Growing up, I was always in the kitchen with my grandfather or glued to the tv watching Food Network shows. Food Network was at its peak in the 2000s, providing viewers with original and creative cooking content that appealed to just about everyone. There is a specific, heart warming kind of nostalgia I get when I see clips of older cooking shows or hear their specific jingles. Though these shows are no longer around (for the most part), they will always go down as some of the best.
#5 – Nigella Feasts
One of my favorite shows on Food Network, Nigella Feasts was hosted by Nigella Lawson. On the show, Nigella would make simple, easy and comforting home recipes that would make both adults and children happy.
#4 – Everyday Italian
Everyday Italian with Giada DeLaurentis never failed to make its audience drool with the deliciously simple Italian recipes cooked on the show. Conversational, engaging, and energetic, Giada always made cooking look beautiful.
#3 – 30 Minute Meals
An iconic Food Network show of the 2000s, 30 Minute Meals gave us all someone to relate to in Rachel Ray. Her humble, easy and yummy recipes made working moms, beginner cooks, and families across the country feel comfortable being in the kitchen again-and for only 30 minutes too!
#2 – Good Eats
Quirky and never boring, host Alton Brown combined a standard cooking show with technical and informational content in his show, Good Eats. Good Eats is one of those shows that never gets old, as Alton takes you on a journey of a specific food’s history and the best way to prepare it. The fun facts and little ‘experiments’ on his show will never put you to sleep, guaranteed!
#1 – Emeril Live
Nothing beats hearing the soulful and jazzy sounds of the Emeril Live Band as the camera would follow Emeril greeting his audience members at the beginning of each show. Emeril Lagasse brought pizazz, enthusiasm, and fun to cooking and the kitchen on his show, Emeril Live. Whether he was cooking comfort food or Thanksgiving dinner, he always kept you entertained and drooling over his food.
Though some of the hosts of these shows have gone on to have other shows on Food Network, the legacy of these shows still remain influential in the world of food television and broadcasting today