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Cooking Channel’s Hot Summer Line-up

Hosts Aasif Mandvi and Madhur JaffreySummer’s hot on our heels and it isn’t just the weather that’s heating things up. We’re ushering in the sunny season with a fresh new slate of series, seasons and specials for you to devour. Here’s a small taste of what’s to come.

Extreme dosas and more with Aasif Mandvi and Madhur Jaffrey.

Today’s Special: NY Indian
Actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi joins culinary legend Madhur Jaffrey on a hilarious weekend tour of Indian cuisine within the boroughs of New York City. They hit Madhur’s favorite haunts: from Manhattan cab stands to Little India in Jackson Heights, Queens, tasting the flavors of regional cuisine. Taking in all he’s learned, Aasif teams up with Chef Akhtar Nawab to create a fabulous birthday feast for his family and friends. Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 8pm ET.
Get a Taste of NY Indian

Host, G. GarvinG. Garvin explores the best in Southern cuisine.

Road Trip With G. Garvin
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author and host Chef Gerry Garvin, aka G., explores the best eats the South has to offer. From Atlanta to Savannah and beyond, G. meets the chefs, farmers and fishermen that make Southern cuisine some of the best in the world. Hit the road with G. when he embarks on his epic road trip. Premieres Tuesday, May 29 at 9pm ET.
Get the Low Down on G. Garvin

Tyler's Burger BarFire up the grill for Burger Week on Cooking Channel.

Burgers Week
A week-long celebration of everyone’s favorite summertime sandwich kicks off Monday, May 21 at 9pm ET with Build A Better Burger, in which competitors in beef and beef alternative categories have just three hours each to grill up a mouthwatering masterpiece. Then, from its roots in Europe to its phenomenal growth in the U.S., get your burger history fix on The Secret Life Of.. Hamburgers, Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30pm ET. Save some room though: United Tastes of America will be sampling some of the nation’s best burgers right after at 10pm ET, followed up by Unique Eats between the bun edition at 10:30pm ET. Plus, Bobby will be hosting an all-out burger throwdown, Thursday, May 24 at 9pm ET. Catch Burgers Week Monday, May 21st through Friday, May 25.

Baron AmbrosiaThe Baron Ambrosia travels in style.

The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia
Baron Ambrosia takes culinary consciousness to a whole new level. His discerning palate and passion for flavor lead him on an entire season’s worth of cross-country adventures, revealing American’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence. Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy and intrigue. Premieres Friday, June 1 at 10pm ET. Watch Last Fall’s Full Pilot Episode

Host, Ching-He HuangChing-He Huang finds the best noodle recipe. Ever.

Easy Chinese
Ching-He Huang has been on a mission to show viewers that they can prepare mouth-watering Chinese dishes using fresh, readily available ingredients, and now she’s back for another season. Join Ching as she finds new and exotic tastes in places like Los Angeles’ late night street scene and Flushing’s Chinatown, and stick around for when she brings all the new flavors back to her kitchen.
Premieres Saturday, June 2 at 8:30pm ET.
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Hosts, Roger Mooking and Elizabeth KarmelRoger Mooking teams up with grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel.

Red, White and Grill
Award winning ‘out of the box’ culinary artist, Chef Roger Mooking is teaming up with America’s premiere grilling expert, Chef Elizabeth Karmel to stampede over old fashion outdoor summer cuisine and bring a never before backyard grill-inspired menu to Austin, Texas. Get ready for St. Louis-Style Pork Ribs, Buffalo Burgers, Grilled Skillet Cornbread and Banana Leaf Wrapped Purple and White Potatoes for starters. Premieres Sunday, July 1.
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Cooking Channel Announces New Shows

G. GarvinRoadtrip with G. Garvin
Series Premiere: Tuesday May 29th at 9pmET/6pmPT
Acclaimed cookbook author, host and larger-than-life personality, Chef Gerry Garvin, aka ‘G.’, takes viewers on a tour of his native South, to explore the best eats this part of the country has to offer. Travelling to Atlanta and Houston, North Carolina, South Carolina and more, G. visits a different city each episode to discover the hidden gems and the people behind the magic. From traditional ethnic food and urban farms to BBQ pit masters extraordinaire, G.Garvin leaves no stones unturned in his quest to find the hottest, most delicious spots in the country.
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia
Series Premiere: 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 including: Baltimore, Md.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; Bethlehem, Pa. Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy and intrigue.
 
Eden Eats
Series Premiere: August 2012
Eden Grinshpan is a world traveler and culinary adventurer on a mission to eat around the world without using a passport. In each episode, Eden travels to a new American city taking only 24 hours to uncover the global culinary scene. She discovers authentic recipes and incredible stories from the locals who make up the backbone of every city and come together to create some of the most delicious food in the world. Eden makes stops in Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Honolulu, Nashville, Tenn., Phoenix, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Tampa, Fla. In every city, Eden’s journey will lead to a mouthwatering adventure, but there is no telling who she’ll meet or what she’ll eat with only a day to conquer the culinary diversity of each city.
 
Cheap Bites
Series Premiere: August 2012
New York City chef and outspoken food writer, Eddie Huang, takes viewers on a road trip to find America’s best food deals. Each week, Eddie tackles a new food category and uncovers the best eats at the best price. Irreverent, candid and up for anything, Eddie’s journey will be a funny and surprising guide the best cheap bites.  From free pizza in New York to 25-cent donuts in Memphis, Tenn., Eddie shows viewers the cheapest eats around.
 
Eat the Street
Series Premiere: September 2012
Every city has one – a single street where block after block, restaurant after restaurant, meal after meal, you can experience a magical, mouthwatering tour through cultures and cuisines of every conceivable variety. Join Cooking Channel’s own Chuck Hughes as he takes a tour of America’s great food streets, tasting his way through cities and learning about the people and history that have made these flavors special.
 
Roger Mooking of Everyday Exotic and Heat SeekersMan, Fire, Food
Series Premiere: September 2012
Roger Mooking (Everyday Exotic, Heat Seekers) explores cooking at its most basic as he features the cooks who take the fundamental formula of fire and food to make delicious culinary creations. Along the way, he samples fire-cooked favorites from local joints on backroads and byways from coast to coast.
 
My Grandmother’s Ravioli
Series Premiere: FALL 2012
Mo Rocca is a foodie who doesn’t know how to cook, so he’s set out to learn from the masters: America’s Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Join Mo as he visits these warm (and very patient) grandparents in their kitchens to learn treasured recipes, hear their stories and ultimately cook for their families.

Review: Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook

I’ve said more than once that in my opinion Everyday Exotic is the best stand-and-stir show on TV.  It’s entertaining and educational; most food shows today are neither.  Host Roger Mooking is a charming and (dare I say?) hip guide on this culinary voyage.  So you have to know I was pumped when Roger told me about his first cookbook, Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook.

EECB Review: Everyday Exotic, the CookbookFollowing the success of the hit television series Everyday Exotic, Mooking and his producer Allan Magee bring together the most delicious of his 52 inspiring episodes. Using the concept of one main exotic ingredient, Roger demystifies the ingredient through its flavour and aroma, empowering the reader to embrace them in their cooking. Mix in your standard midweek recipes and you have new classics that your entire family will love.

He calls this his obedient ingredient.  In fact, obedient ingredient was one of the names considered when the show was still in it’s planning stages.  The first time I watched the show I noticed Roger saying that phrase and I thought, “It’s catchy I wonder what it means.”  Immediately afterwards I thought, “It’s a rhyme; he’s a rapper.”

Then I turned to the section of the book entitled obedient ingredient and read this, “The notion behind the Obedient Ingredient is that the ingredient that was once out of reach becomes obedient once you learn to master it.”  A light bulb came on.  I finally got it.  Then I read on, “And it rhymes.  And I’m a rapper.  And sometimes it’s just that simple.”  You can see why I’m such a fan.

The book itself is an easily accessible reference that acts as a greatest hits of Mooking’s best recipes from his popular Cooking Channel series.  The formatting makes the recipes easy to follow and each includes a thorough explanation of the obedient ingredient.  There are twelve chapters that run the gamut from comfort classics to drinks and desserts.  Additionally there are instructions for building your own exotic pantry.  It’s great food porn, too.  Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook is perfect for the advanced home cook who is looking to up their game.  Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Roger Mooking HERE.

Quick Hitter: Heat Seekers Returns!

I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed season one of Heat Seekers with Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking.  I am a fan of both chefs individually and together they are a hoot and a half.  Roger was kind enough to lend himself to a session of 7 Questions a few months ago so be sure to check that out HERE.  I have been anxiously awaiting news on a second season and today I got it from Chef Aarón via Twitter.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
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