Cooking Channel December 2017 Highlights

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate Returns for a New Season of Food Stars and Chefs Sharing Their Favorite Meals of All Time

Plus: Catch New Episodes of Food: Fact or Fiction? and Patti LaBelle’s Place is Holiday Central with Recipes and Tips for the Season

New York – November 8, 2017 – Cooking Channel is serving up all-new seasons and episodes of your favorite shows this December. First, catch a new season of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, when stars and chefs share the most amazing meals they’ve ever had premiering Monday, December 11th at 8pmET/5pmPT. Then, don’t miss all-new episodes of Patti LaBelle’s Place Sundays at 11amET/8amPT as R&B legend Patti LaBelle invites her famous friends over for dinner and a celebration of food. Also catch new episodes of Extreme Cake Makers, Food: Fact or Fiction?, Late Nite Eats, Man’s Greatest Food and MasterChef Canada. has everything you need this holiday season, including cookie recipes that are sure to impress family and friends. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


The Best Thing I Ever Ate- Premiering Monday, December 11th at 8pmET/5pmPT – SEASON PREMIERE!
Ever wonder what the biggest food stars and chefs eat in their free time – when they’re paying? Find out on The Best Thing I Ever Ate! It’s the ultimate guide to the country’s most amazing meals, eats and treats as told by the pros who spend their lives obsessing over food!

Premiering Monday, December 11th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “Worth the Wait”

Some things in life are worth standing in line for, and we’re sharing the foods we think are worth the wait. Alton Brown talks up his favorite beef Wellington, while Jamika Pessoa melts over buttery biscuits. Beau MacMillan says there’s nothing worth waiting for more than Tratto’s pasta in Phoenix, and Duff Goldman is okay with waiting in line for hours at this special hot chicken joint.

Premiering Monday, December 18th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “Feats of Meat”

Who doesn’t love a juicy hunk of meat? Our favorite carnivores are sharing the most mouth-watering meat dishes they’ve ever eaten. Justin Brunson shares where he gets his favorite meatballs, while Monti Carlo digs into her heritage and discovers the best chicharron in Los Angeles. Bobby Flay doesn’t joke around when it comes to meat, so he reveals the steak he says is the best around.

Premiering Sunday, December 24th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “San Diego”

San Diego may be the land of sun, surf and fun, but it’s also home to some of the best dining spots around. From a bacon burger at Hodad’s that left us speechless, to the chilaquiles at Mexican hotspot Talavera, we’re hitting some of the best spots this side of the border. From the peanut butter spread at Spread, to the extra-delicious chocolate cake at Extraordinary Desserts, dining in San Diego will make you feel like it’s summer all year long.

Online, check out the all-time sweetest, gooiest and best food finds. Join the conversation with #BestThingIEverAte.

Cake Hunters – Premiering Friday, December 29th at 10pmET/7pmPT & 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT
The perfect party needs the perfect cake, and that’s where Cake Hunters comes in! From weddings to family reunions and more, party hosts meet with three cake designers who present their jaw-dropping concepts to make the perfect complement to their big bashes. And once the winning design is picked, will the cake make it to the big day on time and in one piece?

Online, gape at the coolest cakes ever. Join the conversation with #CakeHunters.

Extreme Cake Makers

Premiering Friday, December 1st at 11pmET/8pmPT – “A Cake Fit for a Queen”

Extreme cake maker Michelle Wibowo creates a five-foot edible Wizard of Oz mural out of delicious vanilla cake, painted icing and sweets for one lucky little birthday girl. Meanwhile, Nastassja Lusengo brings out the bling, decorating one of her famous red velvet cakes in edible gold leaf. Bakers Phil and Christine Jensen create a four-tier cake with 28 edible tulip decorations inspired by the Queen’s House in Greenwich, near London.

Premiering Friday, December 1st at 11:30pmET/8:30pmPT – “Gothic Wedding Cake”

Chocolatier Tracey Kindred loves thinking outside the box, and a gruesome, four-tier wedding cake that pays tribute to a bride and groom’s love of all things gothic is right up her alley. Cake maker Nastassja Lusengo combines multiple themes in a cake for an 11-year-old girl who is headed to Nigeria for school. The cake design includes the colors of the Nigerian flag and a hand-carved sugar silhouette of the London skyline.

Premiering Friday, December 8th at 11pmET/8pmPT – “Cake and Cocktails”

For extreme cake maker Nastassja Lusengo, the sky’s the limit when it comes to her cake designs. She’s working on a wedding cake inspired by a geode rock that is split open to reveal shimmering sugar crystals carved into the cake’s interior. Meanwhile, baker Eloise Durrant faces the challenge of producing Hawaiian-themed cake that looks like a volcano and has four tiers of cocktail-flavored cake and a built-in working cocktail dispenser.

Premiering Friday, December 8th at 11:30pmET/8:30pmPT – “Bollywood-Inspired Wedding Cake”

Nobody beats Karisha Pithwa when it comes to designing the most elaborate wedding cakes, and for this commission, she’s taking inspiration from Bollywood to create a seven-tier wedding cake covered in 1,000 fresh and silk flowers and a hand-piped henna design specially created by the bride and groom. Meanwhile, baker Nastassja Lusengo designs a four-foot-tall cake that celebrates motherhood.

Premiering Friday, December 15th at 11pmET/8pmPT – “Lady Liberty Cake”

Sugar craft specialist Eloise Durrant receives an order with “wow” written all over it — a four-foot-tall cake replica of the Statue of Liberty! But with more than 22 pounds of icing for the famous gown, will this lady be able to stand on her own two feet? Meanwhile, chocolatier Tracey Kindred is working on a surprise 21st birthday cake that will feature chocolate sculptures of all the important places from the birthday girl’s childhood.

Premiering Friday, December 15th at 11:30pmET/8:30pmPT – “The Purr-fect Birthday Cake”

Extreme cake maker Molly Robbins is designing the purr-fect surprise for her best friend, cat lover Liz: a birthday cake that looks just like Liz’s two cats. Meanwhile, chocolatier Tracey Kindred and her assistant are planning a personalized wedding cake that features a storyboard of the bride and groom’s 12 years together.

Premiering Friday, December 29th at 11pmET/8pmPT – “Must Love Dogs Cake”

Extreme cakes test the skill and passion of the bakers. Sugar craft specialist Eloise Durrant works on an unusual request: a cake that is edible for both humans and dogs. For baker Karisha Pithwa, a towering, seven-tier wedding cake with 150 handcrafted sugar flowers is one of her most extravagant commissions to date.

Premiering Friday, December 29th at 11:30pmET/8:30pmPT – “An Edible Portrait on a Cake Canvas”

Baker Molly Robbins focuses on bringing to life a large cake beach scene complete with jelly sea, crispy marshmallow rocks and dozens of hand-carved sunbathers enjoying the seaside. Extreme cake maker Michelle Wibowo has a commission for a portrait that’s good enough to eat. She’s baking a 2-x-3-foot cake canvas on which to create a portrait of the birthday girl using icing and edible inks.

Online, watch exclusive videos about the coolest cakes ever, and steal expert tips on preparing extreme cakes of your own at Join the conversation with #ExtremeCakes.

Food: Fact or Fiction?

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Season’s Eatings”

Host Michael McKean finds the reasoning for the seasoning in some sweet holiday treats. Help unwrap the mystery behind how Gingerbread Men turned into studs, how Hanukkah was given the gift of Jelly Donuts, and how drama shaped Christmas Cookies into stars of the stage.

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “The Book of Food”

Host Michael McKean does a deep dive into one of the most holy recipe books of all time: The Bible! He finds out which miraculous fish Jesus picked to feed the 5000, whether the Last Supper was a buffet blowout, and that reading the bible might actually be a piece of almond spice cake.

Premiering Sunday, December 24th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “The Takeaway”

If you don’t feel like cooking tonight, host Michael McKean gets the scoop on your favorite Take-Out dishes. He discovers that Pad Thai may have saved an entire nation, that pizza delivery is fit for a queen, and that General Tso was anything but a chicken. Turn off the oven and grab a stack of menus, because these stories will be delivered in 30 minutes or less.

Premiering Sunday, December 31st at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Sounds Delicious”

On this episode, host Michael McKean sounds off on how a little sizzle can sell a lot of Fajitas and why we should slurp our noodles like their taste depends on it. And when it comes time to order, loud noise could land you in burger heaven. Listen carefully, because your food is talking, and you definitely want to hear what it has to say.

Online, find out the truth behind popular food urban legends like the 5-second rule and more. Join the conversation using #FoodFactorFiction.

Late Nite Eats

Premiering Thursday, December 7th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Sacramento”

Jordan Andino heads to California’s breadbasket, Sacramento. His first stop is Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company, a converted warehouse that serves up spectacular Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, tapas-style. Chef Matt Masera shows Jordan the secret to his Salumi Pizza — fresh dough and locally made cured pork — and Jordan sinks his teeth into an old Italian favorite, lemon arancini. For his second stop, Jordan hits up Sauced BBQ and Spirits for the Dougie, an oversized burger piled high with BBQ brisket, onion rings and one of their signature sauces. He also grabs a bumpkin, an egg roll stuffed full of brisket, cheese and Southwest flavor. Jordan’s last stop is Chando’s Cantina, where the Mexican street foods don’t disappoint. He tries Chando’s signature dish, Asada Pambazo, a mole-dipped meat sandwich bursting with flavor, and discovers a trio of Mexican dipping sauces that make the restaurant’s chicken wings take flight.

Premiering Thursday, December 14th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Oakland”

Jordan Andino, visits a brand new city and three exceptional restaurants that reign supreme in the late night food scene! Each one is cooking up something truly spectacular and revolutionizing what it means to eat out long after dark. Jordan will meet these passionate chefs in their kitchens as they cook up their late night specialties, mingle with energetic diners and ultimately taste the most popular and delicious dishes that after hours eating has to offer.

Premiering Thursday, December 21st at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Toronto”

Jordan Andino is exploring the culinary delights of Toronto, Canada’s most diverse city. He kicks off his tour at French-style bistro Chantecler, where Chef Colin Rayner blows Jordan’s mind with a sophisticated take on fried chicken and an elegant yet simple take on a cheeseburger with pickles, their Royale with Cheese. For his second stop, Jordan looks for something sweet and finds Petit Potato’s signature dish, Golden Toast. Syrup-drenched toast, green tea ice cream, matcha and red bean flavors make this dessert an outright hit. He also tries owner Fiona Cheung’s take on a waffle with ice cream, only hers is flavored with purple yam. Jordan wraps up his tour at Nightowl Toronto, a retro restaurant dishing up classic comfort foods like mac and cheese with crunchy bacon, fish tacos and a boozy root beer float for dessert.

Online, check out the best late-night snacks. Join the conversation with #LateNite.

Man’s Greatest Food

Premiering Wednesday, December 20th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “Sandwiches”

Roger Mooking loves a great sandwich. After all, it’s a full-fledged meal you can hold in your hands. Geography means variety, and sometimes size matters. As he searches for the country’s fifteen best sandwiches, he also learns about techniques and the grand assortment of culinary delights one can place between two slices of bread. These are the amazing people and establishments that offer up something so simple that can be so good.

Online, follow Roger’s food odyssey from home with the best recipes for burgers, pizza and more. Join the conversation with #MansGreatestFood.

MasterChef Canada

Premiering Tuesday, December 5th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Harvest Family Dinner”

The final four home cooks are surprised by their loved ones, and must create an elegant family dinner at a beautiful apple orchard.
Judges: Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 8pmET/5pmPT – “All-Star Family Edition”

MasterChef Canada champs Eric Chong, David Jorge, Mary Berg and Pino DiCerbo return to the kitchen to compete again, this time alongside their family members. Judges Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung will serve up four nail-biting challenges and decide which teams face elimination and which ones move forward. The family who impresses the judges with their creativity and skill and cooks their way to victory will win the first MasterChef Canada: All-Star Family Edition and $10,000 for their chosen charity.

Premiering Tuesday, December 12th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Sweet Francaise”

The final elimination challenge of the season will determine who makes it to the finale, as the home cooks take one luxury ingredient and create a dish using it three different ways.
Judges: Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung

Premiering Tuesday, December 19th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Season 4 Finale”

The final two home cooks go head-to-head as they create three courses in only three hours. The challenge will determine the winner of MasterChef Canada Season 4.
Judges: Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung

Online, watch web-only videos of the judges’ cooking tips and behind-the-scenes drama. Join the conversation using #MasterChefCanada.

Patti LaBelle’s Place

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 11amET/8amPT – “Robin Roberts and Joseph Sikora”

Patti LaBelle makes a slow-cooked Southern meal for her good friend and morning show anchor Robin Roberts. She’s treated to Patti’s mouth-watering Corn Beef served with Fierce Fried Cabbage and Rice with Homemade Gravy. Later, actor Joseph Sikora from the hit show Power gets his appetite satisfied with a Tender T-Bone Steak and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon served alongside Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes.

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 11amET/8amPT – “David and Tamela Mann, Laurie Hernandez and Wanda Durrant”

Patti LaBelle hangs out in the kitchen with the dynamic duo of David and Tamela Mann for some down-home family fun. Patti shows them her unique spin on Salmon Croquettes Deluxe with Creamy and Delicious Grits. She then whips up a simple and delicious gold medal meal for Olympian Laurie Hernandez that includes Penne Pasta with Chicken, Basil and Fresh Tomatoes. Finally, she invites Wanda Durant — the real MVP of the NBA — over for a quick and easy meal that includes Bean Turkey Chili and Patti’s favorite Pan-Fried Cornbread.

Premiering Sunday, December 17th at 11amET/8amPT – “Laverne Cox and Tamron Hall”

Patti LaBelle hangs out in the kitchen with Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox. Patti goes fresh, tasty and delicious for this mega star serving her Sautéed Red Snapper with Arugula, Onion and Heirloom Tomato Salad Drizzled with her Lemon-Infused Vinaigrette. Later, Tamron Hall drops by and Patti makes her a Homemade White Sauce Loaded with Shrimp, Crabmeat and Lobster served over linguine — a meal that is sure to satisfy all seafood lovers.

Premiering Sunday, December 24th at 11amET/8amPT – “Johnny Goill and Lori Greiner”

It’s always great to have a little fun in the kitchen and Patti LaBelle gets that and more when singer Johnny Gill stops by to sing for his supper. A voice like that makes Patti whip up her “Oh So Delicious” Sautéed Jumbo Garlic Shrimp served with Okra, Corn and Tomato Stew over Basmati Rice. Then Patti has her own lobster fest in the kitchen with the lady known as Little Shark — Lori Greiner from the million-dollar deal-making show Shark Tank. This shark has a love for lobster so Patti aims to please with her lobster in spicy marinara sauce served over fusilli pasta.

Premiering Sunday, December 31st at 11amET/8amPT – “Kym Whitley and Ledisi”

Patti LaBelle invites funny girl Kym Whitley over for a family-style meal including Roasted Cornish Hens stuffed with her famous “Don’t Block the Blessing” Dressing served with an Oven-Roasted Vegetable Medley. It’s all about food, family and fun as these two eat a little and laugh a lot. Then, Patti takes singer-songwriter Ledisi back to her New Orleans roots with a slamming shrimp creole dish — a meal so good they both have to sing about it.

Online, make Patti LaBelle’s famous sweet potato pie and watch web-exclusive outtakes of Patti and her friends at Join the conversation with #PattiLaBellesPlace.


Whether you’re planning a party, hosting Christmas dinner or baking dozens of edible gifts, has the recipes, party ideas and helpful how-to’s to help you spread the cheer. Along with classic show-stopping menus from our all-star chefs, get new awesome recipes, including all-new recipes from Patti LaBelle and friends.

Bake with the best of them all month long with Cooking Channel’s 31 Days of Cookies. We’re firing up the oven for a full month of baked goods to win any cookie swap. Baking for multiple events? Try our suggestions for the 50 best cookies, including 10 twists on holiday classics, and a blueprint for an entire gingerbread village.

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  1. The Best Thing I Ever Ate intrigues–but it is all a matter of taste preference. Me sweets like beignets, french fried ice cream, and bananas foster rule.

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