SAN FRANCISCO, May 25 — In a move that signals the growing shift away from network food television, YouTube has announced the launch of a new cooking channel that has already enlisted star-powered names like cake celebrity Duff Goldman and US chef Chris Cosentino.
Set to debut July 2, the new channel called Hungry includes a line-up of shows featuring culinary competitions, food pranks, and unique gastronomic dining experiences.
Duff’s Food World, for example, explores fringe, foodie experiences like eating sushi off naked bodies in Vegas and dining in the dark through the eyes of Duff Goldman, who already has a show on The Food Network, Ace of Cakes, which follows the cake chef at his Baltimore bakery.
Chris Cosentino, another well-known food celebrity on US TV, has signed on for a series called New Pork, which will be dedicated to all things porcine, from pork belly, ham, loins, ribs and, of course, bacon.
To develop the channel, multimedia studio Electus poached food TV titan Bruce Seidel away from The Food Network, where he helped develop popular programs like Food Network Star and Iron Chef America.
Meanwhile, one of the most popular food-related YouTube channels that consistently draws millions of hits every week is EpicMealTime, which makes sport out of building leviathan, obscenely caloric food monsters. — AFP/Relaxnews