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Nov 3, 2010 11:55 PM

A Curmudgeon Curmudges About The Cooking Channel

Does "Stay Hungry" bug anyone else? To me, "Stay Hungry" is synonymous with "Don't Eat!" Couldn't they have done better than that? What WERE they thinking! I could handle something like, "The Cooking Channel, Eat Well." Or maybe, "The Cooking Channel, Good Food." Or just plain, "The Cooking Channel," followed by silence. But "Stay Hungry?" It's like being thirteen again and my mother nagging me to go on a diet. <sheesh>

EDIT My apologies to those of you who live outside of The Cooking Channel's viewing area. They have a "signature" screen that says "THE COOKING CHANNEL," a pause, then "STAY HUNGRY" in smaller letters under it and a voice over that does the whole thing. Makes me want to throw rocks at my screen!

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  1. I thought that was only on the pay-per-view Food Porn channel and airs in the middle of the night.

    1. I try my best to press the Mute button before I'm forced to hear that stupid phrase again. If I want to stay hungry, I would not be interested in shows about food and cooking. I'll help you collect some rocks.

      1. I always thought it was more of a connotation than a dictation, referring to "stay hungry so you'll eat more" and "stay hungry MENTALLY so you'll always want to learn more and try more".

        But then again, that's how advertising usually works, through lots of implication and sublimation.

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        1. re: yfunk3

          Yes, "Stay hungry" and we'll show you how to assuage that hunger with great food.

          (If you're lucky... (¬_¬) )

          1. re: Gio

            Midnight bacon. But only if you're super hungry.

        2. I thought it was a play on the The Most Interesting Man in the World's "Stay thirsty, my friends.".

          (Doesn't make it less annoying though.)

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          1. re: DoobieWah

            See, that was my first thought, the Most Interesting Man in The World. But then again, I am projecting a sense of humor on the creative people behind the Cooking Channel.

          2. It's better than 3 minute filler between programs on CreateTV.

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            1. re: paulj

              "It's better than 3 minute filler between programs on CreateTV."

              Oh God, the woman with the perky face? Head the size of a Macy's parade balloon? Annoying music?


              1. re: coney with everything

                Obviously Create has no budget for any other promos, so we're stuck with the perky one and those terminally annoying "real folks" chopping the garlic and threading the bobbins. The endless march of these segments also drives home how overused the word "passion" is. I guess "passion" is the new "interest". I reserve passion for my loved ones, and engage great enthusiasm and interest for what I eat and cook.

                1. re: bob96

                  If you ever have to interview for a job, bob96, you need to put "passion" on your resume as well!

                  1. re: bob96

                    Okay, but how about the woman whose kitchen smells like her grandparents. Makes me say "ew" every time....