There's something for every type of cook, from gourmets to toast-burners, on The Television Food Network. The cable channel, which is 70%-owned by Scripps Networks Interactive (Tribune Co. owns the rest), features programming focused on all things delicious. Food Network reaches nearly 100 million US households with a variety of cooking and lifestyle shows. In addition to television, the channel operates a popular website featuring recipes, related cooking information, and an online store that sells kitchenware and cookbooks. Food Network was launched in 1993.
Food Network has successfully created viewer loyalty by trading on its stable of popular celebrity chefs. It has also tapped into America's appetite for reality-based programming with competition shows. The network's popularity has helped boost traffic to its website, which boasts an audience of more than 10 million.
Newspaper publisher E. W. Scripps acquired its controlling interest in the channel from Belo in 1997. In 2008 it spun off Scripps Networks as a separate, publicly traded company. Food Network has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and Knoxville, Tennessee. – less