How You Can Audition to Be On Top Chef

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Amy’s Baking Company by now. The restaurant and bakery was featured on a recent episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and the owners turned out to be such a nightmare that Ramsay abandoned the job without completing it- the first time that has happened in the show’s history. Amy, the “chef”, and her husband, Samy, are quite possibly the worst restaurant owners ever featured on the program. The episode showed them stealing tips from their servers, and cakes ostensibly “homemade” by Amy were actually store bought and repackaged. Patrons who did not receive food in a timely manner and dared to inquire about it were told to leave before law enforcement was called. All around, it was like watching a train wreck. Then, it got even better. Viewers of the episode took to Yelp, Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook to blast the couple and let them know their business practices were unacceptable. This led to a crazy caps-lock fueled rant about god, cats, and the FBI by the couple on their facebook page- which they later claimed was hacked (wasn’t it nice of the hackers to let them log back in and let people know they were hacked?). After closing for two weeks, the restaurant reopened recently, and then promptly threw out media invited to cover the event. The group apparently had the audacity to complain about the dead bugs in their cocktails. Watch and learn, TV packages, business owners. This is a lesson in how not to handle disgruntled people on social media.

What You Didn’t Know About The Barefoot Contessa

What You Didn’t Know About The Barefoot Contessa

If you’re a fan of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, you may already know that she’s been a Food Network host since November 2002. You also know that she’s a chef renowned for international cuisine, especially French dishes, and that she hosts her show mostly from her Hamptons home. You may not know, however, the following tidbits.

Ina Rosenberg met husband Jeffrey Garten when she was 15 and visiting her brother, a student at Dartmouth University. The Gartens married in 1978, when Ina was 20. Jeffrey was once dean of the Read the rest of this entry »

The Food Network Challenge’s Most Elaborate Challenges

The Food Network Challenge’s Most Elaborate Challenges

How To Continually Engage The Viewers
One of the most continually difficult aspects of The Food Network is to actively engage their viewers on a consistent basis. By this, I mean The Food Network has to find unique ways to capture the imagination of their audience. That is why you see so many celebrities on specific food shows. This is a process of exciting viewers into tuning into their programming station. The more interesting a food program becomes, the more viewers it will attract. Read the rest of this entry »

Julia Child: The Pioneer of Food Television

Julia Child was one of the best food gurus of all time. She had her own television show and also had many chefs who she would cook with all throughout her life, even as she began to age. The one thing about Julia Child was that she kept her recipes flavorful and incredibly simple at the same time. It was one of her beliefs that dishes should be made with things that were easy for you to get if you wanted them for yourself. This is why she was such a success and really had a following from many people. Read the rest of this entry »

Why The United States Loves Food Shows So Much

Television programs depicting food preparation techniques seem to have replaced soap operas in the hearts of the average American viewer. Several cable networks exist that are almost exclusively devoted to food and beverage programming. Many programs focus on regional cuisine such as barbecue, Pacific Rim or Asian foods. Others revolve around a well-known chef or particular type of kitchen activity such as baking. It seems like there is at least one food-oriented program available to watch at all times of the day or night. Read the rest of this entry »

Amy’s Baking Company: When Shows Go Wrong

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Amy’s Baking Company by now. The restaurant and bakery was featured on a recent episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and the owners turned out to be such a nightmare that Ramsay abandoned the job without completing it- the first time that has happened in the show’s history. Amy, the “chef”, and her husband, Samy, are quite possibly the worst restaurant owners ever featured on the program. The episode showed them stealing tips from their servers, and cakes ostensibly “homemade” by Amy Read the rest of this entry »