I've been watching a lot of Tastemade recently which is a channel I didn't even know existed until last month. It's like FN/CC but geared toward the 20s crowd. I doubt any of the hosts are over 30. There are a few travel shows but they seem to be food centered too.
There are two shows they seem to show over and over again - Make this Tonight and Struggle Meals. Make this Tonight will have a theme and then have one to a dozen hosts making various dishes on that theme. There are no actual recipes; the channel seems to be more improvisational style cooking. And the dishes themselves seem to run the gambit from beginner to advance home cook. For example, I watched an episode last night on pasta and it went from a simple pasta primavera that was just sauteing veggies and adding cooked dried pasta to a blueberry dessert that involved making two types of fresh pasta and a custard and maybe something else? Not a weeknight undertaking for me.
They also have a good mix of styles and tastes. Meat dishes but plenty of stuff for vegans/veterinarians. Healthy fare right along more decadent stuff. It can be a little jarring at times. I watched an episode on diner fare and they had a meat free ruben made with beets and a couple of segments later a tater tot hot dish. I wanted to try both dishes but, if I'm being honest with myself, I'd probably only make the hot dish and just try to find the beet ruben at a food truck or something.
Struggle Meals is hosted by a guy named Frankie who also hosts several segments on Make this Tonight. Struggle Meals premise is that the dishes are less than $2.00 a serving. I question the math on that. First, since there are no recipes you can never know if he's using, say, a pound of ground turkey or 3/4ths a pound. Second, he also relies a lot on his free flavor drawer, basically condiment packets you'd get at restaurants. I know I've never gotten half the stuff he has in there as a to go packet. With the exception of soy sauce, I've certainly never gotten any to go condiments in such vast quantities to create a drawer full of the stuff and use it when prepping a meal.
But even with having to buy stuff like hot sauce or honey and not knowing exactly how much of a protein he's putting into a dish, I imagine his stuff is still pretty frugal and probably clocks in for less than $3.00 or so. And he also makes some stuff that seems pretty inexpensive and then he adds a premium ingredient that I wouldn't use or that could be cut out without really sacrificing the overall quality of the dish. It all probably evens out.
I also really like any show that shows you can make good, delicious, and relatively healthy meals with out breaking your budget. When I'm not hanging out on TV forums or watching cooking shows, I usually spend a lot of time on personal finance blogs and some commenters really believe if you're not spending $500-$700 a month on food then your just living on ramen or starving yourself. If I had had a show like this when I was in my first years out of college and had a microscopic food budget, I probably would have experimented with cooking more.