Monday, September 1, 2014

Food Network's September 2014 Programming Highlights

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

  • The second season premiere of Rewrapped on September 8th at 8pm.
  • The season finale of The Great Food Truck Race on September 28th at 9pm.
  • The season finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off on September 21st at 8pm.
  • The Chopped Ultimate Champions finale on Tuesday, September 23rd with the winner taking home $50,000 and a new car.
  • A Guy's Grocery Games episode featuring chefs who have appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on September 28th.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Eating America with Anthony Anderson, Restaurant Impossible, Guy's Grocery Games, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Restaurant Stakeout.
  • An Iron Chef battle where Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Forgione are paired with bartenders on Saturday, September 6th at 11pm.
  • A new season of Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules on Sunday, September 14th.
  • New daytime episodes of Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home, Pioneer Woman, and The Kitchen.
The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below: 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bumbino's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Bumbino's Italian Ristorante in Orange City, Florida, which was featured on season eight of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  The restaurant posted the following message on their Facebook page:
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To all our friends, Acquaintances,and Loyal Customers

It is time to say goodbye to all our customers. It is with much regret with the show Restaurant Impossible back firing on us the economy not getting any better for mom and pop businesses and with personal health problems it is very clear we are making the right decision. It has been a pleasure getting to know some of you personally!!!!! All we ask is that you be happy for us to be able to move on without such a heavy load on our backs.

Sincerely

Terry, Willie,Cappy, Bumbino(Talyor) and Laken

The message is kind of hard to understand, but it seems like they are saying the Restaurant Impossible visit backfired on them.  On their Facebook page a few months back, they were letting people know when their rerun was airing and congratulated Restaurant Impossible on their 100th episode, so it didn't appear they were upset with anything.

The Bumbino's episode aired at the end of April, so this closure is just four months after appearing on the Food Network.  Bumbino's is the first restaurant from season eight (2014) of Restaurant Impossible to close and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated with this information.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Uncle Andy's Diner Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in South Portland, Maine to makeover Uncle Andy's Diner.  The owner Dave happens to be a stand-up comedian, and one of his problems is that he is more worried about telling jokes than the quality of food coming out of his kitchen.  His side gig as a stand-up comedian is also straining his relationship with his family.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Uncle Andy's Diner 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):

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament Preview

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on the Food Network is the start of the Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament.  The tournament has four groups of four competitors in the categories of Pros, Amateur Champs, Heroes, and Celebrities, and all of the competitors have won a previous episode of Chopped.  Each of the winners in these categories will face off against each other in the finals for a prize of $50,000 and a new car.

  • The chefs in the Pro category are: Fatima Ali, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Lauren Kyles, and Tom Mckenna
  • The competitors in the Amateur Champs category are: Dinah Surh, Elda Bielanski, Keith Young, and Marisa Biaggi
  • The competitors in the Heroes category are: Diana Sabater, Paul Rut, Richard Fields, and Robbie Myers
  • The celebrities competing are: Brandi Chastain, Carnie Wilson, Gillian Vigman, and Laila Ali

Usually the celebrities compete for a charity on Chopped, but I am not sure if that is the case for Chopped Ultimate Champions.  Most people will probably be rooting for the amateurs or heroes to win the prize for a feel good story, but it may be hard to beat the pros.

If you want to see the photos of all of the competitors to see if you recognize them, here is a slideshow with each of their pictures.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wagon Wheel From Restaurant Impossible To Close

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The Wagon Wheel restaurant in Smyrna, Delaware, which was featured on season 6 of Restaurant Impossible will close on September 7th.  The restaurant posted the following message on their Facebook page:
GOODBYE & FAREWELL from the Wagon Wheel

It has been a remarkable experience to “Grab the Wheel” since Restaurant Impossible featured us on their makeover show over a year ago. In that time there have been many ups and downs. Most likely, you had never heard of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, or if you did, the reviews may have been unfavorable. We set out to change this trend. We tried everything from social media and printed flyers to standing by the highway with a sign. All had limited results. Out of necessity we reached out to local artists and something strange happened. People started to come. With a limited staff and budget we didn't have much to offer but a place to shine, and shine they did.

Over the past year of comedy shows, open mics, acoustic nights, and full band shows, there has been a resurgence of business and interest in the restaurant. We would like to thank all of the artists and patrons that have made this possible. Your support is amazing, which also makes it difficult to say goodbye. But due to the owner's health conditions, we will be closing on September 7.

Although this is the end of the road for the Wagon Wheel, Don't be sad! Let's make these last few weeks a time to remember!
In an interview, Patty Gallegos' granddaughter also said, "My grandmother is almost 70. Over time it starts to wear you down because it’s stressful running a business and now she just wants to enjoy her life."

You may remember this episode of Restaurant Impossible because they were known for serving muskrat.  This will be the sixth restaurant from season six (2013) of Restaurant Impossible to close and the Restaurant Impossible Update page will be updated with this information once the restaurant closes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news and links relating to Food Network shows and chefs/personalities:

  • Giada De Laurentiis was on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and here is the video of her playing catch phrase again.  Last year she played and was terrible, and this year she loses and is obnoxious once again.  The 2nd video from last night is Giada doing a cooking demo. Also, today is Giada's 44th birthday.
  • Alton Brown shared a picture (pictured right) on Instagram that said, "To be legal, all #cutthroatkitchen cash must feature this camera icon."  So if you thought the cash in the briefcase was real, it is not.
  • Food Network's Trisha Yearwood will be releasing her first album in seven years (Link).  Also, the fifth season of Trisha's Southern Kitchen premieres on Food Network this Saturday.
  • Nikki Dinki from season 9 of Food Network Star will be on a show called Junk Food Flip which will be on the Cooking Channel August 27th at 9:30pm (Link).
  • Worst Cooks In America is casting for season 6 of the show, and it looks like it will be Anne Burrell against Bobby Flay again.
  • A new show Food Truck Face-Off will premiere on the Food Network on October 2nd, and will be hosted by Jesse Palmer (Link).  Each week teams will compete for the prize of a food truck. 
  • There was recently an article on Salon which said Guy Fieri destroyed the Food Network.  Allen Salkin (author of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network) sticks up for Guy Fieri in another article on Salon, and places the blame on management.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - The Country Cow Restaurant Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Campton, NH to makeover The Country Cow Restaurant & Bar.  The co-owners are a divorced couple, and there are horror stories of them cursing in front of diners and throwing pans in the kitchen.  However, when Robert Irvine arrives, everybody seems to be on their best behavior.  Robert then looks at "behind-the-scenes" footage to figure out the problems that need to be fixed.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Country Cow Restaurant & Bar 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):

Monday, August 18, 2014

Justin Warner's Unique Ice Bucket Challenge Video

I am sure you have seen plenty of Ice Bucket Challenge videos, which are all over social media to raise awareness and money for the disease ALS.  Here is Justin Warner's unique Ice Bucket Challenge video where instead of just using water and ice, he uses "putrid" brackish water, dry ice, and rotten fish.


Justin was nominated by fellow Food Network Star contestant Martie Duncan, and he nominated Food Network Star judges Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown.  I wonder if any of the judges will accept his challenge (or even know about it).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Great Food Truck Race Season 5 - Spoilers and Preview

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The 5th season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres on the Food Network tonight at 9pm ET/PT.  This season begins in Santa Barbara, California and goes all the way across the United States ending in Key West, Florida.  There will be eight food trucks with three team members each, and all of the competitors do not currently operate food trucks.  Every team is provided a food truck to begin the race, and the winning team gets to keep their truck as well as $50,000 to help start their business.

The teams competing for the season 5 title are: Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.) Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.), Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland), Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston), Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.), Middle Feast (Los Angeles) and Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.).

This season is seven episodes long and the stops along the race include: Santa Barbara, CA; Tucson, AZ; Austin, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; St. Louis, MO; Mobile, AL, and Tampa, Naples and Key West, FL.

As the food trucks advertise their locations on social media and local newspapers do stories on the race while it is filming, the order the food trucks are eliminated can be determined.  If you are interested in seeing which trucks are eliminated in each episode, and who the final two trucks are, continue reading.  Obviously it is a spoiler, but it just reveals the final two trucks and not the winner.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Pomona Golf and Country Club Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Egg Harbor City, NJ to makeover the Pomona Golf and Country Club.  The Pomona Golf and Country Club has been open for decades and is a family run business currently being run by three cousins.  The country club is having trouble attracting a younger crowd, which is preventing them from making any profits.  Robert Irvine needs to come up with a new business plan to turn the country club around.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Pomona Golf and Country Club 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):