Friday, March 16, 2018

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Cast Announced

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Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will be returning to Food Network on Sunday, April 15th at 9pm on Food Network.  The season will be six-episodes long and Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will be mentoring the celebrities on their challenges.  The celebrities competing for a chance to win $25,000 for charity are: Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, Nolan Gould, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot and Ian Ziering.

If you don't recognize the names of all of them, as is usually the case with this show, here is what they are most known for:

  • Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke in Dukes of Hazzard, also The Young and The Restless
  • Maria Bamford - stand up comedian, also star of Netflix's Lady Dynamite
  • Nolan Gould - Luke Dunphy on Modern Family
  • La Toya Jackson - Being part of the Jackson family and Michael Jackson's sister, also Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Oscar Nunez - Oscar on NBC's The Office
  • Bronson Pinchot - Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers
  • Ian Ziering - Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210

The press release about the show from multivu about the show is below.  Also, here are much longer than they need to be contestant bios.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 12

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 12 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize.  The final two contestants are Hazell Mckenzie representing Anne Burrell's team and Steven Crowley representing Tyler Florence's team.

The episode description states, "The final two recruits face off in the ultimate challenge -- cooking a 3-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence coach their recruits from the sidelines, but it all comes down to the skills that the recruits have learned over the past 10 weeks. Judges Paulette Goto, Jordan Andino and Michael Chernow taste the recruits' dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 prize."

I will update this post with the winner once the episode airs and feel free to discuss the episode and season in the comments.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kids Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 4 finale of Kids Baking Championship where the winner will take home $25,000.  The final three contestants are Abby, Linsey, and Alex.  Going into the season each of the contestants were described as below:

  • Alex - "Alex is proud to be the first Canadian on Kids Baking Championship. He wants to prove that people from Canada can bake. If he wins, he has his sights set on a dog."
  • Linsey - "Linsey is obsessed with baking and competitive gymnastics. If she won – and unicorns existed – she would be buying a unicorn."
  • Abby - "Abby wants to prove that great things come in small packages. Baking lets her embrace her inner perfectionist. She likes to create baked goods that are inspired by popular ice cream flavors."

I will update this post with the winner of Kids Baking Championship after the episode airs and you can discuss the season/final episode in comments.

Continue reading to find out the winner:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Food Network's March 2018 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in March:
  • The season finale of Worst Cooks in America on March 11th with the winner taking home $25,000. 
  • The season premiere of Spring Baking Championship on Monday, March 12th.
  • The season finale of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, March 5th with the winner getting $25,000.
  • A Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament starting on Sunday, March 18th.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Ridiculous Cakes.
  • A new season of Barefoot Contessa called Cook Like a Pro starting Sunday March 11th
  • New daytime episodes of  Giada Entertains, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Iron Chef Gauntlet Season 2 Premieres April 4th on Food Network

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Iron Chef Gauntlet will be returning to Food Network for a second season which starts Wednesday, April 4th at 9pm ET/PT.  The season will be six-episodes long and the seven chefs competing to become an Iron Chef are:
  • Timon Balloo (Miami, Florida – Partner/Executive Chef, Sugarcane)
  • Nicole Gomes (Calgary, Canada – Owner/Executive Chef, Nicole Gourmet)
  • David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, California – Owner/Executive Chef, Manhattan Beach Post)
  • Dale Mackay (Saskatoon, Canada – Owner/Executive Chef, Grassroots Restaurant Group)
  • Jeanie Roland (Punta Gorda, Florida – Owner/Executive Chef, The Perfect Caper)
  • Hong Thaimee (New York, New York – Owner/Executive Chef, Thaimee Table)
  • Kevin Tien (Washington D.C. – Owner/Executive Chef, Himitsu)

You may recognize some of the chefs from other TV shows; Timon - Iron Chef Showdown, Nicole and Dale - Top Chef Canada, Jeanie - Beat Bobby Flay, and Hong - Iron Chef America.

Once again, the last remaining chef will have to get a better score in "three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles" against Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Michael Symon to actually become an Iron Chef.  Stephanie Izard won season 1 of Iron Chef Gauntlet and was able to outscore her 3 Iron Chef's to become an Iron Chef.

A press release about season 2 of Iron Chef Gauntlet is below, plus there are contestant bios, pictures and episode descriptions on multivu.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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:
  • Cat Cora is going to be on TLC's Say Yes To The Dress on Saturday at 8pm ET/PT and ET online has a preview. (Link)
  • Gina Neely apparently hasn't talked to Pat Neely since they divorced, which was about 4 years ago.  Gina has been starring in Bravo's dating show To Rome With Love which airs Sundays at 9pm. (Link)
  • Giada De Laurentiis's Baltimore restaurant has a planned opening date of April 2018.  This is her first restaurant outside of Las Vegas. (Link)
  • Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were recently in Orlando filming Food Network Star, so they will be judges once again for the next season of the show.
  • Worst Cooks in America just finished casting for season 14 of the show.  The Facebook page for the casting says it will be Robert Irvine vs. Anne Burrell (pictured), but the casting website still says Tyler Florence.  The show is currently in season 12 and Tyler and Anne were recently filming in New York.  They were most likely filming the celebrity version of the show, which will be considered season 13.

  • Great Food Truck Race is casting for season 9 of the show, so that show will be back for another season. (Link)
  • Spring Baking Championship returns March 12th with Ali Khan as the host and Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale as judges. (Link)
  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival is currently going on through this weekend in Miami.  Many Food Network personalities will be in attendance at various events. (Link)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chopped Gold Medal Games Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale of Chopped Gold Medal Games where the winner will take home a $50,000 prize.

The final four competitors each got to the finale by winning a specialty episode. Sarah Wade won the frying episode, Lynnae Oxley-Loupe won the grilling episode, Ken Harvey won the speed episode and Winnette McIntosh Ambrose won the baking episode.

The episode description says "in the first round, the elite culinary athletes open up their baskets to find something grilled and something intended to frighten them. In the entree round, the judges wonder which competitors will be far, far off in their treatment of far far, an Indian snack food. And champagne (in an unusual form) is in the final basket."

I will update this post with the winner and order of eliminations after the episode airs.  Continue reading to see the order of eliminations and the winner.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Food Network's February 2018 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in February:

  • A special Valentine's Day episode of Guy's Grocery Games on Sunday, February 11th where judges Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira and Jet Tila bring their spouses into the competition.
  • New primetime episodes of Best in Food, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games, Kids Baking Championship, The Grill Dads, Ridiculous Cakes, and Worst Cooks in America.
  • New daytime episodes of Giada Entertains, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.
  • Many primetime and daytime episodes that have a Valentine's Day theme.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Food Network Edits John Besh Out of Iron Chef Showdown Episode

On last night's episode of Iron Chef Showdown, you may have noticed something was a bit different with Giada De Laurentiis being the only judge on the episode.  This was because John Besh was edited out of the episode due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him that were revealed in October 2017.  Food Network still aired the premiere episode of Iron Chef Showdown in November which had John Besh on it, so it seems they have had a change of heart.  This is perhaps due to other networks recently removing programming that had chefs with sexual misconduct allegations (ABC removing Mario Batali from The Chew, Top Chef planning to edit out John Besh in an episode, and ABC removing the Great American Baking Show mid-season due to Johnny Iuzzini allegations).

This particular Iron Chef Showdown episode was supposed to air on December 13th, but it was removed from the schedule by Food Network at the last moment.  Tory Miller, who competed on the episode, actually had a watch party on December 13th and didn't know the episode wasn't airing until they tuned in and a different episode was showing.  Alton Brown took the blame on Twitter saying it was his fault as he didn't finish voice over patches in time.  However, now it looks like they were busy editing the episode to remove John Besh.  An interesting tidbit is that the episode was actually released on Amazon Video and aired on Food Network Canada in December and that episode had John Besh in it.

Last night, John Besh was totally edited out of all of the judging segments and Food Network even tried to edit him out of the background shots.  Below you will see examples of John Besh edited out of the background as well as times he was missed.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Worst Cooks In America Season 12 Discussion

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Worst Cooks in America happens to be one of Food Network's higher rated shows and a few people have requested a post where they can discuss this season, so here it is.  The reason for the good ratings is possibly due to how ridiculous the show and contestants are.  Many contestants go on the show looking for their 15 minutes of fame rather than to improve their cooking skills.  In fact, you may have seen some of the contestants on other shows such as Asaf (So You Think You Can Dance, Are You The One) and twins Skyler and Spencer Nick (Twinning).

So feel free to discuss this season below in the comments.  I will do another post close to the finale so you can discuss the final episode as well.  If you are interested in reading the contestant bios, episode descriptions, or reading the press release for Worst Cooks in America season 12, here is a link with all of that info.