My favorite TV cooking show is probably The Main with Anthony Sedlak. He is a great guy with alot of passion and a great knowledge of food. I like how he is straight to the point with out any over eggagerations like other TV chefs.
My Favorite chef of all time is hard to pinpoint so many I respect for different reasons. Eric ripert for being so refined and elegant and taking great food to a level I thought never reachable. Anthony Bourdain because I can relate to his career and world inside the industry. And I cant leave without mentioning Chris Cosentino for the amazing things he is creating with odd ingredients. He is turning what I would call junk or use for stock into elegant beautiful and im assuming great tasting products
the main reason i like it is because it teaches you about food and techniques, not just a sepcific recipe that can only be repeated....once you understand how to work with certain ingredients/tools, or why a certain technique is needed, you can apply it to an entire range of recipes (even make your own, now that you understand the rules)...ive prob only made a small handful of the dishes he makes on the show, but have used the knowledge i gained from him countless times (im sure this knowledge is well below that you would receive in culinary school, but its a pretty good base for the home chef).....the other reasons i like it is because i like science, and he is entertaining (in a nerdy way)
as for a fav chef, i dont think i have one at the moment....alton brown is not a chef and never claims to be - he is just The Man
Kind of hard to choose because they all have their strong points, but I would have to go with America's Test Kitchens. I think that show has had more impact on my cooking then anything else because I've bought their cookbooks and subscribe to Cooks Illustrated on the 'net. I also am in their recipe testing program. As for TV chef? Dunno. I don't know who among them are real chefs. I used to love the old school Iron Chef. It made me jumpy, but entertained me. So, the next time I'm handed pickled sea cucumber snouts, I'll know what to do with 'em.
Barefoot Contessa, Iron Chef - new and old, Paula Deen.
I like America's Test Kitchens but forget when they come
on. I always enjoyed watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.
They taught you how to do stuff.
I really like Barefoot Contessa, too, especially the new Back to Basics shows. I'm also starting to watch some of the cooking shows on the fitness channel - I was expecting a lot of sugar substitutes and things like that, which I'm not so into, but they recipes actually been really good. Lots of fresh, local ingredients. Unfortunately, the hosts/chefs aren't always the most entertaining.