The premise was great back in the day. Informative yet a bit dry. PBS cooking programs were the ones to beat.
Now Food Network is just a bunch of game shows. The hosts only have to count backwards from 10 to zero. From time to time they tell the contestants they only have x amount of minutes on the clock.
Pity that Alton Brown, Ted Allen and others just explain an unusual item to the judges. The item is normally something that none of the judges had known about in the first place.
Just sad. Really sad.