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Have reality shows grown so much that now the prizes are shrinking? A Food Network reality show contestant Kris Herrera has filed a lawsuit against Food Network, parent company Scripps Networks, and 16 Handles, saying the company failed to deliver his promised prize, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

According to the complaint, which can be found in full here, Herrera was a contestant of Giving You the Business, in which four employees are given the worst shift of their life while their CEO watches through hidden cameras. The best employee is rewarded their own franchise location.

Herrera claims that while he was repeatedly promised his own location of the New York fro-yo chain 16 Handles, he was only given a small, non-transferable non-voting share of the stock, after working a seven-hour shift and dealing with "situations of embarrassment and ridicule that placed him in a negative light."

In the complaint, Herrera claims he was first told to participate in a "corporate video," submitting photos of his family, then put on a seven-hour shift where "a customer tips the scales with her supersized order and a salesman makes a stink while a rowdy dodgeball team overtakes the store," Food Network's website says. Only after the shift (used to film b-roll and footage, we imagine), were the employees told to report to a TV studio and informed of their participation in the show.

After the episode finished filming, the network began "began advising [Herrera] that he was only going to be awarded a 'part of a franchise' or a 'stake in a franchise," the complaint says, and after Herrera discovered he was only going to be given a single share did he file suit for breach of contract, fraud, and violation of his right to privacy and publicity. He "would have never allowed the episode that showed him in situations of embarrassment, ridicule, defamation and false light to air…if he was not going to be awarded his own franchise store and if he was only going to be awarded a single, non-transferable, share of stock," the complaint says.

This isn't the first time a reality show contestant has claimed to be jipped of their prize; last year, the winner of Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell was promised the job of executive chef at Todd English's Olives in New York, only to claim that Todd English's team never contacted him (leading to various accounts of supposed hirings, angry calls, and subsequent non-hirings). Guess we'll be sticking to good old-fashioned résumé-dropping and cover letters.

Alton's Post-It Tweets — Star Commentary

We know he’s not exactly your average Star fan, but we just had to give the Fan Post of the Week to none other than Alton Brown himself. This weekend, the leader and namesake of Team Alton took to Twitter — with Post-it notes — to show his support and not-so-subtle competitive spirit for his top three contestants, Martie, Emily and Justin, as they prepared to meet the press. Pictured above is one of Alton’s many Star-related Twitter pictures. “One of these things is not like the others. #winner,” he scrawled on a Post-it which he stuck to his computer screen over an image of himself, Giada and Bobby.

Just as the remaining eight finalists are battling it out to become the winner of the competition, so too are Alton, Bobby and Giada, as the mentor whose contestant becomes a star will produce his or her new show. Alton Tweeted photo messages (pictured below) for rival mentors Bobby and Giada that showcase both his competitive side and sense of humor.

Food Network: Feeding a Nation’s Voracious Appetite

If the ingredients in Food Network&rsquos success over the past 20 years were to be boiled down into recipe form, it would read something like this:

» 2 cups entertainment value

» 2 heaping tablespoons passion

The Scripps Networks Interactive cabler, which marks the 20th anniversary of its formal launch on Nov. 23, 1993, has whipped all those elements into a TV souffle &mdash a 24/7 meal that is light and tasty for the viewer but a complex operation for its cooks.

The channel that was once given away to cable operators for free was perfectly timed to capitalize on the enormous growth of popular interest in food, cooking, chefs and restaurateurs. Food Network has blossomed during the past decade into a top 10 basic cable powerhouse, one that has seemingly endless opportunities for brand extensions, from the monthly magazine that is a joint venture with Hearst Corp. to its voluminous website to all manner of merchandise.

Food Network is now the profit engine of its parent company, a taste-maker in food trends (kale! quinoa! kohlrabi!) and a career-maker for foodie personalities of all flavors. Gourmands may turn up their nose at Food Network&rsquos &ldquogameshows,&rdquo but there is no disputing the impact the channel has had on the nation&rsquos eating and dining habits.

&ldquoIt&rsquos a virtuous circle,&rdquo says 10-year Scripps vet Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network since 2004, as well as the Cooking Channel topper. &ldquoPeople are more interested in food and that makes them more interested in Food Network, which makes people more interested in all kinds of foods. And unlike a lot of cable networks out there, we really are experts in what we do. We really are on the bleeding edge working with the best chefs in the world.&rdquo

Food Network occupies a uniquely huge niche in the world of lifestyle cablers for the simple reason that everyone eats. That means the sky&rsquos the limit for potential target audiences for its programs, which range from competition-reality shows to exotic travelogues to traditional how-to shows. At the core of every program is a celebration of culinary skills &mdash a movement fostered just as the network was getting off the ground by food minds ranging from Alice Waters to Martha Stewart to Anthony Bourdain.

&ldquoCooking used to be a means to an end,&rdquo says Susie Fogelson, senior VP of marketing and brand strategy for Food Network and Cooking Channel. &ldquoNow it&rsquos a form of self-expression and creativity. Planning meals, preparing meals, shopping for meals has all become a great creative outlet for people. It&rsquos no longer a chore.&rdquo

There&rsquos also a level of accessibility with food-related programming, from non-pretentious personalities like Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee, who are not averse to using packaged ingredients for convenience&rsquos sake, to &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo-level talents like Cat Cora and Michael Symon.

&ldquoBeing into food used to be more of a fancy big-city phenomenon,&rdquo Johnson says. &ldquoThat&rsquos where most of our chefs came from. Food Network helped expose the fun and excitement and the broad array of what food could be to the entire country. Now there&rsquos not many towns you can go to where you can&rsquot find a little Asian fusion. That&rsquos been a tipping point for us.&rdquo

Bob Tuschman, Food&rsquos g.m. and senior VP of programming, calls it a &ldquodemocratization&rdquo movement that has been spurred in part by technology and the ease with which people can learn about new foods, restaurants and cooking techniques. &ldquoPart of our approach has been to open the door wide and let everybody know that they&rsquore welcome here,&rdquo he says.

Fogelson notes that digital media has aided this effort in many ways, from easy access to information and recipes to making once-hard-to-find ingredients available by mail order.

&ldquoThere&rsquos been an explosion of accessibility, empowerment and confidence aided by the digital space. Discussions of food, sharing pictures of food is one of the largest drivers of what goes on in social media,&rdquo Fogelson says.

The question of Food Network&rsquos role in driving the boom in foodie culture and celebrity is a classic chicken-or-egg quandary. From the early days led by its first homegrown star, Emeril Lagasse, to its current deep bench, no entity has been more responsible for turning chefs into rock stars than Food.

“It&rsquos been a game-changer simultaneously across the food and media industries as well as American culture,” says WME’s Jon Rosen, who reps such superstar chefs as Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Tom Colicchio. “The network has been an incredible platform for food personalities to gain mass exposure beyond cookbooks and traditional means. It’s also paved the way for the numerous food-related programs on all networks.”

The cabler functions like a well-oiled machine when it comes to grooming new talent. One of the biggest assets in developing its stars is the number of opportunities it has to showcase them on any given day. Promising personalities can be featured as a contestant on one show, a judge on another, give a demonstration on a third, write a column for the magazine or website, and eventually move on to fronting their own specials and series.

&ldquoBecause everything we do involves food, we have so many ways to help accelerate their stardom,&rdquo Tuschman says.

Food Network has come a long way from its earliest days, when the cabler carried a slate of studio-bound shows (the on-air name was trimmed from the redundant TV Food Network in 1997). It was dependent largely on Gotham-area talent because there was not much in the way of a budget to fly people in.

The channel was started by a clutch of TV station owners, including Tribune Broadcasting and Scripps Howard Co., cable operators and newspaper owners, led by Providence Journal Co. Control of the channel shifted a few times until Scripps acquired the majority 69% interest in 1997, with Tribune retaining 31%. (Scripps split its newspaper and TV businesses into separate companies in 2008.)

Flay, one of Food&rsquos signature stars, was a presence on the channel from the beginning. He was &ldquoin the right place at the right time&rdquo as the chef at a hip Manhattan eatery, the Mesa Grill.

He remembers taking the subway to a &ldquobeat-up&rdquo studio on 11th Avenue to do guest shots on various shows until he fronted his first Food show, &ldquoGrillin&rsquo and Chillin&rsquo &rdquo Then, as now, Flay saw the exposure on Food as a means of boosting his first priority, his restaurants.

&ldquoIt came at a moment when we were seeing a brand new culture for food,&rdquo Flay says. &ldquoMy (chef) colleagues would say to me, &lsquoWhy are you doing TV? You&rsquore a chef.&rsquo I told them I knew that this was going to put people in the seats of my restaurant. It was really the first time that a chef could use the marketing power of TV other than doing a quick standup on &lsquoRegis&rsquo or the &lsquoToday&rsquo show.&rdquo

Twenty years later, Flay owns six high-end restaurants, and his celebrity has allowed him to realize another lifelong dream: owning a burger joint. &ldquoI just opened my 16th Bobby&rsquos Burger Palace,&rdquo he notes. &ldquoBeing able to do these restaurants outside of big cities is completely a product of the fact that I&rsquove been on Food Network for so long.&rdquo

That most of Food Network&rsquos top stars are successful entrepreneurs in their own right goes a long way toward communicating a sense of authority to viewers.

&ldquoFrom a producer&rsquos perspective, one of the things about doing a show for Food Network is you&rsquore dealing with incredibly creative, accomplished people who are passionate about what they do,&rdquo says Steve Kroopnick, &ldquoIron Chef America&rdquo exec producer.

The evolution of Food Network&rsquos primetime lineup from instruction-based to more entertainment-oriented programming was a natural byproduct of the company&rsquos growth and a widening audience base. It was also undoubtedly spurred by competition from such foodie rivals as Bravo&rsquos &ldquoTop Chef&rdquo and Gordon Ramsay&rsquos brand of agro entertainment on Fox, which exposed audiences to the more pressure-filled, rough-and-tumble aspects of the food profession. Food not only counter punched with &ldquoChopped,&rdquo emcee&rsquod by Ted Allen of Bravo&rsquos &ldquoQueer Eye for the Straight Guy,&rdquo but also with edgier shows that appealed to younger demos like &ldquoDiners, Drive-ins and Dives,&rdquo hosted by spikey-haired rising star Guy Fieri, and &ldquoBitchin&rsquo Kitchen,&rdquo featuring the decidedly punky Nadia G.

The spin-off Cooking Channel was born in 2010 (a makeover of the luxury-focused Fine Living Channel) to take up the slack in Food&rsquos how-to lineup and to revive some classic early offerings like &ldquoMolto Mario,&rdquo as in Batali.

&ldquoMost of our viewers after they&rsquove had their evening meal want to kick back with something more entertaining,&rdquo Tuschman says. &ldquoWe listened to our viewers and found several genres of reality and variety shows that they really respond to.&rdquo

The network also has been quick to respond to criticism, such as Paula Deen&rsquos high-fat, sugar-laden recipes, by rolling out the more health-conscious &ldquoNot My Mama&rsquos Meals,&rdquo hosted by Deen&rsquos son Bobby, the same year (in 2012) she admitted to having Type 2 diabetes.

Despite the occasional setback, the power of the underlying Food Network brand has remained resilient, and is a magnet onto itself &mdash a rare feat for a network. But then again, the stomach is a proven path for winning hearts and minds.

&ldquoIt never ceases to amaze me how many ways fans can interact with our brand,&rdquo Fogelson says. &ldquoThey can watch a show, then get a recipe online, then see our brand when they&rsquore shopping for goods to make dinner that night and finish the day watching &lsquoCupcake Wars.&rsquo In our competitive (cable) set viewers engage when they turn on the TV. Our brand gets lived.&rdquo

Food Network Chief Brooke Johnson to Retire

Brooke Johnson, who added a bevy of new formats to the Food Network recipe as president of the Scripps Networks cable outlet, is stepping down.

During a tenure of more than 12 years, Johnson supervised the birth of programs such as &ldquoChopped,” &ldquoCutthroat Kitchen,&rdquo &ldquoFood Network Star&rdquo and &ldquoDiners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” expanding the Food Network aegis from celebrity chefs to reality programming. In recent months, the network has experimented with more, including bringing in celebrities like Trisha Yearwood and Valerie Bertinelli to host cooking-demonstration series.

Johnson will continue to serve as a consultant to Scripps Networks Interactive through the end of 2016, the company said. Scripps said an announcement detailing new leadership for Food Network would be made “in the coming days.” Johnson was also president of Scripps’ Cooking Channel.

Johnson is capping off a storied career that put her in the planning room for such durable TV concepts as History Channel and “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee.” She joined Food Network in 2003 after working at A+E Networks, where she launched the Biography Channel and proposed the original concept for History Channel. Prior to joining A&E, Johnson was program director for WABC-TV in New York, where she launched &ldquoLive! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” first at the local level and then in national syndication. Under her aegis, Food Network expanded into branded products, launched a magazine based on the network with Hearst Corp. and expanded food category&rsquos digital footprint through a series of apps and web offerings.

Food Network faces some challenges. Its operating revenue fell 4.2% to a little more than $228 million in the second quarter and dipped 2.5% to approximately $457,000 for the first half of the year, according to Scripps’ most recent earnings report.

One follower of the network feels it is in need of a makeover, and executives who want to put one in place. “Everyone has a food show now. The question for Food Network is how do you stay ahead of every other channel?” said Allen Salkin, author of “From Scratch: The Uncensored History of The Food Network.” The answer, he said, “goes back to what they were doing at the start, which was revolutionizing the format.”

Scripps Networks Launches ‘Genius Kitchen’ Online Food Network, Folding Recipes Into the Mix

Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Food Network and Cooking Channel, needed a new way to reach hungry millennials — many of whom have tuned out cable TV.

So the company built Genius Kitchen: a multiplatform digital-media brand aimed at young adults (ages 21-35) who are passionate about food, cooking and culture. Genius Kitchen will comprise original short-form programming, plus licensed food shows and content repurposed from Food Network and Cooking Channel.

In addition, Genius Kitchen’s videos will be integrated with a database of more than 500,000 recipes culled from, which Scripps Networks plans to phase out. When you’re watching a Genius Kitchen show and there’s a relevant recipe being featured, you can have it delivered directly to your smartphone.

“It’s a desire to create content for younger audiences, who are consuming it in different ways,” said Rich Lacy, senior VP of digital brand creative at Scripps Network Interactive.

Scripps Networks is initially launching the free, ad-supported website, which goes live Tuesday. That will be followed in early October by the rollout of 150-plus hours of video content, available on mobile apps, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablets, YouTube, Pluto TV, and other platforms.

Genius Kitchen’s original programming development is being overseen by Lacy and produced out of Scripps Lifestyle Studios, SNI’s digital production arm. The company has created a dedicated Genius Kitchen studio in Manhattan’s Union Square neighborhood.

Original shows include “GK Now,” a weekly food newsmagazine hosted by Akilah Hughes — known for her YouTube comedy channel as It’s Akilah, Obviously — and Mike Lockyer (pictured above). They’ll be joined with various co-hosts, talking about offbeat food trends, pop culture, and other news for the young and grub-minded.

The weekly “GK Now” will be around 22 minutes, but the runtimes for other Genius Kitchen originals (which Scripps isn’t revealing yet) will be at most around 15 minutes per episode, Lacy said. About one-fourth of the Genius Kitchen is brand-new original content another 25% is “reimagined” Scripps Networks library shows from Cooking Channel and Food Network, reassembled into shorter formats. The remainder will consist of licensed shows, featuring personalities such as Nigella Lawson and Sophie Dahl.

“No other media company is better positioned to introduce this level of investment in premium food content,” said Kathleen Finch, Scripps Networks Interactive’s chief programming, content and brand officer.

It’s worth noting that Scripps Networks is an investor in Tastemade, a food, lifestyle and travel digital-media company — also aimed at millennials. (Currently, Scripps Lifestyle Studios doesn’t have partnerships with Tastemade on any projects.) Meanwhile, Scripps Networks is in the midst of being acquired by Discovery Communications in a deal worth $14.6 billion.

The concept for Genius Kitchen began brewing two years ago, according to Lacy, after Scripps Networks began seeing how social video was started to explode. “We invested in it, and we got really good at that,” he said. “Then we said, ‘What if we built a food brand from the ground that embraced the way younger people are consuming content?'”

One of the goals for Genius Kitchen is to produce branded content in association with advertising partners. “If the content is good, people will watch it,” Lacy said. “You just have to be honest about the fact that there is a sponsor relationship.” In addition, Genius Kitchen will have a lighter commercial load than typical TV channels, with fewer ad breaks, and they’re shorter.

Another key piece of Genius Kitchen is the content being migrated over from (previously called Recipezaar). First launched in 1999, the user-generated recipes site was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2007. Now, the company is going to shut down and has populated with the half-million-plus recipes instead the staff working on is shifting to the new project as well.

The recipes section on the Genius Kitchen website will be geared toward community discussion, Lacy said — for example, letting users post photos of how their recipes turned out, or showing how they’ve changed a recipe.

According to Lacy, when it came to naming and positioning the youth-skewing food network, Scripps Networks didn’t consider leveraging its well-known cable channels. “The Food Network brand is very recognizable and very loved,” he said. “We didn’t want to create any confusion – Food Network is a story brand.”

Scripps Lifestyle Studios combines the digital content operations of HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Great American Country — and now Genius Kitchen. The unit operates the Food Network Kitchen in New York City and the HGTV Studio in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Suspected Killer Admits To Dozens of Murders After Mutilated Corpses Are Found In His Home

A 72-year-old man was arrested this week following the discovery of human remains under the floorboards of his home. He has confessed to killing as many as 30 people over the last two decades. The suspect, identified only as “Andrés N,” per Mexican privacy laws, was known colloquially as El Chino (The Chinese). He was arrested inside his home in the municipality of Atizapán de Zaragoza on Saturday for the killing of 34-year-old Reyna González, who vanished on May 13. He is believed to have stabbed her and dismembered her body El Pais reported. Police said they found shoes, ID cards, women’s handbags, and clothing in the home along with other belongings linked specifically to Rubicela Gallegos and Flor Nínive Vizcaíno, who disappeared in 2016 and 2019, respectively, according to the outlet. Reports have emerged from various news outlets in Mexico that Andreas N. told authorities he’d eaten some of the remains of his victims and peeled the skin off of González's face. Investigators reportedly also discovered scalps and skulls, and audio recordings of over a dozen murders. The alleged killer also had weapons including machetes and a fretsaw on the property. After his arrest, Andrés N. reportedly admitted to as many as 30 murders, the news agency Efe reported. Prosecutors in the State of Mexico, which includes Mexico City and much of its suburbs, said Wednesday that they have yet to determine the number of possible victims in the case, the Associated Press reported. According to Efe, he is being held at the Tlalnepantla Penitentiary and Social Reintegration Center. The gruesome discovery of González’s hacked-up body on a bloody table came during the search for her in Las Lomas de San Miguel, a neighborhood on the western edge of Mexico City. Investigators jackhammered the floor and took apart a concrete structure on the common-access property, then forensics experts sifted through dirt to find evidence. DNA testing will be needed to determine how many victims Andrés N. may have killed over the years, prosecutors said. Andrés N. rented out rooms in his home to support himself, El Pais reported. Fernando López, his tenant, is a doctor who ran a practice in one of the rooms he was told by authorities to exit the property as the search began. Prior to her brutal death, González ran a small cellphone store near the property where her remains were found. When she vanished on Friday, missing person posters went up around the neighborhood. Neighbors said that she knew Andrés N. — who they reportedly said got along well with locals and had been a local association leader.“The man was always there at her store, always talking to her, always there,” Karla Narváez, a local pharmacy owner, told El Pais.According to a report in El Universal, González had gone to the alleged killer's home before she disappeared. He was going to accompany her on a trip to the center of Mexico City to purchase merchandise for her cell phone sales business. Resident Maura Valle told reporters that Andrés N. never had a life partner but did have a sister who no longer lives in the immediate area. Femicides — defined as the murder of women because of gender — have plagued Mexico for decades. In 2019, approximately 35,000 women were murdered, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The country began collecting data on femicides in 2012. Activists say that femicides have become so pervasive that police no longer do much to prevent, investigate or prosecute the killings.

‘Pearl Harbor’ at 20: Kate Beckinsale says she didn’t make sense to Michael Bay ‘because I wasn’t blond and my boobs weren’t bigger than my head’

Kate Beckinsale offered some interesting quotes on "Pearl Harbor" director Michael Bay during a 2016 Role Recall interview with Yahoo.


Providence Journal company president Trygve Myhren in 1990 was attempting to grow the company and decided that basic cable programming at the time was a high growth area with cable companies beginning to expand their overall channel capacities. With many basic cable channels at the time, Myhren was looking for something different. With food selected as the channel's genre, the working title for the channel was The Cooking Channel up until the channel's launch. Myhren hired Jack Clifford, Joe Langhan and Reese Schonfeld, co-founder of CNN, to help found the channel. Schonfeld, Landghan and Clifford were CEO, vice president of production and president. Both The Cooking Channel and the Food Network trademarks were taken by other entities, with the Food Network being a newsletter. Myrhen originally wanted the network to be operated from Providence, Rhode Island as he argued that a cable network's costs were much more scalable from a lower-profile location, while Schonfeld preferred it be originated from New York, considered the American nucleus of culinary arts Schonfeld's preference eventually won out, though at the peril of the network's launch budget, which was lower than it would have been from Providence. [2]

Food Network was founded on April 19, 1993, as "TV Food Network" its legal name remains Television Food Network, G. P. After acquiring the Food Network trademark after several years, it shortened the name to that. The network initially launched on November 22, 1993 with two initial shows featuring David Rosengarten, Donna Hanover, and Robin Leach. On November 23, 1993, Food Network began live broadcasting. [3] 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.

Given that the channel could not afford to not run anything that they would produce, the channel started tapping 5 shows with a potential host to see if they worked. This was later turned into Chef Du Jour series. [2]

Schonfeld, 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 Aronne, 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. In 1996, Erica Gruen was hired as the president and CEO of TV Food Network, becoming the second woman in history to be the CEO of a U.S. television network. Gruen led the network into an explosive growth until 1998, by launching the largest and number one site for food,, more than doubling the subscriber base, tripling the viewership and multiplying the network's yearly revenue. [4] In 1997, it was the second fastest growing cable network. Gruen changed the brand positioning from Schonfeld's "TV for people who cook" to "TV for everyone who loves to eat," thereby greatly improving the appeal to viewers and advertisers, and saving the network from bankruptcy. That same year, the "TV" portion of the name was dropped, thus making it simply Food Network. Greg Willis and Cathy Rasenberger were two of the original members of the start-up team who led the affiliate sales and marketing of the company from 1995 to 1998. Greg Willis served as senior vice president of worldwide distribution until he left to join Liberty Media in 1998.

The A. H. Belo Corporation acquired Food Network when it purchased The Providence Journal Company in February 1997. Belo sold its 56% stake in the channel to the E. W. Scripps Company in October 1997, in a trade deal that resulted in Belo acquiring the television-radio station combination of KENS-AM/TV in San Antonio, Texas. [5]

The 1080i high definition simulcast feed of Food Network 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). [6] Since the UK launch on November 9, 2009 on Sky, [7] the channel has been added to the Freesat, [8] Freeview [9] and Virgin Media platforms. [10]

In January 2015, the Food Network collaborated with Snapchat and launched its own Food Network channel, "Discover Food Network", where social media users can watch the channel through the app. The channel features recipes, food hacks, and tips to entertain and appeal to the social media savvy millennials of today while watching from the palm of their hands. [11]

In June 2020, Domaine Javier became the first-ever openly transgender woman to be featured in the history of Food Network, through the 20th season of the hit reality-competition series Worst Cooks in America. [12]

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 broadcasts on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. ET, with the rest of the day being taken by infomercials. The UK channel broadcasts from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (UK time GMT/BST as applicable) daily.

Mario Batali and Bobby Flay joined the network in 1995. In 1996, Erica Gruen, the network's CEO, and 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. Later the network had a series entitled, "Ruggerio to Go" hosted by David Ruggerio.

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 2013, Food Network announced that they were not renewing Deen's contract due to publicity about her racial remarks revealed in a lawsuit brought on by a former worker. [13]

Also in 2002, Ina Garten's show Barefoot Contessa aired. Garten is well-known for cookbooks, including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, and Barefoot Contessa in Paris. Garten was also mentored by Martha Stewart. Garten's show features her cooking for her husband or hosting friends at their home in the Hamptons, New York. [14] Barefoot Contessa typically has about one million viewers per episode, and has received some of the highest ratings for Food Network.

Currently, the channel's biggest cross-over stars are Rachael Ray and Paula Deen, who have both taken their cable following (primarily through the series 30 Minute Meals, $40 a Day, and Paula's Best Dishes) into a syndicated talk show and Positively Paula. Both Paula Deen and Rachael Ray also have merchandise lines of cookware, food products and pet lines.

Beginning in 2005, an annual reality contest, The Next Food Network Star, 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, Guy's Grocery Games), Amy Finley (The Gourmet Next Door), Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Big Daddy's House), [15] Melissa d'Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners), and Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Party). [16] For the 2010 season, production of The Next Food Network Star was relocated to Los Angeles. It has become the network's flagship show. For most of its 13-year run, season finales of the show have been followed by lead-out shows the network deems has great potential and will draw even more viewers. These consist of either premieres of new shows, season premieres of continuing shows, or episodes of continuing shows that are significant to the schedule. For instance, the most recent season finale of Star was followed by the season premiere of Beat Bobby Flay.

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". [17] 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 1996–1998 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". [17] 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." [17] 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. [17]

Past American carriage disputes Edit

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. [18] 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. [19]

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 [20] the dispute was resolved two days later, on November 7, 2010, after the two parties reached a new carriage agreement. [21] [22]

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. [23] [24] 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. [25] The PC game Cooking Simulator also has extended downloadable content branded with Food Network, including a kitchen which resembles a Food Network competitive cooking show's studio, complete with a studio audience section. This simulator was developed by Big Cheese studio and was released on October 24, 2019. [26]

UK Edit

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. [27]

Food Network UK initially launched on the Sky platform as a free-to-air channel, joined by a +1 hour timeshift, taking the channel slots vacated by the closure of Real Estate TV. (Following Scripps' acquisition of Travel Channel International, the four channel positions on Sky were reordered to move Food Network up the grid.) Food Network and +1 were subsequently also made available on the Freesat satellite platform.

On terrestrial service Freeview, initially a four-hour primetime evening bloc was acquired, sharing capacity with channels including Create and Craft subsequently Food Network relocated to its own full-day service, with the four-hour berth used to bring Travel Channel to DTT. (Travel has since itself moved to all-day operation, with the evening hours now absorbed into Create & Craft.) Scripps subsequently signed a carriage deal with Virgin Media to bring Food Network and Travel Channel to the cable platform (in Travel's case this was a re-addition following its earlier removal from the cable platform.)

In September 2019 it was announced that the former UKTV channel Good Food, which Discovery had acquired full control of earlier in the year, would be closed from 12 September 2019, with its content merged into Food Network UK. [28]

International Edit

Some countries have their own Food Network. Examples include: Food Network Canada, Food Network Asia, Food Network Italy and Food Network Europe. In the second half of 2014, Food Network Brazil began broadcasting with programs fully dubbed in Portuguese and optional subtitles. [29] On February 1, 2015, Food Network launched on Australian IPTV service Fetch TV. [30] [31] The channel launched in Latin America in March 2015 with full Spanish dubbed programs.

A localised free-to-air Australian version was launched on 17 November 2015 by SBS, which had a licensing and programming output arrangement with Scripps. [32] Another reiteration, the Seven Network's 7food network began broadcasting in December 2018 after SBS's deal ended in November 2018. After lower than expected ratings, 7food network closed on 28 December 2019, although select Food Network shows continued to air on sister network 7flix until 1 December 2020.

On 1 December 2018, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific rebranded its Food TV channel in New Zealand to a New Zealand version of Food Network. [33] On 3 February 2021, Sky announced that Food Network will close in New Zealand and a selection of Food Network shows will be moved to its sister channel, Living. On 1 March 2021 the channel was replaced by Investigation Discovery. [34]

Food Network was available in the Netherlands and Flanders between 22 April 2010 [35] and 31 January 2019. Content from former Scripps television channels Travel Channel, Fine Living and Food Network has been integrated into the programming of Discovery, TLC and Investigation Discovery in the Benelux. [36]

In 2011, Scripps requested to add its Cooking Channel, formerly Fine Living Network, to the partnership and Tribune agreed. With the Cooking Channel considered to be worth $350 million, Tribune would need to add additional capital. [37]

Consumerism and programming Edit

While Food Network programming generally does not explicitly advertise products, author Cheri Ketchum argues that Food Network advertises a lifestyle that is consistent with the norms of consumer culture. [38] Ketchum argues that Food Network deliberately chooses non-controversial programming, rather than programming which challenges aspects of consumer culture such as food waste and environmental impacts of food production. [38] Critics of Food Network such as Michael Z. Newman argue that the use of lighting and close-ups, along with the use of conventionally attractive hosts, create a fetishization of desirable foods and a consumerist lifestyle. [39]

Racial representation Edit

Critics complain of disproportionate racial representation in Food Network programming. Tasha Oren argues that the overrepresentation of Asian-Americans in competition shows on the network, along with the lack of representation of Asian-Americans as hosts of programs, contributes to the "model minority" stereotype of Asian-Americans. [40] However, Oren also offers the perspective that competition shows are viewed by network management as a low-risk entry point for hosts, especially those for whom a program may not be well received by audiences. [40]

Food Network Contestant Sues Scripps Networks - Recipes

On New Year's Eve, as I was re-watching the episode of The Next Food Network Star where the contestants cook at Ina Garten's house in the Hamptons, little did I know that had I been living in New York or the Tri-State region (and a Cablevision subscriber), that would have been the LAST NIGHT I HAD FOOD NETWORK (or my newfound love HGTV, where I spent more hours in the day watching House Hunters).

That's right, Cablevision dropped the two Scripps Networks channels like they were the damn New Year's Eve ball in Times Square at midnight on 12/31.

I've never been so happy to not live in New York!

Of course, this is all about money. Food Network and HGTV have increased their ratings and viewership and, in turn, want Cablevision (and other providers) to pay more for their offerings.

According to Scripps, Cablevision, which serves about 3 million television viewers in the New York City, Long Island and Tri-State Region, charges its subscribers an average fee in excess of $83 per month. Of that, Food Network and HGTV combined receive less than 25 cents per subscriber.

Food Network and Scripps want more than a quarter.

Soooo, apparently, subscribers are only really giving FN & HGTV less than 25 cents to receive those channels. Scripps shows results of a study called the 2009 Beta Cable Subscriber Study and found that:

"The average cable subscriber believes Food Network is worth $1.03 per month and HGTV is valued at 73 cents per month, which is considerably more than Cablevision has been paying for the networks’ programming and more than Scripps Networks Interactive is asking on behalf of the two brands in current contract negotiations."

Hmmm. if it was possible to JUST subscribe to Food Network & HGTV, I'd gladly give them a little over a buck for FN and a few quarters for HGTV. Imagine a cable bill of $1.76!

In response, Scipps is urging affected subscribers to visit and for information on how to demand Cablevision put the two networks back on the air.

Any fellow Food Network/HGTV addicts out there affected? Want me to call you and put the phone up to the TV so you can at least hear what's going on? I'm here to help. -)


to my shock and horror, I woke up yesterday with no Food Network!! It was as if someone just slapped me in the face. Now we are on to day two of no FN and I am currently going through withdrawals and the stages of grief. Right now I am still in denial! Hoping that when I pass by the channel it will suddenly on. But no. I called the number to complain and it's a lot of he said/she said. Unfortunately this sounds pretty ugly and I don't see a resolution in sight. Cablevision is making it sound like they have pretty much wiped their hands clean of FN and HGTV. Sad way to start 2010! Since these are practically the majority of channels I watch, I am thinking of switching providers. How's Verizon Fios? LOL

What I wouldn't give to hear Ina say "How bad can that be??" right now or Aunt Sandy announce that it is "cocktail time!"

I would be devastated The show hosts/chefs are our friend, and its' something that you don't have any control over

Verizon FIOS is. AWESOME. I would recommend it to anyone and its cheaper than Time Warner

It has [here in Central NY] many many more channels, and more technology, the DVR you can watch taped shows from any TV in the house, that is pretty cool and you can access Facebook on your TV I mean its crazy

I am a cablevision customer in Westchester county, NY, and absolutely refuse to live without Chopped!

my husband called fios today and they will be here to install on tuesday (so I will not have to miss the new episode of my favorite show) - not only will we get the food channel on fios but several other channels cablevision did not provide. It will even cost less and I now realize we should have switched long ago. I can't wait to cancel cable and tell them it's because they no longer carry the food channel :)

If I still lived in NY and this happened to me I would have FREAKED! I LOVE Food Network, it's my comfort tv, and I would inundate the powers that be with emails, phone calls, etc., to get Food Network back. FIGHT BACK!

I love the idea of your $1.76 cable bill. I get, and pay for, dozens of channels I never even glance at. I dream of a system where you could pay for only the channels you WANT to see.

I wish I had Fios - but it wasn't Cablevision. Scripps pulled their channels as an ace move. I really hate being a pawn in corporate BS. Really disappointed in FN's parents right now.

I love the food network! Why is tru tv,dtv, gem,style,crtv, or a lot of other channels not getting cut? Please,please don't tell me more people watch them. If so, i'm sad.

Food Network SA gets Chopped

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Food Network has commissioned a South African version of the US cookery format Chopped.

Chopped South Africa (10吸′) will see four local chefs tasked with turning a selection of everyday ingredients into three-course meals. A contestant is eliminated after each course, leaving one winner.

The series will be presented by entrepreneur Denvor Phokaners, with South African food celebrities including Jenny Morris and Lindsay Venn as judges.

Local production company Snelco Prod will produce, while Eugene Naidoo will direct and Sue Nell will exec produce in association with Ukhamba Communications.

Nick Thorogood, senior VP of content and marketing at Scripps EMEA, said: “Chopped is the highest rated and most popular series on Food Network in South Africa, and this new, local commission will give more than 40 home-grown chefs the chance to compete for victory in South Africa’s very own Chopped kitchen.”

Food Network, which is available to all DStv Premium and Compact subscribers in South Africa, is continuing to ramp up its original programming, having previously aired Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, Siba’s Table and Reza’s African Kitchen among others.

A Northfield cookie decorator boasts her family's 100-year-old recipes on Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge

CLEVELAND — For three generations, Stan’s Northfield Bakery in Summit County has been baking up delicious treats from coveted recipes passed with diligence and pride from one family member to the next. Now the bakery’s star cookie decorator is showing off this neighborhood's sweet retreat on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge.

Leslie Srodek-Johnson, a third-generation baker and the granddaughter of founder Stan Srodek, remembers the call from Food Network’s scouting agency like it was yesterday. She was in the bakery baking away when her mother picked up the phone, at first thinking it was joke.

“In a colorful way, being my mother, she was like ‘yeah, frickin’ right,’” laughed Johnson.

When her mother handed over the phone, it was indeed the scouting company on the other line telling her they saw her work on social media and that they were interested in getting to know what she was all about.

Over the course of several weeks, representatives from the Food Network vetted her with multiple interviews, emails and phone calls.

While she couldn’t provide specifics, Johnson said she had to complete challenges to make sure she was the real deal. At any given time, she was given a challenge and had to complete it and send pictures into them within a 24-hour window.

“At that point I still didn’t know if I was for sure going to be selected for the show. It was definitely stressful because on top of the other day-to-day baking I had to do, I would have to complete these challenges, often hiding these from customers.”

In February, she got the green light and was flown out to spend a week in a Los Angeles with four other bakers from around the country.

“The entire experience was a whirlwind. I didn’t sleep and was flying on adrenaline. I lost 10 pounds because the nerves were so intense,” Johnson said. “So many nerves because you don’t know what to expect.”

Throughout the week-long competition, she had her family's legacy in the back of her head.

"My grandparents started this in 1961, so we have been in the community for so long. I was nervous because what if the judges didn't like my cookies that were from recipes that are nearly 100 years old? That would've been a problem," said Johnson.

The late Stan Strodek died a month before Johnson was born, but his legacy lives on.

"I would like to think he was extremely proud and shocked that the bakery is still in business after all these years, " she said.

And when she came back home, the craziness didn't stop.

"My plane landed on a Sunday and Fat Tuesday was that same week, so I definitely didn't sleep in 48 hours, " Johnson said.

Because of an agreement, Johnson remained tight-lipped about the episode, only to speak about the camaraderie felt by all the contestants.

"At the end of the competition, we all became friends and we still keep in touch with one another," she said.

Tune into see Johnson baking it out with other talented bakers on Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1 a.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. The winner gets $10,000.

If you have a sugar craving, stop by Stan's Northfield Bakery at 9395 Olde 8 Road in Northfield.

Changing Courses at the Food Network

You can find chef Emeril Lagasse’s name and face all over a dozen cookbooks, 10 restaurants, lines of pots and pans, knives, Wedgwood dishes, spices, salad dressings and pasta sauces, and even a deep fryer.

But as of last week, it will no longer be found on new episodes of his signature “Emeril Live” show on the Food Network. The program taped its last installments and laid off a half-dozen staff members, bringing an end to an impressive 11-year, every-weeknight run.

Viewers will not see a difference for at least a year as the new episodes that have already been taped are shown. But industry executives are scratching their heads over why the network canceled “Emeril Live” — which they speculate became too expensive for its softening ratings — without having a new deal in place, given the role that his program played in the network’s success.

Food Network executives assert that Mr. Lagasse, who declined to comment, remains a valued member of the family. “All good things come to an end, and it was time to do something new,” said Brooke Johnson, the network’s president. “Right now, we’re figuring out what that something new is,” she said, noting that Mr. Lagasse’s “Essence of Emeril” on the network remains in production.

The cancellation of “Emeril Live” comes at a time when the Food Network is undergoing a transformation. Having taken food and chefs from what was once the domain of low-key public television to new celebrity heights, the network finds itself trying to retain the considerable revenue generated by what has become big business, even as it faces competition from all sides.

Executives at the Food Network and its parent, E. W. Scripps, paint a rosy picture of the network’s prime-time ratings. They say its average 2007 prime-time audience of 778,000 viewers is its highest ever and it has had success attracting the younger audiences that advertisers find especially attractive.

But the network’s total day ratings have dipped to an average of 544,000 people from 580,000 a year ago. 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 has left the network owing refunds, known as “make goods,” to advertisers, Ms. Johnson confirmed.

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.

But the slowdown comes at an awkward time for Scripps: in October, the company announced that it would split in two, with the Food Network and HGTV anchoring the planned Scripps Networks Interactive. Scripps’s shares closed at $43.66 on Friday, down more than 18 percent from their 52-week high in January.

Slumping ratings are not the only obstacle facing the network. While the Food Network has been good at creating stars like Mr. Lagasse, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen and giving national exposure to chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, until recently it has not shared in their success beyond the network. A spokeswoman for the network said it had no stake in Mr. Lagasse’s considerable outside merchandising, for example.

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.

Ms. Johnson, the Food Network president, declined to discuss contracts, but noted that as the network has changed in its own mind from a television network to a brand, it has decided that “we like to be in partnership with our talent in a variety of venues.” She added, “To my knowledge, the talent is happy with the deals we have with them.”

Indeed, in the spring, Food Network plans to introduce its first celebrity chef branded product line, from Bobby Flay at the retailer Kohl’s, which in September introduced a line of several hundred Food Network branded products.

And last week, one of its biggest stars, Ms. Ray, renewed her Food Network contract, which was to expire at the end of the year. Ms. Ray got her start on the network in 2001, with “30 Minute Meals.” Last year, she went on to a daytime syndicated talk show, which Scripps partly owns.

The new Food Network deal, to be announced Monday, calls for her to make 13 episodes of a new prime-time travel show, called “Rachael’s Vacation.” But she will cut back on “30 Minute Meals,” to 60 new episodes a year from 80.

Jon Rosen, senior vice president at the William Morris Agency, who represents Ms. Ray, said the cutback will “make her happier and well-rested and enable her to take a breath and concentrate on her total brand a little more.” He said that because Ms. Ray got her start at the Food Network, “we very much wanted to continue that relationship.”

Food Network’s new interest in taking a broader stake in stars’ outside activities, Mr. Rosen said, “is somewhat understandable,” and it can be beneficial to some stars, but “in other cases, it might not work.”

The Rachael Ray deal is vital to the Food Network, which faces increasing competition from many directions. “There’s all sorts of instructional cooking video on the Web,” noted Erica Gruen, a cable consultant, who, when she was chief executive at the Food Network, created “Emeril Live.”

Elsewhere on television, Fox Broadcasting has the reality shows “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” with the foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay. Chef Daniel Boulud appears on the Mojo network. Anthony Bourdain, who started his TV career at the Food Network, is a star on the Travel Channel.

“It’s not surprising that people move on,” said Derek Baine, senior analyst at the media research firm SNL Kagan, “They pay almost nothing for the people as they are building their careers,” he said. “That’s been their strategy all along.”

Food Network does not even have the bragging rights these days to the top-rated food-related show on cable. That would be Bravo, whose “Top Chef” competition drew an average 2.6 million viewers an episode in its recent third outing, compared with the 2.4 million who tuned in to the third round of a similar cook-off show, “The Next Food Network Star.” (Those ratings are for original broadcasts and digital video recorder playbacks within seven days. Food Network executives said their show, which is the network’s highest-rated program ever, wins when only original broadcasts are included.)

Ms. Johnson called “Top Chef” a copy of “The Next Food Network Star,” but “without the care about the food content, which we bring to everything we do.”

Frances Berwick, Bravo’s executive vice president of programming and production, said the point of “Top Chef” was to help contestants open restaurants, as two have done, "not to become television personalities."

The network’s programming strategy, meanwhile, has also undergone changes, often broadening from its emphasis on the food itself. Mr. Batali‘s Italian cooking show “Molto Mario” was once a constant presence in the daytime lineup, but new episodes ended in 2004. His new series — a food tour of Spain with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Bittman, a food columnist for The New York Times, and the Spanish actress Claudia Bassols — will instead appear in the fall in prime time on public television.

Mr. Tuschman of the Food Network said it had passed on that series. “It was not the right fit for us.”

Mr. Batali, who still participates in the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” competition, said the show had not been offered to the Food Network.

He said the network recently proposed a couple of new projects for him, including one where he would be host of a reality show, and that he would discuss them with the executives in January. “I’m not averse to working with them,” he said.

Still, Mr. Batali said, “They don’t need me. They have decided they are mass market and they are going after the Wal-Mart crowd,” which he said was “a smart business decision. So they don’t need someone who uses polysyllabic words from other languages.”

Ms. Johnson disputed that assertion, but Food Network executives said the network has successfully broadened its programming in recent years, with shows like the extreme cake-building reality series “Ace of Cakes” and “Dinner: Impossible,” featuring a chef, Robert Irvine, in extreme cooking challenges.

In February, the network will introduce “Ultimate Recipe Showdown,” a competition for home cooks, Mr. Tuschman said. The network’s sagging weekend lineup will get three new programs early next year, featuring the British chefs Jamie Oliver and Danny Boome, and the Memphis barbecue restaurateurs Gina and Pat Neely.

Mr. Baine, the cable analyst, said he expects the Food Network, like other cable networks, “to have a really good year” if the Writers Guild of America strike continues and broadcast networks have no original scripted programming. He said any ups and downs in ratings were unlikely to affect Scripps’s plan to split its company into two separately traded stocks.

“I think it’s a great move there are very few stand-alone cable network stocks rights now,” he said. “It’s pretty solid, despite some ups and downs in the ratings.”

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