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Cooking Channel’s 10 Most Popular Shows and Chefs of 2012

Not My Mama's Meals

2012 is almost behind us. As a salute to a great year, we’re highlighting what you loved most about Cooking Channel, from the top posts on Facebook to the shows you loved most and the recipes you couldn’t get enough of, like I Want to Marry You Cookies. See how this year stacks up against 2011 and 2010.
Cooking Channel’s Top 10 Shows of 2012

Paula Deen’s buttery Southern comfort dishes are so indulgent, she has become the stuff of memes. Her son Bobby has taken to a more fit lifestyle but, naturally, doesn’t want to give up the incredible flavors his mom served up his entire life. He’s made it his mission to take his mama’s recipes and transform them into lighter, lean, yet still delicious dishes. Our fans love his results so much, millions have flocked to his healthy substitutes of his mom’s recipes that cut down on calories and fat, but still deliver on taste.

Not My Mama’s Meals took the top spot in 2012 of most visited show pages on our site. Here are the rest of the contenders:
1. Not My Mama’s Meals
2. Kelsey’s Essentials
3. Everyday Italian
4. French Food At Home
5. Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day
6. Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen
7. Extra Virgin
8. Symon’s Suppers
9. Chuck’s Day Off
10. Unique Sweets

Cooking Channel’s Top 10 Chefs of 2012

Kelsey Nixon
Kelsey Nixon initially created her own cooking show in college. Now she host’s Kelsey’s Essentials on Cooking Channel. She’s the real deal. We’ve had Facebook chats with her and watched her ability to answer complex cooking questions in a very helpful, concise and straight-forward way on the fly. Her ability to break down the basics, teach proper technique and make anyone feel comfortable in the kitchen has made her the well-deserved most sought-out chef on in 2012. Here are the top ten:

1. Kelsey Nixon
2. Giada De Laurentiis
3. Laura Calder
4. Bobby Deen
5. Ching He-Huang
6. Chuck Hughes
7. Rachael Ray
8. Michael Symon
9. Ellie Krieger
10. Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos (we’ll count them as a team)

What was your favorite show and chef on Cooking Channel this year? Let us know in the comments.


Comments (1454)

  1. […] Cooking Channel’s 10 Most Popular Shows and Chefs of 2012 […]

  2. Beth B posted 12/28/2012

    My favorites, in order are:
    Bobby Deen
    Kelsey Nixon
    Michael Symon
    Ellie Krieger

  3. Ed McNamara posted 12/28/2012

    My favorite underdog show is: The Fabulous Beekman Boys

    Go Team Beekman!!!

  4. JohnNed65 posted 12/28/2012

    I love the Cooking Channel. My favorite show is "Hook Line and Dinner". Ben Sargent is really cool. Love The Beekman Boys too…and anything with Kelsey & Chuck

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  6. Tracey posted 12/30/2012

    Whatever! Nads, Chuck and Michael Symon are the best and so is Ben!

  7. Cameron Grey Rose posted 12/30/2012

    I love teh Beekman Boys! their cookbook is the best.

  8. Jenny McRae posted 12/30/2012

    Pioneer Woman-she's just so real!

  9. Lisa posted 12/30/2012

    Chuck Hughes and definitely Rachel Khoo's Little Paris Kitchen. Chuck is fun and whips up interesting dishes as he's kind to his neighbors and friends. Rachel has a fun and simple style to French cuisine. Love that show!!

  10. Patty posted 12/30/2012

    I love Laura Calder, but, I also, love Michael Chiarello. Why do we have to keep showing the same shows over and over?

  11. Yvonne R. posted 12/30/2012

    I love Cooking Channel and am so glad I can now watch it after changing telecommunication companies. I happen to love Unique Eats but, all the shows are good. Michael Symon's my favorite host, overall.

  12. Duanep posted 12/30/2012

    Odd they refer to Kelsey as a "his"??

  13. Melmel posted 12/30/2012

    David Rocco where is he?

  14. Marilyn posted 12/30/2012

    Symon's Suppers-Michael
    French Food at Home-Laura
    Good Eats-Alton
    Not My Mama's Meals-Bobby

  15. Stephen Pollard posted 12/30/2012

    One of my top 10 fav's is Nigella!

  16. kaye posted 12/30/2012

    Kelsey is my top fave! You didn't mention David Rocco but I could watch him all day!!

  17. Mimi posted 12/31/2012

    Enter text right here! too
    I love Nadia G. Bitchin Kitchen .

  18. Debbie posted 12/31/2012

    we really like Nadia G.'s Bitchin kitchen

  19. Christy posted 12/31/2012

    Bobby Flay rocks!! Michael Symon is so funny! Giada has portion control down to a science and layers flavors beautifully! Alton is a food genius!

  20. Jennifer posted 12/31/2012

    Beekman Boys rock!

  21. Sandra posted 12/31/2012

    I love Kelsey.
    Giada has come a long way. I use many of her recipes.
    Then Laura Calder, Chuck Hughes, Ching He-Huang, and Nigella.
    I like Luke Nguyen too but his recipes are difficult .

  22. June posted 12/31/2012

    I love the Beekman Boys bring them back please.

  23. Jeannie posted 12/31/2012

    Kelsey is my fav but I also love Alton Brown, Good Eats and David Rocco

  24. bopper64 posted 12/31/2012

    My three favorites are Laura Calder, Chuck Hughes and Debi Mazur and hubby. My favorite of the three is Chuck Hughes. Love his enthusiasm for food and his recipes which always look fabulous. Plus he is a good neighbor. Can't wait to go to Montreal and drop in on his restaurant.

  25. Michele posted 01/01/2013

    love Mario!!! Michael & Alton come in right behind him.

  26. Michael Rollins posted 01/02/2013

    Discovered Laura Calder while watching a biography show on the cooking channel almost a year ago. We had just returned from France and were watching Tv while getting over jet lag when the show came on and I was intrigued by her style and background. Now I try to watch whenever possible, but you've moved the show to the weekday at 9:30AM(PST). Can we have her back on the weekend please? At 9:30 AM (PST) please?

    Love Giada and get a kick out of Debi Mazar.

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