The people who brought you The Food Network has converted the Fine Living Network format to The Cooking Channel. The launch was today, May 31st. I found it on my Verizon service, channel 166. It is not in HD yet (boo!) but is meant to be in the works. Programing includes a show hosted by Mo Rocca, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Julia Child re-runs! There is a voice for grassroots approaches and a lot of international programming.
“The feel and style we’re going for is a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper,” said Bruce Seidel, the senior vice president for programming and production for the Cooking Channel.
“Someone sent over a demo for a potential show where you could see they were breaking chickens’ necks in a restaurant,” Mr. Smith said. “I do think we would do that on the Cooking Channel.”