Whether you're watching Top Chef on the elliptical machine or trying to avoid Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at dinnertime, let's face it: food TV shows are everywhere. Millions of viewers are tuning in to learn Giada de Laurentiis perfect her Bolognese recipe or watch incredulously as Adam Richman conquers a 72-ounce steak. So is food TV becoming too little like Baking with Julia and too much like Celebrity Rehab? Here's a list of our Top 10 favorite TV food shows. As always, let us know if we missed something or you seriously disagree. Why can't they invent Smell-O-Vision already.
Not for those with a weak gag reflex, Bizarre Food's host Andrew Zimmern is a man with an iron stomach. From slurping down llama brains, shooting a frog's still-beating heart like an oyster and (literally) eating termites out of house and home, Zimmern is traveling the world to find the world's most bizarre foods. (Travel Channel)
9. Ace of Cakes
What do power drills, blow torches, fondant and buttercream have in common? They're all in a day's work at Baltimore's Charm City Cakes. Owned by rock musician turned cake decorator Duff Goldman and staffed by his network of artsy friends, Charm City Cakes is one of the most innovative and sought-after bakeries in the U.S. From a giant replica of Star Trek's USS Enterprise to a 4-foot long English Mastiff and a nearly perfect rendition of Harry Potter's Hogwarts school, there's no cake this "Ace" can't make. (Food Network)
Diners Drive In & Dives -- or "Triple D," as host Guy Fieri calls it -- travels the country in search of America's favorite greasy spoons. Forget corporate chains; Triple D puts the spotlight back on the hard-working men, women and families manning some of our nation's best local food joints. Love thin-crust pizza? Go to Anchorage. What about Greek diners? Head to the Mojave desert. If it's off the beaten path and full of great food, Guy will find it. (Food Network)
Public TV's darling, America's Test Kitchen works through the trial and error of recipe development, cooking techniques and proper kitchen gadget use in front of 2 million viewers per episode. Host Christopher Kimball and guest chefs take a practical approach while working in Cooks' Illustrated Magazine's test kitchen, whipping up a batch of common sense to save viewers time, money and frustration in their own kitchen. (PBS)
Forget the US knock-off, we're going back to Ramsay's UK original series. Ramsay takes a tough love approach in helping struggling restaurant owners realize their potential. Whether it's firing line cooks, giving oblivious owners a reality check or making his point clear via a chain of obscenities, Ramsay get restaurants to back to their best by pointing out their worst. (BBC)