The 10 Best Food TV Shows of the Decade (2000-2009)
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4. Iron Chef America (Food Network)
Last time anyone got this over-dramatic about food, it was probably a five-year-old throwing a hissy-fit over being made to eat his asparagus—which, incidentally, was the “secret ingredient” on the 18th episode of this competition series. Whether it’s as basic as garlic or sugar, or as outlandish as suckling pig or ostrich, nearly every ingredient lends itself to an action-packed episode, as high on drama, athleticism and dripping sweat as any sporting event.
3. Good Eats (Food Network)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a food show host that didn’t really love food, but no one’s ever quite nerded out about it so thoroughly and sublimely as Alton Brown. From cheesecake to popcorn, gravy to barbecue, Brown explicates the inner-workings and finer points of common food with a patient, infections enthusiasm, wild sets and camera angles, and brains to spare.