All good things must come to an end. At least that’s how we’re making ourselves feel better! After 14 years on Food Network, Valerie Bertinelli’s cooking show, Valerie’s Home Cooking, is being canceled. Keep reading to see what the One Day At A Time alum is saying about it, and how you can still get your Valerie fix post-cancelation.
Good News and Bad News
Bertinelli posted a video on her Instagram account (@wolfiesmom) on Saturday, April 8, saying she had “good news and bad news.” The good news: Season 14 of Valerie’s Home Cooking premiered Sunday, April 9. The bad? It’s the final season. “Food Network canceled us last summer. I have no idea why,” she says. “I didn’t say anything last summer because, honestly, I was hoping they would change their mind. But they have not, so this is it.”
The actress clearly has a lot on her mind, since she also recently commented on the Dalai Lama’s recent controversy. Though she delivers the cancellation news with a smile, it’s hard not to notice her sadness. She captioned her video, “It has been one of the huge joys in my life to bring you this sweet little show, and I wish it wasn’t so, but [this is] the final season of Valerie’s Home Cooking… We loved making every single episode for you and I will really, really miss it. Thank you so much for watching!” Watch her Instagram announcement below.
Valerie’s Home Cooking — More Than Just A Show
The show, which won her a Daytime Emmy in 2019 for “Outstanding Culinary Host,” and a 2022 nomination for “Outstanding Culinary Series,” initially aired on August 8, 2015. On it, Bertinelli makes versions of treasured family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. After showing viewers how to make these recipes, she shares the finished product with friends, family, and former co-stars, including the illustrious Betty White. She even had an episode in which she invited friends over to celebrate the birthday of her rescue dog, Luna. Her warm, down-to-earth personality made this show a fan favorite, as it allowed viewers feel like a part of the family.
Another reason fans love Valerie’s Home Cooking is because it’s clear the show’s host loves making it as much as we love watching it. Though she’s a talented and accomplished actress, cooking is Bertinelli’s first love. “I’ve been in front of the camera since I was 12 years old [but] I have been cooking for longer than I have been acting,” she told Closer Weekly in 2019. “I was never quite comfortable acting. Now I’m just able to be me and cook.”
Cooking was a big part of her childhood, and now it plays a large role in her own family life. She would watch her mother cook as a child, eventually learning to make her famous recipes, like cherry cheesecake and lasagna. “It was something I loved, hanging out in the kitchen and watching my mom,” Bertinelli told Closer Weekly. And when she became a mom herself, she used cooking as a way to bond with her son, Wolfgang Van Halen, now 32. “He would be doing his homework and I would be cooking dinner — it was the best way for us to spend time after school,” she said.
Where To See Valerie Bertinelli
You can catch new episodes of the final season of Valerie’s Home Cooking Sundays at 11:30 a.m. EST on Food Network. She’ll also continue co-hosting Kids Baking Championship with Duff Goldman on Food Network. She’s already filmed the newest season, but a premiere date is yet to be announced.
We’ll miss Valerie’s Home Cooking, and it seems like Bertinelli will, too. While we’re sad, we’re excited to see what comes next for her career!
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