The Cooking Channel: 5 Reasons We're Excited for It

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If there was a job to simply watch cooking shows, I'd be the CEO. I love the Food Network and any Travel Channel-related grub show -- I heart Anthony Bourdain with a lusty passion ... how could you not?

I'm totally stoked about the Food Network's latest project, the Cooking Channel. It's a 24/7 station launching on May 31 and promises to be a grittier, younger counterpart to the Food Network.

Find out the top 5 reasons we're excited about this all-access food porn station -- and one reason we're not.


1. Food Jammers featuring three hot Canadian dudes who build their own food contraptions. Taco vending machine? Yes, please.

2. Old reruns of Graham Kerr's and Julia Child's shows.

3. Foodography hosted by adorable Mo Rocca -- we love his witty comments when he's a judge on Iron Chef America and a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

4. Drink Up! A show dedicated to making booze and cocktails hosted by Darryl Robinson of the swanky Hudson Hotel in NYC. Can you say happy hour?!

5. The edgier side of the Cooking Channel, which isn't afraid to show exactly how your food gets from farm to plate -- like slaughtering chickens. Not that I'm a fan of killing animals (the opposite, actually). But I think it's important for people and especially kids to know where their food comes from and how it's processed.

The downside: There will be episodes of Emeril, Rachael Ray, and other annoying chefs airing on the hipper Cooking Channel. Why, Food Network, why? We thought the purpose of the Cooking Channel was to get away from characters like these.

Are you excited about the Cooking Channel?

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