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Food Network Wraps 2011 With Most-Watched Year Ever

Food Network Press Release:

4th Quarter Most-Watched Quarter in Network History

Ranked Top 10 Cable Network 3rd Year in a Row

NEW YORK – December 15, 2011–Food Network delivers its most-watched year ever posting a .5 among adults 25-54 and was watched nightly by an average of 1.1 million total viewers (574k adults 25-54), making it a top 10 cable network for the 3rd year in a row.  The network’s 4th quarter was its most-watched in its history, averaging a .6 Adults 25-54 rating and up 20% from 2010 and was a top five cable network* among upscale adults 25-54 in $100k+ households.

Restaurant: ImpossibleFood Network’s Sunday night tentpole programming was the ratings tour de force, beginning with Chopped All-Stars posting a 1.7 adults 25-54 and triple-digit increases in both ratings and impressions for time period delivery in 2010.  Food Network Star was watched by a cumulative of 35.4 million total viewers and the show’s finale was the #1 show of the night among cable programs posting a 1.9 adults 25-54 rating. Season four of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs had a record-setting debut for the franchise ranking 2nd for the night among ad-supported cable networks. To date, the season has posted an average 1.5 rating and 1.52 million impressions among adults 25-54. The network also successfully launched new Robert Irvine series Restaurant: Impossible, with season two averaging a .8 rating and 841k impressions among adults 25-54, an increase of 33% and 24% respectively from season one which launched earlier in the year.

“Food Network finishing the year strong proves it continues to be a powerful centerpiece in the food media category engaging audiences across all of our platforms,” said Brooke Johnson, President, Food Network & Cooking Channel. “As long as there is a hunger for our content, our team is committed to satisfy it, not just on Food Network, but on Cooking Channel, across our digital platforms, in our magazine and through our brand extensions.”

The Scripps food category websites including:, and saw more traffic than any other online food entity in 2011 with a monthly average of 262 million page views** and also averaged 19.6 million monthly unique visitors. also broke the site’s record for single-day traffic with over 30 million page views the day before Thanksgiving. Additionally in November,, and had their highest page-view traffic to date. Food Network’s recipe “In The Kitchen” app has also been the #1 paid app in the culinary category for over a year and the Food Network brand Facebook page has more than doubled its fan base reaching 2.2 million fans.

Food Network has also had continued success with its brand extension businesses, seeing the Food Network Magazine sustained its run as #1 in newsstand sales within the epicurean category and #6 in overall newsstand sales. Additionally, the Food Network publishing partnerships included the successful launch of 8 cookbooks, including, Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals, Guy Fieri Food, Cook Like a Rock Star, and Good Eats 3: The Later Years, residing on the NYT bestseller list for a combined 20 weeks.

*at time of release according to Nielsen Media Research

**according to ComScore through November 2011

Chuck’s “Week Off” in Mexico

Here’s a cool press release from the Cooking Channel for all y’all Chuck Hughes fans (like me).  Read on, Chucksters:

Cooking Channel’s Chuck Hughes Takes A “Week Off” To Experience The Authentic Tastes Of Mexico

Chuck HughesThe multi-talented and always entertaining Chuck Hughes, returns to the Cooking Channel this November in his new series Chuck’s Week Off: Mexico, premiering Tuesday, November 8th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT.  Chuck, taking a break from the daily grind of running his two restaurants, trades in his black t-shirt and apron for a pair of shades and sunscreen as he travels to Mexico, making his way across the country in search of culinary adventures and authentic Mexican food.  Cruising around in an open-air jeep, Chuck will drive coast to coast living out once in a lifetime experiences and eating amazing food.

Each episode Chuck visits a different part of Mexico as he dives into three food-related adventures, from whipping up his own ice cream, to hunting for grasshoppers to eat as a snack.  Unable to merely be a visitor, Chuck rolls up his sleeves and works with talented, passionate locals at every turn as he discovers and tastes local foods that leave him buzzing with excitement and hungry for more.In the season premiere, Chuck heads to the alluring backdrop of Cabo San Lucas, where he makes a mouth-watering lobster omelet and builds a traditional Baja cooking tool made from old farming equipment.  Chuck’s journeys in Mexico also take him to Guadalajara where he sinks his teeth into the city’s famous torta ahogadhas, pork sandwiches that are drowned in chili sauce.  Then, he visits the town of Loreto, where he figures out what goes into El Rey Del Taco’s famous fish tacos.  During his stay in Loreto, Chuck also receives a lesson from Mexican cowboys on how to make ranchero cheese and their authentic beef jerky, and all of this before he dives for chocolate clams and takes part in a traditional Mexican clam bake.  Finally, in Mexico City, Chuck meets the legendary tattoo artist Indio Reyes at his favorite lunch spot, where he reveals his plans for Chuck’s latest tattoo.

Chuck Hughes is the multi-talented star of Cooking Channel’s Chuck’s Day Off and the owner and chef of Montreal hot-spot Garde Manger. His unbridled passion for entertaining translates into both unforgettable food and captivating television. Chuck loves food.  So much that his favorites are tattooed on his arms: bacon, lemon meringue pie, lobster and arugula just to name a few. After going to culinary school and working in some of the hottest restaurants in town he partnered with his two best friends and opened Garde Manger to rave reviews and packed seating.  This summer Chuck and his partners opened their second restaurant in Montreal – Le Bremner.   Chuck can also be seen on the current season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, as he joins an all-star caliber group of chefs battling it out for the title of Next Iron Chef, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Anne Burrell, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian, among others.

Chuck’s Week Off: Mexico is produced by Whalley-Abbey Media.

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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
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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