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Louisiana Eats: Food Network Binge

Marianna Massey
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When the Food Network launched in 1993, the pastime of binge-watching cooking shows didn’t exist, and chefs weren't celebrities. Today, with shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America airing on primetime, the role of the Food Network has transformed.

On this week's show, we speak with one of the network’s first stars, David Rosengarten. Since he was "discovered" by the Food Network many years ago, David has enjoyed a remarkable career enlightening America about food. Then, we speak with the latest Food Network stars, husband-and-wife and Louisiana-born Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll. The culinary couple bring audiences to South Louisiana with their new show Cajun Aces. And we meet with one of the youngest stars of food TV, Kaj Hecht, the recent winner of Chopped Junior. To get an understanding of how the 10-year-old New Orleans local came to be a contestant on the program, we invited Kaj and his father Michael into our studio. For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.