Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Cooking Channel

Apparently The Food Network felt like it needed a more XXXtreme spinoff... enter The Cooking Channel:
“The feel and style we’re going for is a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper,” said Bruce Seidel, the senior vice president for programming and production for the Cooking Channel.

Reading the article, however, I'm not sure what shows they mention that really count as "edgy" exactly.
...the channel is hedging its bets with new shows by established talent including Mr. Lagasse, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay. And it has a spinoff of another hit, called “Cook Like an Iron Chef,” in which Michael Symon, a Cleveland chef, makes dishes like those concocted in Kitchen Stadium. But less familiar faces await.

Many of the newcomers are imports from Canada and elsewhere. The Canadian shows include “Food Jammers”; “French Food at Home,” starring Laura Calder; “Indian Food Made Easy,” whose host is the chef and writer Anjum Anand; “David Rocco’s Dolce Vita”; “Everyday Exotic,” with the Toronto food personality Roger Mooking; and “Chuck’s Day Off,” featuring a young and enthusiastic Montreal chef, Chuck Hughes.
Maybe it's gritty because Canadians don't bathe? Ha, just kidding... but seriously, is Indian food supposed to pushing the boundaries of food television?

I'm probably the audience they're trying to reach... someone who likes to cook, used to watch a lot of FN, but finds it fairly boring these days outside of Iron Chef... but nothing in that article sounds that interesting. I certainly would give "French Food at Home" a chance, and I guess it would largely depend on the quality of the host.