Yesterday, the nominees for the 2014 Emmy Awards were announced. As I scrolled through PDF with 43 pages of nominees, I had to do a lot of scrolling to find any shows that were food-focused with nominations. The first thing I noticed was that nothing from The Food Network had a very sad showing – just one nomination.

The next thing I noticed is that Anthony Bourdain’s shows dominated what little there is in the way of food shows being recognized with a nomination. Of the ten food shows/episodes nominated, seven have his name attached to them. Let’s take a look at the nominations.

“Top Chef”

  • Outstanding Reality Show Competion
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”
  • Outstanding Structured Reality Program
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
  • Outstanding Informational Series Or Special
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming (the show as nominated twice in this category for two different episodes)
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera)

  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming
“The Taste” (with Anthony Bourdain)
  • Outstanding Reality Show Host
One other show that I’ve seen a few websites count as a food show that received nominations is HBO’s “Treme.” I’m not familiar with the show, but it’s a drama about the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the food culture of the city apparently permeates throughout the show. It received four Emmy nominations including ones for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries. It looks like I’m going to have check this show out.

The absence of a large variety of food shows in the nominations doesn’t speak too well about the quality of food programming that’s happening right now. Maybe that’s why Food Network and its sister Cooking Channel are attempting 35 new cooking shows this year, although after taking a look at the shows they’re offering it doesn’t look like more equals better at all. Perhaps Anthony Bourdain needs to take over all food tv.

The 2014 Emmy Awards will be held on August 25.

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