Food Network and Cooking Channel serve up cornucopia of programming

aida.jpgThe diabolical plan to take over the culinary TV world continues with Food Network's newest handmaiden: the Cooking Channel.

Launching May 31st, Cooking Channel will feature familiar faces like Aida Mollenkamp and "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, along with new blood for a diverse slate.

The primetime breakdown:

  • "Unique Eats" - A spotlight on America's revolutionary and original cuisine
  • "Drink Up!" - Darryl "Dr. Mixologist" Robinson hosts happy hour from New York City with unique concoctions
  • "Foodcrafters" - Aida Mollenkamp travels the country to focus on handmade foods
  • "Foodography" - Comedian Mo Rocca hosts a look at food culture, past, present and future
  • "Food Jammers" - A culinary contraption is conceived in the warehouse studio

Daytime:


  • "Spice Goddess" - Simple, tasty everyday Indian meals by Bal Arneson
  • "Indian Food Made Easy" - More Indian food, this time by Anjum Anand
  • "Cook Like an Iron Chef" (July premiere) - Iron Chef Michael Symon teaches the skills he uses in Kitchen Stadium. Chef challengers and fellow Iron Chefs stop by. Allez cuisine!
  • "Caribbean Food Made Easy" (August premiere) - Levi Roots does Caribbean cuisine around the UK and in the Caribbean
  • "Julia Child"/"Galloping Gourmet" cooking block (June premiere)

alton-brown-large.jpgOver on the older sibling Food Network old favorites will return while new primetime series featuring Tyler Florence and Adam Gertler, among others.

New primetime series premieres:

  • "Cupcake Wars" (June 18, 10 p.m. ET/PT) - Master bakers put their best cupcake forward. We're hoping this one doesn't have the dreaded oversized moving presentation portion. Cupcakes are wee for a reason.
  • "24 Hour Restaurant Battle" (July) - Think of the Restaurant Wars episode on "Top Chef" and you get the idea for this series hosted by Chef Scott Conant.
  • "Kid in a Candy Store" (July) - Adam Gertler tracks done creative, over-the-top sweets worldwide.
  • "Food Trucks (working title)" (August 15, 10 p.m. ET/PT) - Tyler Florence hosts this competition show as food truck cooks make food and travel across the country

Returning favorites:

  • "The Next Iron Chef: Season 3" (Fall 2010) - Alton Brown is back to host more smackdowns in Kitchen Stadium
  • "Worst Cooks in America: Season 2" (1st Quarter 2011) - The hopeless are back to get instruction from Anne Burrell and "Dinner: Impossible's" Chef Robert Irvine.
  • "The Next Food Network Star: Season 7" (2nd Quarter 2011) - Which unknown will prove to have the culinary chops and starpower to land themselves a Food Network gig?

What new show on Cooking Channel are you looking forward to?

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