Just some updates for the week in Food Network news:
- Guy Fieri teamed up with Sodexto to create "Guy Fieri On Campus (GFOC), a fast casual retail dining concept featuring his unique culinary style with hints of Italian, Asian and Mexican flavors - the kind of food featured regularly on the TV host's shows and in his restaurants, Tex Wasabi's and Johnny Garlic's" The food is "awesome," Guy is "psyched," and its going to be "Off the Hook!"
- Jeff Mauro's new series $24 in 24 will premiere on September 24th at 10:30pm. Series Description: "Sandwich King Jeff Mauro joins the Food Network primetime lineup this fall with the new seven-episode, half-hour series $24 in 24, where Jeff discovers the best cheap, local eats in cities across America. Each week, he hits a new locale with a budget of just $24 to find the tastiest breakfast, lunch and dinner in town. From unexpected mom and pop shops to globally inspired spots, Jeff's coast-to-coast journey proves great food doesn't have to break the bank. $24 in 24 premieres Monday, September 24th at 10:30pm ET/PT, while Jeff's hit daytime series Sandwich King returns for a third season on Saturday, September 9th at 11am ET/PT." It looks like the cities Jeff has gone to are Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City and Philadelphia. I am pretty sure we've seen this concept before with Rachael Ray's $40 a day, but the differences are Jeff has 16 less dollars and plenty of extra pounds.
- Giada De Laurentiis had a birthday this Wednesday and turned 42 years old.
- If you haven't heard, Unwrapped host and Food Network show producer, Marc Summers was in a serious car accident when the cab he was in lost control and crashed. He hit the partition in the cab he was riding in and had severe damage to the left side of his face. After undergoing hours of surgery with a plastic surgeon, he luckily is expected to be back to normal when he heals.
- Melissa D'Arabian announced that her new book Ten Dollar Dinners was #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. The moms who watch her show still seem to prefer Fifty Shades of Grey over the cookbook though.
- Need some side money and live in NY? Food Network is looking for young, pretty, White waitresses, with no waitress experience for a reality TV episode and will pay you $120 for 1 day on Aug. 31st. "Waitress | Female | Caucasian | Age: 21 - 25 | Must be attractive to portray waitresses. No waitress experience necessary just looking for fun women. Please indicate if you have waitress experience in your cover note." (Link).
- Or you can go with the lower paying role as a customer on a Reality TV show on Food Network: "RealityTV. Seeking customers for a Food Network show in its 2nd season. It is a hidden camera show, think PUNKD on MTV. We will give each person $60 for a meal and if there is any money left over you can keep it. We film until 10pm and provide transportation from the city if needed." (Link)