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
- 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.
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.