My all time favorite cooking show (and only cooking show I watched growing up) was Martin Yan in Yan Can Cook.
For FoodNetwork, I've found it educational and annoying. My favorite chefs are Flay, Batali, Lagasse, and I think you can throw De Laurentis in this category. For cooks, I am growing to dislike Paula Deen more and more, but I love her style of cooking, so sometimes I grin and bear it. When I say style, I don't mean her selling out and using pre-prepared ingredients, but the whole southern comfort, ols school made from scratch, delicious hot food and plenty of it style. Rachael Ray has grown on me. At first I couldn't stand her because she is constantly moving in fast forward. Interestingly enough, my life started moving in fast forward and I suddenly enjoy watching and learning from her. She definitely could stand to switch to decaf, but whatever works for her.
Back to Mario, I do not care to watch his Molto Mario show, or anything solely focused on him. He's the only one that I know that talks faster then Rachael.
FN has inspired me to enroll in a gourmet cooking and catering program as well as create my own personal chef business (still in its infancy, but legit on paper). Now I am working on advertising and how to, well, solicit business (I don't really like the word "solicit" but I can't think of another).
"Life ain't always beautiful; Sometimes it's just plain hard. Life can knock you down, it can break your heart. Life ain't always beautiful: You think you're on your way. And it's just a dead end road, at the end of the day. But the struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise. And...