Food Network Shows That Are A Total Sham

Food Network Shows That Are A Total Sham


Since the early ’90s, Food Network has been
educating us, entertaining us, and indulging our deep desire to watch food get prepared,
cooked, and eaten. Numerous stars got their start making deliciously
unhealthy, semi-homemade meals in 30 minutes or less on the cable network, but things on
the screen aren’t always what they seem. Here’s a not-so-sweet look into the behind-the-scenes
TV magic that makes Food Network possible. Spit take Working as a TV chef is one of the few jobs
that involves the slow, steady ingestion of hundreds of extra calories. Think about it: a food personality has to
taste a dish at every step of the cooking process and then take a big bite at the end
for the audience watching at home. “But I have to have a bit of this..” “Mmm.” “Mmm.. so good. See you in a minute” Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis reportedly
keeps those calories out of her body by literally ejecting them out of her body. According to an employee who spoke to Page
Six, de Laurentiis uses a “dump bucket that is brought out the second they cut.” She just spits out the food —easy as that. Unappetizing, right? At least Gordon Ramsay doesn’t hide it. Not-so-secret ingredient Iron Chef and Iron Chef America are two of
the most popular cooking shows on TV. The drama in Kitchen Stadium kicks into high
gear when the Chairman unveils the “secret ingredient” the battling chefs must use as
the central component of their dishes on each episode. “Today’s secret ingredient is….” “BEER!” But did you know that element is strictly
for the sake of fun TV? According to Today, the chefs reportedly have
a pretty good idea about the “secret” ingredient by the time cameras start to roll. They’re even given a short list of possibilities
a few days before filming, and on taping day, they can guess which one producers probably
picked based on the list of complementary ingredients purchased for the show. Food reality Beyond cooking shows, Food Network airs a
wide variety of food-based reality programming, some of which isn’t quite as “real” as promised. The 2012 series Restaurant Stakeout featured
restaurateur Willie Degel [rhymes with eagle] observing an eatery’s staff to identity and
fix major problems. The owner of the Mount Ivy Cafe, which was
featured on the series, alleged the show was staged. Because the place didn’t have enough natural
“drama,” he claims the show hired a guy to pose as a waiter who dropped food and drank
on the job, just so he could get fired. The staff also allegedly had to change clothes
throughout taping so it would look like the show had filmed over the course of several
days. Unoriginal recipes Food Network personalities are extremely busy. For many, the reason they have a show in the
first place is because they’ve already had successful careers as chefs or restaurateurs. To find the time to make a bunch of episodes
of a TV show, these chefs often need a little help. That’s where ghostwriters come into play. According to Bon Appétit, TV chefs from the
Food Network and other outlets don’t write every recipe for every episode. Instead, they reportedly rely on outside parties
to formulate ideas. A talented cook can get a lucrative sideline
going helping out the onscreen chefs. Double dishing The food that the TV chef prepares isn’t the
only cooking that takes place during the show. Off-camera, other people are cooking one or
more versions of the same recipe, according to the Tribune-Review. It’s expensive and time-consuming to shoot
an episode of a cooking show, so preparing backup plates is an insurance policy in case
the star messes up the main dish. Off-screen helper cooks prepare the dish at
different stages of the process to show viewers what it’s supposed to look like, without having
to wait around for the televised food to cook. Food style If you cook a meal after watching a Food Network
show, it may not turn out looking just like it did on TV. That’s because you probably don’t have a food
stylist on hand like Food Network personalities do. According to LA Weekly, it’s the chef’s job
to cook, and it’s the stylist’s job to make it look perfect for TV. That means making sure it doesn’t melt, wilt,
or sag under those hot studio lights. A couple tricks of the trade: food stylists
keep things in place with toothpicks, and place marbles in soup so the ingredients are
forced to float to the top. Sneaky. Chopped and pre-tasted Chopped is one of the Food Network’s most
popular and compelling shows. Real chefs compete to make dishes based on
a basket of seemingly random ingredients, and they’re judged by a panel of food experts. “Each course has its own basket of mystery
ingredients ” to “you must use every ingredient in the basket in some way.” After all that effort of cooking and carting
dishes over to the judges, it would seem like the contestants’ creations would get cold. It does, which is why Chopped judges get to
sample the food before it’s finished. According to what host Ted Allen told Yahoo
TV: “The minute we cut after a cooking round,
the judges get up from the Chopping Block, and they go over to the stations and they
taste things that are hot. You can’t mess up the plates, but you can
taste to see whether something is crispy, whether something is cooked through, taste
the sauce before it has congealed or anything.” Camera catchphrase Food Network transformed low-key, instructional
cooking shows into mainstream television entertainment. Its chefs even use catchphrases just like
sitcom stars. The most famous has to be Emeril Lagasse’s
“BAM!,” which sounds like something the guy must have been screaming in his kitchen for
years. “And then folks, you just gotta, BAM
Bam it like that.” “Wow. And there you have it” As it turns out, his signature word actually
came out of an early Food Network taping in the ’90s. According to From Scratch: Inside the Food
Network, the channel’s camera operators in those days worked lots of jobs to earn a living,
and they’d often fall asleep while Lagasse cooked on camera. To wake them up, Lagasse started yelling “BAM!”
when adding ingredients to a dish. “Every now and then you want to knock it up
a notch with a blast from your spice weasel. BAM!” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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100 Replies to “Food Network Shows That Are A Total Sham

  1. lol its just like fake reporters. almost none of them actually have a degree from any sort of journalism school.

  2. FYI– Spit Buckets have been around since moving pictures. Please. Sometimes actors have to take 15 takes. They're really expected to eat all that food? Work in the business before you pretend this is something bad or new.

  3. Who watches this crap anyway. Everything on television is either a scam or crap or more likely both.

  4. The word bam was not I y these food channel idiots. My first recollection of the word was Bam Bam form the Flintstones back in the sixties. Then Bam Bam Bigelow in the wrestling entertainment business. Then there was a televangelist that was always yelling Bam when he was hitting someone with the HOly Spirit. I am sure the word even predates these characters.

  5. Well….How else would you expect cooking shows to work????? This stuff is common sense if you pay attention. Problem is, most people do not do that.

  6. Iron Chef inspired me to cook, but Iron Chef America ruined the reputation of what it used to be with so much over-the-top glamour.

  7. I mean… It's not like most of these were a secret. Unless they are cooking live, it's safe to assume there are lots of cutting between shots to make sure the food looks presentable.

  8. Not eating for the camera is so unecessary, a bite of several dishes of food a day won't even make you fat if you live an active lifestyle, and promoting it on YouTube is even worse Nikki Swift.

  9. No big scams here. I guess they needed to manufacture a youtube video. The only thing really is where they hired someone to pose as a waiter.

  10. I cringe when I watch food network. Most of them can't even get terminology right let alone cook. Alton Brown is 1 if them it's 2nd rate TV

  11. These are quite far from "total sham". Most of them have been acknowledged by the network as a necessity. You can't serve food that was prepared a half our earlier, and you can't cook a rib roast properly during the runtime of a typical show.

  12. Another YouTube channel has a similar video about the same thing but its longer and the facts are different,which one is true I wonder

  13. They show real food… T.V. Food but it's real… time lapse for sure! Buy that S#!T in a real restaurant… You'll have to pay! 🙂

  14. on Iron Chef, just because the chefs can guess what the mystery ingredient is, don't make it a "sham", it just makes them good chefs.

  15. These people can't cook. What the hell is a celebrity chef anyway? Somebody who was unheard of before they were asked to cook on TV and then all of the sudden they are an accomplished celebrity chef? So that makes them an expert in cooking? There are people all around the world who are much, much way better at cooking than these morons. The American public is so gullible that they pay outrageous amounts of money to eat at a 'celebrity chef' restaurants because they feel it is high quality cooking when it's only mediocre at best.

  16. I knew they were bunch of crooks!! I could tell from the way they prepared a dish it looked fake!! It's all an act, Baam, & Haam, & Baam, & Shaam, & Flaan, hahahahahahahahaha! Not real real! Genuine cooking It's a lot of work and they ain't got it!! They are fooling audiences with their lies!!

  17. worst part of Food Network is the constant moaning and groaning every time they eat something and same old reference to "you can taste the savory-ness of the tarragon as it combines but doesn't over shadow the cinnamon and lemon zest"  blaa blaa blaa.

  18. Nothing startling here- except perhaps, that you barely even touched the surface of " behind the scenes". eg) Chopped contestants get 20 minutes after the "reveal" of the mystery basket- and a formulated plan is outlined with the producers. On this show and many other "competition shows", did you ever wonder how they interview people whilst cooking, do "sit downs" with the contestants, whilst cooking, show each contestant making their dishes from scratch- all with 2 cameras. It's entertainment- pure and simple- and I only get annoyed when they try and pass it off as " shocking" or " surprised"".

  19. A dump bucket because they don’t want the calories and yet millions starve everyday! They should be ashamed of themselves,Karma find them and make their lives pure hell!

  20. The only sham is this video. Who didn't know that there were two sets of dishes made? This isn't new or unique to the food network. TV chefs have been doing this for literally decades.

  21. I mean it's still a secret ingredient that's like saying your baby's gender isn't a secret because you have a 50/50 chance of guessing it…. Yeah there's only 2 genders morons

  22. The Iron Chef fact shouldn't be that surprising when you take a step back and think about it of course the chef's going to have some knowledge of what the secret ingredient will be in advance since they are moving too quick & efficiently to think of a full course meal on the spot

  23. everything is fake …….. my food is better then any of these chefs i love it when they make fancy burgers ..the 95% of people slather with miracle whip onions ketchup or bbq sauce mustard lol ya cant taste the meat anyways

  24. Okay to be fair for chopped, one episode take an entire day. They start filming at around 7 for the appetizer round and ending at about 5:30. I don’t blame them

  25. I have a friend that worked at Paul Prudhommes Commander in New Orleans. Emeril worked there, not at the same time, but there were lot's of stories. One was that ""Bam" was something that Emeril would say when he would through a bag of cocaine down on the counter for everyone to share.

  26. "BEAT BOBBY FLAY" is soooooo fake!! funny how most of the times he WINS is it because his plate is next to. B ( BOBBY) and the loser's plate is on A) that's how these Judges knows which food to pick as a winner ,(on so -called Blind taste) well plate B ….for BOBBY!!

  27. never watch this crap… hey..isnt giada fucking Bobby gay… guy fieri is another know it all… so basically us home cooks ROCK

  28. just a bunch of disgusting creatures that hate our president got a bunch of these creatures on these food network's with their skin a thousand times more orange and they don't say nothing

  29. OMG!!! I am totally SHOCKED and even more, I am HURT! Tell me it's just not so. I would have never known (or even guessed) any of the 'revelations' contained therein, butt for your exposure. Next thing I know is that on the Decoratin' Channel, 'Joanna' doesn't do ALL of her own decoratin' and legwork, OR that 'Chip' (aka 'Caveman' and 'Shorty' don't do ALL of the carpentry work THEMSELVES! But back to the Decoratin' Channel for a second: The the final spike through the heart of my belief system would be if you told me that Robert Irvine– along with his trusty decorator and carpenter– aren't really completely gutting and replacing a restaurant's interior (including new flooring, ceiling, seating, fixtures, signage, etc etc), revamping the menu, installing a POS system, .sterilizing the god-awful, grease-laden and roach/rodent-infested kitchen, re-training the staff, and healing the owners' marriage in JUST 24 HOURS and for JUST $10,000 !?. Please, please… Say it ain't so…

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