Most people tune in to the Food Network to find out about the latest cooking skills, watch their favorite cooking shows , or watch people eat delicacies they can’t have.
The television station, founded in 1993, is considered one of the most innocent channels on television, suitable for all ages. While other TV programs don’t lack the expected scandals and dramas, few would suspect that the Food Network itself hides some serious scandals.
In this article, we’ve put together some of the dirty secrets behind the scenes at Food Network for you. M ache you too caught something, because they are far darker than any apple pie recipe.
1. Tyler Florence doesn’t listen to a guy who eats soft tissues
When Tyler Florence was badly insulted by Andrew Zimmer’s blog, he hit his Facebook profile: “I usually have fairly thick skin when it comes to blogging and what people think.
It’s a free country after all , but that Andrew Zimmer guy who eats dried camel testicles to make money decided to discriminate my life’s work.
“I think it’s hard to have a sense of humor when you eat yakhodes for the tenth time, smile at the camera, and wonder where your life went wrong.” Finally, Florence called for an end to the chef’s feud – shortly after he had insulted another chef.
2. Graham Elliot got into trouble with his former employees
Graham Elliot is a former Iron Chef candidate. But then he had problems with his former employees who accused him of interfering with their tips. Former waiter Gregory Curtis filed a lawsuit in 2012, assisted by 13 other former employees from Elliot’s self-proclaimed Graham Elliot restaurant in Chicago.
Curtis claimed that the waiters were forced to bundle their tips. The money was then divided into elements of the restaurant that would normally not be tipped , such as B. Foodrunners and cooks.
Elliot was sued for the wages lost in the tipping bundle. He did not contest the claims and settled with the waiters out of court
3. Nigella Lawson has been accused of having a drug problem
Nigella Lawson is not only a famous cook, but also a sought-after author. She has written eight books and sold millions of copies. In 2013, she and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, their former assistants, claimed they had stolen thousands of dollars from them.
The sisters defended themselves, claiming that they had received the money from Lawson to keep their alleged drug addiction away from Saatchi.
They also report that Lawson frequently consumed prescription pills . During the trial, Lawson admitted to using illegal substances, but only at a party and not regularly. The Grillo sisters were later acquitted of the charges.
4. Mario Batali was accused of wrongdoing
Chef Mario Batali made a name for himself in the food network show Molto Mario between 1996 and 2004 . But in 2017 things went downhill for his career because he was charged by four different women with assault and harassment.
He did not deny the allegations, but instead apologized, saying, “I take full responsibility and deeply regret the pain, humiliation, or inconvenience that I have caused to my colleagues, employees, customers, friends and family.
“Not only was Batali fired from hosting at The Chew, all plans to restart Molto Mario were canceled and Target stopped selling its products.
5. Husband Michael Symon took pictures with models on his lap
Michael Symon got into a scandal after taking a photo with supermodel Chrissy Teigen on his lap in 2014. The photo was taken during a beach volleyball tournament that benefited the Armed Forces Foundation.
His first mistake was to post the photos on social media . As soon as the picture went viral, Symon’s inbox was filled with messages saying that he was a pig and a terrible husband.
He denied everything and wrote: “Wow, some people should relax a bit … Liz [his wife] is with me … and Chrissy is just a good friend …” Who knows exactly what is true and what is not ?
6. Ina Garten twice refused a sick child’s make-a-wish
In her food network show Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten emerges as a loving and caring woman with a passion for food. Still, she showed her less caring side in 2011 when Enzo Pereda, a six-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, asked her to meet through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Garten denied the meeting with the sick child and claimed that she was too busy to promote her new book.
A year later, Pereda asked again and was rejected for the second time.
The parents wrote about it in their blog. Garten then invited Pereda to their show, but this time the family refused the request.
7. Giada De Laurentiis never eats her own food
Giada De Laurentiis started talking a few years ago when a source from Page Six reported that the cook refused to eat her own food.
Even on her show, if you see how she eats, that’s just a clever cover. After each shot, the camera breaks off and it spits its food into a “trash can”.
Of course, this is not the biggest scandal De Laurentiis has experienced. But this interesting revelation gives a fascinating insight into how her show works and answers the question of how she manages to stay so slim with all the decadent food!
8. Geoffrey Zakarian had to file for bankruptcy against him
Geoffrey Zakarian is known as a jury member of the “Chopped” series, but he also participates in four Food Network shows and is a celebrated restaurateur of several restaurants in New York City and Miami.
However, it seems that his fame didn’t help him with his finances. After his former employees sued him in his now closed Country restaurant, he had to file for bankruptcy in 2011.
Apparently, this was, among other things, fake proof of salary. The employees claimed damages of $ 1 million and additional penalties of $ 250,000. Although he denied the allegations, the fight against the lawsuit led him to bankruptcy.
9. Giada De Laurentiis is said to have cheated on her husband
In 2014, Giada De Laurentiis announced that she and her husband had split up after eleven years of marriage. Of course, rumors spread that she had cheated on her husband with singer John Mayer and Bobby Flay.
The fact that her divorce happened to be at about the same time as Bobby Flay and Stephanie March only fueled the rumor mill.
Laurentiis denied the allegations and said, “Well, we’re very good friends … but I don’t think that will ever happen because I’m smarter.” In 2018, rumors of romance with journalist Matt Lauer spread again, though both contested the claims.
10. Jamie Oliver received death threats for paella
When Jamie Oliver added the paella chorizo, many Spaniards reacted with a hatred that is rarely seen in such a range . On the Graham Norton Show, Oliver said that this behavior seemed “medieval” to him.
At the time Oliver was making the alleged eating mistake, he was in Canada discussing strategies for childhood obesity with the Prime Minister.
When he tried to focus the discussion on the essentials, Oliver was in the headlines for weeks about the sausage. At the end of the day he held on to his weapons and let all of Spain know: “By the way, just for your information, it just tastes better with chorizo.”
11. Homophobic remarks by Guy Fieri
After an argument with restaurateur Guy Fieri, David Page, co-founder of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, claimed that Fieri was not very friendly away from the camera.
Apparently it is known that he makes a lot of inappropriate comments and regularly checks on other women . He also expressed his aversion to the LGBT community when he concluded that two male restaurant owners were “life partners”.
Page also claimed that the TV host who won the Emmy Award said: “You can’t send me to gay people without warning! These people alienate me! ”From then on, those in charge of the show were instructed to look for“ references to homosexuality ”during the interview process.
12. Anne Burrell discriminated against her female employees
Anne Burrell was not only seen on Iron Chef America, but also directed some of her own shows on the Food Network. In addition, she appeared as a frequent guest with numerous others.
In 2009, however, she encountered some problems after being charged with alleged discrimination against women at Centro Vinoteca , the restaurant where she works as a cook.
She was accused of calling employees with derogatory names, making derogatory comments on their bodies and openly discussing their private lives.
When these women filed their first complaint, Burell even let them fire. They are said to have been able to reach an agreement out of court.
13. Paula Deen admitted to disparaging races
Cooking show host Paula Deen hit the headlines in 2013 when she admitted that she once used the word “N”. She frankly admitted that she had used the word in the past, but protested that she hadn’t spoken it for some time.
She then published an apology video on the Internet.
While the public was ready to let go of the subject, her company tried to continue defending her.
They said, “She was born 60 years ago when there were schools in the southern United States that were separate. There were separate bathrooms, separate restaurants, and the Americans had to sit in different bus areas. That changed today. “
14. Robert Irvine used a fake resume
The English chef Robert Irvine appeared as moderator of Food Networks “Dinner Impossible”. He started his cooking career at the age of 15 on board the Royal Navy. His remaining CV for the show was not only incredibly impressive, but also quite convincing.
His accomplishments included knighting him, cooking for four US presidents, and being good friends with Prince Charles.
In 2008, however, it turned out that his resume had been inflated considerably. Accordingly, Dinner Impossible was quickly released and replaced by television personality Michael Symon. After a while, however, Irvine was again invited to host the show.
15th racist incident at “The Pioneer Woman”
In an episode of The Pioneer Woman’s second season, presenter Ree Drummond experienced some setbacks when she made a racist comment on the show. As a result, Drummond prepared sharp Asian chicken wings for themselves and their family and friends.
When she took them out of the oven, they were all clearly confused that they were sharp Asian chicken wings.
She then said “I’m just kidding, I wouldn’t do this to you” and exchanged the wings for American Buffalo wings.
This episode was only deleted from the program five years later after several viewers complained.
Andrew Andrew believes Tyler Florence is the least talented
In 2009, Bizzare Foods host had a thing or two to say about Food Network’s chef, Tyler Florence. At that time, Florence was a guest on the reality show Momma’s Boys.
After that, Zimmer posted on his blog: “In the episode of Monday, Tyler Florence, the world’s most talented television chef, was shown again presenting the most questionable cooking tips of all time.
Watching Florence gobble food, staring at everyone who walks past his cutting board and playing the role of a local television student was a high comedy at the highest level. “Florence was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university for his culinary success.
17. Bobby Flay has left “Iron Chef”
In an episode of the Iron Chef Showdown in 2017, jury member Bobby Flay, the audience and the Food Network were speechless when he wore a shirt that said, “This is my last Iron Chef battle ever”.
He never initiated anyone into his project, and it was impossible to suspect anything. Flay said, “I know. It should be the same. “
He claimed that he just wanted to shake things up a bit and it was a joke, but in 2018 it was clear that he really wouldn’t be coming back. He led six to eight cooking battles a week and this workload was too much for him in the long run.
18. Sandra Lee’s failed Kwanzaa cake
In 2009, Sandra Lee tried to bake a kwanzaa cake, insulting many people. The cake seemed to be completely thrown together and consisted of icing, corn nuts, pumpkin seeds and apple pie filling bought in the store.
While the look and most likely the taste of the cake was awful , what really caused a stir was that she declared the cake to be a celebration of the Kwanzaa.
African diaspora expert and cookbook author Jessica Harris commented: “What may offend me is the characterization / determination of a holiday that neither the cake makers nor the recipe designers have any idea of.” The festival was organized by black power activist Maulana Karenga developed 1966-67.
19. Masaharu Morimoto questioned Bobby Flay
When chefs take cooking too seriously, things can become personal. However, a great chef had no good words for another master chef when the two competed against each other on Iron Chef America.
The Japanese Masaharu Morimoto did not like how the American Bobby Flay had behaved at the time .
When the competition ended, Flay did something to upset Morimoto.
He stood on his cutting board and said that he would win. Morimoto then replied in an interview with the words “Flay,” was not a cook “and that ” cutting boards and knives should be sacred to cooks “.
20. She just stayed with him to do the show
Pat and Gina Neely were once the lovable couple who hosted the Down Home with the Neelys show, which premiered on the Food Network in 2008.
Despite what you might have seen on camera, there are reports that Pat and Gina hated each other throughout the show.
In 2014, after 23 years of marriage, Gina filed for divorce from Pat. In an interview with People, she said: “I never wanted to be a TV cook . I was a branch manager at a bank. I wanted to get a divorce before the show. ” Gina is now playing in the new bravo show“ To Rome for Love ” and has not spoken to Pat since the split.
21. Sometimes the drama is actually staged
Not every drama in Food Network’s reality shows is of natural origin. Sometimes the producers need to be a little bit annoyed to add spice to an episode. For example, this was the case with the “Restaurant Stakeout” show.
In one episode, a restaurant owner revealed that the show’s producers had hired someone as a waiter. The man was instructed to intentionally drop food and drink at work only to be fired afterwards.
Apparently, not all of the restaurants on this show are disasters that really happened. So when you switch on, never forget that it is reality television.