Alive and Cooking

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Alive and Cooking
Presented by James Reeson
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
Running time 30 minutes (inc. commercials)
Original channel WIN Television (Regional)
GEM (Metropolitan)
Gold (Highlights)
Good Food (The British Isles)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2 June 2008 – present
External links

Alive and Cooking is an Australian television cooking show hosted by James Reeson. It is produced by WIN Television and airs on a number of television channels within Australia.


In 2007, WIN Television announced a new cooking show to replace Fresh with the Australian Women's Weekly, a similar show provided by the Nine Network. At the time, WIN were in the middle of intense negotiations with Nine, which resulted in the removal of some Nine-produced programs from the schedule.[1]

Alive and Cooking aired its first show on Monday 2 June 2008 at 11.30am on most of WIN's regional stations.[2] It remained in that time slot for the duration of the entire first season. In 2009, the Nine Network axed Fresh with the Australian Women's Weekly and replaced it with Alive and Cooking.[3] Soon after, the network expanded Nine Morning News to one hour as part of the Nine News brand's major expansion. As a result, Nine Adelaide & Perth WIN and NBN moved the show to 3pm weekdays, while the Nine Network (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane) dropped the axe from their schedule. In July 2010, WIN & NBN moved the show to 11:30 weekdays with WIN only dropping Nine Morning News from the schedule. The show will screen 9am weekdays on GEM as part of the channel's launch on September 24, 2010.[needs update]

A DVD containing the first season was launched in May 2009. The second, third, and fourth seasons were also later released on DVD. Several books have also been released.

James Reeson[edit]

James Reeson is an Australian celebrity chef. He is renowned for his television cooking shows James Can Cook and The Occasional Cook. He was also a chef in various hotels and on cruise ships around Europe and the Mediterranean. He moved permanently to Australia to host Alive and Cooking.[4]


Alive and Cooking is broadcast on a number of television channels in Australia. WIN and NBN in regional Australia, and Channel Nine in Adelaide and Perth air the show at 3pm weekdays.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "War as WIN junks key Nine shows". 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Alive and Cooking premieres on WIN". eBroadcast. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Airdate: Alive and Cooking". TV Tonight. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Alive and Cooking website. 2009-08-26. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.