Did you catch Food Network's "The Big Waste" last night on television? I didn't know about the prime time special until this morning, but as with all Food Network specials, it will be rerun. I hope to catch it on Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or Jan. 15 at 5 p.m ET/PT.


From what I've read, the show educated viewers about why food can get thrown out before it even hits the store shelves (carrots with bumps on them, blemished fruit or eggs not big enough to fit securely in a carton). It also showed that this food is perfectly edible.


Here's the information about the show from Food Network's website:


First-class chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli tackle one of the most massive problems in food today — waste! Divided into two teams, with only 48 hours on the clock, they are challenged to create a multi-course gourmet banquet worthy of their great reputations, but with a big twist; they can only use food that is on its way to the trash. The chefs' hunt takes them from grocery aisles to produce farms, and orchard lines to garbage piles, as they attempt to source enough ingredients to feed a gathering crowd. Bobby and Michael square off against Anne and Alex, as they challenge their views of food waste and how and why it is created.

I did a Twitter search for the show, and there were lots of positive comments about "The Big Waste."


It was called "best new Food Network show in a long time" by one Twitter user. Another called it "brilliant and eye opening." It was also called "depressing," "shocking," "sad," "scary" and inspired at least one person to want to go Dumpster diving.


I don't watch a lot of Food Network anymore. I like to sit down with a glass of wine at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoons and watch the one-hour block of "Barefoot Contessa" and "Giada at Home" to get inspired for weekend cooking, but usually I'll turn to the Cooking Channel before I turn to Food Network. Too much of the network is competition/reality programming, and that's just not my thing. I'm really interested in seeing "The Big Waste," though, and I'm happy that the network is bringing light to the massive issue of food waste — and that much of the food that gets wasted it perfectly edible.


Did you watch "The Big Waste" last night? Were you pleased with how the issue was handled on the show?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Food Network tackles food waste
Celebrity chefs are challenged to create a gourmet banquet using only food that is headed for the garbage in 'The Big Waste.'