Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Kitchen Sink With Tregaye Fraser To Premiere January 15th

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When Tregaye Fraser won season 12 of Food Network Star, it was announced that she would be a co-host on The Kitchen Sink.  A new 13-episode season of The Kitchen Sink will begin on Saturday, January 15th at 11am ET/PT with Tregaye Fraser as one of the co-hosts.  The other co-hosts are Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc) and Fanny Slater (cookbook author who won Rachael Ray's cookbook contest).  They will also be joined by special guests each episode.

A press release states:
"Over 13 half-hour episodes, the co-hosts along with special guests take a look at the latest culinary trends, offer up kitchen hacks and time-saving shortcuts, while sharing delicious new recipes for every occasion, including inspired culinary delights from the latest and greatest digital food frontier. In addition to culinary tips, trends and techniques, the co-hosts serve up delicious recipes to make at home; from Sunday brunch to a Saturday night party including an epic take on a cinnamon roll, Super Easy Sloppy Sliders for a do-it-yourself party menu, a weeknight pasta dish using only five ingredients, nachos with a twist and many more. THE KITCHEN Sink will also step out of the studio and on to the streets with Sink on the Street, going on location for a deep dive into popular food trends and the culinary delights they inspire."

The first season of The Kitchen Sink had 6 episodes, which rotated co-hosts Marcella Valladolid, Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian, Sunny Anderson and Jeff Mauro.  It appears they will not be on this season as co-hosts, but may appear on the show as special guests.

If you are interested, the first four episode descriptions of The Kitchen Sink are below:

Foods You Didn't Know You Wanted
Kitchen Sink kicks off with a new way to weave bacon into every bite of breakfast, then Tregaye Fraser and Jeff Mauro take nachos to a new level with twists on the classic snack food. Inspired by the pizza pot pie, Fanny Slater wows with her combination of pizza and quesadillas. Finally, the Sink hits the streets to see one of the hottest dessert trends then shows how to make twists on ice cream cones at home. (Episode: SI0201H)

Carbs on Carbs
The carbs-on-carbs menu kicks off with an over the top sandwich cake, then Spike Mendelsohn and Tregaye Fraser demonstrate two inexpensive weeknight pasta dishes that are just five ingredients each. Frozen fries get a makeover with two different takes in a skillet, and finally, Katie Lee brings carbs to dessert with a four-ingredient twist on the classic apple pie. (Episode: SI0202H)

The Ultimate Party Menu
Spike Mendelsohn kicks off the show with his Super Easy Sloppy Sliders that will feed a crowd. Then, Sunny Anderson mashes up three crowd favorites into a Mozzarella Stick Pizza Onion Rings appetizer and puts a spin on the classic loaded baked potato. The hosts check in with our Food Network Kitchen correspondent, Vivian Chan, who shares the latest boozy trends. Then, inspired by the trends, the hosts create a dessert taco bar. (Episode: SI0203H)

Sunday Sunday: Brunch
Things kick off with an enormous egg sandwich that will feed 12 people, then Fanny Slater introduces an epic cinnamon roll. Plus, the hosts make a cake that masquerades as America's favorite breakfast food and whip up pancakes with surprises inside! (Episode: SI0204H)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Food Network's December 2016 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in December.  There are once again a lot of new Chopped episodes (all varieties) and a lot of holiday themed shows/specials. The Holiday Baking Championship will crown its winner on December 18th and there will also be a Holiday Baking Championship special on Christmas that brings in three previous champions and three fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship.  The Jonas Brothers will be featured in a special called Jonas Restaurant: Family Style where their family opens up a restaurant in North Carolina.

The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Iron Chef Returns with 'Iron Chef Gauntlet'

One of the questions I get the most is if Iron Chef America was cancelled or when it will be returning. Well it looks like it will be returning, but it will not be Iron Chef America as it will be called Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Alton Brown sent out this tweet and photo (right) with the caption “Finally. #IronChefGauntlet” hinting at the return of the show. Also Variety reported on Iron Chef Gauntlet saying the show will be filmed early next year and will air in the second quarter. They said, “Details of the new format are thin other than it promises to offer some new twists on the cooking-showdown format.” A Food Network Dish post says, "Look out for some of your favorite elements of battle from Iron Chef America, plus new twists that will leave you craving more.”

It should be interesting to see what Iron Chefs will be returning to the show and what the new format is. With the title of Iron Chef Gauntlet and with Alton Brown being involved, it makes me think that it will be a mix of Iron Chef America with Cutthroat Kitchen elements. If any more information about Iron Chef Gauntlet is revealed, I will keep you updated.

Wednesday, November 16, 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:
  • Scripps Network Interactive has ended its partnership with Netflix, so if you are watching any Food Network shows on Netflix, they will be unavailable at the end of 2016.  Scripps COO said, "In the end, it really is not the kind of dual-revenue model that best monetizes our content over the long term." (Link)
  • Alton Brown was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and here is a video of him making carbonated pumpkin spice ice cream.
  • The latest internet craze is the mannequin challenge, and Guy Fieri filmed one on the set of Guy's Grocery Games which is over four minutes long. (Link to video)
    • Giada De Laurentiis also did her own version, which is much shorter. (Video)
  • Here is a People blog post from Marcela Valladolid on the guilt of being a pregnant, traveling, working mom. (Link)
  • Loni Love won Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition and was mentored by Rachael Ray. (Link)
  • Carla Johnson won $25,000 for winning Worst Bakers in America.  You may remember her from Worst Cooks in America and her obsession with Bobby Flay. (Link)
  • Robert Irvine talked about a Restaurant: Impossible episode that broke his heart (Abudanza), and it was also revealed that LJ from that episode has passed away. (Link)
  • As a commenter pointed out, you may have seen Geoffrey Zakarian in the crowd on a recent episode of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.  Here is an Instagram picture of him at the studio.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Food Network's November 2016 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in November.  It looks like there is a lot of new Chopped episodes (all varieties), more kids (looks like Alison Sweeney is the go-to kids show host), and a lot of holiday themed shows/specials.  Thanksgiving Live will not return, but Food Network does have a replay on their schedule.  Also, Clash of the Grandmas which had a pilot last year will now be a series.

The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Friday, October 28, 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 (Sorry for the delay in posting, but thanks for keeping active in the comments):

  • Mario Batali recently was at the White House to cook President Obama's final State Dinner. (Link)
  • Mario Batali was also recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live (video) and cooked ravioli and cake. He has been making the rounds promoting his new book Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA.
  • Mario Batali wasn't the only Food Network personality recently at the White House as Ina Garten filmed an episode of Barefoot Contessa in Washington DC.  It will be an hour long special that will air of Food Network Saturday, November 5 at 1pm ET and the episode will have a segment at the White House with Michelle Obama. (Link)
  • You may also see a lot of recent article about Ina Garten as she is promoting her book Cooking For Jeffrey, which was just released this week.
  • Twitch (which is owned by Amazon and free with Prime) will feature a live-streaming cooking show with Food Network Star winner Justin Warner called ChefShock.  It will be a two-hour show, five days-a-week beginning on Monday October 31st at 8pm ET.  It is an interactive show and you can purchase ingredients ahead of time and prepare them at the same time as Justin while you are able to ask questions. (Link)
  • Marc Summers Productions (MSPT) which produces Restaurant: Impossible has received $8.4 million dollars in tax credits from the state of Pennsylvania for filming the show despite only 17 of the restaurants from the show being in Pennsylvania.  Food Feuds and Dinner: Impossible also received $2.55 million in tax credits.  Here is an article with a lot of details, which thinks the tax credit program is being abused.
  • Thanksgiving Live is on the Food Network schedule on November 19th, but it looks like it could just be a repeat (Link).
  • A commenter pointed out that the Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror was moved from primetime to Sunday afternoons at 4pm.
  • Alton Brown recently announced in a video that he was taking a break from Cutthroat: Kitchen and hinted at an internet show causing fans to think it would be Good Eats (Video).  In a recent NY Times article, it says that Food Network owns the rights to Good Eats, so he isn't making a penny from the revival. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Food Network's October 2016 Programming Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in October, most of which have a Halloween theme:
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  • A new season of Halloween Wars starting Sunday, October 2nd.  The winner of the season will take home $50,000.
  • The series premiere of Worst Bakers In America on Sunday, October 2nd.  The winner of the season will receive $25,000.
  • Halloween Baking Championship (with Damiano as a judge) beginning Monday, October 3rd where the winner of the season will get $25,000.
  • The Kids Halloween Baking Championship starting on Wednesday, October 5th where the winner of the season will receive $10,000.
  • An All Star Halloween Spectacular special on Saturday October 8th featuring Egypt Sherrod, Duff Goldman, Tia Mowry, Adam Richman, Drew and Jonathan Scott in a haunted house competition.
  • The premiere of Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, October 20th.
  • The Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror finale on Wednesday, October 26th at 10pm. 
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Burgers, Brew & ‘Que (featuring celebrities on each), Cake Wars, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games, Star Plates and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition
  • A new season (the 24th) of Barefoot Contessa where the theme of this season is Ina Garten cooking for her husband Jeffrey.
  • The series premiere of Ayesha Curry's show Ayesha's Homemade on Saturday October 22nd. 
  • A new season of Giada’s Holiday Handbook on Sunday, October 30th at 12pm.
  • New daytime episodes of Brunch @ Bobby’s, Farmhouse Rules (new season - 7th), Guy’s Big Bite, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking. 
  • Buried at the bottom of the press release, it looks like Eddie Jackson has been given a web series called Eddie Jackson’s Game Day Playbook
Press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino Gets Food Network Show

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MTV's Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino will have a new show on Food Network that will air this Sunday at 10pm ET.  The show is called Vinny & Ma Eat America, and as the title implies, Vinny will travel the country with his mother trying American dishes.  It looks like this is just a sneak peak of the show and more episodes will air at a later date.

The episode description states:
"Watch out Georgia! Vinny Guadagnino and his mom, Paola, head south, where Ma reluctantly ditches Italian food for some real-deal Georgia grub. First up, Vinny introduces Ma to the gold standard of Southern food: good old fashioned barbecue ribs. His goal is to get Ma to taste it for the first time in her life! From there, it's Southern-fried chicken and fly fishing with a few sweet pit stops in between."

Vinny and his mother are on this season of The Great Food Truck Race and their show will air right after The Great Food Truck Race season finale this Sunday.  Vinny and his mother also happen to be in the finale, so who knows if them having a show right after means they won.  I wonder if Food Network had them compete on The Great Food Truck Race knowing they would give them another show or if they decided to give them another show while filming The Great Food Truck Race.

Food Network has now had three members of MTV's Jersey Shore to appear on the channel with JWOWW and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino appearing on Worst Cooks in American: Celebrity Edition.  I wonder who will be next...

Friday, September 16, 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:

  • Ina Garten bought a New York City apartment last month for $4.65 million and you can take a look at some of the pictures here.
  • Sony recently bought the rights to Sandra Lee's life story and can create up to two four-hour specials based on her memoir Made From Scratch. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond announced that The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska will open on October 31st.  That is the building she bought in 2012 and has been renovating for quite some time. (Link)
  • A Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay tournament will air on Food Network in October 2016.  Twelve returning champions will face off and Bobby will judge three episodes.  The winners of those three episodes will get a chance to beat Bobby Flay in the finale for an additional $25,000 prize. (Link)
  • Katie Lee's show on the Cooking Channel Beach Eats was picked up for a second season and eight new episodes were ordered. (Link)
  • Giada De Laurentiis was on the cover of October's Health magazine and there were online articles that said she posed topless, but you can judge for yourself.
  • Food Network fast tracked two pilots into series by ordering episodes of All Caked Up (married couple making sculpted cakes) and Ginormous Food (looks at big meals across the country). (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry's show Ayesha's Homemade premieres on October 22nd at 12pm on Food Network.  Ayesha is the wife of NBA player Stephen Curry and is releasing a cookbook next week.  She has a popular YouTube cooking channel and has over 4.2 million followers on Instagram.
  • The Robert Irvine Show premiered this week on CW.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Damiano Carrara To Be A Judge on Food Network's Halloween Baking Championship

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A new season of Halloween Baking Championship will begin on Monday, October 3rd at 9pm ET on Food Network.  An interesting thing about the show is that Food Network Star season 12 runner-up Damiano Carrara will be a judge on the show along with Sandra Lee and Carla Hall.  The show will be hosted by comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.  This means he will appear of Food Network before Food Network Star winner Tregaye Fraser (she has done filming for The Kitchen Sink according to her social media).

Sandra Lee also makes another appearance on Food Network after a long absence due to her battle with breast cancer. We all know from her show Semi-Homemade that Halloween is her time of the year after seeing years of her over-the-top costumes.

The press release about the show from Multivu is below: