The Evolution of Food on Television [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that food has been represented on television since the 1940s? Did you know that Anthony Bourdain‘s appearance fee is reportedly nearly 1/10th that of Emeril Lagasse‘s $80k-100k price tag? Even Jamie Oliver demands nearly 6x the appearance fee that Bourdain does (sorry to hammer it home, our office is full of Bourdain fans).

Who’s watching food on television? Viewership seems skewed female, with 60% of the viewership being ladies, and 40% of them landing between the ages of 35-54. The infographic, put together by the folks over at Menuism, was recently brought to our attention, but it was initially published back in March of 2011, so the information is to be taken with a big grain of salt.

For example, Anthony Bourdain has more than 2 shows on television, particularly with the addition of his latest Travel Channel gig The Layover. We’re sure 2012 Anthony Bourdain demands a bit higher of a price than 2010 Bourdain, and the opposite might ring true for Emeril and his public worth.

What do y’all think?


By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

1 reply on “The Evolution of Food on Television [INFOGRAPHIC]”

I would make the argument that this has been the devolution of food on TV. I would pay Rachael Ray 100K if she showed up dressed as a piñata, and pay another 100K to have little kids hit her with sticks…My guess is only B.S. would drop out leaving the little kids feeling as empty as adults do after watching one of her shows.

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