Wednesday, July 27, 2016

YouTube Star Hannah Hart To Get Food Network Show

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Food Network has ordered a travel series with YouTube star Hannah Hart and the series will be a "culinary travelogue adventure".  It will be a six-episode series where Hannah will travel to six different cities and will dine out on a limited budget based on the city's average dining out price. Hannah Hart will also produce digital content for Food Network that will span across various social networks.

Hannah is most known for her YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen and her YouTube channel has over 2.5 million subscribers.  She also has a New York Times best selling book titled My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide To Eating, Drinking, and Going With Your Gut.  You may recall Hannah was a guest judge on an episode of Food Network Star this year.

This seems pretty similar concepts seen on Food Network before such as Rachael Ray's $40 a Day or Jeff Mauro's $24 in 24, but we will have to wait to see how it differs.  Food Network most likely recruited Hannah Hart to help build their online brand and digital content, which is pretty apparent by the press release.


The Press Release from Scripps is below:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Food Network Star Season 12 Winner - Poll

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Season 12 of Food Network Star is down to the final three contestants and each of them have produced their pilot.  The final three contestants all produced traveling show pilots and it wasn't clear if they chose their themes, but their themes were:

  • Damiano Carrara - Visiting Bakeries
  • Tregaye Fraser - Visited a cafeteria with a zoo and food. 
  • Jernard Wells - Authentric Creole food all over the United States.

The full pilots will not be shown until next week's episode, so it is hard to even determine who did the best or what their pilot is even about.

There is always a poll on this site to determine who people are rooting for to win.  So vote below to let everyone know who you want to win and feel free to discuss in the comments.

Food Network Star Episode 10 Elimination - Down To The Final Three

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the three remaining contestants were surprised with the winner of Star Salvation rejoining the competition, and the winner of that turned out to be Yaku Moton-Spruill.  Jernard, Tregaye, Damiano, and Yaku each had help from the eliminated contestants in their first challenge and they had to work together to create a dish of their choosing.  They then had to make a video to present their dish and previous Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira was there to help determine the final three contestants who would get to produce pilots.

Damiano, Jernard, and Tregaye were the top three and each got to produce their pilots.  Another past Food Network Star winner, Guy Fieri was on hand to help the finalists do their pilot.  They had to do an intro, a food segment, and an outro. Damiano did his pilot at a bakery, Jernard at a Creole restaurant and Tregaye at a cafeteria with zoo animals and food.  We will have to wait until next week to see who Food Network determined was the winner and what the future will bring for them.

I will have a poll up shortly to see who people are rooting for out of the final three.  In the past, the polls were a pretty good predictor of the winner, but now that the winner is not determined by vote, it just gives us an idea who everybody wants to win.  UPDATE - The poll is now live.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Food Network Star Episode 9 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the four remaining contestants had to cook a dish related to a national food day and had to present their dish on a live stream with a family member present.  On the second challenge, they were assigned a different holiday party to host and they took turns hosting their own holiday special.

Jernard came out on top in the first challenge and earned an advantage in the second challenge. He was able to assign the holidays for the second challenge to each of the finalists.  Damiano had Cinco De Mayo, Ana had St. Patrick's Day , Tregaye had New Year's Eve, and Jernard had Mardi Gras.  The judges decided that Tregaye and Damiano were safe, then decided that Ana did the worst and was eliminated.

On Star Salvation, Yaku Moton-Spruill, Monterey Salka, and Ana Quincoces competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here.  This is the last episode of StarnSalvation and the winner will rejoin the final three next week.  As is usually the case with the last episode of Star Salvation, it ended with a cliff hanger and you will not find out who won until next week.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Food Network Star Episode 8 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants had to first create a classic American dish with their own twist for Popeye's.  Then in the second challenge, they had to create a five course meal composed of guilty pleasure dishes. The finalists also had to give a presentation describing their dish and Alex Guarnaschelli and Trisha Yearwood were there to help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay judge the challenge.

Tregaye once again came out on top in the first challenge and earned an advantage in the second challenge.  She was able to pick her course to create, and she was also able to switch other competitors courses.  After the five course meal, the judges decided that Erin Campbell would be the contestant going home.

On Star Salvation, Yaku Moton-Spruill, Monterey Salka, and Erin Campbell competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and Erin Campbell was eliminated from Star Salvation, so she will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.  Yaku and Monterey keep eliminating everyone that gets eliminated each week.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Food Network Star Episode 7 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants had to use frozen food to create a dish of their choice. Lorraine Pascale was on hand to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the first challenge. Then in the second challenge the finalists were grouped into three teams of two to create a island-inspired menu for a tiki party. They also had to do a food demo in front of a group of party-goers and Anne Burrell was there to help judge.

Tregaye was determined the winner of the first challenge again and got the advantage of being able to pick her partner for the second challenge, and she chose Damiano.  Tregaye/Damiano, Ana/Joy, and Erin/Jernard were the three teams.  The judges decided that Erin and Jernard were the winning team and were safe from elimination.  Ana and Joy were the bottom team and one of them would be eliminated, and the judges decided that Joy Thompson would be the one to go home.

On Star Salvation, Yaku Moton-Spruill, Monterey Salka, and Joy Thompson competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and Joy Thompson was also eliminated from Star Salvation, so she will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Food Network Star Episode 6 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants had to transform food into art, but it had to be done with a savory dish. Duff Goldman was on hand to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge. Then in a second challenge the finalists have to be a guest on Rhett and Link's popular Youtube show Good Mythical Morning and present their "Will it?" dish that pairs two unique foods.

Tregaye and Damiano were determined the winners of the first challenge, but it didn't give them any advantages.  In the second challenge, the judges decided that Jernard and Tregaye, were the top two and were safe from elimination. Damiano, Erin, and Anna were also safe leaving Rob and Joy as the bottom two. After deliberation, the judges chose to send Rob Burmeister home.

On Star Salvation, Yaku Moton-Spruill, Monterey Salka, and Rob Burmeister competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and Rob Burmeister was also eliminated from Star Salvation, so he will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Season Two Cast

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Anne Burrell revealed that her and Rachael Ray began filming of the second season Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition a few weeks ago on Instagram.  None of the celebrities that were on the show were identified, but Daily Mail recently had a story about Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore throwing a tantrum after being eliminated.  In that story, the other celebrities on the show were listed.   Kenya has since denied throwing a tantrum, but we will see if it makes it on the show.

The celebrities that will appear on the second season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (assuming that article had them correct) are listed below as well as what they are known for.  When you have to google names to figure out who many of them are (which I did for you), the term "celebrity" is used very loosely.
  • Kenya Moore - Reality star - Real Housewives of Atlanta, Celebrity Apprentice, former Miss USA
  • Nicole Sullivan - Actress best known for being on MADtv and The King of Queens
  • Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino -  Reality star - The Jersey Shore, Dancing With The Stars
  • Loni Love - Comedienne who guest appeared on many shows such as Chelsea Lately, also co-host of The Real.
  • Barbara Eden - Actress best known for her role of Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Tommy Davidson - Comedian best known for his role on 90's show In Living Color
  • John Henson - Comedian and host - known for hosting Talk Soup and co-hosting Wipeout 
  • Mindy Cohn - Actress best known for her role as Natalie on The Facts of Life and being the voice of Velma on Scooby Doo.
  • Matt Dallas - Actor best known for role as lead character on Kyle XY.

Last year, there were only seven celebrities that competed, and Jenni "JWOWW" Farley from Jersey Shore won the competition.  We will see if Mike aka 'The Situation' can make it two for two for Jersey Shore alumni.  Season one of Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition aired in September, so look for season two to begin around the same time.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Robert Irvine Talk Show Coming to CW Network

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Robert Irvine will be starring in his own talk show on the CW Network starting in September called The Robert Irvine Show.  The show will be 60 minutes long airing Monday-Friday from 3pm-4pm and it is described as "a 60-minute daytime conflict resolution talker."

Robert has mentioned this talk show in many previous interviews, but this press release reveals more information about the show and had the TV network and approximate start date.  The Robert Irvine Show will showcase Robert "providing help to families with his signature "tough love" approach to therapeutic work."  So the show will not have anything to do with cooking but with Robert helping people and families.

Robert Irvine was quoted in the press release saying, "Helping people overcome their most trying obstacles has been an important part of my process since day one. I'm thrilled to be working with Tribune, the CW, and Irwin Entertainment in bringing this exciting new talk format to life."

A lot of people have said Robert Irvine acts like Dr. Phil in a lot of Restaurant: Impossible episodes, so now it appears he actually will be a Dr. Phil type on The Robert Irvine Show.  It remains to be seen if his new show will impact anything with Food Network such as Restaurant: Impossible.

The press release with more information about the show can be found here. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Food Network Star Episode 5 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants had to give a food tip/kitchen hack to viewers which was judged by Katie Lee, Bobby Flay, and Giada De Laurentiis.  Then in a second challenge, the finalists had to create a dish for a NASCAR tailgate party.  Robert Irvine was on hand to help judge this challenge and the contestants each got to pick their protein for their dish.


The judges decided that Tregaye, Joy, and Jernard were the top three and were safe from elimination.  Damiano and Erin were also safe leaving Rob, Monterey, and Anna as the bottom three.  After deliberation, the judges chose to send Monterey Salka home.

On Star Salvation, Yaku Moton-Spruill, Aaron Crumbaugh, and Monterey Salka competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the contestant eliminated from Star Salvation was Aaron Crubaugh and he will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.