Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Food Network Series Cooks Vs. Cons To Premiere In March

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Another new competition show will be premiering on Food Network on March 17th called Cooks Vs. Cons.  The show will be hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and will include a panel of rotating judges such as Kardea Brown, Josh Elkin, Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz.

In the hour long competition, there are four competitors (a combination of home cooks and trained professionals) that compete in each episode.  The judges do not know who are the home cooks and who are the professional chefs.  One of the four competitors is eliminated after a timed challenge similar to Chopped challenges where there is a secret ingredient they must use.  Then the final three compete head-to-head in another challenge with a secret ingredient and a winner is chosen.

If the winning dish is made by a professional they will take home $10,000, and if the winning dish is made by an amateur cook they will take home $15,000.

Full press release about the show is below:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Food Network's February 2016 Programming Highlights

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Better late than never...Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in February:
  • The new series Guy & Hunter's European Vacation premiering Friday, February 5th at 10pm
  • The finale of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, February 14th, where the winner will receive $25,000.
  • The start of All-Star Academy on Sunday, February 14th where Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine, Curtis Stone, and Alex Guarnaschelli are the mentors and contestants compete for $50,000.
  • The finale of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, February 22nd with the winner taking home $25,000.
  • A Barefoot Contessa special in Paris on February 14th at 1pm.
  • New Primetime episodes of American Diner Revival, Beat Bobby Flay, Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, Cake Wars, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen (including one where William Shatner is a judge), Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guilty Pleasures, Guy’s Grocery Games, Mystery Diners and Top 5 Restaurants
  • New Daytime episodes of Brunch @ Bobby’s, Giada Entertains, Guy’s Big Bite, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Southern at Heart, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking
Press Release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bobby Flay and Chelsea Handler Spotted On A Date

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According to Page Six, Food Network's Bobby Flay and comedian Chelsea Handler were spotted out on a dinner date in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night.

Chelsea Handler had an interview on Ellen on Wednesday and told her she had a first date with someone famous that night.  She told Ellen, "A friend set us up. I’ve never met him but I know of him … You’d know him.”

Bobby is recently divorced (for the third time) and Chelsea has never been married.  Chelsea Handler has a new Netflix series called Chelsea Does, which covers things such as her dating.  Perhaps this could be something that could show up on the show?  I doubt this will amount to anything, but if it does, I will keep you updated.

(Page Six)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bob Tuschman Leaving Food Network

Photo - Food Network is reporting that Food Network Senior Vice President Bob Tuschman will leave the company at the end of the month.  It is unclear if he is leaving on his own or if he is being forced out.  Deirdre “Didi” O’Hearn is replacing him and will serve as senior vice president, programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel.  She joined the company in 2014.

Former Food Network President Brooke Johnson announced her retirement in August 2015, so there have been a lot of recent leadership changes within the company.  How this impacts the future programming remains to be seen.

Bob Tuschman was with Food Network since 1998, and regularly appeared on Food Network Star as a judge.  The 12th season of Food Network Star is currently being filmed, so it will be interesting to see if he has any role in the upcoming season.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Food Network Related News and Links

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Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:

  • Bobby Flay's apartment is listed for sale at $7.95 million, but you can also rent it for $22,500 a month. (Link)
  • Trisha Yearwood will be playing the role of Mary in Fox's live staging of The Passion hosted by Tyler Perry.  The two-hour telecast is set to air on March 20th live on Fox. (Link)
  • Giada Weekly, which was a digital lifestyle app by Giada De Laurentiis, has been discontinued and the last issue was released this week.  Here is the note about the last issue to the subscribers who paid $16.99 for a yearly subscription.
  • This Saturday, Paula Deen is involved in an odd fundraiser called "Painting, Paula, and a President."  The event is in Georgia and costs $500, where you paint in a class with Paula Deen and former president Jimmy Carter and it includes breakfast and lunch.  You can also do a sleepover package for $2,000 that includes dinner and a room. (Link)
  • Worst Cooks in America season 8 continues to get really good ratings, attracting over 2 million total viewers in recent episodes.  Besides Food Network Star, not many other shows on Food Network get ratings this high. (Link)
  • All-Star Academy returns to Food Network in February with Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern as new mentors, replacing Bobby Flay and Michael Symon.  They will be joining returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone.  Plenty more information about the show can be found here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Michael Symon's Restaurant Lolita Closed After Fire Damage

There was a fire yesterday afternoon at Michael Symon's Cleveland restaurant Lolita, which caused significant damage forcing the restaurant to close.  According to, the fire began near an oven on the first floor and spread to the second floor offices.  The first floor suffered mostly water damage and the second floor offices were almost completely destroyed.

After the fire, Michael Symon posted on his Facebook page,
"thank you everyone for kind thoughts about Lolita fire...most importantly staff is safe & unharmed...damage to restaurant appears to be pretty significant but we will be back strong that I can promise you!...last but certainly not least thank you to the Cleveland fire department who acted swiftly and limited damage as much as possible..much much admiration for the job you do daily...thank you, Michael"
 Also on the Lolita website, it says they are closed until further notice, stating:
"Due to a fire, Lolita is closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconveniences and hope to reopen as soon as possible. Please visit our other Cleveland area restaurant locations. Thank you to the Cleveland Fire Department for their quick response and professionalism."
Hopefully the restaurant is able to re-open soon and the employees impacted are able to find other jobs.

In other Michael Symon news, the second season of his show Burgers, Brew & 'Que is scheduled to begin this Friday on Food Network at 10:30pm ET.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:

  • Guy Fieri wants out of his Johnny Garlic's restaurant chain and his business partner is suing him to try to keep the chain open. (Link)
  • Guy Fieri is a part of a Super Bowl tailgate with Erin Andrews, Aaron May, and Beau MacMillan with the tickets for the all-you-can-eat/drink being $700.  Also, here is the menu prepared by Guy, Aaron, and Beau.
  • In February, Guy Fieri will have a show called Guy Fieri's European Vacation where he will travel around Europe with his son Hunter. (Link)
  • Jeff Mauro's BBQ restaurant Pork & Mindy's is opening Friday, and despite it's first location not being open yet, a second location is already planned.
  • Worst Cooks in America began this week and here is all of the information about this season's episodes and contestants.
  • Alton Brown's new cookbook will only have pictures from an iPhone. (Link)
  • Trisha Yearwood doesn't cook on the road, but does have a catering crew that cooks recipes out of her cookbooks. (Link)
  • Food Network Star is filming in Los Angeles, CA again and is looking for extras in January. (Link)
  • Giada De Laurentiis was spotted in a bikini with her new boyfriend on a recent vacation in Mexico. (Link)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Food Network's January 2016 Programming Highlights

Hope everybody is enjoying the holidays!  Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in January:
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  • A Guy's Grocery Games tournament featuring 16 chefs from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives starting on Sunday, January 3rd.
  • A new season(the 8th) of Worst Cooks in America starting on Sunday, January 3rd where it will be Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence again.
  • A Kids Baking Championship starting on Monday, January 4th.
  • A new season of Cake Wars starting on Monday, January 11th.
  • A new season of Michael Symon's Burgers, Brew & ‘Que premiering Friday, January 15th at 10:30pm.
  • New primetime episodes of American Diner Revival, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guilty Pleasures, Mystery Diners and Top 5 Restaurants
  • Giada has a new daytime series called Giada Entertains, which begins on Sunday, January 3rd.
  • New daytime episodes of Trisha's Southern Kitche, Brunch @ Bobby’s, Guy’s Big Bite, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Southern at Heart and Valerie’s Home Cooking

Press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Restaurant Impossible - La Casa Bianca Update

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Tonight on  Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey to makeover La Casa Bianca.  In this ambush episode, the owner Paul's daughter reached out to Restaurant Impossible for help.  Paul's daughter Megan said the restaurant was struggling and her father was losing his passion for the business.  Robert needs to inspire Paul to regain his passion with hopes of turning the restaurant around.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about La Casa Bianca to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Friday, December 11, 2015

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:

  • It seems like Food Network Star season 11 contestant Arnold Myint may be getting a show called Hint of Myint or they are testing out a pilot.  There are a lot of recent Twitter posts and Instagram posts about it on his social media.
  • Amanda Freitag is supposedly over $119,000 behind on her rent at her diner Empire Diner in NYC.  The money is due by December 14th or they will likely be evicted (Link).  So she is tasked with saving diners in American Diner Revival, but may lose her own.  Kind of similar to Restaurant Impossible and Robert Irvine as he closed a few restaurants after the show was on.
  • Michael Symon's show Burgers, Brew & Que was renewed for a second season that will premiere on January 15th.  The show will remain in the Friday at 10:30pm timeslot. (Link)
  • Michael Symon is also opening a restaurant inside of Atlantic City's Borgata Casino in the fall of 2016. (Link)