Gif Gallery: The “O” Faces of Food Television

We present an animated survey of the modern foodgasm.

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  • Giada de Laurentiis, queen of the culinary money shot.
  • Ingrid Hoffmann does a seductive mango salsa dance.
  • That Nigella Lawson—phwoar, she's cheeky!
  • Adam Richman's foodgasm screams, "I cry after sex."
  • Claire Robinson has perfected the orgasmic eye roll.
  • Michael Symon shudders with pasta-induced pleasure.
  • Who's under the table, John Besh?
  • YouTube star Daym Drops even has his own foodgasm catchphrase.
  • You nasty, Paula Deen!
  • Guy Fieri, aka Mr. Sticky Fingerz.
  • A perfectly cooked steak makes Anne Burrell do the "I just had sex" dance.
  • Not a foodgasm per se, but the legendary Martin Yan works a chicken with knowing hands.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow goes for the frat boy/foodie fist pump.
  • You'd be surprised of how many men daydream about Ina Garten eating truffles.
  • If this doesn't land Laura Calder a Greek yogurt commercial, nothing will.
  • Nigella demonstrates the foodgasm equivalent of dropping the mic.
  • Josh Ozersky's burger eating probably falls in the "weird fetish" category of foodgasms.
  • Anthony Bourdain talks dirty.
  • And even he can't avoid the "I'm fully torqued!" eye roll from time to time.
  • Padma Lakshmi eats a Hardee's Western Bacon Thickburger (pause).
  • Two forks, one Nadia G.
  • Rachael Ray shows us how to fake a foodgasm like a pro.
  • File under: Cosplay.
  • Andrew Zimmern foodgasms out loud.
  • Bobby Flay shows Maxim his best "O" face (while sweating profusely, natch).
  • Kelly Choi's producers have got the noodle-porn market on lock.

Watching cooking shows used to be a wholesome, suitable-for-PBS experience: The OGs like Julia Child and Jacque Pépin were all about education and technique, introducing viewers to new cuisines without unnecessary embellishment. But since the meteoric rise of the Food Network, there’s so much sex in the kitchen that you’d think R. Kelly was director of programming.

Along with the general tarting up of the old stand-and-stir format, the next-gen cooking shows have also spawned a bizarre new phenomenon: the foodgasm. You know it when you see it—that oddly erotic (or sometimes revolting) facial contortion that makes eating food look like something you’d do in the boudoir, not the breakfast room.

To give this topic the proper attention it deserves, we trolled through clips of some of our favorite on-screen stars to extract classic examples of the epicurean orgasm. Then, naturally, we turned them into hilarious gifs.

Click through the gallery above to see all of the chefs and hosts, then read our essay about the finer points of the food-TV foodgasm.

 

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