Is there any better way to kill a lazy evening than by mindlessly binge-watching Food Network shows? From shows focused on showcasing recipes to those dedicated to culinary science to the oh-so-addictive cooking competitions, the programming on Food Network encompasses a wide range of content, all of which is enjoyable and easy to digest for hours at a time.
The content on the channel is also relatively easy and cheap to produce, as food-focused programming rarely demands elaborate sets or special effects. As a result, the Food Network has produced hours upon hours of mouth-watering television that fans can’t stop eating up.
With so much programming out there, the chefs who are regularly featured on the network become major celebrities, with Food Network fans regularly developing strong connections to their favorites. These fans also pick up on common themes and ingredients that these chefs turn to time and again.
For those kinds of fans that want to know as much as possible about their favorite celebrity chefs, the team at Empire Today has taken a deep dive on the recipes Food Network’s celebrity chefs have put their names on and posted online. Empire looked at over 1,300 recipes from the stars of their television shows and found which kinds of meals each chef cooks the most, which ingredients are used most often, and much more.
Given the prominence of meat-loving chefs like Bobby Flay on the channel, it may come as a surprise that the most common category of recipe on the Food Network website is vegetable-centric dishes, followed by “Main Dish” and “Easy” recipes. In fact, “Meat” dishes aren’t even in the top five most common recipe categories, showing up at sixth place. That finish makes it less common than “Gluten Free” recipes, which are the fourth most common.
In terms of the most common ingredients across all Food Network recipes, it should come as no surprise that salt and pepper take the top spots, each appearing in more than 4.5% of all recipes. Olive oil, garlic, and butter round out the top five, which will make sense to most regular viewers of the network.
The analysis also looked at things like the sheer volume of recipes each celebrity chef has produced, as well as how highly their recipes are rated. On the first score the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten and Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond have proven themselves to be far more prolific than any of their fellow chefs, as both women have published over 200 recipes, more than double the number of chefs with the third-most recipes. Even more impressive is that users are enamored with the quality of Drummond’s recipes, as her 200+ dishes come in with an average user rating of 4.87 out of 5 stars, the fifth-highest of all chefs.
No matter which chef or cuisine style is your favorite, we’re sure you can find something interesting in this analysis. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some Chopped to go watch for the rest of the day…