Food as entertainment has been a long standing staple in our homes, and with shows like “Iron Chef” and "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”, the entertainment factor keeps going up. In a reality TV rich society, food shows have taken a seat at the must see TV table. Breaking the norms of traditional reality television, networks like Food Network and The Cooking Channel are driving audiences to put away the can opener and get more creative. With an obvious appeal, people are not only learning about food, but are using these shows as a way to sit down and relax.
Jumping on the food TV bandwagon, with the announcement of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” being cancelled, ABC announced it is producing a new cooking talk show called “The Chew”, set to star super chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, along with style guru Clinton Kelly of TLC
’s “What Not to Wear”. ABC said the show will look at food "as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life's moments." Look for the new show to begin in September.