Facebook / chopped
Chopped pits four chefs against one another to compete for a $10,000 prize. It airs on the Food Network and has spawned many versions of itself, including Chopped All Stars, Chopped Grill Masters and Chopped Impossible.
2011: Down Home With the Neelys
Pat and Gina Neely were married restaurant owners (famous for their Tennessee barbecue restaurants), but on Down Home, they cooked from their Memphis home and expanded beyond barbecue cooking. When it debuted in 2008, it became the highest-rated series in the five-year history of Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” weekend block and continued to maintain its popularity all through its run.
Facebook / Paula Deen
2012: Paula’s Home Cooking with Paula Deen
Paula Deen is a true Southerner, owning and operating a couple of Georgia restaurants, and a true teacher as well, having published 15 cookbooks. The main focus of her show, Paula’s Home Cooking was Southern cuisine and comfort food. 2012 was the height of the show’s popularity. It was canceled the following spring due to philosophical differences between Deen and the Food Network.