Wanna watch food shows? Settle in (and bring some snacks)


If you scroll down to the next story, you'll see a fun view of American food, via two master chefs. Along with that, however, I also sent papers a sampling of TV food shows. Here it is:

By Mike Hughes

Television is
stuffed with food shows these days – so many that viewers might
have little time to eat, much less cook. Here's a current sampling:

On PBS (check local
listings):

-- “American
Masters” profiles May 19 (James Beard at 9 p.m., Julia Child at 10)
and May 26 (Jacques Pepin at 9, Alice Waters at 10). The 10 p.m. ones
are reruns.

-- “The Great
British Baking Show” starts its season Friday, June 16.

-- Many other shows
appear on daytime and weekends, often on digital channels.They are
reruns and new shows, with Martha Stewart, Jacques Pepin, Lidia
Bastianich, Aaron Franklin, Ming Tsai, Nick Stellino, Pati Jinish and
many more.

On Fox

-- “MasterChef
Junior” has a two-hour season-finale May 18.

-- “MasterChef”
stars its season May 31; it will be 8 p.m. Wednesdays, followed at 9
by the new “The F Word” -- a competition aired live in most time
zones.

-- “Hell's
Kitchen” returns next season. All four shows feature Gordon Ramsay;
this season's non-Ramsay show (“My Kitchen Rules”) had so-so
ratings.

Other broadcast
networks

-- Several have
short-run competition shows. Most recently, ABC had the Christmastime
“Great Holiday Baking Show.”

Daytime

Weekday shows that
often have a strong food interest include:

-- “The Chew,” 1
p.m. (noon PT), ABC.

-- “Rachael Ray,”
syndicated to stations; check local listings.

-- “Home and
Family,” 10 a.m., Hallmark, with reruns at noon.

On cable

-- The Food Network
is a staple. A Variety trade-paper list of 113 cable channels puts it
at No. 1 in homes (92.9 million) and No. 14 in average viewers
(596,000).

-- The Cooking
Channel, its sister channel, is in 64 million homes and averages
91,000 viewers.

-- On Bravo, “Top
Chef” recently finished its 14th season. “Recipe For
Deception” and Graham Elliot's “Going Off the Menu” aren't
currently on the schedule.

-- Anthony
Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” is 9 p.m. Sundays on CNN, rerunning at
midnights. His previous shows rerun often on the Travel Channel.

-- And much more.