I came across this article about the props used on the Food Networks shows. Its always kind of interesting to look into what other folks have. I think real shame (or highlight if you have the honor to walk through and talk to Wendy Waxman the resident historian and design director) is that so many of the nuggets of information that could be learned will never be committed to paper and will become lost over time. The photos also reveal other interesting notes that designers could find useful - like saturated colors do best under stage lights on film.
I have to say that everything looked really clean - and there was no evidence that the items were stored under a dust cover... it makes me wonder if they were cleaned for the shoot!