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Meet the Stars and Shows of the Cooking Channel

May 27 2010 - 7:50am

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited for the Food Network's upcoming sister station, the Cooking Channel [1]. The new network debuts on Monday, and to help you figure out which shows you'll TiVo and which shows you'll skip, I've put together this little guide. Here, you'll meet 10 of the Cooking Channel's new programs and their hosts.

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Drink Up

Since I'm a fan of cocktails, I look forward to viewing this drink-centric program hosted by Dr. Mixologist [3], Darryl Robinson.

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Indian Food Made Easy

Brit Anjum Anand is the hostess of this show, which will feature Indian food similar to the way Giada de Laurentiis cooked Italian food on Everyday Italian. She's published three cookbooks [5], so it looks like she knows what she's talking about.

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Chinese Food Made Easy

Although I don't understand why Food Network couldn't come up with another name besides "made easy," I'm curious to see what Ching-He Haung [7] is all about. She's lived all over the world and has been hosting a television show since she was 21.

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Chuck's Day Off

Chuck Hughes is another Food Network Canada host. The good-looking and tattooed restaurant owner and chef [9] is sure to be a hit with the ladies. His show is modeled after Alex's Day Off.

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French Food at Home

Laura Calder is the host of Food Network Canada's French Food at Home and she won this year's James Beard Award [11] for the best television show in a studio or fixed location. Thus, it's no surprise that the Cooking Channel picked her series up. She's written three cookbooks, and I definitely plan to watch!

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I love her on Ask Aida and I'm excited to see Aida Mollenkamp in her new show that features handcrafted artisanal food items.

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Another import from across the pond, Rachael Allen is the author of four cookbooks. One of them, Bake [14], inspired the show.

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Everyday Exotic

Roger Mooking's motto is "keep it simple." The musician and chef has an extensive website [16] and his show will feature something called an "Obedient Ingredient." Not exactly sure what that means, but I think I'll give this guy a chance.

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Dolce Vita

Food Network Canada host David Rocco [18] claims he's "not a chef," but simply, "Italian." It will be the first time we get a man's take on Italian food since Molto Mario. Looks like he's going to give Fabio Viviani a run for his money!

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Food Jammers

Micah, Chris, and Nobu are the Food Jammers [20] who already have an established show and loyal following. The commercial featuring this program has been on heavy rotation on the Food Network.

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