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The Cooking Channel is a Scripps Networks channel (formerly known as Fine Living till 2010) that provides programming complementary to the Food Network. Although some Food Network personalities (including Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Aida Mollenkamp) have shows on the new network, a very large portion of their programming consists of international programming, mostly British and Canadian shows as well as reruns of the original Iron Chef and some older Food Network programming.

Tropes used in Cooking Channel include:


  • Adorkable: Lisa Lillien. Chuck Hughes has also had a rapid rise in popularity thanks to his being Adorkable. Nadia G also counts. And we certainly can't forget Ching-He Huang, who is utterly Adorkable and also a Genki Girl.
  • Canada, Eh?: Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Nadia G, Laura Calder... If Food Network Canada develops a homegrown hit, odds are you'll find it here eventually.
    • Most of the people on the list have also made appearances in Food Network, or even Iron Chef America (as was the case for Chuck Hughes and Laura Calder.). The only one on that list that hasn't been on Food Network is Nadia G (though she did guest in Bizarre Foods.)
  • Cool Old Lady: The Two Fat Ladies triumphantly claim this title.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Their re-runs of the original Iron Chef have replaced the theme song, originally part of the Backdraft score.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Levi Roots.
  • Genki Girl: Giada on Everyday Italian, Rachel Ray on Rachel Ray's Week in a Day, and of course, Nadia G of Bitchin' Kitchen. Ching-He Huang also leans towards this at times: when she's excited about something, she tends to get really excited
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Ching-He Huang's MO on Chinese Food Made Easy.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Food People." The Channel's ads constantly use this phrase, ad nauseum. "Food People are" this, "Food People like to do" that, "Food People are very passionate about..." etc., etc. They even came up with a commercial that not only lampshades this, but also gives their reasoning behind it, with the narrator saying "What I love about the term 'Food People' is it's inclusive, right? It's the people who make the food but also the people who love the food!"
  • Ms. Fanservice: Laura Calder, so very, very much, and definitely Nigella Lawson.
    • Giada De Laurentiis is absolutely another relevant example of this trope as well, now that reruns of Everyday Italian have started airing on Cooking Channel.
    • Also, Lorraine Pascale from Simply Baking, who used to be a swimsuit model before becoming a pastry chef.
  • Purple Prose: Unique Eats and Unique Sweets are Cooking Channel equivalents of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate/Made.
  • Travelogue Show: United Tastes of America, Eat St., Road Trip
  • X Meets Y: Chuck's Day Off -- Chuck Hughes looks a lot like Tyler Florence with tattoos, and his show is pretty much The Naked Chef in Montreal.
    • Reality Documentary meets Cooking Show for Extra Virgin.
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