Programmig highlights for 2004-2005
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 5 at 3pm ET
Juan-Carlos Cruz – a.k.a. the Calorie Commando – delivers the low-carb lowdown with heart-healthy recipes in each episode of this new series. From chocolate cake and potato latkes to burritos and french fries, Cruz guides viewers on finding smart alternatives for not-so-healthy food cravings with easy recipes for delicious treats that taste like the real deal.
Chef At Home
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 5 at 7:30pm ET/PT
Chef Michael Smith changes out of his chef whites to get comfortable in his own kitchen in the new, prime-time cooking show, Chef At Home. Shot on location at Smith’s home on the coast of rural Prince Edward Island, each episode finds Smith creating fresh, s easonal and simply prepared dishes that will inspire home cooks to close their cookbooks, improvise and be adventurous in the kitchen.
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 4 at 8pm ET/PT
Mario Batali (Photo credit: Food Network)
Chef Mario Batali (Molto Mario) hits the road in this, his newest series, travelling across the U.S. in search of those who create the best Italian eats, and preserve the Italian way of life in North America. From pasta, gnocchi and fresh plum tomato sauce to ricotta pancakes and mascarpone-filled cookies, Batali meets families, chefs, shopkeepers, and food artisans during his travels and uncovers their secrets for making delectable Italian food as they live “la dolce vita” (the sweet life) everyday.
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 5 at 8:30pm ET/PT
Effortless. Leisurely. Relaxed. These are the words that apply to cookbook author and chef Michael Chiarello in this series that finds him creating casual, easy-to-plan parties that revolve around great food. Each episode, shot on location in northern California’s wine country, features Chiarello planning, cooking, and throwing a creative get-together featuring recipes that blend his Italian heritage and wine country lifestyle for truly Easy Entertaining.
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 5 at 8pm ET
Giada De Laurentiis (Photo credit: Food Network)
Buon appetito! In Everyday Italian, Chef Giada De Laurentiis shares updated versions of the homey recipes she grew up with in her Italian family. From lasagna and grilled tuna to chicken piccata and pumpkin ravioli, each episode De Laurentis demonstrates easy dishes that are perfect for every occasion: a weeknight meal, entertaining a crowd, or a romantic dinner.
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 5 at 7pm ET/PT
Need help fixing dinner? In response to the common contemporary complaint that “we never sit down to dinner as a family!”, host and cookbook author Sandi Richard comes to the rescue with this weekly series that answers dinner-time cries for help. Each episode, Richard consults with a different family to show them how they can organize their kitchen, their cooking and their lives so that they can have a family dinner every night of the week.
Into the Fire
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 4 at 9:30pm ET/PT
Into the Fire is a behind-the-scenes look at America’s most-renowned restaurants on their busiest nights. Each episode, the series travels to a different restaurant, giving viewers access to the roller-coaster ride of dinnertime service in a professional kitchen.
Low Carb and Lovin’ It
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 4 at 3pm ET
George Stella, the low-carb chef, once weighed 465 pounds. Now, after transforming his life by controlling his carbohydrate intake, he shares his secrets to successful weight loss, proving that the low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring.
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 7 at 7pm ET 2004
They’re cute, they’re sexy and they can cook. They are Dave Burnett, Joel Rousell and Steven Moore, the hosts of Man-Made Food who create menus that are easy to prepare and full of flavour. From a romantic dinner and wine tasting to a camping weekend and a potluck, in each episode of this 39-part series the talented trio prepares a simple and impressive meal for a specific occasion, incorporating diverse ingredients and a variety of cooking techniques.
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 5 at 9pm ET/PT
Trish Magwood (Photo credit: Brandon Barré)
Chef and caterer Trish Magwood helps food enthusiasts plan and execute elegant, impressive parties in the new series, party dish. From a woman who has to pull together a same-day dinner party for six, to an avid golfer who’s on the hook for the annual golf social – despite his handicap in the kitchen – each episode finds a different guest facing a unique dining dilemma. Magwood taps into her expertise and infectious enthusiasm to help her dinner party host create an event worth remembering.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
(Canadian Premiere) Nov. 7 at 9pm ET/PT
Michelin-star chef and cookbook author Gordon Ramsay – the explosive, foulmouthed black sheep of Britain’s culinary scene – unleashes his wrath on struggling restaurants in the reality series Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares . Ramsay prescribes drastic measures and doesn’t mince his words as he visits a different kitchen each episode with the aim of transforming the floundering eatery within one week.
Recipe For Success
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 8 at 7:30pm ET/PT
Craving a delicious career makeover? From a couple who quit the nine-to-five grind, moved to Maine and opened a bed and breakfast to the nurse who finally listened to her friends and acknowledged that her brownies were good enough to sell, this series chronicles the stories of people who brought their food-focused dreams to life. Also, for those who aspire to enter the professional food world, small business experts share practical advice on everything from start-up tips to marketing plans.
The Secret Life Of
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 6 at 8pm ET/PT
Where did chocolate come from? Ever heard of the Earl of Sandwich? Did you know that the ice cream cone just celebrated its 100th anniversary? Take a lighthearted look at the foods in our daily diets and find out why we eat what we eat. Hosted by Jim O’Connor, this series answers questions about the history and evolution of everything from sweets and treats to hamburgers and chili.
Oct. 5 at 9:30pm ET/PT
Ina Garten – best-selling cookbook author, food writer and former owner of the Barefoot Contessa specialty food store – demonstrates how to entertain with simplicity, style and fun in season two of this series. From her home in the Hamptons, New York, Garten shares great tips for make-ahead meals, preparing fabulous food and hosting memorable parties.
Chef At Large
In season four of this culinary adventure series Chef Michael Smith continues to tackle unique cooking challenges. Smith goes behind the scenes of cooking venues including a Hindu wedding banquet in Vancouver; Alice Waters’ summer school for kids in San Francisco; and a Calgary restaurant chain that’s developing a new item for the menu.
Christine Cushing Live
Oct. 4 at 6pm ET
Returning for a fourth season, Chef Christine Cushing hosts a live, interactive nightly show connecting viewers from across the country with inspirational recipes and guest chefs. Cushing’s recipes celebrate Canada’s rich food culture and explore the latest food trends.
Oct. 4 at 3:30pm ET
Chef and cookbook author Kathleen Daelemans was inspired to lose weight upon arriving at her new job as the chef of a Hawaiian spa. Now, 80 pounds lighter, she’s inspiring other people to eat healthier and lose unwanted pounds, without going hungry or sacrificing flavour. In each episode of Cooking Thin’s second season, host Daelemans focuses on one person’s unique weight/eating challenges and guides them through the process of creating healthy, flavourful and satisfying meals that cut out unnecessary fats.
David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
Shot on location at the Rocco family apartment in Florence, Italy, Canadian-born David Rocco is immersed in the charm and beauty of Florentine life as he visits local markets and prepares authentic, easy-to-learn classic Italian dishes. Friends, family and special guests drop in during season two of this series as Rocco makes everything from Bruschetta with Tomato and Seared Tuna to Ossobucco.
$40 a Day
Oct. 4 at 7:30 ET/PT
Rachael Ray (30-Minute Meals) packs her bags and hits the road in search of the most delicious, international vacation-food experiences – all on a budget of $40 a day. From Florence and Amsterdam to Atlanta, Napa and Vancouver, watching her pennies means Ray dines everywhere from crab shacks and pubs to five-star restaurants, sampling the best, most authentic food at every stop. Each step of the way, Ray offers practical tips on how to enjoy gourmet fare without blowing the budget.
Oct. 6 at 9pm ET/PT
Chef Alton Brown combines the best of pop culture, comedy and plain good eating as he takes viewers on a food tour that’s part fact, part fiction and always entertaining.
Made to Order
Brothers Michael and Guy Rubino – accomplished restaur ateur and chef, respectively – turn out one satisfied customer after another in season two of this series. Whatever the occasion, the Rubinos are masters of finding interesting solutions to meet their clients’ needs and requests, and creating one-of-a-kind, custom-made events.
New Classics with Chef Rob Feenie
Oct. 6 at 9:30pm ET/PT
From his award-winning Vancouver restaurant, Lumière, Chef Rob Feenie tantalizes viewers with the secrets of his unique and classical cooking during a fifth season creating dis hes in his signature playful, energetic style. Some of this season’s dishes include: Halibut Casserole with Morels; Caramelized Banana Bread with Rum Caramel Sauce; and Fish Chowder.
Oct. 4 at 9pm ET/PT
Go behind the scenes to watch ambitious restaurateurs face the ultimate challenge: opening a new restaurant. In season two of this popular series, follow each step of this exhilarating, consuming process from designing the restaurant space and hiring staff to creating the menu and, finally, the opening night extravaganza.
Weekdays beginning Oct. 4 at 2pm ET
Need a sweet treat? Pastry chef Anna Olson satisfies sweet cravings during the third season of this daily dessert show. Each episode, Olson presents two recipes – one that’s easy enough to make right away and another requiring a little more effort that’s guaranteed to dazzle dinner guests. Olson guides viewers from making to plating with great presentation ideas to dress up any dessert.
The Surreal Gourmet
Oct. 4 at 8:30pm ET/PT
Bob Blumer, a.k.a. The Surreal Gourmet, travels in his signature “Toastermobile” in this third season of culinary road trips. At each stop, Blumer throws an imaginative dinner party relying on unconventional cooking techniques and recipes, including grilled paninis served as “subway sandwiches” for hungry commuters and, at a market, a savoury treat disguised as a sweet – tuna tartar served in an ice cream cone, topped with a swirl of avocado mousse and a yellow cherry tomato. Blumer also shares unique tips for cultivating ambience and great entertaining.
The Thirsty Traveler
Oct. 4 at 7pm ET/PT
From Sauvignon Blanc in breathtaking New Zealand and Bitters in Wales, to Cognac and Vermouth in France, host Kevin Brauch journeys to the world’s greatest wine, beer and spirit-producing regions and reveals the special ingredients that make these beverages unique.
Weekdays beginning Oct. 4 at 5:30pm ET
Would you believe that you can make impressive, delectable meals at home in less time than it takes to get takeout? From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining, host Rachael Ray demonstrates that dazzling dishes needn’t take more than 30 minutes to make, from start to finish.
Oct. 6 at 7/10pm ET/PT
Ever wondered where the mini marshmallows in your breakfast cereal come from? Each week, Unwrapped uncovers the secrets of classic favourites, from pop and chips to amusement park fare and chocolate-covered treats. Join host Marc Summers as he goes behind the scenes to learn about pizza, cocktails, movie snacks and more.