The panini was store bought bread, store bought meat, and store bought cheese cooked as a panini. Yes, he did make the spread for it, but the rest was not really cooking
I think if Jeff knew how to make his own bread he would have shown that on the show. It isn't hard to bake bread, certainly not the chore so many cooks and chefs try to make it out to be but I don't think he knows how or would dare come up with his own recipe. No one on the FN really has ever ventured into bread making territory come to think of it, except Alton Brown and maybe one or two others?
But the bread will probably always be store bought, and most viewers probably only eat store bought so he won't get dinged for that. And there is no way he is going to try to make his own cheese. That's more the Cooking Channel's speed and even then it takes so much time and effort, people aren't happy his roast takes 4 hours, who is really going to get a cheese curd press or curdle fresh milk?
Like I said earlier all Jeff can do really is give recipes on how to cook the different meats or make up the different condiments or spreads for the sandwiches. There isn't much else he is capable of doing without chasing away his audience. People want to make sandwiches, not turn into Wolf Gang Puck's sous chef.
I could see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, the same could be said for Giada and the bazillion ways to make macaroni, or Ina and her infinite chicken reportoire
I have to disagree with this because to me they have shows based on a certain concept, not a single dish, like Jeff has. Yes Giada makes a heck of a lot of pasta, but she also can make homemade pasta, she also can make dessert, side dishes, etc. Her shows aren't based on one single type of dish, even if she makes many of the same dishes. And the same goes for Ina. Ina is about entertainment so her show does showcase many different dishes perfect for dinner parities. She isn't just cooking chicken every single episode.
Jeff is all about sandwiches, that's the core of his show and to me that falls more into the category of a 5 Ingredient meal or Melissa's show 10 dollar dinners, the concept to me is way too compact and there isn't enough wiggle room for them to do as much as they could with their idea. Now granted those two shows seem to have a good fan base anyway so Jeff may get lucky after all.