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:

Friday, September 2, 2016

Food Network's September 2016 Programming Highlights

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Sorry about not posting for a bit, but it has been a bit hectic... Here are the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in September:
  • The season premiere of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que on Friday, September 9th at 10pm.  This season it seems like Michael Symon is meeting up with a celebrity each episode.
  • The season premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm.  Here are the celebrities appearing on the show for season two.
  • The Chopped Teen Tournament finale on Tuesday, September 20th at 10pm where the winner takes home $25,000.
  • The finale of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge on Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm where the winner could take home up to $75,000.
  • The finale of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games on Sunday, September 25th at 8pm where the winner could win up to $40,000 for their favorite charity.
  • The finale of Food Network Star Kids on Monday, September 26th at 8pm where the winner will get a series on
  • The series premiere of Star Plates on Tuesday, September 27th at 11pm.
  • A Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror  tournament that begins on Wednesday, September 28th at 10pm and is a Halloween-inspired tournament.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Cake Wars, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and The Great Food Truck Race. 
  • New daytime episodes of Guy’s Big Bite, Brunch @ Bobby’s, Giada in Italy, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Smollett Eats, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.
Press release with air dates and descriptions is below:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More Celebrities Coming To Food Network With Series 'Star Plates'

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A new series called Star Plates is scheduled to begin on Food Network on Tuesday, September 27th at 11pm.  In the series, celebrities will be "stepping into their favorite restaurant kitchens for a culinary crash course - cooking on the line with their favorite chef"  They will work side-by-side with the chef and have to serve a dining room of paying customers.

This continues the trend of Food Network using celebrities (and kids) on their programming, but what is interesting about Star Plates is that it was supposed to be on Cooking Channel.  It actually had a pilot in 2015 with Judy Greer working with Chef Antonia Lofaso, and even last month there was a press release about Star Plates which said it would premiere on Cooking Channel in August.  Perhaps this is the reason Star Plates is in a 11pm timeslot because Food Network doesn't usually have new shows airing at 11pm.

The celebrity/chef pairings and air dates are below and the celebrities seem like a step up from the normal ones that appear on Food Network:
  • September 27th - Actress Mindy Kaling and Chef Marcus Samuelsson
  • October 4th -  Actress Alyson Hannigan and Chef Michael Voltaggio
  • October 11th - Actress Busy Philipps and Chef Dakota Weiss
  • October 18th - Actor Colin Hanks and Chef Vinny Dotola
  • October 25th - Sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews and Chef Susan Feniger
  • November 1st - Actress Minka Kelly and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

The press release for the Food Network is below courtesy of Multivu: