ABC And Scripps Announce New Food-Centric Programming

Both ABC and Scripps Network announced plans for new food programming in the coming months today.

ABC is launching The Chew, a new one-hour live daytime program focusing on all things food in September 2011. The Chew will cover food from every angle: from urban trends like food trucks to health issues such as pesticides in food. Think The View but with all food content.

Hosts include restaurateur Mario Batali, "What Not to Wear" host Clinton Kelly, Iron Chef Michael Symon and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. The Chew will be produced by Gordon Elliot, the Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Paula Deen’s Home Cooking and Down Home with the Neelys.

In other food television news, Scripps has released the names to a slew of new shows both on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, reports Television Business International.

It lists the following shows from the Food Network:

  • Have Cake Will Travel, which stars Ashley Vicos
  • BBQ competition Best In Smoke
  • Troy Johnston-fronted Crave
  • Spicy series Heat Seekers
  • Jersey Shore-themed Tough Cookies
  • Carrie McCully-fronted Chef Hunter
  • Duff Goldman's cake series Sugar High
  • Halloween Wars, adventure series Supersizers
  • Pioneer Women, which stars food blogger Ree Drummond
  • A series starring country music star Trish Yearwood

And, from the Cooking Channel:

  • Street food series Eat St
  • Dessert series Unique Sweets
  • The Originals with Emeril
  • From Spain With Love
  • Hook, Line & Dinner
  • A series starring Chinese Food Made Easy host Ching-He Huang
  • The Perfect 3
  • Baking Made Easy starring UK chef Lorraine Pascale