I've a couple of suggestions for your TV viewing pleasure.
First, Gordon Ramsay. This Scottsman is a world renowned chef, and very successful restaurant owner. He owns 4 and 5 star dining facilities all around the world. He is also a very outspoken, foul mouthed, abusive blowhard, and must be complete hell to work for. However, he is very entertaining. The first show I saw him on "Hell's Kitchen". I didn't care for it, because I didn't understand what the point was. Then, I saw episodes of his "F Word" and "Kitchen Nightmares" on BBC America, and got hooked.
Besides the entertainment value of seeing him humiliate stupid people, I've found it both fascinating and horrific to see behind the scenes at what are supposed to be high class restaurants (Kitchen Nightmares). It is plain scary what can be going on behind the doors that seperate the dining room from the kitchen.
Kitchen Nightmares has crossed over the pond, and is now seen on various evenings on Fox.
Second, Food Tech, on the HIstory Channel. Chef Bobby Bognar takes us on a journey each week, exploring how food is brought to the table in restaurants. He takes a subject each week, and shows how it is produced. One week, it was 'The Hamburger'. The episode tracked each ingredient from inception to the table - beef, bun, pickle, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, french fries. The segments on pickles and french fries were eye opening. The normal person has no idea what goes into making these things on a scale to feed America. A couple of other episodes, 'Southern Fried', and 'Breakfast Food' made me very hungry.
Cool shows. No politics, no violence, no gore, and still not boring.