Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jeff Mauro Has The Highest Rated Food Network Recipes

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Wired recently partnered with Food Network to take a look at 49,733 recipes and 906,539 comments for those recipes on the Food Network website.  They crunched numbers and analyzed all of the data to come up with some pretty interesting conclusions.  It is a very interesting read and if you are into statistics, you will enjoy it a lot.

The first part of the data comes to conclusions such as having bacon in a recipe makes it rate better in recipes for sandwiches, asparagus, salads, and all recipes overall, but it made ratings decrease for pasta and dessert.  Also, foods with more ingredients had better ratings.  There is also a chart that has the food fads in recipes from 2007 to 2013.


The second part of the data takes a look at the celebrity chefs on the site and who has the best rated recipes among them.  Jeff Mauro has the highest rated recipes followed by Ina Garten, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Rachael Ray.  There are also random facts such as Giada recipes being the most popular in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Alton Brown's recipes using the most salt and Rachael Ray's the most cheese.

The third part of the data focuses on Thanksgiving recipes and the best rated turkey, stuffing, pie, mashed potato and gravy recipes.

The final part of the data looks at the way each region in America rates dishes and which dishes are most popular in those regions.  There are some interesting trends such as fried chicken being popular in the Midwest and Las Vegas, and cornbread being popular in Virginia Beach.

So, if you are interested in numbers and the Food Network, this article should interest you.  Anything that stuck out to you as interesting or odd?

22 comments:

  1. Surely you jest. Must be a flawed study. How much did he pay his Facebook friends? It takes no imagination to put anything between two slices of bread. I could do his job and tell better jokes.

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  2. No way he's better than Bobby Flay or Ina. That can't be right.

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  3. Guessing it's because Jeff has comparatively fewer recipes posted to the site and they didn't adjust for sample size.

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  4. I really want to meet the four people who rated Michael Chiarello's "Old World Italian Fruit Bowl on Ice" four stars. I mean, really.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/old-world-italian-fruit-bowl-on-ice-recipe/index.html

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  5. Because, so far, he’s shown
    imagination in what he puts between two pieces of bread (or whatever he uses as
    it), then his high recipe ratability. In my case, I've done many of his recipes
    and all have turned delicious plus, he’s been the only personality who has
    motivated me to do their recipes so, he might be doing something right.

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  6. The
    study isn’t about who’s better, popularity or network/cooking longevity…it’s
    about recipe rating, and it included 14 FN personalities, some of them arrived
    at FN by the same time as Jeff (Ree Drummond) or later (Trisha Yearwood). You
    can have 1,000 recipes on FN.com and not all rated 5 stars or having just 200
    and most of them rated tops. Out of their top 100 rated recipes, Jeff has 83%
    rated 5 stars, 16% 4 stars and 1% rated 3. Ina Garten, who came in second, has
    82% 5 stars, 17% 4 and 1% 3.

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  7. It isn't much imagination when you can use most anything at all. Not much skill required. And if as you say "he’s been the only personality who has motivated me to do their recipes" then it sounds like you can't do much more than just make a sandwich. But I guess we all have to start somewhere.

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  8. Puhleez! Talk about someone who's overstayed his welcome. If I watched him barbecue more animals, I'd put my foot though the screen. He needs to go away . . . even further away than Paula Deen. The recipes of his I tried were borderline inedible, and I've been cooking for over 30 years. A ham and a hack. Yeah, a really winning combo.

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  9. Well he's doing something right--- he has his own show and you don't:) don't be so negative!

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  10. The problem with studies like this is that "better" and "best" are purely subjective terms. If you love avocado, for instance, you're going to give a higher rating to something with avocado in it. If you don't like it, you'll give a lower rating.

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  11. I WISH YOU GUYS WOULD PUT MY GRANDMOTHERS RAVIOLI ON THE FOOD NETWORK. i DONT GET THE COOKING CHANNEL! i WANT MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Yuck. That guy reminds me so much of Roddy McDowall, the actor, who I never could stand.

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  13. For some reason Jeff Mauro gets on my last nerve. I can't stand his voice, his demeanor or attitude. He seems like he's acting and not being his real self. He's the reason I stopped watching Next Food Network Star the season he was on....he's like running your fingernails on a chalk board, annoying, irritating, hard on the ears and overall disingenuous.

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  14. dwight mannsburdenOctober 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    and FFS they're for SANDWICHES. How tough is it to screw up a sandwich? Although to be fair, his sandwiches generally do look pretty good

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  15. dwight mannsburdenOctober 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    is RR's frozen grapes one of the rated recipes?

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  16. I love Jeff Mauro. Talented chef and love his personality. He makes me laugh and I learn something new every time I watch him. Thats what a cooking show should be. Not someone who rushes to get it all in, and doesnt teach you anything.

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  17. Maybe Jeff's recipes are highly rated because they're easier for busy people to make.

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  18. did you read those reviews? Two of them are hilarious, and the other two must be jokes...right?

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  19. EXACTLY what I was thinking.

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  20. Love Love Love Jeff Mauro! He's the Best! Love that he includes his lovely wife and adorable son on his show. He's such a kick on The Kitchen too.

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  21. Jeff is 100% pure food network product. THey want people to tell long stories now no matter how fake they are.

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