How fitting that my final Food Network show is somewhat regional; Paula Deen is a Savannah chef and therefore a beautiful metaphor for the end of my Georgia experience. Too bad her food looks disgusting.
To be fair, I’m burnt out, maybe this food isn’t disgusting. But Beef Wellington with oyster pate looks disgusting to me right now. So does Shrimp Pie.
Paula’s accent is slightly endearing; she feels like the real deal. I liked the episode I saw once where she made beer can chicken, shoving a beer can in a chicken’s cavity and cooking it on a grill. I also like how she rides a motorcycle and has biker friends. I just don’t like her food.
That pretty much complete’s the spectrum, doesn’t it? Let’s draw that spectrum:
The Best Of
BAD CONTENT/BAD HOST
Good Food Fast with Family Circle
30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray
GOOD CONTENT/BAD HOST
Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay
How To Boil Water (b/c of Reese Witherspoon)
Calling All Cooks (b/c the anchors are kind of sucky)
The Essence of Emeril
BAD CONTENT/GOOD HOST
Paula’s Home Cooking
GOOD CONTENT/GOOD HOST
Molto Mario (the best)
And that my friends is my analysis of 8 hours of Food TV watching. Thank you for your time and may my brain cells one day be restored.