Welcome to Cheftalk, from another enthusiastic amateur. We don't have the food network in the UK, but we have plenty of our own home-grown cooking programmes, good and bad!
The site has members from around the globe, and all levels of skills. The wikis, blogs, photography galleries and articles on here are a constant source of inspiration - I hope you will find some time to have a look at some of them. The professional fora are read-only for those of us who are not in the culinary trades - but they make interesting reading, too!
Feel free to join in on any thread you find interesting, or start your own in the relevant forum.
Well you will find us a whole lot friendlier than the Food Network. Welcome, the food and cooking questions forums is a great place to start. We also ask if you have time to post reviews of some of your favorite cooking tools and cookbooks in our reviews section.