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post #1 of 11
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So the food network got too big and had to branch off with another channel. Seems to me all they did was dump off a bunch of shows and add a couple like jamie oliver and some good old classic julia. I will admit that i am a food t.v. junkie. I watch some of the best and some of the worst. For some reason ina garten(barefoot contessa) soothes me with her voice. I like both the japanese and american iron chef shows. Alton Brown annoys the hell out of me, but his show has a lot of good info. They brought back "molto mario" which I like. There are also some drink related shows which interest me. I'm hoping thay will start showing reruns from the short lived "Cook's Tour" with Anthony Bourdain. That show was truly an original and somewhat shocking for 10 years ago.

I just wish they would put on more stuff for the professional or true foodie (I hate that word). I don't know what, but I'll know when I see it. Something along the lines of the PBS show "Gourmet's Diaries of a Foodie". That is a decent show. And the show with Mark Bittman, Mario, Gwenyth Paltrow and that hot Spanish chick travelling through Spain. That was really cool too.

Anyone ever watch the PBS show "Chef's Story"? Great show. The host did a 20 minute interview with a chef like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller or Charlie Trotter with some student questions (filmed at the French Culinary Institute in NYC) and then did a short demo. I want more stuff like this.

post #2 of 11

I'm confused.

 

I don't get that channel, so have no direct exposure. But, based on the heavy advertising, I assumed the food channel was a Food Network spinoff.

 

On another thread, we were told it replaces FLN. FLN was owned by Martha Stewart.

 

So, just out of curiousity, does anyone know the ownership situation?

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post #3 of 11

after a bit of checking it seems to be owned by the Scripps network as seen here: http://www.scrippsnetworks.com/newsitem.aspx?id=353

 

 

It's not available with my basic programming and i won't be paying for the so called upgrade

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post #4 of 11

It's worth it, I'm enjoying it

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post #5 of 11

To me the advertising looked like they are trying to do more intimate type shows. Food Network puts a lot of emphasis on their hosts abilities to relate to a marketing demographic, and as you might expect that is hit or miss. I don't like watching people that I consider to have equal chops in the kitchen telling me about their great ideas for cooking something in 30 minutes. My favorite is chopped, then I'd put triple D, good eats, and iron chef america on the same level as second fav. I don't think I'd enjoy the "cooking channel".

post #6 of 11

Hello,

 

 

You love cooking......So just watch cooking channels or buy some cooking books.

post #7 of 11

To soon to tell,  but if they go like food channel they will also quickly ruin it. 

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      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #8 of 11

The few times I've tuned in,  it's been the same performers I'm already avoiding on FN.  I'm not impressed. 

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post #9 of 11

The cooking channel has replaced the Fine Living Nertwork (on Direct Tv at least) and all it is right now is a bunch of repeats of shows previously only available on Food Network Canada and classic shows such as Julie Child. Being from Canada, I have seen most of these epeisodes numerous times. If we're lucky some of the better Canadian shows will migrate over such as Chef at Home and The WIld Chef. If were not lucky we will be stuck with "insert quasi-chef's name here"'s Day Off. 

 

post #10 of 11

 

"Anyone ever watch the PBS show "Chef's Story"? Great show. The host did a 20 minute interview with a chef like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller or Charlie Trotter with some student questions (filmed at the French Culinary Institute in NYC) and then did a short demo. I want more stuff like this."

 

If you like "inside" stuff like this  you would enjoy Michael Ruhlman's series of books about culinary training and the development/growth  of chefs.  It ain't TV, but he is a really good writer. Maybe you know them already, but thought I'd mention them.

 

"The Making of a Chef"

The Soul of a Chef

 

and a third I can't think of at the moment.

 

Mike 

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post #11 of 11
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thanks. i've read all ruhlman's books and love them. "the return of the cook" with Ripert is one of my favorites. he is probably the best food writer of our generation. of course, this is just my opinion.

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