Best Food Network - 2007
Sick and tired of the incessant reruns of Rachael Ray's bleating and Emeril LaGasse's blathering on about tasteless Italian food, or Paula Deen's heart-stopping recipes for an early Southern-fried death? TasteTV is the local elixir, a smart hybrid of the Food Network's essence (food, duh!) and with its dashes of viewer-generated content, Current TV. The specialty is food for foodies, relegating the junk to the Dumpster because heaven knows we've seen far too many programs about state barbecue fairs and the making of sausage casings. Broken down into individual channels, such as the popular "Chocolate Television," the format blends fly-on-the-wall vicarious tastings and interviews with flavor professionals. TasteTV functions as a local cable channel through Comcast's on-demand service (in the "Bay on TV" section). But its programs are also available for streaming or podcasting online, so though its focus remains San Fran-centric, its reach certainly is not.