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9 of the best food shows that men love

By / 09.13.12
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Food and TV are a great match for each other like so many other things in life (peanut butter and jelly, sex and sleep…), but the best food shows on TV are the ones made with a man’s tastes and appetite in mind. What food TV show makes you salivate the most?


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9 ‘Man V. Food’

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If anyone deserves great respect it’s that big ‘n cuddly teddy bear of a man Adam Richman, the host of Man V. Food. The food on this show always looked either delicious, frightening, or a combination of both, but our man was always ready to commit to the challenge. Unfortunately, Adam’s competitive eating days were over as of 2010. But we can remember him in all his 72 oz. steak, 12 lb. cheeseburger, 11 lb. pizza, 180 oyster consuming glory.


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8 ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay’

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Throwdown is centered on Bobby and his two assistants receiving missions detailing awesome dishes by awesome chefs and then trying to come up with their own recipe that’s different, but better in every way. Take equal parts food talk, food porn, food education and food challenge, then add a sprinkle of reality-TV drama and you’ve got yourself an episode of Throwdown.

Interesting fact: A friend of mine happened to be at a Bobby Flay Q&A, where he admitted that sometimes he made some of the classic dishes he was supposed to emulate with completely unorthodox ingredients so he couldn’t win, because the dish was so important to his contestant and he was just shooting an episode. What a guy!


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7 ‘Bizarre Foods’

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Fermented rotten shark, bull penis stew, maggot-infested cheese, cow urine, fish eyes, raw camel organs, squirrel brains and corn fungus…is there anything Andrew Zimmern won’t eat? Actually, I read in an interview once that he hates walnuts. Okay, buddy, maybe you’d prefer to drink a nice cold cup of turtle blood instead. His commentary is interesting, the destinations are exotic and the show delves into food ingredients and topics that are rarely acknowledged, let alone featured on TV. You might find it gross, but you can’t help but find it engrossing as well.


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6 ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

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Guy Fieri may look like a bleached-blond Chia Pet, but love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that he and his producers know how to find awesome, non-pretentious, comfort food like no other team on television. From BBQ to Mexican to Southern eats, it’s impossible to find an episode of Triple D that doesn’t cater to the wants and needs of a semi-sophisticated palate and always ambitious appetite.


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5 ‘No Reservations’

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Anthony Bourdain may be a snotty bastard at times, but he’s a damn good narrator, host and he’s always appreciative of the experiences he has on his show No Reservations. Sometimes he’ll go all Bizarre Foods and try some crazy shit, other times he eats street food, at a hole-in-the-wall or at a hoity-toity upscale establishment. Regardless of his surroundings you can be sure the food he eats, the people he meets, the places he visits and the observations he graces us with are always fascinating.


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4 ‘Iron Chef/Iron Chef America’

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As the king of the cooking contest shows, the Iron Chef series goes above and beyond, providing high production values, ludicrously expensive ingredients and equipment and a veritable pantheon of culinary specialists who work against the clock as well as each other for our entertainment. The only problem is that we can’t ever taste any of it.


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3 ‘Good Eats’

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Food and science combine in true harmony on Good Eats, which combines host Alton Brown’s love of both into a wealth of knowledge and fun that translates into serious entertainment. Whether he’s busting out a chart about fat molecules, performing an amusing skit regarding hydration or baking the perfect apple pie, you can’t help but marvel at all the science that goes into the art of cooking.


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2 ‘Dinner Impossible’

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Host Robert Irvine is the Gordon Ramsay of Food Network. Only he’s much bigger, tougher and more likely to snap your neck. Despite the fact that he lied on the resume that got him the job, he, along with his sous chefs and the poor bastards who volunteer to help in the kitchen have pulled off absolutely amazing feats on the show. His challenges involve having to shop for ingredients, create menus, build portable kitchens and transport food with poor facilities, inconvenient locations, faulty equipment and personnel shortages all under tight time restrictions. Still, he’s managed to knock most of his challenges – incorporating candy into every dish, making a hot meal in an ice hotel, having to hunt and gather ingredients on a desert island, using a 19th century fire pit and utensils to cook and making a gourmet meal for 850 soldiers with only provisions found on their base – right out of the park. The best part? Seeing the incredible meal Robert and the rest of his team produces at the end of each episode.


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1 ‘Everyday Italian’


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It’s not that we don’t love Giada’s bright personality and her great Italian dishes, but you totally know this never would have made the list if it weren’t for all those low-cut shirts she wears.


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