ON Networks Introduces New Food Line-up That's Sure to Tantalize Tastebuds: Shows Offer Twists and Turns, Rock 'n Roll & A Little Bit of Mad Science to Food

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With a respectful nod toward traditional cooking shows, new media company ON Networks (ON) whips up some culinary twists with its new line-up of online food shows, which combine ingredients of music, comedy, science and health in a tempting, original mixture that's nothing less than a cook's delight.

Food is an important content category across all forms of media

    The 3- to 10-minute weekly shows are part of ON Networks' collection of smart, short-form entertainment that can be watched anytime, anywhere and on any device. ON Networks is one of the largest providers of original, high-definition content that is compatible for all Apple platforms, including the iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.

ON Networks' new food shows are designed to capture the imagination of foodies and beginner cooks alike with a range of creative formats that include:

-- Dinner with the Band -- Raiding the fridge and rocking out with some of today's best bands. This virtual mash-up of cutting-edge cuisine with indie music provides behind-the-scenes interviews and performances with some of the industry's hippest up-and-coming musicians. The show is hosted by New York City chef Sam Mason who invites his favorite touring bands to share an intimate evening of cooking, conversation and live performance. Inventive menu items include paella, halibut with butterscotch miso sauce, and black olive cobbler - paired with tales from life on the road and exclusive musical performances.

The inaugural season of Dinner with the Band showcases intimate performances by Pela, El-P, Tokyo Police Club, Holy Hail, Cities on Fire, Matt and Kim, Pigeon John and F@cked Up.

-- Budget Health Nut -- Culinary cheapskate demonstrates five-star flavor on a two-star budget. Designed to show consumers how to enjoy smart, healthy cooking without breaking the bank, host Joe Dias provides real-world advice on shopping, food preparation, calorie crunching and cost savings for his meals. With a focus on moderation, portion size and fresh ingredients, Joe's meals are critiqued by a registered dietitian for its nutritional value and calorie count. This culinary cheapskate also requires that his meals cost less than $25 to feed 4-8 people.

From brisket and enchiladas to catfish and eggplant parmesan, Budget Health Nut provides healthy, home-cooked meals that outshine budget-and-pants-busting eating-out alternatives.

-- Stump the Chef -- One seasoned chef, three random ingredients and three tough judges. A punchy cooking show with the flair of early TV game shows, Stump the Chef is Price is Right meets Iron Chef. In each episode, award-winning Chef Matt Weaver is presented with three random ingredients - such as liver, day-old French fries and olives - and challenged to create an edible dish by adding only a few standard pantry items. All the while, two "wannabe-foodies" joke and provide running commentary along the way, questioning whether Matt will succeed at winning a "thumbs up" from three judges. No matter what crazy ingredients are placed in front of him, Matt gets creative and always reminds viewers: "Don't be afraid of the kitchen."

Check out the first season as Matt wins kudos from judges for his creative cuisine - because the second season of Stump the Chef (which premieres August 20) promises even greater challenges and tougher critics.

-- Food Science -- The ins, outs and believe-it-or-nots of food. Funny and charismatic host Dr. Kiki Sanford delights everyone in the kitchen by talking about the mysteries and seemingly capricious happenings that occur with food and cooking. Audiences will learn about food creation and preparation, cool tools for cooking, and fun food science experiments that make great party tricks. With a Ph.D. from U.C.-Davis, Dr. Kiki Sanford also hosts "This Week in Science" radio show and podcast from KDVS-FM.

Whether it's using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream or explaining the science behind Teflon, Food Science is certain to entertain and inform foodies, geeks, and gadget guys and gals alike.

"Food is an important content category across all forms of media," says Jen Grogono, ON Network's co-founder and vice president of content at ON Networks. "Our shows are entertaining and informative with a twist - they discover new ways of looking at and enjoying food."

ON Networks, Inc. (ON) is a new media company offering original, short-form shows produced in high-definition (HD) and available for multiple digital platforms, including the Internet, digital cable, IPTV and various mobile and gaming devices. Viewers can also download ON Networks shows for free from iTunes and watch them on an iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.

ON's food shows can be watched anytime, anywhere at http://www.onnetworks.com. There, viewers can subscribe to receive email updates about new episodes, as well as get other program information. Other shows available at http://www.onnetworks.com are: Austin Connoisseur, Backpack Picnic, Bif! Bam! Pow! Wow!, Cocktails on the Fly, Comedy Insider, Feng Shui Your Way, Golf Tips, I Am Blackness, Local Wisdom, Lust for Looks, ON Dating, Play Value, Sheltered, The 5-Minute Drill, Try This At Home, and Zen Living.

To share an episode of any ON program, simply visit http://www.onnetworks.com and select the desired show and episode. Next, click on the mail icon or the "chain" icon in the player control bar. There, you can email the episode or view the embedded HTML player code, which can be copied and then pasted onto any web page.

About ON Networks, Inc.

ON Networks is changing the way traditional TV programs are created, distributed, consumed and monetized. It's a new media company delivering original, high-definition shows on-demand across multiple digital platforms, including the Internet, digital cable, IPTV, and various mobile and gaming devices. Offering lifestyle programs for a variety of pastimes and pursuits, ON's short-form, weekly shows satisfy the growing demand for relevant, smart and entertaining programming that is available when, where and how viewers want to watch it. Join the growing community of viewers and show creators at http://www.onnetworks.com.

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