10 Biggest Food Show Flops

Apr 08, 2013 11:41 AM EDT | By Jason Pollak

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The Daily Meal breaks down the top ten food shows that should have been sent right back to the kitchen. (Photo : Wiki Commons)

Some food shows are meant to last like a vintage wine. Others, however, are meant to go straight in the food blender and into your next soufflé.

Unlike popular cooking shows like "Chopped" and "Hells Kitchen", some shows are just made with the wrong ingredients.

Whether it is a bad cast, poor production or the show just misses its' point, The Daily Meal counts down the top ten worst food shows ever made.

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10) "Roseanne's Nuts" (2011) - Lifetime - One season, 16 episodes

"Have you been wondering what Roseanne Barr has been up to? No? Well, neither was the rest of America, apparently. The reality show about the comedienne's macadamia nut farm in Hawaii was probably the only food-based reality show that probably would have fared better as a sitcom," writes The Daily Meal.

9) "Famous Food" (2011) - VH1 - One season, 10 episodes

"Tossing "celebrities" into the reality show ring sometimes works, and sometimes doesn't. In this case, it didn't. "Famous Food" featured contestants ranging from Danielle Staub (alumni of the "Real Housewives" series) to Heidi Montag (alumni of MTV reality shows). The show's premise was pitting seven "stars" against each other in a competition to open their own Hollywood-based restaurant. On top of lasting only 10 episodes, the restaurant, from winner Daniel Staub, Lemon Basket, closed after five months," The Daily Meal said.

8) "Chef Academy" (2009) - Bravo - One season, 9 episodes

"This show aimed to show what culinary school is really like, as seen through the eyes of nine students. Unfortunately for Bravo, the show was about as exciting as taking a final exam. It dropped out after nine episodes," according to The Meal.

7) "America's Next Great Restaurant" (2011) - NBC- One season, 9 episodes

"Watching ordinary people pitch a restaurant idea before a panel of the culinary world's "rich and famous" (including Chipotle founder Steve Ells) for a shot at funding didn't quite hit the mark. The show finished its nine-episode order, but the three restaurants it spawned all closed within months. Ouch," Daily Meal said.

6) "The Chopping Block" (2009) - NBC - One season, 8 episodes

"Like other popular chefs from across the pond with wildly successful television shows, British chef Marco Pierre White has no shortage of name recognition. However, this reality program, about contestants trying to open a restaurant, proved that if American viewers want to watch a British chef yelling at people, they'll just stick with Gordon Ramsay," the food website said.

5) "Emeril", the sitcom (2011) - NBC - One season, 7 episodes

"Once upon a time, Emeril Lagasse was king of the food show. He has his "stand-and-stir" show, his live show, and rabid fans followed him wherever he went. He made the jump from Food Network to NBC by way of a sitcom about the behind-the-scenes hijinks that ensue while taping a fictional cooking show, but even if all his fans had tuned in the ratings still wouldn't have been big enough to make the show viable on a major network. After just seven episodes the show was put in a doggie bag and presumably thrown out with the person who green-lit the project," the Daily Meal said.

4) "The Gourmet Next Door" (2007) - Food Network - One season, 6 episodes

"Amy Finley, winner of the third season of "The Next Food Network Star", anchored this blink-and-you'll miss-it cooking show. It seems even the host didn't want to be a part of this program, as she left the country with her family before production was over, declining to film any more episodes," reports Daily Meal.

3) "2 Dudes Catering" (2007) - Food Network - One season, 5 episodes

"Based on a couple of free-spirited caterers, the show was a fairly obvious attempt to grab a younger viewership. After a mere five episodes, the network realized relying heavily on slacker interest was somehow a miscalculation. But don't feel sorry for the two dudes; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo went on to open Animal and Son of a Gun, two of Los Angeles' hottest restaurants," says the website.

2) "Kitchen Confidential" (2005) - Fox - One season, 4 episodes

 "Did you know that Anthony Bourdain briefly had a Fox sitcom based on his bestselling Kitchen Confidential? Neither did we. The show about a former addict running a restaurant didn't take (even with Bradley Cooper as the lead!), and the network quit it cold turkey after only four episodes," the Meal wrote.

1) "Celebrity Cooking Showdown" (2006) - NBC - One season, 3 episodes

"Hip-hop titan Diddy was a co-creator of this celebrity cooking competition, and none other than Alan Thicke hosted, but even their weight couldn't lift this DOA dud to the top of the charts. How bad was it? Only five episodes were scheduled to run, but after three episodes network executives (apparently the only people watching) had enough and tossed the remaining two into the dustbin," The Daily Meal said.

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