network that was willing to take a chance on a certain offbeat cooking-science show
back in 1999, as well as introducing most of the USA to Iron Chef
, a show whose exposure had been limited mainly to the Bay Area before then.
Has been accused of some level of Network Decay
, 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 shows
(albeit, a bit of a natural progression from the popularity of Iron Chef
). 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:
This network provides examples of: