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The Debut of the Cooking Channel

Biggest Headline of 2010: The Cooking Channel Debuts

In late 2009, the news broke that Scripps Networks Interactive would replace lifestyle channel Fine Living with a new programing station dedicated to food. The Cooking Channel, which focuses on educational programs rather than culinary competitions like older sister Food Network, appeared six months later on May 31.

To ensure that the channel debuted with plenty of viewers, some of the Food Network's top talent — Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon — launched new cooking shows that would only be aired on the Cooking Channel. The rest of the programming was filled out with well-known television personalities from Canada, England, and Australia.

The only problem with the Cooking Channel is that it's not included in all cable packages, and many Food Network subscribers don't have access to it. Hopefully in 2011, the channel will not only launch more informative and interesting cooking programs, but it will also be available to a larger audience.


Join The Conversation
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
My parents get it on their basic Dish and my MIL on her expanded. I don't get it with my basic Comcast. Boo. I have seen some of the shows and would love to be able to watch them in my own home. Though my husband thinks I watch FN enough as it is ^^; Funny, I saw some of the shows on Cooking channel on the FN Canada while on honeymoon. Loved some of them.
ribeyedann ribeyedann 6 years
Cooking Channel is available on my Dish service. It's been fun to watch. I like their programs such as Unique Eats, Foodcrafters, Food(ography) and French Food at Home. While Bitchin' Kitchen reminds me of culinary Beakman's World. For me, the production quality of the shows is a big plus. Everything everything on Unique Eats looks amazing. Really makes you want to try out the different places.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
I second the larger audience part. If it wants to be as successful as the FN, it needs to reach as many people!
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