Food TV Network: All white and pasty with no color?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Now don’t get me wrong - I LOVE a lot of the chefs down at the Food TV Network. A lot have worked hard, toiled at their craft and deserve to be where they are - this isn’t about them, but about who they work for - which is the Food TV Network.

The above snapshot is about 1/2 of the hosts and celebrity chefs listed from the Food TV Network’s Web site here. Notice anything? I know the pictures are small, but I’ll break it down for you:

Out of 50 celebrity chefs and hosts they have listed, the following are people of color - all together 11:

  • Al Roker
  • Bobby Rivers
  • Iron Chef Chinese: Chen Kenichi
  • Iron Chef Italian: Masahiko Kobe
  • Iron Chef Japanese: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Iron Chef French: Hiroyuki Sakai
  • Iron Chef Japanese: Rokusaburo Michiba
  • Ingrid Hoffmann
  • Mark Dacascos
  • Takeshi Kaga
  • Warren Brown

If you take away the crew from Iron Chef except Morimoto - because it’s been relegated to 4:00 AM status for the most part now, and they’ve never really pushed those chefs as personalities - this takes you from a modest 20% of people of color from their listings to a measly 10%.

From there you then have to ask yourself how many are regulars, who has bit parts, and who is really getting promoted as well - and that 10% number even seems to shrink more when compared to how white the network seems as a whole.

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We know that Food TV isn’t really that diverse, but we also know there are chefs, cooks, and hosts of color out there that would fit the bill for a personality or a show - so really then - the only question remains is when and IF Food TV Network will start diversifying their lineup - just like their food.