Food Network & Cooking Channel: 20 New Series & 22 Returning Shows, Including Trisha Yearwood, Ree Drummond, Emeril Lagasse and More!

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April 13th, 2011

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SCRIPPS COOKS THE COMPETITION IN THE FOOD CATEGORY

2 Networks – 20 New Series and 22 Returning Shows

Trisha Yearwood, Ree Drummond, Emeril Lagasse and More!

 

 

NEW YORK – April 13, 2011 New menus for Food Network and Cooking Channel roll-out, delivering non-stop servings of new programming and returning hits. The lineup features 20 new series and 22 returning shows across both networks, as announced today by Brooke Johnson (President, Food Network & Cooking Channel).
COOKING CHANNEL
NEW SERIES PRIMETIME:
EAT ST.
Series Premiere: April 12th at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Eat St. is a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food. Host and comedian, James Cunningham travels across the country to find the very best curbside eats, from Tijuana-style tacos served out of an Airstream trailer to brick oven-style pizza baked on wheels. The true stars of this show are the street food mavericks themselves, with their innovative takes on mobile meals and inspiring stories to tell. Food cart fare is the hottest trend going, and Eat St. is the grease-stained roadmap to the ultimate street food experience.
UNIQUE SWEETS
Series Premiere: April 24th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Unique Sweets is an insider’s peek into innovative eateries across America that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today. Each episode runs the gamut on the sweet spectrum: restaurants with revolutionary pastry chefs, candy shops inventing eye-popping confections, chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavors and bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the middle of the night. Wherever there are gooey, crunchy, sticky and sweet treats that you won’t find anywhere else, Unique Sweets will take you there.
THE ORIGINALS WITH EMERIL
Series Premiere: May 5th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Chef Emeril Lagasse pays tribute to The Originalsiconic food establishments that have helped shape the country’s culinary landscape. While the restaurant industry is notoriously challenging and the life of a restaurant is sometimes short, every city has those cherished institutions that have stood the test of time. Emeril visits a new city in each episode and goes behind-the-scenes at three historic eateries. From uncovering the birthplace of famous dishes like Boston cream pie in New England and the French Dip Sandwich in Los Angeles to revealing Charlie Chaplin’s favorite 1920’s Hollywood hangout and Dr. Martin Luther King’s preferred Atlanta dining spot. This time on the other side of the stove, Emeril takes viewers on an informative and tasty journey through New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, and his beloved New Orleans.
FROM SPAIN WITH LOVE
Series Premiere: May 27th at 9pm ET/6pm PT
From Spain with Love explores the diverse culinary culture of Spain through the eyes of passionate gastronomad and host Annie Sibonney. Using food as a window into Spain and its many characters, the series uncovers the rich contradictions of the country. From the food mecca of San Sebastian and the quaint fishing villages of Galicia to the cosmopolitan Barcelona and the bustling excitement of Madrid, the series explores the deep-rooted connection between the land, the farmer, the fisherman, the ingredient, the home cook and the chef across Spain’s many regions.
HOOK, LINE & DINNER
Series Premiere: June 7th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Expert fisherman and obsessed seafoodie Ben Sargent sets out on the ultimate coastal road trip to visit the best clam shacks, lobster pounds and chowder pots in the country. Along the way, Ben meets local fishermen who show him how they battle the elements to bring in the catch of the day – and then he follows that catch straight through to the kitchen.
NEW SERIES DAYTIME:
CHING-HE HUANG SERIES (WT)
Series Premiere: July 2011
Glamorous, young food entrepreneur Ching-He Huang, the host of popular series Chinese Food Made Easy, premieres a new cooking series. Shot in San Francisco, a city known to celebrate Chinese cuisine, Ching explores the recipes and ingredients that are central to authentic Chinese cooking, that any home cook can prepare.
THE PERFECT 3
Series Premiere: July 2011
Cooking Channel’s favorite faces spotlight the perfect three dishes in 13 classic categories, from Burgers and brownies to sandwiches and salads.  Each episode throws to CookingChannelTV.com to see a webisode featuring a viewer paired with Kelsey Nixon (Kelsey’s Essentials) showing how to make his or her winning online recipe submission that was voted as category favorite by fans.
BAKING MADE EASY
Series Premiere: Fall 2011
UK chef, baker and pâtissière Lorraine Pascale shares her secrets, passion and knowledge on baking sweet and savory recipes.  The series features old favorites, as well as new twists on modern classics, with delicious tips, helpful shortcuts, techniques and kitchen secrets for baking.
RETURNING SERIES:
UNIQUE EATS
Season Three Premiere: April 3rd at 10pm ET/7pm PT
Unique Eats spotlights America’s most exciting and revolutionary restaurants, providing the first look and the Last Word in everything extreme in food today. The locations range from high-end dining rooms to casual neighborhood treasures and even roving eateries with no permanent addresses.
FROM THE KITCHENS OF…
New Episodes: Spring 2011
The best recipes from the top test kitchens in the country are finally revealed on From the Kitchens Of… The series features culinary experts from the largest food manufacturers in the country sharing all the tricks, tips and surprising recipes that have been created in their innovative “food labs.”
CHUCK’S DAY OFF
Season Two Premiere: May 1st at 11am ET/8am PT
Chuck’s Day Off follows chef Chuck Hughes on his cherished days off from the rock ‘n roll reality of running his restaurant, Montreal hot spot Garde Manger. For Chuck, a day off means another day to do what he loves most – he’ll get back in the kitchen and whip up tasty, flavorful meals, but this time, the guest list is limited to his friends, family and staff.
KELSEY’S ESSENTIALS
Season Two Premiere: June 2011
In Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey Nixon inspires a new generation of food lovers with her own fresh take on essential cooking basics. She gives her savvy tips on must-have pantry items, the latest gadgets and essential kitchen techniques – from roasting to baking.  Kelsey’s passion is creating recipes that target the beginning cook – breaking down the basics, teaching proper technique and making everyone feel comfortable in the kitchen.
FOOD(OGRAPHY)
Season Three Premiere: July 2011
Food has shaped the way our culture and world have evolved around us. Hosted by Mo Rocca, Foodography showcases cultural food themes by taking a look into the past, present, and future of iconic, classic, and trendy foods.


EVERYDAY EXOTIC
Season Two Premiere: July 9th at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Chef and musician Roger Mooking explores exotic ingredients and incorporates them into everyday cooking. In each episode, Roger focuses on one distinctive seasoning or ingredient and reveals its provocative flavors.  Whether jazzing up meatloaf with a hit of coriander or awakening chicken with fresh ginger, Rogers spreads the joy of flavor and adds an unexpected taste to every meal.
BITCHIN’ KITCHEN
Season Two Premiere: July 20th at 10pm ET/7pm PT
In her award-winning series Bitchin’ Kitchen, Nadia G. brings fun, excitement and style back into the kitchen with the perfect blend of food and humor for any occasion. She focuses on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients and a hands-on approach that will inspire hip audiences of all ages to rock the kitchen.  Each week, she tackles a new theme, cooking up her colorful cuisine and serving it with a side of wickedly delicious comedy.
HUNGRY GIRL
Season Two Premiere:  August 6th at 4pm ET/1pm PT
Hungry Girl is the first television series from bestselling author and web sensation Lisa Lillien (aka the original Hungry Girl).  Over a million die-hard readers eagerly await her daily email newsletter filled with recipes, tips and tricks, and have made Hungry Girl a multimedia phenomenon.  Each episode tackles different food favorites and strategies to keep the flavor big, bellies full but the calories low.  From a low fat version of mom’s mac & cheese to happy hour appetizers like De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket, Hungry Girl’s dishes will show viewers how to satisfy their cravings – without adding pounds.
BRUNCH @ BOBBY’S
Season Two Premiere: August 2011
Chef Bobby Flay shares his passion for brunch with viewers in Brunch @ Bobby’s. From a relaxed Hamptons kitchen, Bobby is the quintessential host – totally in his element whipping up dishes, sweet and savory. Brunch @ Bobby’s features fare from French breakfasts and Italian brunches to the acclaimed chef’s own family recipes.
RACHAEL RAY’S WEEK IN A DAY
Season Two Premiere: August 2011
Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day is devoted to giving time-stretched families the tools to prepare five delicious, homemade meals in one day. The series is filled with Rachael’s unique take on simple recipes and time-saving techniques and marks Rachael’s first solely-food focused series since the 2001 premiere of 30 Minute Meals.
EXTRA VIRGIN
Season Two Premiere: Fall 2011
Actress Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos share their passion for food, their family and each other in Extra Virgin. She’s a modern girl from Queens and he’s a farmer and food purist from the hills of Tuscany and along with their two young daughters, they have a home life that blends their two opposite sensibilities – with hilarious and delicious results.
SPICE GODDESS
Season Two Premiere: October 2011
Spice Goddess Bal Arneson reveals the power of using fresh, wholesome ingredients to make delicious, simple, everyday Indian meals. In each episode, Bal delves into the world of herbs and spices and shows how just a pinch of this and little bit of that can put pizzazz into any dish.
FOOD NETWORK
NEW SERIES PRIMETIME:
HAVE CAKE, WILL TRAVEL
Series Premiere: April 26th at 9pm ET/PT
Have Cake, Will Travel follows Ashley Vicos, the reigning queen of the cake decorating world, and her team around the country as they create extraordinary, one-of-a-kind cakes for special events from New York’s fashion week to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Known for her twang, blonde bombshell looks and bold sense of humor, Ashley’s approach to creating cakes reflects her over-the-top personality – and her team only adds to the drama in the kitchen.
BEST IN SMOKE
Series Premiere: May 8th at 10pm ET/PT; subsequent airings at 9pm ET/PT
Hailing from different cities across the country, six of the best barbecue masters meet in New York City to Face Off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title Best in Smoke. Endurance and skill are the key ingredients as contestants take on multiple challenges for vastly different audiences, with limited resources. From barbecue desserts to single bite hors d’oeuvres, no food is off limits. Contestants show off their personal style and quick wit throughout the competition, but a final mad dash to three separate venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn will determine which competitor will win the ultimate prize.
CRAVE
Series Premiere: June 20th at 10pm ET/PT
No doubt about it, Crave host Troy Johnson is obsessed with food. As a food critic and journalist in San Diego, he is constantly surrounded by culinary wonders. He’ll travel anywhere and try anything in pursuit of a new gastronomic passion. Troy’s expeditions shed light on how a particular dish or trend started, how it’s made, the science behind it, and even the loyal people who are nuts about the flavor – just like him. Troy doesn’t stop until he fully uncovers every one of his newest food obsessions.
HEAT SEEKERS
Series Premiere: July 2011
For chefs Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking, Heat Seekers is a tongue-testing odyssey to discover the most deliciously spicy food across the country – and to figure out why these dishes are so fun to eat. They discover the secrets of spicy dishes of all kinds – from Mexican to Korean to Indian cuisine – and then subject themselves to a test of who can handle the heat. The results are either tears of laughter or tears of pain – usually both.
TOUGH COOKIES
Series Premiere: July 2011
The only thing more popular this summer than the Jersey Shore beach are the cookies at Crazy Susan’s. There’s never a dull moment at the cookie jar with this loving, squabbling, multi-generational family. Sisters Susan and Linda try to keep everything running smoothly – but with lines out the door, phones ringing off the hook, and family members who create more problems than solutions, they’ll need to work their tails off to keep these cookies from crumbling.
CHEF HUNTER (WT)
Series Premiere: August 2011
Carrie McCully is the Chef Hunter – a leading chef recruiter placing culinary talents at acclaimed kitchens in need for over 15 years. In each episode of the new primetime series, Carrie brings together four rising-star chefs from across the country to compete for an executive chef position at a prestigious restaurant. Real jobs equal real stakes for these contenders!
SUGAR HIGH
Series Premiere:  August 8th at 10:30pm ET/PT
Famed cake “ace” Duff Goldman leaves his bakery behind and takes a sweet road trip on a mission to find the best desserts in America, from Baked Alaska to Boston cream pie. Duff goes to the locals of each city to find out where they eat when they’ve got a sugar craving and then meets the people behind the nation’s best desserts, getting the lowdown on the history of the recipe and the magic of making it behind-the-scenes.  Whether he’s mixing an egg cream in Chicago orbuilding the best hot fudge sundae in Dallas, Duffbrings his unbridled enthusiasm with each new sugar-filled, chocolate-covered bite.
HALLOWEEN WARS
Series Premiere: October 2011
In this deliciously scary series, five teams of cake decorators, candy makers and amazing pumpkin carvers compete to prove they are the top in Halloween treats – and the winner walks home with a big cash prize.
SUPERSIZERS
Series Premiere: January 2012
Two food adventurers step back in time to eat, drink and be hilarious in a bygone era. A hands-on exploration of the history of food, each week the brave hosts will receive medical exams before and after their time travel to see how living in the culinary past really affects their bodies. Join them in the Old West as they gnaw on bison jerky straight off the chuck wagon; or head to Plymouth Rock for a Thanksgiving feast that included wild fowl, eel and hickory nuts. It’s a gastronomic trip through the ages all in the quest to illuminate the culinary hits (and misses) of our past.
NEW SERIES DAYTIME:
PIONEER WOMAN
Series Premiere: August 2011
Award-winning blogger and bestselling author Ree Drummond shares her special brand of home cooking, from throw-together suppers to elegant celebrations.  This sassy former city girl, her hunky rancher husband and their band of adorable kids invite viewers into their life at home on the range – the next best thing to actually sitting on a stool in Ree’s kitchen.
FOOD NETWORK STAR WINNER SERIES (WT)
Series Premiere: August 2011
The season seven winner of Food Network’s number one series, Food Network Star, makes the leap to host in his or her own cooking show with a six-episode daytime cooking series.
TRICIA YEARWOOD SERIES (WT)
Series Premiere: September 2011
Country superstar and successful cookbook author Tricia Yearwood invites viewers into her kitchen for some southern hospitality and traditional family recipes in this new daytime series.
RETURNING SERIES PRIMETIME:
24 HOUR RESTAURANT BATTLE
Season Two Premiere: April 21st at 10pm ET/PT
Hosted by renowned chef Scott Conant , each episode features dueling teams of aspiring restaurateurs who have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own restaurants for one night. On each team, one person handles front-of-house issues like décor, seating and service while the other manages back-of-house matters like menu planning, shopping and, of course, cooking. When the doors open, each restaurant serves a discerning group of diners along with Scott and a panel of judges representing three areas of expertise: restaurant marketer, restaurant reviewer, and restaurant investor. Based on the  concept, execution, and viability, the judges choose a winning team who receive $10,000 seed money toward realizing their dream.
Chopped
Season Seven Premiere: May 3rd at 10pm ET/PT
Passion and expertise rule the kitchen on the fast-paced series, Chopped. Hosted by Ted Allen, the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets “Chopped” until the last chef left standing claims victory. Each week, a rotating panel of culinary elite judges including Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy, and Scott Conant will decide whose dishes shine the brightest and award the winner $10,000.
FOOD NETWORK STAR
Season Seven Premiere: June 5th at 9pm ET/PT
Food Network’s number one series returns with the most intense tests of talent and exciting guest stars steering the 15 finalists towards the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. With the drive to follow in the footsteps of their culinary idols, the finalists must first prove they have the charisma and culinary prowess to host/judge Bobby Flay, the judges’ newest addition Giada de Laurentiis and the Food Network executives of the star-making selection committee. Season seven challenges include creating and advertising a unique food truck under the watchful eye of Tyler Florence, performing live on the Rachael Ray show, catering the Fourth of July All-American Food Festival hosted by Guy Fieri, competing head-to-head Iron Chef America style in “Kitchen Stadium” and preparing an on-set meal for the cast and crew of ABC’sCougar Town. This star-studded season also features the industry’s biggest stars and culinary authority such as: Alton Brown, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Melissa d’Arabian, Paula Deen, Ina Garten, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, the Neelys, Wolfgang Puck, Rachael Ray and Michael Symon. Culinary competence and on-screen star potential will surely separate a true star from just another cook in the kitchen.
CUPCAKE WARS
Season Three Premiere: June 2011
Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers Face Off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize is $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at a high-profile winning gig. This season’s winners will be featured at A-list events including the Kentucky Derby, Comic-Con and the Tony Awards. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.
RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE
Season Two Premiere: July 2011
After combating countless “impossible dinners,” Chef Robert Irvine faces a daunting new challenge: save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. Robert uses creativity and resourcefulness, along with lots of muscle in his fight to rescue these restaurants. Will the ruthless schedule, tight budget and ambitious task overcome Robert’s lofty goals, or will this tall order result in restaurant triumph?
DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES
Season Thirteen Premiere: August 2011
The show that has inspired a loyal legion of fans that go in search of their own ‘DDD’ itinerary, resumes its cross-country road trip. Guy Fieri visits some of the country’s classic ‘greasy spoon’ restaurants – diners, drive-ins and dives – that have been doing it right for decades. These days they’re booming again, being run by a whole new generation of owners, and cooking up delicious homemade food to young and old. It might be a shack on the side of the highway in Texas, or a sportsbar in Vegas famous for Stromboli – these are the kind of places that make America great.
THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE
Season Two Premiere: August 14th at 10pm ET/PT; subsequent airings at 9pm ET/PT
Amazing chefs across the country are leaving traditional restaurants behind and hitting the streets in mobile kitchens serving some of the most unique and delicious dishes ever tasted. Hosted by Tyler Florence,the series features eight such gourmet food trucks as they embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip to convince Americans to step outside their culinary comfort zones and try something new – from a truck. The trucks are faced with challenges, roadblocks and speed bumps as they make their way fromthe Santa Monica Pier to Miami Beach in a heated competition for the $100,000 prize.
THE BEST THING I EVER ATE
Season Six Premiere: September 2011
A collection of food stars describe The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Food Network then visits the locations where these must-try delicious dishes are made, getting all the details from the chefs and cooks who create them. Each episode focuses a classic or sometime quirky category – from Burgers, Brunch, and Between Bread to With Chopsticks, On a Stick, and Reinvented Classics. Everyone has a “best thing I ever ate” story, and each one is sure to make viewers’ mouths water.
NEXT IRON CHEF: CELEBRITY (WT)
Season Four Premiere: October 30th at 9pm ET/PT
Hosted by Alton Brown, the fiercest battle ever in Next Iron Chef history features 10 of the country’s most accomplished and recognized chefs as they bet on their skills and put their reputations on the line for the chance to join the industry’s most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs. Featuring judge and original ‘Next Iron Chef’ Michael Symon, season four challenges the chefs’ culinary skills and mental toughness as they enter a clash of culinary titans.
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA
Season Three Premiere: February 2012
The country’s most hopeless cooks aspire to transform from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes as they compete in the high-stakes reality competition seriesWorst Cooks in America. Split into two teams, each led by an acclaimed chef, the recruits learn valuable culinary skills and are then tested in a series of high-pressure challenges during this grueling culinary boot camp. Based on their performances, they will be narrowed down each week until two are left standing to face the final challenge: prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics that thinks the dishes have been prepared by the chefs. On the line are the chefs’ professional reputations and $25,000 for the newly-crowned kitchen hero.

 

 
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