Brand New Cooking Channel An Edgier Alternative to Food Network


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If the 24 hour Food Network doesn't quite satisfy your hunger, look forward to the new Cooking Channel, which premieres today. The Food Network has become so bogged down with high-octane cooking competitions like "Iron Chef America" or the visual glut that is "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" that the Cooking Channel aims to bring programs that, shockingly, teach you how to cook!

The Cooking Channel hopes to appeal to a younger, hipper crowd of foodies who are interested in the culture of food, and understand that it should be made with love, not cobbled together in under thirty minutes. "The feel and style we're going for is a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper," Bruce Seidel says of The Cooking Channel.

While a few familiar faces like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay will make an appearance, the majority of the shows are imports from Canada and England that feature newer personalities. According to the Cooking Channel's lineup, shows among its ranks include 'Indian Food Made Easy' , 'Chuck's Day Off' and the Canadian program 'Food Jammers' with three gents you wish you could bring home to mom and possessing a flair for crafting wacky food-related contraptions. Famed culinary matriarch, Julia Child, will also have a segment during their 'Cooking Classics' block.

To see the full list of shows and hosts, or to learn some new recipes, check out the Cooking Channel website here.