COOKING CHANNEL JUNE 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

NEW YORK – May 17, 2012 –Cooking Channel embarks on yet another exciting and unusual culinary journey this summer with a new series, a season premiere and countless episodes of fan-favorite shows. Beginning with, the one-of-a-kind summer odyssey, Baron Ambrosia, the Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx, takes viewers on a wild ride to discover America’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence in The Culinary Adventures of Baron AmbrosiaFriday, June 1st at 10pmET/7pmPT. Ching-He Huang returns for a second season of Easy Chinese uncovering hidden gems in New York and Los Angeles and then putting her own twist on Chinese dishes beginning Saturday, June 2nd at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT. Continuing the cross-country trek, G. Garvin on leaves no stones unturned in his quest to find the hottest, most delicious spots in the country in new episodes of Roadtrip with G. Garvin on Tuesdays at 9pmET/6pmPT. Staying in the summer spirit, Cooking Channel serves up themed episodes during Grilling Week Sunday, June 3rd – Saturday June 9th from 8-11pmET/5-8pmPT kicking off with BBQ Unwrapped onSunday, June 3rd at 8pmET/5pmPT. Viewers can also visit CookingChannelTV.com for unique takes on summer dishes and tips on how to throw a perfect outdoor bash. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
SERIES PREMIERE
 
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia: Premiering Friday, June 1st at 10pmET/7pmPT
Baron Ambrosia, the self-proclaimed ‘Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx’, uses his eccentric cinematic persona to take culinary consciousness to a whole new level. His discerning palate and passion for flavor leads him beyond his backyard, discovering America’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence in cities-less-traveled. Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy and intrigue.Get recipes and behind-the-scenes photos from all The Baron’s travels at CookingChannelTV.com.
·         Premiering Friday, June 1st at 10pmET/7pmPT – SERIES PREMIERE!
“The Just Desserts of P.T. Barnum”
After finding a treasure map hidden in a haunted carousel, Baron makes his way through Bridgeport, CT in search of P.T. Barnum’s tasty treasure. With circus ghosts close on his heels, Baron explores the world of Peruvian ceviche, enjoys some Haitian oxtail, and catches a ride on a food truck filled with Jamaican jerk chicken.
·         Premiering Friday, June 8th at 10pmET/7pmPT
“Scent of a Baron”
In order to woo the lovely Tsarina, Maiden of the Sea, Baron must gather all of the greatest fragrances that Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, has to offer. First stop is Pirosmani, where he captures the seductive scent of Georgian lamb stew. But just when he thinks he’s got it made, he finds his arch-nemesis Burgomiester Burger stealing recipes from all of the best local restaurants. With Uzbek noodle soup and Russian meat pie still on his list of fragrances to gather, Baron must figure out how to defeat Burgomiester Burger, save the restaurants and still have time to win the girl.
·         Premiering Friday, June 15th at 10pmET/7pmPT
“Oh, Little Witch of Bethlehem”
Something is amiss in Bethlehem, PA. After a long, foodless journey, Baron and his trusty camel find themselves in a town where the people are fearful and the restaurants are closed. A hungry Baron searches out El Salvadorian pupusas, only to learn that an evil witch, Dona Sofrito, has cursed the town; any restaurant unwilling to satisfy her endless appetite will get turned into a Radical Taco, a souless fast food joint. Baron gathers strength from a Syrian raw meat dish, and in the end, must face Dona in the ultimate showdown armed only with his wit, stew burgers, and a very powerful cheese.
·         Premiering Friday, June 22nd at 10pmET/7pmPT
 “The Stomach Rumble of Baltimore, MD”
Ah, to be young and in love! Baron and his best girl, Shanaye, couldn’t be happier… until Shanaye’s jealous ex-boyfriend JW gets out of jail. Baron is oblivious to the threat, engrossed in Ethiopian specialties and Korean soup, but JW is out for blood and finally catches up to the lovebirds as they enjoy BBQ Bill’s infamous ribs. BBQ Bill sets up a game of crab roulette, with Baron and JW going head to head in a deadly crab-filled battle for the love of Shanaye.
Special guest-star John Waters!
 
SEASON PREMIERE
 
Easy Chinese
·         Premiering Saturday, June 2nd at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – Chinatown Unexpected”
Ching heads out to Flushing’s Chinatown where she explores mysterious food enclaves and creates some Flushing-inspired eats: Zhajiang Bao, Sichuan Tofu Gan and Warm Celery Salad.
·         Premiering Saturday, June 9th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – “Use Your Noodle”
The almighty Chinese noodle gets red carpet treatment as Ching explores a variety of Chinese noodles and the ways they are eaten. On her list: Hot and Sour Fresh Noodles with Zucchini and Shiitake and Black Bean Ho Fun with Crisp Pastrami.
·         Premiering Saturday, June 16th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – “Hollywood Cocktail Party”
Ching helps her friend, Phil Rosenthal, prepare Chinese-inspired finger foods for a party he’s throwing for his wife’s birthday. Her party menu includes Lemon Smash, Longevity Noodles, Seafood and Chive Dumplings, Mini Taiwanese Meatballs and a Spicy Lychee Tequila Gimlet to wash it all down.
·         Premiering Saturday, June 23rd at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – “LA’s Late Night Eats”
After Ching scours the City of Angels to find the best Chinese offerings in the vast Los Angeles late-night street eats scene, she shares her own nighttime munchies recipes including Formosa Sticky Ribs, Ching’s Midnight Dan Dan Noodles, and Spicy Oyster Omelet “Tacos”.
·         Premiering Saturday, June 30th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – “Little Taiwan”
Ching discovers food from her youth at Monterey Park’s Little Taiwan and explores the differences between Taiwanese food and other forms of Chinese cuisine. She then gives a sweet taste of nostalgia with her Oat Congee with Fried Eggs and Scallions, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, and Railroad Pork Chop.
 
Get authentic Chinese recipes at www.CookingChannelTV.com/chinese.
 
FEATURED SERIES
 
Roadtrip with G. Garvin
·         Premiering Sunday, June 3rd at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Houston”
G heads to the largest city in Texas for a reminder of what true barbecue is. He makes pit stops at Tin Roof BBQ & Steaks, The Original Kolache Shoppe and Pitmaker.
·         Premiering Tuesday, June 12th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Austin”
With a saying like “Keep Austin Weird,” G. dives head first into the young and hip local food scene to see what makes it so special. G. visits one of Austin’s food trucks, Tenderland, makes stop at Hoover’s Soular Food Trailer and whips up specialties at Frank Restaurant.
·         Premiering Tuesday, June 19th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Asheville”
Rather than visiting multiple restaurants G. uses the local scene to get inspired. He picks up ingredients from the Chop Shop Butchery, Blue Water Seafood, a local farmers market, and even the local brewery Green Man before cooking up some of his very own recipes.
 
ON-AIR SPECIAL
Hidden Eats, USA
Premiering Sunday, June 24 at 8pmET/5pmPT
From a back-alley diner that serves up the most authentic Japanese bento box in Fargo, N.D. to the empanada gem hidden in the back of a laundry mat in Charleston, S.C., Hidden Eats, USA is the guide to the most unexpected and off-the-beaten-path eateries across America. Host Aarti Sequeira will find ethnic home cooking far away from home and help navigate menus that might otherwise take a six-month culinary course to figure out.
 
ON-AIR THEME WEEK
 
Grilling Week (Sunday, June 3rd – Saturday June 9th from 8-11pmET/5-8pmPT)
Premiere episodes include:
·         BBQ Unwrapped: Premiering Sunday, June 3rd at 8pmET/5pmPT 
·         Roadtrip with G. Garvin: Premiering Sunday, June 3rd at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Houston”
·         Throwdown: Rematch on the Grill: Premiering Monday, June 4th at 9pmET/6pmPT
·         Eat St.:Premiering Tuesday, June 5th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “Monster Menus”
·         The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia:Premiering Friday, June 8th at 10pmET/7pmPT“Scent of a Baron”
·         Easy Chinese: Premiering Saturday, June 9th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT – “Use Your Noodle”
 
PREMIERE EPISODES
 
A Cook’s Tour
Premiering Sunday, June 3rd at 8am ET/ 5am PT – “Food Tastes Better with Sand between Your Toes”
Premiering Sunday, June 10th at 8am ET/ 5am PT – “No Beads, No Babes, No Bourbon Street”
Premiering Sunday, June 17th at 8am ET/ 5am PT – “A Mystical World”
Premiering Sunday, June 24th at 8am ET/ 5am PT – “How to be a Carioca”
Eat St.
Premiering Tuesday, June 5th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Monster Menus”
Premiering Tuesday, June 12th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Nomadic Nosh”
Premiering Tuesday, June 19th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Fries & Dolls”
Premiering Tuesday, June 26th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Purple Carrots”
 
Food(ography)
Premiering Thursday, June 14th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Sandwiches”
Premiering Thursday, June 14th at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT – “NYC”
Premiering Thursday, June 21st at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Las Vegas”
Premiering Thursday, June 21st at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT – “Restaurants”
Premiering Thursday, June 28th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT – “Cakes & Cookies”
Premiering Thursday, June 28th at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT – “Pies”
 
French Food at Home
Premiering Saturday, June 2nd at 12pm ET/ 9am PT – “Girls Dinner”
Premiering Saturday, June 9th at 12pm ET/ 9am PT – “Reunion Food”
Premiering Saturday, June 16th at 12pm ET/ 9am PT – “Around the Bordeaux Dinner Table”
Premiering Saturday, June 23rd at 12pm ET/ 9am PT – “Dinner from the Potager”
Premiering Saturday, June 30th at 12pm ET/ 9am PT – “Salt & Pepper”
 
The Perfect 3
Premiering Saturday, June 2nd at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30am PT – “Indian”
Premiering Saturday, June 9th at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30am PT – “Fish”
Premiering Saturday, June 16th at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30am PT – “Lasagna”
Premiering Saturday, June 23rd at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30am PT – “Brunch”
Premiering Saturday, June 30th at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30am PT – “Cheesecake”
 
Unique Eats
Premiering Sunday, June 10th at 10:00pm ET/ 7:00pm PT – “Nostalgic Noshes”
Premiering Sunday, June 17th at 10:00pm ET/ 7:00pm PT – “Romantic Spots”
Premiering Sunday, June 24th at 10:00pm ET/ 7:00pm PT – “Global”
 
DIGITAL CONTENT
 
Across the Country in 50 State Dishes
Travel across the country on CookingChannelTV.com and get a taste of each state’s most iconic dish. From spicy fish tacos in California to Rhode Island’s famous frozen lemonade, taste them all and find out what Cooking Channel fans in each state voted best state dish. Content available June 15 on CookingChannelTV.com.
10 Summer Desserts From Hedy Goldsmith
Hedy Goldsmith, 2012 James Beard award finalist and executive pastry chef at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, brings her culinary genius to CookingChannelTV.com. Hedy focuses on simple, straightforward flavors, balancing sweet and savory in her dessert recipes. Get her recipes for Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Pops, Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches, Old School Double Crust Blueberry Pie and more at CookingChannelTV.com.
 
Gear Up for Grilling
Cooking Channel has the best recipes, tips, how-to’s and inspiration to keep viewers satisfied all season long. Cooking Channel serves up all the classic dishes from fan-favorite chefs, including Giada’s easy grilled chicken, Kelsey’sperfect peach pie, Chuck’s finger-licking baby back ribs and more. We’re also serving up new twists on grilling favorites, like grilling recipes from around the world and mouthwatering mojito recipes. Viewers can try their hand at BBQ with the regional guide that guarantees authentic flavors, and also get healthy grilling recipes. Fire up the grill, mix up a margarita and get ready for warmer weather. Highlights include: Best Burgers and Grilled Main Dishes, Easy Summer Side Dishes, Top Dessert Recipes, Best Drinks and Cocktails and Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

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