Food Feuds is a Food Network show that pits two neighborhoods against each other to see who can make the best specialty item. The show is hosted by Michael Symon. You may have seen him on The Iron Chef. The show airs on Fridays at 4 am on the Food Network channel in your area. You can also check out the episodes online if the 4 am slot doesn’t work for you.
It starts with an introduction to the local cuisine and the restaurants preparing the specialties. Along with this, fans of each area talk a little bit about their favorite restaurant and why. Maps are displayed for the viewer. Then the contest is on. At the end, it really boils down to one big party scene with lots of food. Michael Symon then declares a winner. Some of the foods showcased are cupcakes, Philly cheese steaks, crab cakes and other area specialties.
Michael Symon is only an okay host. The time slot really doesn’t help at all. The problem is, it kind of turns into a party show. His personality is not quite as magnetic some of the other hosts’ either. His energy levels are a little bit lower than the crowds surrounding him. He tries but he is better at more stoic shows that don’t require a lot of high-energy action.
The show’s premise is a fun one. Feeding the friendly competitions between the neighborhoods is fun and brings excitement to the show. However, things can get really redundant at times since many of the supporters often repeat the same phrasing in both areas. It might help if they cut down a little on the patron interviews and focused a little more on the restaurants themselves.
Overall, the host’s lack of energy and the repetitiveness tend to make the show a little unwatchable. It almost felt like they had to use Michael Symon as a host so they stuck him with this format. He really wasn’t the greatest choice. I might catch an episode or two online but I am not staying up for the 4 am version. It isn’t that good.