Food Network Challenge

February 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm 2 comments

Like many FN fans, I catch a handful of episodes each week of Food Network Challenge and I usually lament, “Remember when they used to cook?” Cake decorating is neat, now and then. But anything past an episode of Ace of Cakes and I start to get bored. After all, most of those flamboyant cakes taste like talcum powder and axle grease.

I’m not saying that cake decorating or sugar sculpting aren’t interesting.  I am saying they aren’t interesting day in and day out.  When I watch FNC, I want to see someone cooking.  I want to watch the creativity of my peers and marvel at how their minds work.  I want to be inspired.

It was during one of these mental rants that it dawned on me.  The current format is driven by the market.  Viewers want to see more UFO cakes and chocolate dinosauers.  Food Network is only showing so many dessert compititions because that’s what people want to see.

I like the five tastes (all six of them)  not just sweet.  Cakes taste sweet, chocolate tastes sweet and sugar sculptures damned sure taste sweet.  It appears that I am a food snob.  Oh well, I still have ICA and Chopped to inspire me.

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  • 2. Jackie Grantham  |  May 17, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I would like to know what is done with all those beautiful cakes that are made by the chefs on the Food Network Challenge. They are just beautiful. If they taste half as good as they look, then they must be delicious.

    I enjoy your show so much and would love to see it but I live too far away.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Jackie Grantham


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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."



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