Eat and travel vicariously with Food Network and Cooking Channel


Foodie/travel programming for the socially distanced

Andrew Zimmern

In this time of social distancing, you’ve no doubt sacrificed.

You may have canceled a spring vacation, stopped going out to eat and/or generally avoided crowds, all in the interest of the greater good. As a result, television has become an even bigger part of your life as well as a safe haven.

Toward that end, Cooking Channel and Food Network have a bevy of programming coming up this week for those who like to travel and eat. So tune in, hunker down and live vicariously through their on-air personalities as they search the country for new culinary frontiers.

Chief among them is Andrew Zimmern, who on his Sunday, April 12, edition of Cooking’s “Bizarre Foods America,” heads to Miami to check out a foodie scene heavily influenced by old world immigrants and new wave trendsetters, as he stops in at iconic establishments and hidden gems throughout the city. Shining cuisine in the city of sunshine.

Tuesday, April 14, on Cooking, the scene is Washington, D.C., on “Man V. Food” as host Casey Webb explores a political culinary institution, samples a Korean fried masterpiece and sets his sights on a challenge that consists of 3.5 pounds of burger and fries. Pass the antacid, please.

Zimmern is back on the road in the Wednesday, April 15, episode of “Delicious Destinations,” this time in Hollywood, where he explores its legendary hot spots and culinary diversity, and samples dishes ranging from the classic steak and martinis and Thai steamed whole fish to Armenian flatbread topped with minced beef and Persian ice cream.

Over on Food Network on Thursday, April 16, it’s “The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast,” which brings host Tyler Florence to Las Vegas, where the four remaining food trucks in the competition are tasked with an in-suite dining challenge on the Strip.

Immediately following on “Vegas Chef Prizefight: Opening Night,” the winner of the series’ first season begins the job of a lifetime as head chef of a new $10 million restaurant on the Strip and its staff readies for the grand opening.

Friday, April 17, on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Guy Fieri hits the road to meet chefs who are putting their roots on their menus. Among the offerings are a blackened chicken pasta and a marrow butter burger in Logan, Utah; Israeli cuisine with a vegan spin in Portland, Ore.; and a Denver establishment that specializes in Detroit-style pizza and features a new take on fries.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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