Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell Cancelled

After 3 seasons on the Food Network, it appears that Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell has been cancelled.  A fan asked Anne on Twitter, "When will new episodes of Chef Wanted come on???"  Anne responded to this question with, "sadly there will be not be any new episodes of chef wanted"

Ratings for the third season of Chef Wanted were down significantly from previous seasons, with an episode later in the season getting only 597,000 viewers (10/10/13 episode).  To put that in perspective, most of the prime time shows on the Food Network get over 1 million total viewers, and the shows the Food Network seems to renew or bring back for more seasons tend to be able to draw around 1.5+ million viewers.



Viewers may have grown tired of the same old drama every episode where 100's of tickets print out at the same time, followed by Anne Burrell screaming at the chefs to pick it up.  The chef's hit a snag during dinner service, but some how recover and pull it off after some inspirational words by Anne.

Perhaps the other reason why people stopped tuning in was because none of the winning chefs actually took the job that they won.  According to the Chef Wanted Updates compiled here, only 14 of 32 winning chefs actually accepted the job that they won.  Of those 14, two chefs actually were working for the restaurant on the show before the episode was even filmed (Osteria Del Circo and David Burke Fromagerie).

The reason many chefs stated for not taking the job is that they didn't want to relocate to take the position.  I'm not sure why they would apply for a job they weren't willing to relocate for, but the casting for the show should have taken this into consideration.  Also, the prize of winning an episode was a chef position at a restaurant.  There was no mention of a guaranteed salary or extra bonus thrown in for winning an episode, so it was probably up to the restaurant to offer a competitive salary to entice a chef to move.  This is probably another reason why the success rate of finding a chef was less than 50%.


The Food Network had a show where they weren't responsible for the prize, while the restaurants on the show got free publicity and had the Food Network find capable applicants for a job.  Seemed like a win-win situation, but the ratings probably weren't good enough to continue producing it.

34 comments:

  1. Awwww....what a shame


    (/sarcasm <---see that?)

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  2. At least we don't have to listen to her bellow the countdown from 10 to 1. I liked the show in the beginning, but then...what was the point? No one won anything or accepted the job and the chefs rarely learned anything from Anne other than how to freak out over 150 people being seated AT THE SAME TIME.

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  3. Won't miss Anne. So sick of hearing her boot-camp attitude whenever she's in charge..i..e..."yer givin' me a heart attack." (Again?) Or, (loudly so everyone else hears) "yer makin' me nervous." Comes across like these are just chances for her to hammer home how she's better than the other schmucks.

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  4. Chef Wanted started to air Mondays at 4AM last week. Show that gets on this timeslot or the early morning timeslots (from 9:30-12PM, but Bobby Flay's BBQ Addiction) its because it's not in production anymore as a regular series.
    Chef Wanted ratings average:
    2012 (just Season 1): 1.26 million viewers/0.48 demo 18-49
    2013 (Seasons 2 & 3): 880,000/0.32 demo (down 30% viewers, 33% demo)
    By Season: S1: 1.26million/0.48, S2: 914,000/0.33, S3: 846,000/0.31
    Curiously, although Season 2 didn't reach FN's primetime threshold (generally 1m+ viewers) they granted CW a 3rd season, I imagine because it was close to 1m viewers and out of the 13 episodes, 4 reached more than 1m. On Season 3, only 1 episode reached 1m viewers.
    If that's the case, don't expect other FN shows, like On The Rocks (which has averaged 600,000 viewers and has had 3 timeslot changes, now late night on Sat.), Restaurant Divided (averaged a little more than 830,000 viewers) or Cupcake Wars to return.

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  5. And this can only be a good thing.

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  6. I agree with those who said it was fun in the beginning and then it was the same old same old with different faces. And if the people didn't take the job, which I had started to read about here I stopped watching but didn't know it not renewed. No wonder. Now they have another show "The Kitchen" or something like that when they get together in a kitchen and talk and cook. I don't think that will last long at all.

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  7. Agreed. Just don't put another DDD or CK or GGG in its place. Where is Tyler Florence or Mario Batali?

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  8. Even my husband asked me if Tyler was still w/Foodnetwork, he didn't know about the truck race but he does need something, I love him and Mario.

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  9. Part of the problem with TF is that he and his family have relocated to Northern California, so he's less available to shoot stuff. FN likes people to be in New York or LA.

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  10. Huzzah! Another timeslot available for Guy Fieri reruns.

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  11. That's good. How anyone could be excited about Cupcake Wars to begin with is beyond me. How about Ina at 8pm instead? I'd learn something.

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  12. Really disliked this show. It will not be missed.

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  13. The negative publicity surrounding the one guy who was not even offered the job (his claim) at Todd English's restaurant didn't help. Is that lawsuit still in progress?

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  14. It looks like The Pear Southern Bistro in Napa has a new Executive Chef.

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  15. Ina! I want the Ina Hour where she sends Jeffrey shopping. Honest to god, I love those two.

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  16. Now we are forced to answer survey questions to access or read anything here? Way to PO yer readers and probably end up losing one-third of them. If you want market research just put up a thread ask the question by taking a poll. The difference is one is voluntary and one is required. Please finish the research soon stop with the questions. You will only lose viewers and feedback.

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  17. You seem to be a fake account that is always shilling for specific shows. I hope you will go flock yourself and stop jumping into every thread to promote something that is totally off-topic. Get a Life, or get a real job.

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  18. Wow, hon, bitter much? If you're a regular, you know I'm cracking jokes here all the time. Who pissed in your Cheerios today?

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  19. What show is she shilling for? I like her comments.

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  20. Gooooo Stella! Someone who's not afraid to speak her mind. You go, girl. Vic never said what his two favorite shows are, or what his least favorite show is or what he'd change at the network to make things better. He just bashes you without any constructive recommendation or idea of his own. Anyone can bitch on the sidelines. Offer an idea.

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  21. Well, Mario is on The Chew these days.

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  22. Stella has been here forever and is a lot of fun to read and "talk" with. Don't know why you'd think her account was fake.

    Possibly because you're the troll here.

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  23. Good. Rent a room. Any fan of Fat Ann Burrell can understand girl-girl action.

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  24. 846 comments! Get a Life!

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  25. This could have been a great show if done properly. Anne Burrell is not the person I would choose to aid the unemployed; I don't think she does compassion. I also think that the chefs should have been vetted better, and contractually bound to take the positions. If you don't want to relocate, you shouldn't be applying. My favorite relocation BS: not willing to move from San Diego to LA. Really? Some people do this as a commute; it's less than 3 hours by train.

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  26. Chef Wanted has been cancelled so there won't be any new episodes. Thank God.

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  27. March 2013 After we had finished eating I mentioned to the waiter we had seen the restaurant featured on Food Networks Chef Wanted. In this show which was filmed in January of 2013 they selected a new executive chef for the Tuscan Kitchen. The waiter told us Chef Anthony De Palma had moved over to the Tuscan Market and was not at the restaurant I thought it was kind of strange the new executive chef was no longer there 2 months later.... Doesn't list it as experience on LinkedIn. an article in the PBPulse on 2/12/2013 has stated that Anthony has moved from Tuscan Kitchen to the Tuscan Market, which was also on the show. He is making pastas, breads, charcuterie, pastries, and gelato, which is served in both the market and in the restaurant. As of May 2013, was an executive chef at Evviva Cucina

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  28. Thanks for the update! I was just watching this episode, and Tuscan Kitchen is in my neck of the woods.

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  29. I just started watching this show and am turned off now by the lack of jobs delivered, offers accepted, and just misleading format. No prize!

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  30. I get turned off by Anne Burrell. She yells and screams at the chefs unnecessarily. She doesn't try to say anything nicely and I believe adds pressure by her constant yelling. There's enough pressure in these types of circumstances, why add more?

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  31. Richard Mancini's (Season 1, Episode 5) LinkedIn profile now says he is doing this: https://www.kitchensurfing.com/new-york

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  32. You know you could just not watch it right?

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  33. Seem like this page is for people who aren't' fans and just want to prove that these shows lie. I think the owner of this page needs a life.

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  34. She sure loves salt, she puts fistfulls of salt into dishes that most people add a teaspoon to.

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