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Rachael Ray, Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay are joining the Cooking Channel, a spin-off of the Food Network scheduled to debut this spring.

The three Food Network stars have developed new shows that will serve as the centerpieces of the new network, parent company Scripps Networks announced Tuesday.

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On Week in a Day, Ray will show viewers how to prepare seven meals at once for advanced menu planning. Bobby Flay's Brunch will go beyond eggs and bacon to focus on more innovative early-day eats. Lagasse will host Emeril's Fresh Food Fast, which will focus on simple recipes made with fresh, local ingredients.

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The Cooking Channel will introduce six other new shows, including three that simplify popular Chinese, Italian and French dishes. Another will show viewers what one chef cooks for himself on his day off. The channel will also broadcast several popular international cooking shows.

The new network is scheduled to launch May 31.