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July 29, 2010

NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire/ — America’s mouths must be watering. Two television channels are now completely devoted to shows about cooking and other channels have various food shows, as well. Amateur chef shows abound and huge numbers watch, thinking – “Wow that looks easy. I could probably do that as well.” But how many Americans actually watch these programs? And just who are there favorite TV chefs?

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Half of Americans (50%) say they watch TV shows about cooking very often or occasionally, but half (50%) say they watch these shows rarely or never. Looking a little more specifically, just one in five U.S. adults (21%) say they never watch TV shows about cooking while three in ten (29%) do so rarely, one-third (34%) do so occasionally and 15% watch cooking shows very often.

These are some of the findings of the Harris Poll, conducted online between May 10 and 17, 2010, among 2,503 online U.S. adults ages 18 and over.

Certain groups are more likely to watch cooking shows. Over half (55%) of Baby Boomers (those aged 46-64) watch cooking shows very often or occasionally, compared to over half (57%) of Echo Boomers (those aged 18-33) who say they rarely or never watch these shows. While many of the great chefs are male, and men say they love to cook more than women do (32% versus 28%), women are more likely than men are to watch cooking shows very often or occasionally (54% versus 46%).

Making purchases because of seeing something on a cooking show

Besides trying to make the dishes shown on cooking channels, those who watch these shows can be influenced to potentially purchase some of the food they see being prepared, along with the gadgets the chefs use and even the cookbooks the star-chefs have written. In fact, over half (57%) of those who watch these shows say they have purchased food as a direct result of something they’ve seen on a cooking show. Over one-third (36%) say they have purchased small kitchen gadgets, 24% have purchased cookbooks and 6% have even purchased large appliances as a direct result of something they’ve seen on a cooking show.

Much as they are more likely to watch these shows, Baby Boomers are also more likely to purchase both food (60%) and kitchen gadgets (41%) because of something they’ve seen on a cooking show. Gen Xers (those aged 34-45) are more likely to purchase cookbooks (29%) and large appliances (9%) after seeing them on cooking shows.

Favorite Cooking Show

Rachael Ray is the queen of easy meals and manages to get people cooking rather than dining out. According to Americans who watch cooking shows, 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray is their favorite cooking program. Tied at number two for favorite cooking show are two Southern cooks – Paula Deen with Paula’s Home Cooking and the king of “Bam,” Emeril Lagasse, with Emeril Live. At number four is the uber-cooking competition, Iron Chef, and number five is Good Eats.

In at number six is Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and number seven is Top Chef. Three females round out the top ten: the Barefoot Contessa hosted by Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Everyday Italian with Giada de Laurentiis.

So What?

Cooking shows are big business. They can boost viewership for networks and can also spur show collateral, such as cookbooks and kitchen gadgets. Additionally, many TV chefs have their own restaurants that can draw viewers and fans of the show to dine there. Besides business, cooking shows are also a form of escapism for many people. And, while many may have a little Martha Stewart in them, who can actually do the perfect souffle? However, watching these shows makes cooking look so easy, that it’s likely many file away those recipes as something they would “love to make later.”



“How often do you watch TV shows about cooking?”

Base: All adults

                             Total  Generation
                                     Echo      Gen. X    Boomers    Matures
                                     Boomers   (34-45)   (46-64)    (65+)
                             %      %         %         %          %
    Very Often/
     Occasionally (NET)         50        43        51         55        49
         Very Often             15        14        12         19        15
         Occasionally           34        29        39         36        33
    Rarely/Never (NET)          50        57        49         45        51
         Rarely                 29        30        27         26        34
         Never                  21        27        21         19        17

                             Male    Female
                             %       %
    Very Often/
     Occasionally (NET)          46       54
         Very Often              13       18
         Occasionally            33       36
    Rarely/Never (NET)           54       46
         Rarely                  30       28
         Never                   25       19

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding.



“Do you ever purchase any of the following as a direct result of something you’ve seen on a cooking show?”

Base: Adults who watch cooking shows

                       Yes    No
                       %      %
    Food                  57     43
    Small kitchen
     gadgets              36     64
    Cookbooks             24     76
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    Large appliances       6     94
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Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding.



“Do you ever purchase any of the following as a direct result of something you’ve seen on a cooking show?”

Percent saying “yes”

Base: Adults who watch cooking shows

                            Total   Generation
                                     Echo      Gen. X    Boomers   Matures
                                     Boomers   (34-45)   (46-64)   (65+)
                            %       %         %         %         %
    Food                        57        57        59        60        46
    Small kitchen gadgets       36        28        39        41        35
    Cookbooks                   24        24        29        22        20
    ---------                  ---       ---       ---       ---       ---
    Large appliances             6         9         9         4         2
    ----------------           ---       ---       ---       ---       ---

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding.



“Which cooking show is your favorite?”

Unprompted responses

Base: Adults who watch cooking shows

    30 Minute Meals (Rachael Ray)               1
    Paula's Home Cooking (Paula Deen)  =2
    Emeril Live (Emeril Lagasse)       =2
    Iron Chef                                   4
    Good Eats                                   5
    Diners, Drive-ins and Dives                 6
    Top Chef                                    7
    Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten)              8
    Martha Stewart                              9
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    Everyday Italian (Giada de
     Laurentiis)                               10
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Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding.


This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between May 10 and 17, 2010 among 2,503 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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The Harris Poll® #94, July 29, 2010

By Regina Corso, Director, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive

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