Food Network, Cooking Channel unveil 2012 slate

Among a slate of 22 new titles and 35 returning series, U.S. nets Food Network and Cooking Channel are launching series with Margaret Cho and Trisha Yearwood, and a special on childhood hunger in America.
March 30, 2012

Among a slate of 22 new titles and 35 returning series, U.S. nets Food Network and Cooking Channel are launching series with Margaret Cho and Trisha Yearwood, and a special on childhood hunger in America.

New primetime series for the Cooking Channel include Roadtrip with G. Garvin, premiering on May 29 and following host Chef Gerry Garvin as he explores the food of the U.S. south; and The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia, following host Ambrosia as he finds unsung culinary heroes in cities less traveled.

Other culinary tours of the world include Eden Eats and Cheap Bites, both premiering in August; and Eat the Street, where Chuck Hughes finds streets lined with restaurants, which premieres in September.

Man, Fire, Food premieres in September and sees Everyday Exotic host Roger Mooking focusing on fire-cooked food, while Mo Rocca stars in My Grandmother’s Ravioli, as he visits grandparents in the kitchen to learn how to cook.

Meanwhile, sister channel Food Network is set to launch Meat Men in primetime on April 9, focusing on Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors in New York City; while Cupcake Champions pits 16 Cupcake Wars winners against each other, and has a May 13 premiere date.

On May 14, Invention Hunters will see its hosts Steve Greenberg and Patrick Raymond searching the country for the next great kitchen invention; and in Myster Diners on May 25, viewers see undercover operatives filming secretly in restaurants and bars to find out what’s going on when the boss isn’t around.

Other new Food series launching in the summer include The New Anne Burrell Project (w/t), a competition series where chefs are tested to become a restaurant’s executive chef; Bobby Flay’s Opening Night (w/t); Chopped: Grill Masters; and $24 in 24 Hours (w/t).

Fall premieres include Undercover Critics, where Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Troy Johnson (Crave) and Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef) go undercover as restaurant critics; Sugar Dome; and Blind Dinner Party, hosted by comedian Margaret Cho, where seven strangers take part in a “bizarre social experience” to see if they find common ground through food.

New daytime series include Trisha Yearwood-hosted Trisha’s Southern Kitchen; Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen, starring Paula Deen’s grandson Jamie; Sunny Travels (w/t), which sees Sunny Anderson searching for the best home-cooked recipes; and The New Sandra Lee Project (w/t).

The network has also unveiled three specials, starting off with Hunger Hits Home, narrated by Jeff Bridges and focuing on childhood hunger in America, which airs on April 14.  The other two specials are live interactive shows, Grilling Live! on June 2, and Thanksgiving Live! on November 18.

Food Network’s returning series include Chopped All-Stars; Food Network Star, which boasts a revised format where judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis join new judge Alton Brown in a competition to find the next Food Network Star; Extreme Chef; The Great Food Truck Race; Halloween Wars; and The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Returning daytime series include The Best Thing I Ever Made and The Pioneer Woman.

Cooking Channel’s returning series include Easy Chinese, Not My Mama’s Meals, Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen, Symon’s Suppers, Unique Sweets and Extra Virgin, while daytime series The Perfect Three, Kelsey’s Essentials and Drop 5lbs With Good Housekeeping will also return.


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.