All About the Food Network

December 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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Back in 1993, many years before I lost my leg to Melanoma Cancer, a friend of mine back then came over and we were going to grill out that night. While eating she flipped the TV on to a channel I had never seen or heard of, TV Food Network. She was telling me about a chef who when adding spices to his dish would yell “Bam!”. From that day on I became a fan of Emeril Lagasse and the TV Food Network. It’s been fun watching through the years how the channel has evolved. Anyway here’s a little history on the Food Network.

 

 

Food Network

Former logo, used from 1997 to 2003.

Former logo, used from 1997 to 2003.

 

Food Network (legally known as Television Food Network) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is operated as a joint venture between Scripps Networks Interactive (which owns 70% of the network) and the Tribune (FN) Cable Ventures Inc. (which controls the remaining 30%). The channel airs both specials and regular episodic programs about food and cooking.
In addition to its headquarters in New York City, Food Network has offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Jersey City, Cincinnati, and Knoxville, Tennessee.
As of August 2013, approximately 99,283,000 American households (86.94% of households with television) receive the Food Network.

 

 

 

Food Network was founded on April 19, 1993 as TV Food Network and was launched on November 23 of that year; its legal name remains Television Food Network, G.P. Within a few years, the network had shortened its on-air brand name, removing the “TV” from its name. It was developed by Reese Schonfeld (one of the founders of CNN), under the direction of Providence Journal president Trygve Myrhen. Its original partners included the Journal itself, Adelphia, Scripps-Howard, Continental Cablevision, Cablevision, and most importantly, the Tribune Company, which provided the network’s technical output. The network was initially launched as a preview in September 1993 with two initial shows featuring David Rosengarten, Donna Hanover, and Robin Leach.

Schonfeld, who was also a partner in the company, was appointed as managing director of TV Food Network and maintained a spot on its management board along with two Providence Journal employees. The original lineup for the network included Emeril Lagasse (Essence of Emeril), Debbi Fields, Donna Hanover, David Rosengarten, Curtis Aikens, Dr. Louis Arrone, Jacques Pépin and Robin Leach. The following year, the network acquired the rights to the Julia Child library from WGBH.
In 1995, Schonfeld resigned as managing director of the network, but remained on its board until 1998, when he sold his interest in the company to Scripps. Greg Willis and Cathy Rasenberger were the two of the original members of the start-up team who led the affiliate sales and marketing of the company from 1995 to 1998, when the network experienced massive growth. In fact, in 1997, it was the second fastest growing cable network. Greg Willis served as senior vice president of worldwide distribution until he left to join Liberty Media in 1998.
Food Network logo used from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, a new version of this logo was introduced with a different font. This logo is still used by Food Network’s channels outside of the United States.
The A. H. Belo Corporation acquired Food Network when it purchased The Providence Journal Company in 1996. Myrhen left the Journal Company the following year. Belo sold the network to the E. W. Scripps Company in 1997, in a trade deal that resulted in Belo acquiring the television-radio station combination of KENS-AM/TV in San Antonio, Texas. In March 2009, the Food Network launched a repurposed Food.com as a bookmarking site that allows users aggregate and search for recipes from different sources online.
Food Network HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast feed of Food Network that launched on March 31, 2008.
Food Network was first launched outside of North America in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2009, and in Asia on July 5, 2010 (on StarHub TV channel 433 and in HD on channel 468). Since the UK launch on November 9, 2009 on Sky, the channel has been added to the Freesat, Freeview and Virgin Media platforms.

 

 

 

Food Network logo used from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, a new version of this logo was introduced with a different font.

Food Network logo used from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, a new version of this logo was introduced with a different font.

Food Network programming is divided into a daytime block known as “Food Network in the Kitchen” and a primetime lineup branded as “Food Network Nighttime”. Generally, “In the Kitchen” is dedicated to instructional cooking programs while “Nighttime” features food-related entertainment programs, such as cooking competitions, food-related travel shows, and reality shows. Promos identify “Food Network Nighttime” programming but not “In the Kitchen” daytime programming. Many of the channel’s personalities routinely pull double-duty (or more) – hosting both daytime and nighttime programming – and the channel regularly offers specials which typically either follow its personalities on working vacations, or bring together a number of personalities for a themed cooking event. Food Network airs infomercials on Sundays from 4:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET, Monday through Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 7:00 a.m. ET.
Mario Batali and Bobby Flay joined the network in 1995. In 1996 Joe Langhan, an executive producer at the Food Network, created Emeril Live!, which became the channel’s signature series. Although Batali has moved on to other endeavours, Flay still appears regularly on many programs, including Iron Chef America, the channel’s well-received remake of the original Japanese series. Iron Chef America’s host, Alton Brown, gained a cult following for his Good Eats, which mixed science, cooking and off-beat humor.
In 2002, Food Network made an appeal to the home cook by adding Paula’s Home Cooking, hosted by Paula Deen. Home Cooking focused mostly on Southern cuisine and comfort food. The show took overly complicated recipes and classic dishes and broke them down for the home cook. The show did increasingly well and Deen revamped the show in a series called Paula’s Best Dishes. In this series, friends and family members would join her in the kitchen and put a twist on classics and introduce new recipes. In June of 2013, Food Network announced that they were prematurely cancelling Deen’s contract due to publicity about her racial remarks revealed in a lawsuit brought on by a former worker.
Currently, the channel’s biggest cross-over star is Rachael Ray, who has parlayed her cable following (primarily through the series 30 Minute Meals and $40 a Day) into a syndicated talk show and merchandise lines of cookware and kitchen ingredients.
In 2002, Food Network made an appeal to the home cook by adding Paula’s Home Cooking, hosted by Paula Deen. Home Cooking focused mostly on Southern cuisine and comfort food. The show took overly complicated recipes and classic dishes and broke them down for the home cook. The show did increasingly well and Deen revamped the show in a series called Paula’s Best Dishes. In this series, friends and family members would join her in the kitchen and put a twist on classics and introduce new recipes. In June of 2013, Food Network announced that they were prematurely cancelling Deen’s contract due to publicity about her racial remarks revealed in a lawsuit brought on by a former worker.[citation needed]
Currently, the channel’s biggest cross-over star is Rachael Ray, who has parlayed her cable following (primarily through the series 30 Minute Meals and $40 a Day) into a syndicated talk show and merchandise lines of cookware and kitchen ingredients.
Beginning in 2005, an annual reality contest, The Next Food Network Star, has brought viewers to New York City to compete for their own show on the channel. Previous winners include Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh (Party Line with The Hearty Boys), Guy Fieri (Guy’s Big Bite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Off the Hook, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Guy’s Big Night, Guy’s Family Feast), Amy Finley (The Gourmet Next Door), Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Big Daddy’s House), Melissa d’Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners) and Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Party). For the 2010 season, production of The Next Food Network Star was relocated to Los Angeles.
In December 2007, The New York Times business section published an article on the end of Emeril Lagasse’s show Emeril Live and quoted Brooke Johnson, the president as saying that Lagasse “remains a valued member of the Food Network family”. Derek Baine, senior analyst at the media research firm SNL Kagan, is reported to have commented, “It’s not surprising that people move on… They pay almost nothing for the people as they are building their careers… That’s been their strategy all along”. The article also commented on the declining popularity of the Food Network whose daily ratings were reported had fallen “to an average of 544,000 people from 580,000 a year [earlier]”. It noted, “More significant, its signature weekend block of instructional programs, known collectively as ‘In the Kitchen,’ has lost 15 percent of its audience in the last year, to 830,000 viewers on average. This had left the network owing refunds, known as ‘make goods,’ to advertisers.” Erica Gruen, president and CEO of the Food Network from 1995–1998 who created Emeril Live during her tenure, was reported to have blamed the decline on increased competition, “There’s all sorts of instructional cooking video on the Web”. But it reported that, “Bob Tuschman, Food Network’s senior vice president for programming and production, said the weekend ratings drop was ‘nothing we haven’t anticipated’. He said the network’s ratings in that time period grew by double digits in each of the last four years, growth that could not be sustained.” It also wrote, “About a year ago, the Food Network began aggressively trying to change that with new deals that were ‘way more onerous’ from the stars’ point of view, said a person who has been affected by the changing strategy, by insisting on a stake in book deals and licensing ventures, and control over outside activities.
In accordance with an agreement between Scripps and Chellomedia, Food Network programs started to air internationally in the fourth quarter of 2009 in the United Kingdom and then in other markets in early 2010.
On January 1, 2010, HGTV and Food Network were removed from cable provider Cablevision, which operates systems serving areas surrounding New York City. Scripps removed HGTV and Food Network from Cablevision following the expiration of the company’s carriage contract on December 31, 2009; Cablevision and Scripps had been in negotiations for several months to agree on a new contract, but no progress had been made. The discontinuance of Food Network from Cablevision led the channel to make arrangements with Tribune-owned CW affiliates WPIX in New York City and WTXX in Hartford, Connecticut to broadcast a special episode of Iron Chef America with First Lady Michelle Obama on January 10, 2010, after that episode enjoyed high ratings on its January 3 cable premiere. On January 21, 2010, Cablevision and Scripps reached an agreement that resulted in Food Network and HGTV being restored on Cablevision’s systems that day.
A similar carriage dispute with AT&T U-verse resulted in Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country being dropped by the provider on November 5, 2010; the dispute was resolved two days later, on November 7, 2010, after the two parties reached a new carriage agreement.

 

 

 

Red Fly Studio developed a video game for the Wii console in partnership with Food Network called Cook or Be Cooked. The game, which was published by Namco Bandai Games and was released on November 3, 2009, simulates real cooking experiences. Players can also try out the recipes featured on the game. There is also a video game based on Iron Chef America entitled Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine.

 

 

 

Some countries have their own Food Network. For example Food Network Canada and Food Network Asia.

 

In 2011, Scripps requested to add its Cooking Channel, formerly Fine Living Network, to the partnership and Tribune agreed. With the Cooking Channel consider to be worth $350 million, Tribune would need to add an additional capital.

 

 

 

Emeril’s Florida debuts Jan. 6 on Cooking Channel

January 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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Emeril’s Florida debuts Jan. 6 on Cooking Channel with Orlando in focus
With two Orlando restaurants, chef Emeril Lagasse is no stranger to Central Florida. So it’s no surprise that he is intrigued with cookinguncovering authentic Florida fare. His new television series Emeril’s Florida premieres at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Jan. 6 on the Cooking Channel, an offshoot of the Food Network. The series covers the state’s regional cuisine from farms to restaurants giving viewers a fresh perspective of Florida food from the kitchen. But it is Central Florida that is in focus with the celebrity chef’s first stop at The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Lagasse and chef-owner James Petrakis prepare cobia, a favorite Florida catch . After that, cameras roll at Emeril’s Orlando with culinary cirector Bernard Carmouche. For that segment, black grouper with sofrito, rock shrimp and avocado toast is on the menu. The information-packed show showcases Vines Grille & Wine Bar, Orlando Brewing and ICEBAR before heading for dessert. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort’s award-winning executive pastry chef David Ramirez joins Lagasse to talk and sample artisan chocolates.

Top Chef Seattle Season:10

October 31, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Season 10

 

Top Chef: Seattle, the tenth season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, premieres on Wednesday, November 7th at 10/9c. Famed chef and restaurant mogul Wolfgang Puck joins as a judge this season, alongside Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse, with Padma Lakshmi returning as host, as 21 cheftestants compete for the “Top Chef” crown.

“Top Chef” offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the title of “Top Chef.”

Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a Quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to “pack up their knives” and go home.

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Emeril Lagasse keeps on cooking with new series

September 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Posted in baking, Food, grilling | 3 Comments
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After more than 2,000 shows Emeril Lagasse is hoping fans are still hungry for more Bam!-worthy cooking.

Emeril Lagasse

The chef known for Creole cooking and yelling “Bam!” as he throws seasoning into a sizzling pan this week launches his eighth television series — and 52 more episodes to the tally. “Emeril’s Table,” part of the Hallmark Channel‘s daytime line up, will feature

Lagasse cooking while five guests — from newlyweds and busy moms to firefighters and vegetarians — sit in his kitchen asking culinary questions, trading tips and recipes, and of course, eating.

“Food brings us all a little closer together and I hope that as we’re gathering around my table each day everyone will invite us in to their kitchens and be inspired to cook along,” Lagasse says.

If you’re hankering for a fix of Emeril live but can’t get to one of his 12 restaurants — where he serves more than 2 million meals a year — his 16th book, “Sizzling Skillets and other One-Pot Wonders,” also is being released this week

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/entertainment/article/Emeril-Lagasse-keeps-on-cooking-with-new-series-2189344.php#ixzz1Z6M2zIIX

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