By Dan Barrett
SBS has today announced details on their upcoming food channel. Launching at 1pm AEDT on 17 November 2015 is the Food Network, broadcasting food-inspired entertainment and travel, and home cooking from all around the world. The channel will replace SBS3 on free-to-air, with all programs available through their SBS On Demand online catch-up service.
Food Network will complement the existing SBS Thursday night lineup of food programming, with a smorgasbord of local and international cooking shows. The schedule will include the Curtis Stone series Beach Eats USA, Kitchen Inferno and his Australian series Surfing The Menu. Other known SBS series featuring Luke Nguyen, Adam Liaw, Shane Delia and Peter Kuruvita will also be screened.
Through an outsourcing and licensing deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the channel will include series such as Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, Giada at Home, Reza: Spice Prince of Vietnam, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Diners, Drive Ins & Dives, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Chopped.
SBS chief content officer, Helen Kellie, said: “We know how much Australians love our food – preparing and sharing meals with family and friends is at the heart of modern Australian culture. Our audiences tell us there’s an appetite for something fresh and different on TV. Food Network will offer everyday food inspiration for all Australians, with accessible cooking using simple ingredients, and food-inspired entertainment and travel for all of the family.”
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A number of the shows screening on Food Network will be familiar to Australian audiences, with a local version of the US Food Network available on IPTV subscription service Fetch TV, and several of the announced series having aired across Foxtel channels in recent years.