These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Adored by the Network: It's not hard to tell which show happens to be adored at that time given that it'll occupy an extremely large chunk of the network's schedule (chances are whatever show you happen to tune into on Food Network at that time will be this show).
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Jim Belushi's appearance on Guy's Grocery Games made absolutely no sense even in that wacky show. He came to pick a letter for that game and then jumped into one contestant's cart and was not mentioned again. Even in the Confession Cam, the contestant was very dumbfounded. In comparison, when Guy had his mom on the show, she did some announcing during the game and helped the final chef in his Bonus Round.
Crack Pairing: Paula Deen and Robert Irvine flirting during the Iron Chef Holiday Battle.
Deen is a serial flirt, so any male chef (with the exception of her sons) can be substituted for Irvine and still be a viable Crack Pairing.
Speaking of Brain Bleach, someone has written Alton Brown/Rachel Ray fanfic. However, one gets the feeling that it's not necessarily meant to be taken seriously.
Creator's Pet: On Food Network Challenge, judge Kerry Vincent makes no secret of the fact she adores Bronwen Webber, and when judging often downplays Bronwen's errors or makes light of them. Bronwen in turn has the most wins on the program.
On the spinoff Cooking Channel, Nadia G and Chuck Hughes are starting to gain this reputation.
Network Decay: The shows on FN as of the last few years have taken a decidedly "home cook friendly" approach, axing many of the more technical shows (or relegating them to awkward hours of day/night) and series that focused on international cuisines and even former staples slowly parting ways (Emeril, Mario Batali, and others). A number of long-time viewers are split on whether or not this was a good thing. The ones who dislike the change tend to be more vocal; e.g. Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmernnote who is actually friendly towards FN, but dislikes the fact that most of the newer cooking shows are from people who he says "doesn't show expertise on the subject" or are rehashes of past subjects and practically anyone contributing to this article. Regardless, a return to what it used to be doesn't seem to be likely.
Perhaps starting to be averted with the premiere of "Heartland Table" in September 2013, which is very popular with Food Network viewers who wanted a return to from-scratch cooking with instruction on cooking techniques.
And many contestants on the The Next Food Network Star, particularly Season 7's Penny, who comes across as unapologetically bullying to the other contestants, brags about how hot she thinks she is, and openly sneers when she is on the winning team in a challenge.
Guy Fieri also attracts much hate. It could be his over-the-top personality, it could be how he names his food, it could be simple food snobbery (given how often he extols simpler dishes on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), or a couple other reasons. His scrappydom hit the mainstream with this scathing review in The New York Times in 2012. That being said, on his cooking show, "Guy's Big Bite'', he is much more reserved and less over-the-top and actually very knowledgeable.
Snark Bait: Many FN shows qualify, but this is arguably how Sandra Lee stays on the air. A number of YouTube videos are dedicated to recreating her more... memorable recipes, and Semi-Homemade's thread on Television Without Pity was so popular it got its own sub-forum.
Unfortunate Implications: With the departure of the Neelys, most of the shows are hosted by white people. There is also an overload of shows showcase Southern and Cowboy cuisine and not enough of other cuisines. This network has been repeatedly accused of not diversifying their lineup and cast. This Salon.com article explains all of these criticisms.
X-Pac Heat: Penny Davidi definitely has it. There is a sizable chunk of Food Network's audience who just doesn't want to see her face on ANY show.