During the summer, I spent a lot of time at my boyfriend’s parents’ house in Spokane, Washington. I have nothing to do during the day so I watched a lot of Food Network. I could spend a whole day watching these shows when they are on. Unfortunately, I no longer have access to Food Network channel on a regular basis anymore but I watch these show every chance I get. They are very entertaining and educational to me.
Giada at Home: I like this show of the host – Giada De Laurentiis. She has this effortless present while cooking. It’s very relaxing to watch her show. She made mainly Italian dishes. Many of them are quite interesting but I would probably never attempt them as they always have cheese of some kind.
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: This show is hosted by Chef Anne Burrell. I like her personality a lot. The way she cooks is very free.I watched couple episodes over the summer, and some of the dish she made it looks very easy. There is not a lot exact measurement for spice or ingredient going on in her show except when she’s baking. She’s funny too so it’s entertaining to watch. I would actually recreate couple of her dishes when I have a chance.
Chopped: This is a competition show where one chef will be eliminated through each round. Of course, there is a cash prize for the winner. The rounds are appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Each round comes with its own time limit. The chefs are given a mystery box of ingredients, and sometimes the ingredients are very odd. I like Chopped because I see lots of creativity in the chefs with what they come up with.
Worst Cooks in America: I didn’t even know this show existed until I saw one of the episodes on T.V a while back. It’s a competition show that trains people who can’t cook. They have no knowledge of cooking, and normally eat a lot of take-out. These untrained cooks are divided into two teams lead by Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell last season I watched. Whoever is the last cook standing will win a cash prize, and the win for their team plus many more items. Some cooks are willing to learn and try to succeed while others just want to go home. I love watching this show because I learn what not to do in a kitchen so I can better myself as a cook.
MasterChef Junior on FOX: This show is currently my favorite. I wait for a new episode to come on Hulu every Saturday. I never watch the original MasterChef show but I like this version for children better. It continues to amaze me every week of what these kids are capable of. They are from 8-13 years old but their skills are far above that. I can’t even cook some of the dishes they made. It’s amazing to watch their talent and passion unfold through each episode. It’s sad to see two of them going home at the end of the show each week, however all of them going home with their head held high. I am truly a fan.
Besides all the shows above, I also like watching Cake Boss, Next Great Baker, and Food Network Star. You can say they that I like competition cooking type of show. I learn a lot from watching all of these. It’s also a chance for me to discover new recipe that I would want to try one day. So what cooking show is your favorite?