- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Really going Green

“Living With Ed,” an eco-friendly series starring actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., will move from HGTV to Discovery Communications’ Planet Green when the new network launches June 4, TVWeek.com reports.

Discovery’s Planet Green, a 24-hour eco-lifestyle channel, is expected to reach 50 million homes when it premieres.

HGTV is owned by the E.W. Scripps Co.

‘Sweet Pete’ takes all

The District’s own Pete Bakel — nicknamed “Sweet Pete” by perky TV chef Rachael Ray — has been crowned the winner of “Hey, Can You Cook?” a contest feature on Miss Ray’s syndicated show.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Mr. Bakel says of the month-long contest, which concluded Monday on Fox. “I’m grateful and amazed, and I’m just taking it all in right now.”

Mr. Bakel won the competition by successfully meeting a challenge from superstar chef Gordon Ramsay (“Hell’s Kitchen,” also on Fox) to make an upscale dish that included hot dogs. Sweet Pete incorporated the American ballpark and sidewalk favorite into three dishes featuring such high-brow ingredients as sauteed scallops, pomegranate dijon and chanterelle mushrooms.

Said Mr. Ramsay of the winning creation: “This was brilliant, loved the caramelized scallops … perfectly cooked, nice balance … well done!!”

What’s next for Sweet Pete?

He’ll receive a Viking- and Silestone-appointed kitchen, publish a recipe in Miss Ray’s magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, and appear with Miss Ray as his sous chef on her show in late July.

But wait, there’s more.

“We go to Paris in June, where I get to do a four-day Le Cordon Bleu boot camp [course],” says Mr. Bakel, a financial communications type by day. “I guess I’ll find out if all the things I’ve been doing through the years are technically correct,” he says with a chuckle.

Univision gets VOD

The Spanish-language broadcast network Univision will offer more than 1,000 hours of video-on-demand content through its distribution partners, the company announced at the Cable Show in New Orleans.

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