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Alive and Cooking is an Australian television cooking show hosted by celebrity chef James Reeson. The program is produced by WIN Television and airs five days a week on the WIN Network.

Alive and Cooking
Presented byJames Reeson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
Running time30 minutes (inc. commercials)
Original networkWIN Television (Regional)
Network Ten (Metropolitan, 2017–present)
Gold (Highlights)
Good Food (The British Isles)
Nine Network (Adelaide & Perth, 2008-2013)
9Gem (Metropolitan & Regional, 2010-2016)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 June 2008 - 30 June 2016 (first run)
31 July 2017 –
present (second run)
External links



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 episode 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] In late 2009, the Nine Network expanded Nine Morning News to one hour as part of an expansion of Nine News content across their daytime schedule which resulted in Alive and Cooking being dropped from the Nine daytime schedule. WIN, Nine Adelaide and Nine Perth (both owned by WIN), and NBN Television moved the show to 3pm weekdays. In July 2010, WIN & NBN moved the show back to its original 11:30am weekday timeslot in place of Nine Morning News. Nine restarted showing the program again from 24 September 2010 with the launch of their new digital sub-channel 9Gem.


Alive and Cooking is broadcast across Australia on GEM. The program has not aired on WIN since 30 June 2016 due to becoming a Channel Ten show. The show returned later that year, airing at 2:30pm as it was previously.

From 31 July, 2017, the 8th season will be broadcast at 3.30pm weekdays on Network Ten, with 70 episodes to be screened until early November.


Some 'Food For All Seasons' DVDs have been released, plus a number of cooking books featuring recipes from the show.

James ReesonEdit

James Reeson
OccupationChef, television presenter
Home townBristol, United Kingdom

James Reeson is a British[4] celebrity chef who is famous in Australia. 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 first travelled to Australia to indulge his love of longboard surfing in Victoria, then began a catering enterprise. When a friend undertaking media studies needed a subject for a course project, James agreed and this led to him coming to the attention of a producer then at the ABC. After several series each of shorts and episodes on that network, James was commissioned by WIN to host Alive and Cooking.[5]

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  1. ^ "War as WIN junks key Nine shows". 2007-08-16. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  2. ^ "Alive and Cooking premieres on WIN". eBroadcast. 2007-05-29. Archived from the original on 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  3. ^ "Airdate: Alive and Cooking". TV Tonight. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "About Us". Alive and Cooking website. 2009-08-26. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.