This is gonna be a fun thread.
I'm not calling anyone out. I'm not challenging anyone's opinion, or claiming that anyone's opinions are wrong. This is only conversation. Everything is all fine and good.
My two(2) top shows are, in no order except the way I'm typing, are "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", and "The "F"-Word". Both shows have given me an amazing number of real usable edible affordable doable accessible recipes. On opposite sides of the coin you have Guy the banana, and a very tolerable Gordon. I've learned and swiped many dishes from these two(2) shows.
Iron Chef is entertainment, nothing more. The $$$ spent on that show are more than the GNP of many small countries. Fun, but not realistic.
Chopped is garbage. A generally bad show. The combinations they use are stupid. I see very little value professionally from that. The judges, on the other hand, are idiot morons. All things being equal ... I'd like to stab the bageebies out of almost every judge that's ever been on that show with a fork.
Top - Chef is just cool. One(1) word makes it a great show otherwise ... "Padma".
Any show with any of the following is just fine too:
It shouldn't take an abacus to figure out my motivation. We're not talking rocket-surgery here.
This is TV ... it's entertainment. DUH.
I'm sure I'll have more to say as things go on. LOL.