Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Nikki Dinki and Bobby Deen Premiere Junk Food Flip Tonight On Cooking Channel

Photo - Nikki Dinki Cooking
Here is a little Food Network Star news as  season 9 contestant Nikki Dinki now has a show on the Cooking Channel called Junk Food Flip.  The show had a pilot on the Cooking Channel back in August of 2014 and now it has been picked up for a season which starts tonight at 9pm ET.  Despite not being in the pilot, Bobby Deen will go along with Nikki Dinki where they seek out the country's guilty pleasure foods and try to recreate them in a healthier way.

Nikki and Bobby go to restaurants that have a signature dish that is also high in calories.  They both try to recreate a healthier version of the dish and taste testers determine whether Bobby's or Nikki's dish is better.  The winner of that challenge then puts their dish up against the restaurant's dish.  Locals then determine if the original dish or Bobby/Nikki's dish is better tasting.  If the locals choose Bobby or Nikki's version, the restaurant has to put the item on their menu, while if they choose the original version, the restaurant gets bragging rights and $1,000 cash.

It sounds pretty much like a healthy version of Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  With Damaris Phillips still producing new episodes of Southern at Heart (currently in season 4) and Nikki now getting a show, it's safe to say that season 9 of Food Network Star has been the most successful at finding talent in the past three seasons.

(Nikki Dinki Cooking)

29 comments:

  1. Bobby Deen is becoming the Where's Waldo of Food Network.

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  2. Damaris is horrible. I'm getting weary of Food Network recycling the same ideas with weaker and weaker hosts.

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  3. Wasn't this someone else's idea when the finalist did their "pilot"

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  4. This does sound vaguely familiar. But to be honest, I would actually watch this show. Seems like a mashup of DDD (ugh) and Bobby Deen's show of recreating his Mom's cooking.

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  5. I don't remember her well. What was she known for on NFNS?

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  6. Meat on the side POV

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  7. Pie Guy's pilot i believe

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  8. Season 9 was the last good season of FNS. Past couple seasons have been aiming to bring in big personalities in exchange for good cooks that people would actually watch. Based on episode 1 of the newest season, seems like this could be the worst FNS yet.

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  9. I was annoyed just watching the 9 minute tease.

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  10. The season 9 premiere was pretty lackluster.

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  11. I wish this show were on Food Network! I don't get Cooking Channel, and I would watch this.

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  12. Her name makes people giggle,

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  13. I saw the pilot when it aired. Didn't do a thing for me.


    And is it just me, or is every "new" Food Network show this season just an old show under a new title? I fail to see the difference between Guilty Pleasures and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Best Five Restaurants seems to be another attempt at Best. Ever, which in itself was another version of Best Thing.

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  14. Dont forget All-Star Academy vs. America's Best Cook

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  15. Oh yes. Absolutely the same show.

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  16. And defining pilaf as "rice with stuff in it."

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  17. Deen also had a short-lived show that was sort of a hybrid of Not My Mama's Meals and Throwdown With Bobby Flay, in which he made healthy versions of home cooks' recipes and then subjected both dishes to a blind taste test. I think there may have been two episodes, and it aired on Cooking Channel.

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  18. Rodney was going to remake restaurants' dishes as pies, but I don't think any taste-testing was proposed

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  19. And to this show with these two hosts, I say "Ugh" and "No Thank You."

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  20. I'm not gung-ho about the hosts either. I'll definitely check it out just because of the show concept.

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  21. I watched and enjoyed them both.

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  22. Not saying I didn't like them, but FN hyped All-Star Academy as a brand-new show when it was obviously a second season of America's Best Cook.

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  23. I hear you! They didn't even try to hide the face they were remaking unwrapped. Just install a new host and call it Unwrapped 2.0...LOL

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  24. Check out Big Bad BBQ Battle on the Cooking Channel.

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  25. Princess StarlightJune 4, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I saw commercials for this and I'm not tuning in anytime soon. I can't stand Bobby Deen and I'm all for healthier food, but if it is supposed to be unhealthy then leave it well enough alone.

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  26. Oh, I really like Damaris and find her really refreshing. She's also supremely knowledgeable about food.

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  27. I think that was Stacy pitch ? Maybe ?

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  28. That one's a hybrid of the far superior BBQ Pitmasters on Destination America and Throwdown With Bobby Flay.


    There is definitely nothing new under the sun.

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  29. Yeah, foods like low fat Mayo and cheese make no sense, just use something else, not gross fake Mayo and casein based cheese product.
    Its like vegan hot dogs, why try to make veggies taste like hog anus?

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