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NEW YORK – July 27, 2015 – Cooking Channel scores in September with the premiere of the new series The Grill Iron on Saturday, September 5th at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT, exploring tailgating traditions and the fans and foods behind them with host Jackie Tranchida. Then, brothers Sal Basille and Francis Garcia continue their epic journey to find the best pizza and beyond in a new season of Pizza Masters, premiering Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT. Cooking Channel goes the distance all month with premiere episodes of Carnival Eats, Holy & Hungry, Man Fire Food, My Grandmother’s Ravioli and Taco Trip. Plus, goes crazy for Italy with recipes for every course, tips to preparing the perfect antipasti, a guide to planning the perfect Italian getaway and much, much, more! Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.




Carnival Eats

  • Premiering Thursday, September 3rd at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT“All You Can Meat”

The midway is home to rides, games and succulent meaty treats. Host Noah Cappe raises the stakes with these over-the-top meat experiences. Beginning with a tri-tip beef sandwich that has folks in Portland tripping out, to the craziest dessert ever seen at a fair, these treat are guaranteed vegetable-free.

  • Premiering Thursday, September 10th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT“Fully Loaded”

Festivals and fairs are the places to pile the yumminess high, and host Noah Cappe has found the best examples around. There are savory treats like BBQ baked potatoes, fries topped with lobster and a double decker Colossal Grilled Cheese, plus a decadent dessert that combines an ice cream sundae with mini funnel cakes to create a tower of taste.

  • Premiering Thursday, September 17th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT“From Golden State to Gizzards”

The Sacramento County Fair in California’s state capitol is the launching pad for trend-setting fair food including the famous Jalapeno Cheese Skirt Burger. Host Noah Cappe also investigates two new takes on some classics, and Cowboy Campfire Churros. Next, he meets the locals at Gizzard Fest in Michigan where they serve a donut to die for and an Onion Dog as big as his head.

  • Premiering Thursday, September 24th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “From Michigan to Maize”

Rockford, Michigan is home to the Start of Summer Celebration, where host Noah Cappe gets busy with the Soul On A Roll sandwich, and the To Die For Casserole. Salted Caramel Apple Gelato is the thing to beat the heat, while a Beer Can Chicken Pizza Cone combines the best of two worlds. Then it is off to the corn fields of Iowa, where three generations of one fabulous fair family keep Noah entertained with the Hillbilly Hamburger, the Dream Puff and the Bacon Screamer.

Online, flip through photos of the world’s most insane edible carnival creations and get recipes for fair food to make at home. Join the deep-fried conversation with #CarnivalEats.

The Grill Iron – Premiering Saturday, September 5th at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT – SERIES PREMIERE!

Take a journey through America’s food landscape and explore tailgating traditions at some of the biggest college football towns in the country. We are meeting up with some of the best local chefs and challenging them to create epic tailgates inspired by their city’s food culture.

Online, find better ways to tailgate with recipes for a sandwich tower, long-haul Bloody Mary recipes and more on Get in the game with #GrillIron.

Holy & Hungry

  • Premiering Sunday, September 6th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “Food from the Father”

Host Sherri Shepherd breaks bread with break-dancing Father Leo who shares his Poor Man’s Pork Skewers, and she visits Cafe Pierrot in Sparta, New Jersey to meet a family committed to faith and serving the community their famous croissants. In Brooklyn, Sherri feasts on branzino fish and in Fairfield, Connecticut, Darlene Banks offers Jamaican jerk burgers and thoughtful prayers at Craven Dawgs & Ting.

  • Premiering Sunday, September 13th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “Bible Cake & Gefilte 2.0”

In Brooklyn, Sherri meets the co-founders of Gefilteria who are remaking the Jewish holiday staple, gefilte fish. Then in New York’s Lower East Side, Sherri gets a helping of Hinduism alongside her Lamb Pasanda at MasalaWala. Salt cod tostones satisfy a group of hungry believers thanks to Dining with Grace, and in Bayonne, New Jersey, the baking rock stars from Filled Cakes and Confections create an epic bible cake.

  • Premiering Sunday, September 20th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “Faith, Friends, Shrimp & Grits”

Sherri hangs with Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, New York, for some heavenly shrimp and grits.  In Greenwich, Connecticut, Father Matt Mauriello has Sherri over for fellowship and feasting on his manicotti crepes, and the Greek Diner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey makes their Lenten favorite, Imam Baildi. Sherri tries some Yemenite Soup at Kosher restaurant Eighteen in Manhattan.

  • Premiering Sunday, September 27th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “Pious Pizza & Honest Chops” – SEASON FINALE!

Sherri visits a former friar who makes a miraculous Pizza Margherita at S. Egidio’s in Ridgewood, New Jersey. In Brooklyn, Ethiopian restaurant Ghenet serves up their communal specialty chicken, Doro Wettt.  In Crown Heights, New York, Sherri tastes delicious Caribbean food at The Food Sermon Kitchen, and in the Lower East Side in New York, the Islamic butcher Honest Chops has Halal meat for the masses.

Online, unearth foods with religious symbolism, and see the most unique religion-themed restaurants in the world at Join the journey with #HolyandHungry.

Man Fire Food

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Light It Up!”

Host Roger Mooking heads to Bigmista’s Barbecue & Sammich Shop where husband and wife team Neil and Phyllis Strawder spread their smoked meat love in Long Beach, California. Roger and Phyllis roll up their sleeves and build unique barbecue sandwiches. In Door County, Wisconsin, Roger is bowled over by the area’s legendary fish boil. At the Old Post Office Restaurant, Jeremy Klaubauf cooks local white fish, potatoes and onions in a cauldron by engulfing it in flames.

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Holy Smokes!”

Roger attends the 100 year anniversary of the St. Mary Magdalene Church Picnic in Owensboro, Kentucky. Roger helps hundreds of volunteers to load and light three massive barbecue pits with wood planks, pallets and straw, then it is all hands on deck to prep, cook, flip and mop sauce for mutton, pork butts and chickens. It is an epic barbecue event that will leave everyone speechless.

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 15th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Wine Country Cookouts”

California’s wine country is the perfect place for an outdoor cookout. Once a year, Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles hosts a huge party for members of their wine club and to complement the wine, they will roast a swine! Healdsburg is famous for their wineries, their olive oils and a historic landmark called the Dry Creek General Store. In the summer months, they load up the grill and prepare amazing feasts. Roger helps Chef Gia Passalacqua fill an eight foot grill with Dungeness crabs and legs of lamb that have been rubbed with a Mediterranean spice paste. It is a tasty surf-and-turf barbecue!

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 22nd at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Three-Alarm Fire”

Roger visits Faith’s Farm in Bonfield, Illinois for an awesome feast cooked on three different fiery contraptions. Roger helps three chefs orchestrate a festive Latin and Mexican-inspired meal. A whole lamb slowly roasts on an asado cross, boar steaks are grilled on a repurposed windmill and pig skins are fried until puffy and crisp in a wood burning oven and stove. It’s a three-alarm fire for a three-star, farm-to-table spread.

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 29th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Grillin’ and Smokin'”

Roger is grilling steaks and chickens in California, and smoking a bounty of seafood in Illinois. Roger begins in Orangevale, California to meet restaurateur and caterer Steve Dougherty who specializes in Santa Maria-style barbecue. Roger and Steve season tri-tip steaks and chickens with Cajun spices, and then line them up on the racks of a giant portable grill. In Chicago, Roger visits Calumet Fisheries, an 80-year-old seafood smokehouse. He will help Javier Magallanes load up salmon, trout, whitefish, sable and sturgeon, and smoke them to perfection.

Online, flip through a gallery of Roger’s own behind-the-scenes photos, and watch web-exclusive blooper videos. Join the fun with #ManFireFood.

My Grandmother’s Ravioli

  • Premiering Wednesday, September 2nd at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Remember the A La Mode”

Grandpa Louis McMillan, 69, of Fannin, Texas, is a master at the art of barbecue. He knows everything about barbecue: how to apply dry rub and how long to smoke and cook it. Host Mo Rocca learns both his barbecue secrets and the secrets to his success.

  • Premiering Wednesday, September 9th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Hard Boiled”

Hong Kong-born Grandfather Kam Wah Chui, 77, used to manage a bustling Chinese restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown. Now retired, he spends a lot of time shopping, prepping and cooking for his wife, kids and grandchildren (15 people in all) every day! He teaches host Mo Rocca how to make some Chinese delicacies, including stuffed whole fish, roast pork, and tofu with vegetables. He also gives Mo a primer on the ancient art of Tai Chi.

  • Premiering Wednesday, September 16th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Sister, Sister”

Sister Marie Pappas, 62, is a kind and energetic nun who lives in a convent in Hopewell Junction, New York. She has dedicated her life to her faith and to teaching young people about religion. Sr. Marie and her fellow nuns teach Mo how to prepare one of their favorite soups with sausage and vegetables, and a pineapple cake that could be described as divine. Sr. Marie also has Mo as a guest on her weekly radio show.

  • Premiering Wednesday, September 23rd at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “Walking on Ayr”

Guelda Barker, 93, is a charming grandmother from the small town of Mount Ayr, Iowa. Guelda is a retired lunch lady who wowed the kids with her many specialties, including spoon burgers, cinnamon rolls, and ham and beans. Mo Rocca visits Guelda during Mount Ayr’s annual town festival, “Ayr Days”, which has a parade, fun activities for kids and fried meat on sticks.

  • Premiering Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00pmET/5:00pmPT – “If You Cook It, They Will Come”

Edna Mae Phillips, 78, is a native of Ida Grove, Iowa. She is a smart, spunky, hilarious lady who is very versatile in the kitchen. She makes a mean fried chicken, preserves and cans fruits and vegetables, bakes pies, and even placed second in a big-time chili competition. She has fourteen kids and forty-six grandkids, so when she and her husband, Tom, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, the number of family members attending could approach triple digits. Mo meets Edna for an unforgettable day.

Online, watch web-exclusive deleted scenes of Mo and the grandparents and flip through photos of the craziest things grandparents have forced Mo Rocca to do on Join the conversation with #Ravioli.

Pizza Masters – Premiering Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT – SEASON PREMIERE!

Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins and best friends. Together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in New York City. The cousins are always on the search for the best food in town — and not just pizza. Join in the fun of a new season as the cousins continue their culinary adventure to find the greatest spots across the country. From mom and pop joints to legendary establishments, these Pizza Masters know good pizza and good food when they find it, and are always up for having a good time along the way.

Online, check out the web-only series Pizza Masters: Sliced! to see Sal and Fran compete to make the best pizza possible using the craziest mystery ingredients on Join the cheese and pepperoni chatter with #PizzaMasters.

Taco Trip – Premiering Tuesdays at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT

Host Aarón Sánchez continues his hunt to find the best tacos in the nation! Join Aarón this season as he treks across the U.S exploring the Latin side of every city, encountering the chefs, families, and locals who have helped define each city’s culinary landscape. Aarón dives headfirst into this journey and turns every trip into an unexpected exploration of the most delicious taco scene in town.

  • Premiering Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “San Diego”
  • Premiering Tuesday, September 8th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT – “El Paso”

Online, check out a web-exclusive series of Aarón kicking back with his favorite Taco Trip chefs. Join the tasty taco talk with #TacoTrip.


Italian Cooking

Food lovers go crazy for Italian cooking, where simple dishes, high-quality ingredients and lots of passion rule the table. From pizza and pasta to sauces and sides, these are our favorite ways to cook, savor and enjoy the best of Italian cuisine.