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    Iron Chef Japan

    Iron Chef Japan

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    Fine Living
    Iron Chef is an innovative cooking competition from Japan. Originally produced by Fuji TV, Iron Chef combined the excitement of a one on one sports competition with gourmet cooking.

    The title Iron Chef comes from the original Japanese title, Ironmen of Cooking.

    This innovative game show was always popular in its native Japan, but it found international success when the Food Network bought the series and began airing English dubbed episodes. It became a cult c as viewers were treated to exotic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques. No expense was spared. Chefs seemed to have almost limitless supplies of the most exotic and expensive gourmet ingredients.

    The competition is hosted by Chairman Kaga, an over-the-top master of ceremonies. He introduced a "secret ingredient" that the challenger and the chosen Iron Chef had to incorporate into every dish. Originally, the program was 30 minutes long, but it was soon expanded to an hour format. Each chef presented his/her dishes to a panel of 3-4 judges who rated the dishes to crown a winner. All of the competitions occurred in a specially designed "kitchen stadium".

    The New York Times once described Iron Chef as "kamikaze cooking". Iron Chefs and their competitors became celebrities in their own right. Storylines developed between groups determined to defeat the Iron Chefs.

    The show was so successful in English speaking countries that several spin-offs, specials, and updated versions were produced. On May 5, 2008, Fine Living, a sibling channel of Food Network owner Scripps Howard, began airing the show under the title of Iron Chef Japan, as not to confuse it with Food's Iron Chef America spin off series. They also assigned new production codes and replaced the old music with something different.moreless
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    Top Chef Masters

    Top Chef Masters

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    Bravo (ended 2013)
    Top Chef Masters is the first of the Top Chef spin-offs. The series is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz who serve as executive producers.

    Season Four: The show relocates to Las Vegas, and the challenges will no doubt reflect the glitzy new atmosphere. Twelve chefs, some repeaters from seasons one and two, compete for cash prizes that will be donated to their selected charities. Each round has $15,000 up for grabs from Quickfire and Elimination challenges. The chefs compete singly or in teams for a spot in the final and a shot at the $100,000 grand prize with its Top Chef Master title. Season Three: Season three hits the grill with a sizzle and some major changes. The competition has been retooled so that it is closer to the mother ship in format, has a smaller group of chefs and the resident critics have been pared down to two. What has not changed are the chefs at the top of their games, unique challenges, and a star-studded guest critic list. 12 master chefs compete in Quickfire and Elimination challenges as each one vies for the title of Top Chef Master and $100,000 for his or her charity. This season's challenges will use some of the Top Chef favorites, only with master twists to match these chefs' superior skills. Curtis Stone joins as host, and food critic and author Ruth Reichl begins her tour as judge with James Oseland, who returns from seasons one and two. A Magical Elves production.

    Season Two: Season two has arrived, and not content to sit on their laurels, Magical Elves has cooked up new Challenges, Quickfires and intense pressures for the chefs, as well as allowed some familiar faces back into the kitchen. This time around there are only 22 chefs, and the heats will play out over four weeks, instead of six. The two chefs with the highest star scores from each heat will move to the six-week champions round from which the Top Chef Master will be named. Kelly Choi continues her duties as host. Gail Simmons joins the judges' panel full time; her skills burnishing an already stellar group comprising food critic Jay Rayner, culinary expert James Oseland and restaurant critic Gael Greene.

    Season One: Twenty-four master chefs at the pinnacle of their professions play for $100,000 awarded to the winner's favorite charity, and the title of Top Chef Master. Let the judges be judged. The first of Magical Elves' Top Chef franchise shows hits the airwaves this summer, and while it may seem very similar to the original, the differences will test these executive chefs in very different ways. During the first six weeks of competition, groups of four will vie in heats with the winner moving forward to the four week champions round. Each night has two parts, an amped twist on a previous Top Chef Quickfire challenge that measures basic skill sets, and then an elimination that tests ingenuity and creativity as the chefs attempt to please both the diners and judges in order to progress to the finals. Kelly Choi hosts this competition tailor-made for foodies with a panel of respected judges, and guest stars that range from the real thing to personalities from Bravo's other reality series including Top Chef judges and contestants.moreless
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    BBQ Pitmasters

    BBQ Pitmasters

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    TLC
    This show features the world behind nationwide BBQ competitions.
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    Ace of Cakes

    Ace of Cakes

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    Food Network (ended 2011)
    Ace of Cakes is a reality series that follows a group of eclectic cake decorators in Baltimore, led by Food Network Challenge star Duff Goldman. With an attitude and personality more suited for rock stardom than running a specialty cakes business, Duff shuns the traditional approach to cake making and decorating. Using power tools and with the help of his artistic staff, Duff creates some of the most amazing cakes ever seen. From abstract wedding cakes to a cake shaped as a Jeep so detailed it looks like it could actually run, these cakes are more than delicious – they're works of art.moreless
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    American Eats

    American Eats

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    The History Channel (ended 2006)
    From cultures around the world we gathered our favorite foods and made them our own. Hot dogs and ice cream cones, cookies and chocolate, hamburgers and pizzas, barbeque and beer, fried chicken and the sandwich, the foods we eat have become emblems of America itself. They’re fast, fun and a little funky. They’re mass produced and custom made. And each food has an amazing story to tell.moreless
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    Ask Aida

    Ask Aida

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    Food Network (ended 2009)
    Aida is full of culinary advice of all kinds, and this Food Network series is all about solving your most pressing problems in the kitchen. Users can upload a video detailing their issues with entertaining, kitchen tools, recipes and more, and Aida will tackle them on the air. Please be informed about new airtime of third season: Saturdays, 9:30 AM ET/PTmoreless
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    David Rocco's Dolce Vita

    David Rocco's Dolce Vita

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    Cooking Channel
    Talented chef David Rocco reveals the secrets of Italian cooking from his home in Florence, Italy.
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    River Cottage Forever

    River Cottage Forever

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has managed to break away from urban life and finally settle at River Cottage in Dorset. after two years at the cottage, he's asking himself the big question: should he stay forever?moreless
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    Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin

    Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin

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    Food Network
    Jeff Corwin uses his wildlife and food expertise to travel the world and find the best regional food and try it out for himself.
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    Tailgate Takedown

    Tailgate Takedown

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    TLC
    Joe Cahn joins TLC to find the country's best tailgaters. Cahn explores the lifestyle of college stadiums and rivalry games. Each week three local tailgater teams face off in a cooking competition.moreless
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    Food Finds

    Food Finds

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    Food Network
    Food Finds is a TV show inspired by the book written by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel. Sandra Pickney's combination of inspiration and travel is what qualified her to be the perfect host. Sandra was inspired by food since she was a girl. Sandra would be dazzled by how her mother could turn simple ingredients into a gourmet meal. She traveled with her parents across America and parts of Europe, being exposed to an array of different cuisines. In her adulthood she became a news anchor, a food columnist then on to hosting the popular Food Finds for Food Network. Food Finds sends Sandra on the lookout for home-cooked favorites. She journeys across America, off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems that use the freshest local ingredients to create forgotten favorites. Along the way she finds new gems as well, which include shops that create melt-in-your-mouth deserts and the finest wine.moreless
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    Home Made Simple

    Home Made Simple

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    TLC
    This show introduces a team of a skilled handyman, designer, and chef to help families across America find easy solutions to their everyday domestic needs.
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    Brew Masters

    Brew Masters

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2010)
    Heads-up beer-lovers! The Discovery Channel turns its cameras on Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery. Follow Sam and his crew as they travel the world in search of new ingredients and long-standing techniques to produce this original elixir.moreless
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    Hotel Hell

    Hotel Hell

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    FOX
    In Hotel Hell, viewers join acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay as he brings his shape-up or ship-out style of makeovers to a new target, hotels. Known for his no-excuses style, Ramsay and his team have helped turn around restaurants in his series Kitchen Nightmares, and now he's taking it out of the kitchen and into the world of hospitality. These hotels have a load of problems, from dirty bedrooms to incompetent staff, and they need the help of a no-nonsense expert like Ramsay. Will they be able to meet his high standards, or will they be stuck in Hotel Hell?moreless
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    Man v. Food

    Man v. Food

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    Travel Channel
    Foodie Adam Richman sets out on mission to sample the country's best culinary treats. Richman will visit the not-to-missed restaurants in a number of cities all across the U.S.
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    Feasting on Asphalt

    Feasting on Asphalt

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    Food Network
    This series presented by Food Network follows Alton Brown of Good Eats fame as he and his crew travel the open roads of America in search of great food. Season one started on the shores of South Carolina, and followed the crew on their way to Los Angeles, steering clear of interstates when possible, Alton visits culinary landmarks along the way, some known, and some unknown, all while enlightening us with history of cuisine and culture along the way. Set to return this fall, Alton and company will travel the length of the Mighty Mississippi for season 2.

    Nothing plucks the heart strings of the American spirit like an open road. Oh, I'm not talking about those rivers of concrete which lure us with stable speeds and zero surprises. I'm talking about the highways and byways that really stitch this crazy quilt of a country together. Why, on routes like this, anything can happen. Consider cuisine: interstates give you culinary conformity, but out here, flavors change with the contour of the land, and words like hospitality take on old meanings. Why, I bet down around that curve there is a cafe, diner, tea room, or truck stop where the waitresses still call ya hun, and the cooks actually cook! How do I know? I don't, but I've got a map, and a motorcycle, and a month to find out. I'm Alton Brown, and this is Feasting on Asphalt - Alton Brownmoreless
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    MasterChef Junior

    MasterChef Junior

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    FOX
    The best junior (ages 8-13) home cooks across the nation compete to be named the Masterchef Junior champion and win a prize of $100,000.
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    Emeril Live

    Emeril Live

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    Food Network (ended 2009)
    Kick it up to notches unknown with Emeril Live. In front of a live audience, Emeril Lagasse--a master chef and owner of New Orleans' most talked-about restaurants--demonstrates gourmet cooking, with a bam!moreless
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    Oliver's Twist

    Oliver's Twist

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    A&E (ended 2007)
    Jamie Oliver does what he loves most: cook for his mates. From musicians to fashion models to magicians, everyone is invited back to the Oliver flat for a meal they'll never forget. Follow Jamie on shopping expeditions to his favorite stores and get tips and insight on his selections. Then enjoy that inimitable Jamie style as he rustles up a heap of excitingly good Food.moreless
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    The Secret Life of...

    The Secret Life of...

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    Food Network
    Calling all foodies with a passion for history! With Jim O'Connor as host, this Food Network show gives you background on the origin of your favorite foods.

    As of April 2007, the new host is George Duran of Ham on the Street.moreless
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