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Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat
An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub
Made possible with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation
2009-2011
 MSS.309

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Reese Schonfeld

Biographical Note

The Food Network has arguably had the greatest impact on the way Americans think about food. The network was launched in November 1993 as TVFN with 6.8 million cable subscribers. Scripps, the Food Network's parent company, has started its own magazine based on the popularity of food programs and advertiser demand. In May 2010, Scripps initiated a second 24-hour network of food programming called The Cooking Channel.

It was Reese Schonfeld who got the Food Network going, developing the concept with a group put together by the Providence Journal Company's president Trygve Myhren. Schonfeld was a natural for the job. A longtime TV journalist and entrepreneur, he'd been the first president and chief executive of another big television success story, CNN, which he co-founded with Ted Turner in 1979.

This interview tracks his early life, education, and career. Schonfeld also speaks about the early years of cable television and his participation in it, the original programming concepts and stars at TVFN, and the way the network redefined the image of food and cooking in American homes.

Access Points

People:
Batali, Mario
Child, Julia
Cunningham, Marion
Field, Sally
Flay, Bobby
Hanover, Donna, 1950-
Lagasse, Emeril
Leach, Robin
Myhren, Tryg
Ray, Rachael
Rosengarten, David
Schonfeld, Reese
Turner, Ted

Organizations:
Belo Broadcasting
British Broadcasting Corporation
Cable News Network
Food Channel
Food Network (Firm)
Independent Television News Association
Iron chef (Television program)
Johnson & Wales University. College of Culinary Arts
Providence Journal Company
United Press International

Subjects:
Cable television
Cooking -- United States
Digital television
Direct broadcast satellite television
Food habits -- United States
Television cooking shows

Subject Names

  • Ray, Rachael
  • Rosengarten, David
  • Schonfeld, Reese
  • Turner, Ted
  • Hanover, Donna, 1950-
  • Lagasse, Emeril
  • Leach, Robin
  • Myhren, Tryg
  • Cunningham, Marion
  • Child, Julia
  • Flay, Bobby
  • Field, Sally
  • Batali, Mario

Subject Organizations

  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Cable News Network
  • Belo Broadcasting
  • Independent Television News Association
  • Iron chef (Television program)
  • Food Channel
  • Food Network (Firm)
  • United Press International
  • Jognson & Wales University. College of Culinary Arts
  • Providence Journal Company

Subject Topics

  • Television cooking shows
  • Food habits -- United States.
  • Direct broadcast satellite television
  • Digital television
  • Cooking -- United States.
  • Cable television

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