WINNER: BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN, TRAVEL CHANNEL

There may be no better way to drive home the importance of tolerance and diversity than by watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Although there’s plenty of fun involved, Chef Zimmern could play it totally for laughs — on his global travels he’s eaten fried rodents, frozen cow blood on a stick, live bugs, raw fish eyes, cod ice cream, penis soup and the intestines of…well, you, get the picture. While he doesn’t like everything he eats — raw crocodile eggs are an acquired taste, right? — he treats each culture’s cuisine (and its people) with respect. He knows that what one people craves another discards. Thus, his simple philosophy: If it looks good, eat it.

Honorable Mentions:

Fed Up!, Veria TV: Holistic health counselor and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman rescues people whose unhealthy eating habits have put them at risk. Infusing her recipes with energy and fun, Beaman arms viewers with practical nutrition advice and tasty techniques.

Iron Chef America, Food Network: Go on, admit it, your envy of the equipment deployed in Kitchen Stadium has prompted more than one impulse buy at the mall. Or perhaps the episode where the secret ingredient was eggplant or the one that featured bananas fueled your craving for those foods. As for super-smart commentator Alton Brown, he’s admitted he didn’t do well in school. His knowledge of food and cooking mostly is self-taught. There’s hope for us yet.

Man v. Food, Travel Channel: They say you can’t have quantity and quality. Not so, Adam Richman insists. He not only seeks joints that challenge you to down a 7 lb. burrito or a 13 lb. pizza, Richman’s also looking for places that serve good food, but with an element of fun.

Fast Fact

  • Zimmern feels the key to good food is a blend of tastes (sweet, sour) and textures.

 

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