I'm similar to you on Bobby Flay. I used to dislike him, but over the years, and probably in particular from watching Iron Chef and his mentoring on Next Food Network Star (Winger, I agree with you on Demaris), I've gradually and begrudgingly acquired respect for him. I still don't think I'd want to spend an afternoon with him the way I would Hugh Acheson
, but unlike a lot of people on the Food Network and the kind of 'Star' they want to recruit (where personality trumps ability), he's extremely talented. And more to the good, if I'm cruising for a how-to recipe on something that's out of my usual ouvre, his name on a recipe is actually compelling. However, other than the shows just mentioned, which aren't really HIS shows, I don't watch him.
Ina--eh. Smart woman, nice lady. But I've never seen her do a single dish that I wanted to make myself; her voice sounds like a drone to me; 11 minutes of every 22 her show actually lasts, sans commercials, is a dessert which I could care less about; and her dependence on measuring in particular with those noisy measuring spoons drives me NUTS. I don't watch her.
Giada--I don't watch her either. I know I've seen a few of her shows in the past but I never find her food compelling. Too, I've never seen the little girl you mention so it's been a long, long time.
Laura Calder is who I could watch all the time--she DOES make the kind of food I want to cook and unlike the others I occasionally learn something from her because she's technique-, not gimmick-driven, but she only gets a few reruns on the sister network. So few I don't even bother to look.
I don't watch anyone else either. I miss the old days of Mario and Ming--those chefs, I learned from.