Earlier this year, NBC launched Feast, a site which takes restaurant reviews from all over the web and distills them into a single 0-to-100 score for each venue. I wondered: could you apply a similar algorithmic approach to rating individual chefs?
The most obvious source of numeric ratings for individual chefs is online recipe reviews. I collected a list of Food Network hosts from foodnetwork.com. For each of these hosts, I gathered all of his or her recipes published on the site, as well as the average user rating for each recipe. This data was used to generate the table below.
Hosts are listed from highest weighted average recipe rating to lowest. The vertical spacing between two rows is proportional to the difference in average recipe ratings. The hosts who had fewer than 10 recipes available — Ted Allen, Jeff Corwin, and Duff Goldman — are hidden by default. Both of these settings can be changed using the checkboxes below. You can also hover over any bar to read its specific numeric value.
Recipe Ratings Breakdown
|Aaron McCargo, Jr.||4.781||0.00||0.01||0.02||0.21||0.76||157|
|Giada De Laurentiis||4.676||0.00||0.00||0.03||0.39||0.58||892|
|Patrick and Gina Neely||4.477||0.00||0.00||0.09||0.27||0.64||11|
|Food Network Kitchens||4.448||0.01||0.01||0.10||0.40||0.48||1,314|
To be honest, I didn't even know Brian Boitano had a show on Food Network, but What Would Brian Boitano Make? seems to be very popular among viewers. And poor Sandra Lee can't seem to catch a break. Her boyfriend's mother very vocally dissed her lasagna recipe, and she ended up dead last among Food Network talent. Perhaps that's because her recipes draw comments like these from reviewers:
"I must admit I would never have thought of serving fish with allspice and taco seasoning and salsa and cole slaw and peaches. But there's a good reason for that: this is disgusting."— Anonymous
These look like entrails from a gutted and drained goat. Great for forecasting coming events — bad for dinner."— Anonymous
See Food Network Humor for more review gems.
To my knowledge, this type of “stacked-and-spaced bar chart” is a novel type of visualization. There were three types of information I most wanted to convey through its design:
The list of chefs and their respective recipes was collected from foodnetwork.com on February 20, 2010.