YMMV / Food Network

  • 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.
  • Broken Base: The channel doesn't air cooking shows as much as it used to. They still show them but more in the early morning or late evening. Most of the schedule has documentary-type shows and reality tv. Fans of the channel are torn between liking this and wanting more cooking shows.
  • 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The Great Food Truck Race - The story of Pho-nominal Dumplings, a triad of young women from North Carolina (two were immigrants from Taiwan). On the first week, their truck's engine caught on fire and suffered catastrophic failure. Undaunted, the gals found a sympathetic tow truck company, and sold product while their truck was hooked up, paying $100 every time they had to move spots. The host thought they were goners, but even after forking over a large chunk of their earnings to the tow truck, they were still in the race. Going slow but steady, they always seemed to just barely squeak by, avoiding elimination. In the final two weeks, they really picked up steam; when challenged to make a roadside attraction with $500, they burned through the phone lines and set up an impromptu roadside carnival, which succeeded wildly over the other two trucks. However, the Waffle Love truck (three brothers from Utah) were blasting everyone out of the water sales-wise with their niche product. It came down to dumplings versus waffles in Chicago, with the challenge to sell Chinese-themed dishes in Chinatown, Italian-themed dishes in Little Italy, and Greek dishes in Greektown. The dumpling truck blasted past Waffle Love in sales and were on the way to the finish line when the host called and said their sales in Greektown didn't count because they were just barely over the boundary line. They had to turn the truck around, sell another fifty Greek dishes, and then haul ass to the finish line - and they still won!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: On Kids Baking Championship, one of the contestants burns himself on a pot and has to work single-handed. Instead of the usual "oh, well, he'll just have to work with it" on any other show on the network, the hosts and the contestants express worry, one even wishing that he'll be able to work with it. Heck, one of the hosts even helps him mix ingredients. And then another contestant helps him finish his dish!
  • Fetish Retardant:
    • Sandra Lee tries to go for the "hot cougar" look, but just comes off as tasteless and frumpy. (You could say the exact same thing about Penny from The Next Food Network Star as well!)
    • Meanwhile, the Neelys' uncanny ability to turn anything into a sexual innuendo has a tendency to gross some viewers out.
  • Memetic Badass: Alton Brown.
    • On the spinoff Cooking Channel, Nadia G and Chuck Hughes are starting to gain this reputation.
  • Network Decay:
    • Zigzagged. The channel is still certainly about food at least. 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 Zimmern note  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.
  • The Scrappy: Noah from Ask Aida, and Sandra Lee.
    • Also Rachael Ray to many.
      • Bobby Flay, also to many.
      • 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.

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