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Cooking Channel Announces Holiday Season Highlights

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Cooking Channel Announces Holiday Season Highlights

Cooking Channel kicks off the holiday season with a one-of-a-kind special featuring seven fan-favorite personalities in the All-Star Holiday Special:A TASTE OF HOME, premiering Sunday, December 2nd at 8pmET/5pmPT. Bobby Deen, Nadia G, Roger Mooking, Kelsey Nixon, Aarti Sequeira, G Garvin and Eden Grinshpan share their family recipes, giving viewers an inside look into their favorite holiday traditions.

Staying in the holiday spirit, Cooking Channel serves up two full weeks of holiday-themed content every night at 8pm beginning Sunday, December 2nd - Sunday, December 16th including encore airings of Cookies and Cocktails, Chuckmas, A Very Rocco Christmas and Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Feast of the Seven Dishes. Ben Sargent rides the wave into a new season of Hook, Line & Dinner premiering Thursday, December 20th at 8pmET/5pmPT as he travels from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between to unveil the hidden gems on land and the secrets of the seas. From gift giving to home entertaining, CookingChannelTV.com offers up recipes, tips, and even gift guides to make this holiday season the best yet. Plus, a giant cookie swap featuring recipes from Cooking Channel faces, renowned bloggers, and fans. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

SEASON PREMIERE

Hook, Line, & Dinner - Premiering Thursday, December 20th at 8pmET/5pmPT - SEASON PREMIERE!

By bike, boat, car and surfboard, Ben Sargent embarks on the ultimate road trip in his prime-time Cooking Channel series, Hook, Line & Dinner. From coast to coast, Ben uncovers the country's best seafood joints and regional specialties while taking viewers on the awesome journey from sea to table. Crab shacks, lobster pounds and chowder houses: To Ben, they're more than just places to get a hot meal. They're hangouts for eccentrics, where locals swap stories and fishermen share tales from the sea. In each episode, Ben visits a new coastal locale where he teams up with the expert locals to secure the catch of the day, and then he follows that catch straight to the best seaside kitchens.
Premiering Thursday, December 20th at 8pmET/5pmPT - "Oahu"
Follow Ben to beautiful Oahu, Hawaii where he surfs, farms seaweed, pounds poi in a loincloth, and hunts for octopus. The episode culminates in an exciting cooking challenge with a local award winning chef in this amazing island paradise.
Premiering Thursday, December 27th at 8:30pmET/5:30PT - "Oklahoma"
Hook, Line & Dinner takes on Oklahoma in a catfish noodling competition where Ben's local expert teaches him to fish with just his hands. Once Ben learns the art of "noodling," he takes on a local handfishing legend in a team battle with high stakes and great catfish cooking.

ON-AIR HOLIDAY SPECIALS

All Star Holiday Special: A Taste of Home ­- Premiering Sunday, December 2nd at 8pmET/5pmPT
Cooking Channel All-Star Holiday Special: A Taste of Home gives viewers a chance to spend the holidays with seven of their favorite Cooking Channel personalities: Bobby Deen, Nadia G, Roger Mooking, Kelsey Nixon, Aarti Sequeira, G Garvin and Eden Grinshpan - as they each share a personal holiday dish that reminds them of being home for the holidays. From peppermint pie to creamy potato latkes, this one-hour special provides the ultimate holiday menu along with fun stories of home from some of Cooking Channel's brightest stars. Get the twists on holiday favorites and the special dishes that remind them of being home with their loved ones at CookingChannelTV.com.

ENCORE HOLIDAY SPECIALS

Cookies and Cocktails - Premiering Sunday, November 25th at 8pmET/5pmPT
A modern twist to the cookie swap: cookies, cocktails, laughter, late nights and good times. Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon helps her friend, swimsuit model and passionate foodie, Chrissy Teigen, host a festive holiday cookie swap with a group of Chrissy's close friends. Throughout the special, viewers follow each guest home to get an inside look at the story behind each of the delicious cookies

Chuckmas- Premiering Tuesday, December 4th at 8pmET/5pmPT
Chef Chuck Hughes is taking on his biggest challenge ever: hosting Christmas dinner! Chuck brings together an unforgettable holiday feast for his toughest critics of all - his family.

A Very Rocco Christmas - Premiering Wednesday, December 5th at 8pmET/5pmPT
David and Nina celebrate their first Christmas with their twin daughters in their 500 year old Tuscan farmhouse with dear friends and family. David prepares a series of traditional classic Italian Christmas dishes like Stuffed and Fried Squid, and Spaghetti with Braised Octopus. He and Nina go to Florence for some Christmas shopping, to take in the city at Christmastime and to raise a glass to the season with good friends.

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Feast of the Seven Dishes - Premiering Thursday, December 6th at 8pmET/5pmPT
In this Christmas extravaganza, Nadia G cooks up a not-so-traditional "Feast of the Seven Dishes," with an international twist, as she riffs on the holiday season.

FEATURED SERIES

Extra Virgin
Premiering Wednesday, December 5th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Welcome to Brooklyn"
Debi, Gabriele and their girls have moved from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, N.Y. There's tons of unpacking left to do, but Debi is eager to show Gabriele her old neighborhood - hoping he'll love it as much as she does. While out, Debi and Gabriele buy the supplies for their first backyard barbecue and invite some new friends to join them. The outdoor menu includes ribs, sausages braised in beer and spices, potatoes grilled en cartoccio and a beet and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese.
Premiering Wednesday, December 12th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Urban Green"
No house is truly a home for Debi and Gabriele unless they can grow their own veggies and herbs. The couple goes to Riverpark Farm to learn about creating a small garden plot in the city from the locals, and later heads over to Prospect Park with master forager, Steve Brill, to learn about what they can harvest. Inspired by everything they see, and with some fresh ingredients they've collected, Gabriele and Debi head home to make a delicious feast.
Premiering Wednesday, December 19th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT -"Up On Arthur"
Debi and Gabriele's friend, Robert, offers to take them up to Arthur Avenue, the epicenter of Italian culture in New York, for some research. Gabriele later makes his version of baked ziti, a beautiful cake of pasta with mozzarella, pork and red sauce, wrapped in slices of eggplant. He also makes a fresh green salad and for dessert, a cannoli with orange liquor and orange zest.
Premiering Wednesday, December 26th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Happy Birthday, Debi!"
The morning of her birthday, the couple's friend, Robert, distracts Debi so that Gabriele can run around to plan her surprise birthday gathering. He preps a delicious meal including a charcuterie platter, eggplant parmesan, asparagus involtini and a beautiful birthday cake. Debi is blown away, grateful that her friends are there and ecstatic that her husband did actually remember.

NEW TO COOKING CHANNEL

Grow Your Own Drugs - Premiering Saturday, December 1st at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT
James Wong is an ethnobotanist that hopes to help viewers create a living pharmacy of plants in their own backyard.

Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo - Premiering Saturday, December 1st at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT
Rachel takes viewers from her own tiny kitchen in Paris to the capital's timeless bistros. She walks through the urban melting pot of local Vietnamese and North African street markets and meets with some of Paris's most knowledgeable home cooks. In an enchanting series that captures the magic of the city, she reveals French cooking for the 21st century.

PREMIERE EPISODES

Kelsey's Essentials
Premiering Saturday, December 1st at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "BBQ"
Premiering Saturday, December 22nd at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "New NY Favorites"
Premiering Saturday, December 29th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "My Trip to Italy"

Man Fire Food
Premiering Tuesday, December 11th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Backyard Feast"
Premiering Tuesday, December 18th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Outrageous Ovens"

My Grandmother's Ravioli
Premiering Wednesday, December 12th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "Christmas at the Firehouse"
Premiering Wednesday, December 19th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "Cooking Together"
Premiering Wednesday, December 26th at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT - "Mary Gray and the Golden Gals"

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
Premiering Wednesday, December 5th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Mad Men(u)"
Premiering Wednesday, December 19th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Parenthood"

Unique Sweets
Premiering Sunday, December 30th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT - "Austin Hangouts"

DIGITAL CONTENT

Fodder
Find the funny in food with Fodder, an original sketch comedy web series found on CookingChannelTV.com that revolves around food trends and points the camera at our culture's growing obsession with all things edible. This smart and savvy parody, with premieres on Mondays, takes on restaurants, bars, food entertainment and more as it explores why we just can't stop talking about our food.
Premiering Monday, December 3rd - "Favorite Food Shows of Hobbits"
When they're not hanging in the Shire or hunting magical rings, hobbits love watching and discussing their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs.
Premiering Monday, December 10th - "Surprise Chef!"
A "hip" speakeasy date night, terrible customer service, and Obama 2008 whiskey... Just a few things you'll find in this episode of Fodder.
Premiering Monday, December 17th - "Fan Chef"
A chef competitor is introduced as an Iron Chef challenger, but when they enter the stadium they act like a super fan.
Premiering Monday, December 24th - "Scotch Face and Whiskey Snobs"
Chef Pose Off, Inside the Waiter's Mind, No Doy, Scotch Face, Short Order Cooks and Whiskey Snobs
Premiering Monday, December 31st - "Iron Chef Tour Guide"
These tour guides in Kitchen Stadium sure do have a way with words - and a lack of everything else.

Make This Season the Most Festive Ever with Cooking Channel's Ultimate Holiday Guide
Get the best holiday recipes from Cooking Channel chefs including Nadia G., Chuck Hughes and Jamie Oliver, plus easy homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list and effortless entertaining tips.

Cooking Channel's Biggest Holiday Cookie Swap
In addition to new holiday cookies from fan-favorite Cooking Channel stars, we have some of the most delectable exclusive holiday cookie recipes from the hottest bloggers on the web (featuring an Eggnog Iced Butter Cookie, a Pretzel-Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookie) and other unforgettable twists on the classics. Plus, we reached out to Cooking Channel fans to share their secret family recipes and picked up more than a baker's dozen of crazy cookies including the Elvis-Inspired Cookie Cup featuring bacon, banana and a whole lotta' goodness.
The Four Most Popular Holiday Cookie How To's: Our uber-popular food blogger, Zoe Francois demystifies some of the most popular holiday cookie classics through her gorgeous step-by-step photo galleries. Whether you are curious about making StaiNed Glass Cookies, Peppermint Macarons, Delicate Spritz Cookies or Gingerbread Houses, Zoe shares her personal pastry chef secrets to make the recipes simple and beautiful.
Feast Your Eyes
From crowd-pleasing appetizers and cocktails for your holiday party to top Christmas dinner dishes and show stopping desserts, we have all the recipes you need to fill your home with delicious cheer.

Holiday Gift Guide for Food Lovers
Give your favorite food lovers what they really want for the holidays: handmade and edible gifts from the heart.

How To Host ANY Holiday Party in 5 Easy Steps
Get tips on prepping for - and then enjoying - your holiday party, whether it's a cocktail bash or a sit-down dinner. Find easy decorating and DIY ideas, a simple cocktail party menu and all of our hosting secrets, including how to stay stress-free - each in five easy steps.

Christmas Brunch in Your P.J.'s
After the gifts are unwrapped, feast on indulgent breakfast and brunch dishes, from fluffy blueberry pancakes to fried chicken and waffles.

8 Delicious Days of Hanukkah
Celebrate the festival of lights with perfect potato latkes, homemade chocolate coins and more delicious Hanukkah recipes.

Ring in the New Year in Style
Toast to our favorite recipes and party ideas from the experts at Cooking Channel.


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