Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Great Food Truck Race Season 8 Preview and Spoilers

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This Sunday at 9pm ET is the season 8 premiere of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network.  This season will have food truck novices who are competing to win a $50,000 grand prize.  The six-episode season has a southern theme with stops in New Orleans, LA; Pensacola, FL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Nashville, TN, Athens, GA, and Savannah, GA.

The food trucks competing are: Braised in the South (Charleston, SC), The Breakfast Club (Philadelphia, PA), Mr. Po’ Boys (Dallas, TX); Papi Chulo’s Empanadas (Cherry Hill, NJ), The Southern Frenchie (Little Rock, AR), Stick ‘Em Up (Rogersville, TN) and Wicked Good Seafood (Falmouth, MA)

More information about season 8 of The Great Food Truck Race such as episode descriptions, team bios and pictures can be found at multivu if you are interested.

One interesting thing about this season is that Mr. Po' Boys actually competed on a Food Network pilot called Great Food Truck Rally.  The pilot of that show premiered in May 2017 and Mr. Po' Boys won the episode and the prize of money for their own food truck.  They said they were called by The Great Food Truck Race producers to see if they wanted to compete, but they had to find a third person to compete with them - Link.  The pilot of Great Food Truck Rally will actually replay in primetime on Food Network after the 5th episode of The Great Food Truck Race.


When filming The Great Food Truck Race, the food trucks advertise their locations on social media (which are later removed) and local newspapers do stories on the race while it is filming.  This makes it possible to determine the order of elimination down to the final two trucks. 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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Food Network Star Winner Jason Smith To Be A Judge On 'Best Baker in America"

Last night, Jason Smith was crowned the season 13 winner of Food Network Star, but nothing was announced regarding his future on Food Network.  Today a press release was put out that he will be a "featured judge" on a new series called Best Baker in America.  The show is scheduled to premiere in September, but there is no official date or time yet.

Jason was a winner on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, so it isn't surprising that he would be put into a show about baking.  Plus it seems like there are plenty of baking shows popping up on Food Network.  Whether Best Baker in America (with Jason as host) was planned before Food Network Star was filmed is only known by Food Network insiders.  It appears that those who want to see Jason on his own cooking show will have to wait.

The press release that mentions Best Baker in America is below:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Food Network Star Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season 13 finale of Food Network Star where the winner will be announced. The final three contestants are Cory Bahr, Rusty Hamlin, and Jason Smith. On the episode tonight, we will get to see each of their full pilots as well as the top moments of the season. A poll on this website reveals that people are overwhelmingly rooting for Jason to win with approximately 80% of the vote, followed by Cory at 17%, and Rusty at only 3%. Judging by the comments on that post, it seems that while people are rooting for Jason, people either love him or hate him.  Also, remember the winner is no longer determined by viewer voting, so it could be anybody that wins.

There is no guarantee that the season 13 winner of Food Network Star will get a show, so we will have to see if anything is announced for the winner on tonight's episode.

I will update this post once the winner is announced and will also update the post with any information about the winner's show (if there is one).

Continue reading to know the winner (Spoiler):

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Bobby and Damaris Show Premieres September 3rd on Food Network

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Last month I did a post about Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips' new talk show that would be on Food Network.  Now their talk show has an official name and an air date.  The Bobby and Damaris Show will premiere on Sunday, September 3rd at 12:30pm ET.  The show was filmed at Bobby Flay's house and Bobby and Damaris will "cook together and chat up a storm."  Some guests that will appear on the episodes include Ina Garten, Alex Guarnaschelli and Katie Lee.

Below is a short press release about the show and episode descriptions for the first four episodes.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Food Network Star Season 13 Winner - Poll

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Season 13 of Food Network Star is down to the final three contestants and each of them have produced their pilot. Cory Bahr, Rusty Hamlin, and Jason Smith all produced traveling show pilots and they probably didn't have any say in what to do for their pilot.  This was more of a final challenge than the contestants actually filming a show that they envisioned for themselves.

The full pilots will not be shown until next week's episode, so it is hard to even determine who did the best or what their pilot is even about.

There is always a poll on this site to determine who people are rooting for to win. So vote below to let everyone know who you want to win and feel free to discuss in the comments.  Last year Tregaye had the least amount of votes in the poll, but ended up winning the season.

UPDATE - Jason Smith ended up winning.

Food Network Star Episode 10 Elimination

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the winner of Star Salvation was revealed and rejoined the competition.  Cory Bahr won Star Salvation and joined Jason, Rusty and Matthew for the first challenge.  Each of the contestants had to cook the dish of their lives and had help from contestants already eliminated from the show.   Former Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson was there to help judge this challenge.  The three contestants who had the best dishes got to film a pilot for a show and the pilot was directed by Guy Fieri.

The judges determined that the final three would be Cory Bahr, Rusty Hamlin, and Jason Smith. They each shot traveling type pilots with the help of Guy Fieri.

Next week the winner of Food Network Star will be announced and we will see if there are any plans to actually produce a show with them involved.  I will have a poll up shortly to see who everybody is rooting for to win although there is no actual voting by the audience this year.

UPDATE - The poll is now up if you want to vote.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Food Network's August 2017 Programming Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in August:
Great Food Truck Race - Source: Multivu
  • The winner of Food Network Star season 13 will be announced on Sunday, August 13th.
  • The series premiere of the heavily advertised I Hart Food on August 14th at 10pm ET.
  • A new season of Chopped: Grill Masters on Tuesday's where the winner will receive $50,000.
  • Guy Fieri traveling the country with his family on an RV in Guy's Family Road Trip which begins Friday, August 18th.
  • A new season of The Great Food Truck Race starting August 20th (I will try to do a post on order of eliminations if the info is out there).
  • A new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition starting on August 23rd.  Click here to see the celebrities on this season.
  • A new season of Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars Edition starting August 20th.  Click here to see the superstars on this season.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Texas Cake House.
  • New daytime episodes of The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
  The full press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Guy's Grocery Games Superstars Cast - Premieres August 20th

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Guy's Grocery Games will have a five-episode Superstars Tournament that will premiere August 20th at 8pm ET on Food Network.  This is the second "Superstar Tournament" for Guy's Grocery Games, which is already airing its 14th season despite premiering in late 2013.  There are eight celebrity chefs competing and one will be eliminated each episode until they are down to the final four.  These four chefs will compete for $40,000 to give to a charity of their choice.  The chefs competing on Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars Tournament include:
  • Rocco DiSpirito
  • Elizabeth Falkner
  • Tregaye Fraser
  • Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Antonia Lofaso
  • Brian Malarkey
  • Marcel Vigneron
  • Justin Warner
Justin Warner and Alex Guarnaschelli also competed on the first Superstars Tournament which Alex won for her charity Alex's Lemonade Stand.

The episode descriptions of Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars Tournament from Food Network are below:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 9 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

Giada See Through
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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the four remaining finalists first had to do a live report on location while visiting popular food trucks.  Sabin Lomac was on hand to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the first challenge.  The judges felt Matthew did the best and he got an advantage on the second challenge.

On the second challenge, the finalists had to film their own special called "Up Your Game (Day)" where they had to demo a special game-day dish while facing challenges along the way. Matthew's advantage was being able to pick the dish that he had to cook and also assigning others their dishes. ESPN's Jamele Hill and Jayme Sire (who will be a floor reporter on Iron Chef Showdown) helped Bobby and Giada judge the challenge.  Jason and Matthew were determined winners of the challenge and were safe from elimination.  In the end, the judges decided that Amy would be eliminated and sent to compete on Star Salvation.


On Star Salvation, David Rose, Cory Bahr, and Amy Pottinger competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and as is normally the case with the last episode of Star Salvation, there was a cliffhanger at the end.  David was eliminated, so either Cory Bahr or Amy Pottingeer will rejoin Matthew, Rusty, and Jason next week and will have a chance to be the next Food Network Star

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Iron Chef Showdown Coming To Food Network

Alton Brown posted a video (below) on his Facebook and Twitter pages announcing a new Iron Chef series called Iron Chef Showdown.  Iron Chef America didn't air for quite some time on Food Network, but in April 2017 Iron Chef Gauntlet premiered and Stephanie Izard ended up winning the competition to become an Iron Chef.  Even with a newly crowned Iron Chef, there wasn't any official announcement that Iron Chef the show would be returning until now.

Iron Chef Showdown will be a "fresh take on fan-favorite Iron Chef America," but it isn't too clear from the video or this article on foodnetwork.com what will be different.  Alton Brown will be the host and Mark Dacascos returns as the chairman.  Also former ESPN Sportscenter anchor Jaymee Sire will be a floor reporter.  The Iron Chefs that will be on the show include: Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Michael Symon, Alex Guarnaschelli and Stephanie Izard.  Iron Chef Showdown will premiere in late 2017, but there is no official date yet.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 8 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the remaining contestants had to take some inspiration from Josh Denny and his show Ginormous Food.  They were each assigned a food to make and had to make it 'ginormous.' Amy won this challenge and got some extra mentoring from Bobby and Giada as a 'prize.'

The finalists then had to stream a 15-minute meal from start-to-finish while viewers were supposedly cooking along.  Alex Guarnaschelli (Alex1310) was there to try to follow along with the presentations and cook the same dish.  She also helped Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the contestants.  Bobby and Giada declared Jason, Matthew and Rusty safe and Cory and Amy were up for elimination.  In the end, they decided that Cory did worse and he was sent to compete on Star Salvation.

On Star Salvation, Addie Gundry, David Rose and Cory Bahr competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the judges eliminated Addie from Star Salvation.  Addie Gundry will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Cast Announced

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A new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will premiere of Food Network August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT and the cast has just been announced.  It will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray mentoring and the celebrities appearing on this season include:
  • Nora Dunn - Actress, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
  • Carmen Electra - Model, actress. Known for being on Baywatch, in Playboy, and married to Dennis Rodman and Dave Navarro.
  • Erik Estrada - Actor most known for role in CHiPs
  • Vivica A. Fox - Actress in many films - most notable - Independence Day
  • Perez Hilton - Celebrity gossip blogger
  • Carson Kressley - TV personality/designer - best known for role on Queer Eye 
  • Sean Lowe - TV personality who was on the Bachelorette and was also on The Bachelor.
  • Melissa Peterman - Actress best known for being on Reba.

The celebrities will compete for $25,000 for a charity of their choice.  What do you think about the cast this year?  How many celebrities out of the eight do you know?

*More detailed bios about the contestants from the press release can be found here.

The press release from multivu is below:

Damaris Phillips Getting Bigger Role On Food Network

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Damaris Phillip's show Southern at Heart ended in early 2016 after five seasons on Food Network.  Ever since then, she has been appearing on other game shows as a judge/competitor such as Guy's Grocery Games, Bakers vs. Fakers, Kids BBQ Championship (co-host), and Beat Bobby Flay.

It appears that Food Network will be giving her a more prominent role moving forward.  This weekend a pilot called Super Southern Eats is airing with her as a co-host.  It airs Saturday night at 9:30pm ET, Saturday at 12:30pm ET, and Friday at 5pm ET with the show description stating:
"Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood kick off the most delicious road trip in central Georgia, where the Southern staples shine. They find an unbelievable breakfast at a gas station, where they devour legendary sausages, fried pork chops and lard-filled biscuits. Then, they hit up a BBQ joint in the college town of Athens, Ga. where smoked pork is the star before stopping at a legendary Atlanta institution to see how they've been making fried chicken for generations."
On Instagram, Damaris said the show is actually produced by Guy Fieri, so it will probably have similarities to Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. (Link)

Besides this show, Damaris Phillips and Bobby Flay will be coming out with a new talk show.  Bobby Flay said in an interview with Fox News, "Later this summer, I’m filming a new show and it’s a day time show for Food Network with Damaris Phillips and it's going to be a talk show talking about food. It’s not even named yet but I’m pretty excited about it!"

The show apparently has a working title of Bobby & Damaris (Link), but nothing is official with that show title.  Looking at Damaris' Instagram, it appears there was some filming done in June with Bobby Flay in the Hamptons, but I don't have confirmation if it is for this talk show.  Katie Lee posted the above picture around the same time and said, "Always great when you get to work with friends.!"

Damaris seems to be one of the few winners of Food Network Star (season 9) that actually gets decent air time on Food Network.

UPDATE 7/25/2017 - It looks like Food Network decided to move forward with Super Southern Eats after looking at the ratings.  Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood have photos and videos on social media that show they are already filming new episodes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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:
  • There is a disturbing Guy Fieri swimsuit for sale (pictured) that has been making the rounds on the internet. The company selling them has many similar ones, such as a Donald Trump one and a hairy chest swimsuit. (Link)
  • Guy Fieri will have a new show called Guy's Family Road Trip in August, where he travels around with his family in an RV. (Link)
  • Great Food Truck Race is returning for another season that starts August 20th. (Link)
  • Giada De Laurentiis just launched a new line of pasta sauces, seasonings, and chef's tools with Williams Sonoma. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond will begin filming the 17th season of Pioneer Woman very shortly.  This is one of the highest rated shows on Food Network and their highest rated daytime show. (Link)

Here are a couple financial related Food Network links:
  • The stock for Scripps Network Interactive (Symbol: SNI), who owns networks such as Food Network, jumped almost 15% today due to reports that Discovery and Scripps are in merger talks. (Link)
  • Bobby Flay announced that he would be going public with his burger chain restaurant Bobby's Burger Palace.  He will attempt to raise $15 million for expansion in an initial public offering and the stock symbol is expected to be FLAY. (Link)

For some reason, there is a lot of recent Food Network real estate news:

  • Ayesha Curry and her husband Steph Curry are selling the house where Ayesha's Homemade was filmed. (Link)
  • After more than a year on the market, Bobby Flay actually raised the price of his New York condo that is for sale.  It was a strategic decision by his real estate agent, and perhaps it worked as the listing made news. (Link)
  • Katie Lee just listed her Hampton's home for sale for $5.5 million. (Link)
  • Ina Garten also has a New York City condo on the market for $2 million that was listed in March 2017. (Link)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 7 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the remaining contestants had to make a traditionally slow cooked meal in only 30 minutes.  Also that meal had to be portable and you needed to be able to eat it with one hand.  Jason won this challenge and got had the advantage of being able to pick his team for the second challenge, which was a challenge based on Food Network's show Beat Bobby Flay.   The teams were Jason, Rusty and Matthew vs. Amy, David, and Cory.

Anne Burrell was a special guest judge on this challenge and each team had to cook a dish making tomatoes the star of the dish.  Jason's team ended up winning and they were all safe from elimination.  Amy, David, and Cory then had to compete against Bobby Flay and beat him to stay in the competition.  They each prepared their signature dish, while Bobby had to make all three of their dishes in the same amount of time.  Cory was the only chef to beat Bobby Flay, so he was safe.  Amy's score was closer to Bobby's score, so it was David Rose that was eliminated and sent to Star Savation.

On Star Salvation, Trace Barnett, Addie Gundry, and David Rose competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the judges eliminated Trace Barnett from Star Salvation.  Trace will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 6 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the remaining contestants finally got to do an individual challenge and had to make their best potato dish and then host a summer social for a crowd.  Amy won the first challenge and got to pick which summer social theme she would take and got to assign everybody else their theme.  Tiffani Thiessen was there to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the summer social challenge.

The judges decided that Rusty and Jason did the best job on the challenge and they were considered safe.  That meant any of the five remaining contestants could be eliminated.  In the end, Addie Gundry was the one eliminated and sent to Star Salvation.


On Star Salvation Toya Boudy, Trace Barnett, and Addie Gundry competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the judges eliminated Toya Boudy from Star Salvation.  Toya will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

*This post was not sponsored by Lipton

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 5 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants were once again divided into teams for the first challenge.  They were split into pairs and had to create a meal on a budget and document their meal on an Instagram Story.  Hannah Hart, who will have a show premiering on Food Network in August, was there to help judge this challenge with Bobby and Giada.

Addie and Matthew won the first challenge and got some advice from Bobby Flay and Giada as their "prize."  For the second challenge, the contestants went up against their teammates and had to do a problem solving segment similar to the show The Kitchen in front of a studio audience.  Sunny Anderson was there to help Bobby and Giada judge this challenge.

The judges picked winners for each pair, which were Jason, Matthew, Rusty, and Amy.  Also Addie and Corey were considered safe.  This meant that David and Cao were the bottom two for this week and it was decided that Caodan Tran would be sent to compete on Star Salvation.


On Star Salvation Toya Boudy, Blake Baldwin, Trace Barnett, and Caodan Tran competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the judges eliminated two contestants from Star Salvation - Blake and Cao. Blake and Cao will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hannah Hart's Food Network Show 'I Hart Food' Premieres In August

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It was announced last year that Youtube star Hannah Hart would get a show on Food Network, and there is finally an air date for her show called I Hart Food.  I Hart Food will air on Monday, August 14th at 10pm ET and it will be a six-episode series with half-hour episodes.

The show is a traveling show where Hannah will go to different cities to "discover local dishes" and have "awesome conversations".  The cities she is visiting include: Santa Fe, New Mexico; Asheville, North Carolina; Portland, Maine; Eugene, Oregon; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Missoula, Montana.

Here is a preview of the show from Entertainment Tonight and here is another short clip from the Food Network Facebook Page.  It doesn't seem like there will be a budget, which was the plan a year ago when the show was announced, but we will have to tune in to find out.  It looks very similar to Diners, Drive Ins and Dives but just replace Guy Fieri with Hannah Hart.  I Hart Food will actually air in between Diners, Drive In and Dives episodes on Monday nights.

You may recall Hannah Hart judging last year on Food Network Star and she will also be a judge on this week's upcoming Food Network Star episode.

A press release with more information about the show is below:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 4 Elimination - Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's Food Network Star, the remaining contestants were divided into teams and competed in a "glamping" related challenge.  Each team had to use whatever camping food was in the back of their car to create a "glamping" meal.  The teams were pre-determined and were: Team 1 - Cory, Matthew, and Amy; Team 2 - Jason, Cao, and David; Team 3 - Rusty, Trace, and Addie.  Everybody also had to do a presentation in front of the judges that gave a useful tip.  Melissa D'Arabian and Andrew Zimmern were guest judges and helped Giada De Laurentiis decide the winners and losers of the challenge.  Bobby Flay was absent from this episode for some reason.

The judges decided that Jason, David and Cao were the winning team and were all safe.  Matthew, Cory and Amy were also all considered safe.  The judges decided that Trace Barnett did the worst in this challenge and he would be sent to compete on Star Salvation.

Star Salvation returned this week with Suzanne Lossia, Toya Boudy, Nancy Manlove, Blake Baldwin and Trace Barnett competing for a chance to rejoin the competition. This episode of Star Salvation can be watched here, and the judges eliminated two contestants from Star Salvation - Nancy and Suzanne.  Nancy and Suzanne will not be rejoining the competition and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 3 Elimination

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On tonight's Food Network Star, the remaining ten finalists were split into two teams of five and had to put together a five-course meal.  Each course had a different theme: Appetizer - Jungle; Pasta - Forest; Dessert - Mountains; Seafood - Beach; Meat - Desert.  Addie and Cory were the team captains and Addie picked Jason, Cao, Amy, and Matthew while Cory picked Rusty, Trace, David, and Suzanne.   Each team had 30 seconds to present their dishes on camera and had to convince people to try their dish over the other team's dish.  Tyler Florence was a guest judge to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis decide the winners and losers of the challenge.


The judges decided that Amy, Jason and David were the top three in this challenge.  The bottom three were Cao Tran, Suzanne Lossia, and Trace Barnett, and Bobby and Giada decided to send Suzanne home.

Suzanne Lossia will go on to compete on Star Salvation (which begins next week) with hopes of rejoining the competition.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 2 Elimination

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the 12 remaining finalists were split into three teams of four for a Beauty and the Beast related challenge.  Each team was assigned a room from the Beauty and the Beast castle and had to cook a dish and decorate a serving station drawing inspiration from their room theme.  The teams were: Amy, Addie, Cory and Trace (theme - afternoon tea in the library); Matthew, Nancy, Toya, and Caodan (theme - brunch in the dining room); Jason, Rusty, David, Suzanne (hor d'oeuvres in the ballroom).  Sandra Lee was a special guest judge along with Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis and she helped decide the winning team.  Also, for this episode, two finalists are eliminated.

The judges decided that the library team was the winning team and Amy, Addie, Cory and Trace were all safe.  The ballroom team was also determined safe, so that meant Matthew, Nancy, Toya, and Caodan from the dining room team were all up for elimination.  In the end, the judges decided that Nancy Manlove and Toya Boudy performed the worst and both were sent home.

Nancy and Toya will go on to compete in Star Salvation with hopes of rejoining the competition.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bakers vs. Fakers Most Likely Cancelled

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Season 2 of Bakers vs. Fakers premiered two weeks ago on Wednesday, May 24th and it appears that Food Network has removed the show from their schedule.  A new episode will not air tonight and there are no episodes on the upcoming schedule, meaning the show is most likely cancelled.

According to the press release for season 2 of Bakers vs Fakers, this season was supposed to be 13 episodes long, so they cancelled this pretty early.  Usually when a show is cancelled, Food Network will air the remaining episodes in a random timeslot (like 4am), but it appears they have not done this yet.

The reason for the cancellation is probably due to low ratings.  According to Showbuzzdaily, the 5/24 episode had 557,000 viewers (0.15 key demo) and the 5/31 episode had 651,000 viewers (0.19 key demo).

Season 1 of Bakers vs. Fakers premiered in January 2017 and was six episodes long.  Buddy Valastro was the host of season 1, while Lorraine Pascale was the host of season 2.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Food Network Star Episode 1 Elimination

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Tonight on the season 13 premiere of Food Network Star, we were introduced to the 12 contestants competing and the winner of Comeback Kitchen was revealed.  The two remaining contestants from Comeback Kitchen were Matthew Grunwald and Jamika Pessoa, and Matthew was revealed as the winner who would get to compete on Food Network Star.  Matthew competed on season 11 of Food Network Star and was on Comeback Kitchen the past two years, so this is three years in a row for him being on the show.  If you think you recognize some of the contestants this year, here is a post about what other shows they have appeared on.

For the first challenge of the season, the finalists had thirty seconds to introduce themselves to judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.  After that, they had thirty minutes to make a dish that would showcase their POV.  The contestants then had a minute to present their dishes to Giada, Bobby and special guest judges Monti Carlo and Robert Irvine.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Food Network Star Season 13 Contestants - Where Have You Seen Them?

This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the start of season 13 of Food Network Star. As is usually the case, you will probably recognize many of the contestants from other reality shows on Food Network and other channels. Here is a list of the Food Network Star contestants for this season and where you may recognize them.  Also listed is their POV from the Food Network Star Talk blog.
  • Cory Bahr (Monroe, LA) - Chopped season 12 (won). POV - seasonal, regional, as local as you can get. Just keeping it simple, stupid.
  • Blake Baldwin (Flemington, NJ) - No previous reality television appearances.  POV - healthy cooking can be delicious without being difficult.  This is due to his weight loss after college.
  • Trace Barnett (Brilliant, AL) - No previous reality television appearances. POV - budget-friendly, schedule-conscious and very consistent with Southern fare, but in a lighter, fresher way.
  • Toya Boudy (New Orleans, LA) - Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible, also has a YouTube cooking channel.  POV - Cajun and Creole cuisine made simple.
  • Addie Gundry (Lake Forrest, IL) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won Halloween special), Cutthroat Kitchen Time Warp tournament. POV - easy, elegant entertaining - all things food and beverage that are easy to make yet elegant to serve for any entertaining occasion.
  • Rusty Hamlin (Atlanta, GA)Rusty's RockFeast: Backstage With Zac Brown Band on FYI.  POV - Southern-inspired chef with Louisiana Cajun Creole roots who goes around the country and does what I call cooking off the cuff — whatever’s local and whatever’s coming out of the ground, the sea, the refrigerator, the cabinets is what we’re going to make an amazing meal with.
  • Suzanne Lossia (Detroit, MI) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won), Also has authored a book.  POV - Turning Middle Eastern into American flare, turning it into an American way of looking at it.
  • Nancy Manlove (Texas City, TX) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won), Cutthroat Kitchen Time Warp Tournament. POV - Nanna in the kitchen.
  • Amy Pottinger (Honolulu, HI) - No previous reality television appearances, but tried out for Food Network Star season 11 according to this video. POV - Exploring new culinary worlds and growth is within anybody’s grasp.
  • David Rose (Atlanta, GA) - No previous reality television appearances. Has done work with Big Green Egg and also has done local news food segments.  POV - French-Jamaican-Southern fusion.
  • Jason Smith (Grayson, KY) - Holiday Baking Championship (won). POV - country bling - take old, dying country recipes, and I bring them back to life and make them modern, elevated and fancied up a little bit.
  • Caodan Tran (Dallas, TX) - Cooks vs. Cons. Has also tried out Amazing Race and Food Network Star in the past (link).  POV - Vietnamese-inspired with kind of flavors and touches from California and Texas


You will obviously recognize the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner as they have previously competed on Food Network Star.  If I have missed any appearances on any shows, let me know in the comments and I can update this post.

If you are interested in learning more about the contestants, their bios from the press release are available here.

As always, visit the site after each episode airs to discuss the episode and who went home.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stephanie Izard Becomes An Iron Chef

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Tonight on the season finale of Iron Chef Gauntlet, Stephanie Izard had to beat out Iron Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon to become an Iron Chef.  She faced one chef in three separate secret ingredient battles and had to have a higher score than the three Iron Chefs combined.

In the first secret ingredient challenge, the secret ingredient was peppers and Stephanie Izard decided to go against Bobby Flay.  The second secret ingredient challenge was cheese and Chef Izard decided to go against Michael Symon.  The final secret ingredient challenge was tilefish and Chef Izard competed against Masaharu Morimoto.

Judges Anya Fernald and Ludo Lefebvre decided that Bobby Flay won the first challenge and Stephanie Izard won the second challenge.  She had a two point lead after two rounds, and ended up winning by a score of 90 to 87.  Stephanie Izard is now an Iron Chef.

There has not been any announcements about upcoming Iron Chef America episodes, but you would think if they had a competition to crown an Iron Chef, there will be new episodes produced.  Alton Brown hinted on Twitter that it would depend on the ratings for Iron Chef Gauntlet, but I guess we will see.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet Winner - Will They Become An Iron Chef?

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Tonight on Iron Chef Gauntlet, the remaining three chefs had to make a simple dish using just five ingredients in the Chairman's Challenge and in a twist, one contestant was eliminated after the testing.  The remaining two chefs went on to the secret ingredient challenge which was judged by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Ching-He Huang.

Read on to see who was eliminated and who won Iron Chef Gauntlet:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet Down To The Final Three

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Tonight on Iron Chef Gauntlet, the remaining four chefs were assigned a classic one-two flavor combo in the Chairman's Challenge.  The winner of this challenge was Jason Dady and the loser was Shota Nakajima.  Chef Dady got to choose who would go up against Chef Nakajima in the secret ingredient challenge and he chose Stephanie Izard.

The secret ingredient in the final challenge was chicken.  Ali Bouzari and Cat Cora were the judges of the secret ingredient challenge and they decided that Chef Nakajima would be the chef eliminated.  Stephanie Izard won by a large margin on the scorecard with it being 33 to 24.

That leaves Jason Dady, Stephanie Izard, and Sarah Grueneberg as the final three chefs in Iron Chef Gauntlet.  Next week, there will be a double elimination and the winning chef will be the chef that has a chance to become an Iron Chef on May 21st.  They will compete against Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon in a three-round gauntlet where they will have to outscore the three chefs combined.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
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  • Trisha Yearwood has a line of products sold at Williams Sonoma that are pretty expensive.  There is a $17 cocktail mix and a $13 barbeque sauce. (Link)
  • Former Bachelor and Worst Cooks: Celebrity Edition contestant Chris Soules was arrested after leaving the scene of a fatal crash. (Link)
  • Food Network has ordered 26 new episodes of Giada De Laurentiis related programming with new seasons of Giada Entertains and Giada’s Holiday Handbook, as well as a new series Giada’s Summer Entertaining, which is a working title. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry is opening her first restaurant in San Francisco, CA. (Link)
  • A new series Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams premieres Monday June 5th and will follow around comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife as they check out food place while he is on tour. (Link)
  • Katie Lee's Cooking Channel show Beach Bites with Katie Lee is returning for another season and will begin on June 1st at 10pm ET. (Link)
  • A new season of Bakers Vs. Fakers premieres on Wednesday May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.  This season will have Lorraine Pascal as the host rather than Buddy Valastro. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond is allowing people to come see The Lodge on Drummond Ranch, which is where her Food Network show is filmed.  It is only for select days and there is no charge. (Link)
  • The man responsible for the murder of Food Network Star season 8 contestant Cristie Schoen Codd plead guilty and was sentenced to a minimum of 59.5 years and a maximum of 74.5 years in prison. (Link)


Friday, April 14, 2017

Food Network Star Season 13 Premieres In June

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Food Network's most popular show Food Network Star will return for its 13th season on Sunday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT.  Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will once again be the hosts/mentors for the season.  

Also returning will be Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen.  This concept started last season and the show gives previous Food Network Star contestants a chance to compete on the upcoming season.  Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen is three episodes long and starts on May 21st at 8pm ET/PT, three weeks before the Food Network Star premiere.  Comeback Kitchen will be co-hosted by Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli and the returning Food Network Star contestants are:

  • Rob Burmeister (season 12)
  • Emilia Cirker (season 11)
  • Matthew Grunwald (season 11)
  • Josh Lyons (season 8)
  • Danushka Lysek (season 9)
  • Jamika Pessoa (season 5)
  • Joy Thompson (season 12)

Matthew Grunwald also competed in last season's Comeback Kitchen, which was won by Martita Jara.

The web series Star Salvation will also be included in season 13 of Food Network Star.  Jeff Mauro and Alex Guarnaschelli will be the hosts and eliminated contestants will get a chance to re-enter the competition on August 6th and become one of the final four contestants.

The contestants competing on the actual show Food Network Star season 13 are: Cory Bahr (Monroe, LA); Blake Baldwin (Flemington, NJ); Trace Barnett (Brilliant, AL); Toya Boudy (New Orleans, LA); Addie Gundry (Lake Forrest, IL); Rusty Hamlin (Atlanta, GA); Suzanne Lossia (Detroit, MI); Nancy Manlove (Texas City, TX); Amy Pottinger (Honolulu, HI); David Rose (Atlanta, GA); Jason Smith (Grayson, KY); Caodan Tran (Dallas, TX), and the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. 

If you are interested in learning more about the contestants, here are some bios. Also for more information on Food Network Star season 13, multivu has episode descriptions and images.

Below is the press release about the upcoming season.  I will do another post about the contestants closer to the season airing.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Food Network's 'Help My Yelp' Premieres Tonight

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network (in between many episodes of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives) is the series premiere episode of Help My Yelp.   Help My Yelp is hosted by Monti Carlo who will work with restaurant owners to improve their reputation with the help of "Yelp Elite Squad" members.

Here is the series description from Food Network:
If you’ve ever found yourself scouring the web for the latest reviews of a new restaurant in town — and deciding to either book or cancel a reservation because of what you found — then you know firsthand the importance of positive reputations online. On sites like Yelp, restaurant guests can post their thoughts about service, ambiance and, of course, food, leaving potential customers able to make future dining decisions based on what they’ve read. So it’s no wonder that it’s in an eatery’s best interest to do what they can to boost their favorability online. And for some struggling businesses, Monti Carlo is just what’s needed to bring them back into good standing. 
On the all-new series Help My Yelp, premiering Monday, April 10 at 10|9c, Monti will work with chefs and business owners to overhaul their poor practices, given the feedback they receive from members of Yelp’s Elite Squad that have secretly visited their restaurants. The recommendations, critiques and ideas from those anonymous visitors, plus the behind-the-scenes antics that Monti sees on hidden cameras, will ultimately influence what Monti does to help set up the businesses for success. As a chef and restaurant consultant, she knows the inner workings of the industry, so she’ll be able to troubleshoot problems, ease tensions and offer concrete solutions on the spot — which will be crucial to do before a fresh batch of Yelp Elite Squad members stops by, ready to evaluate the business.

Here are things that I will look out for:

  • Will the hidden camera aspect be real or will it be staged such as shows like Mystery Diners?
  • Serious Yelpers have a reputation of being snobby.  Will this prove to be accurate?
  • Do the Yelp reviews improve after the show and are the new reviews legitimate?
  • Businesses have complained that Yelp has filtered positive reviews for businesses that refuse to pay for advertising.  Yelp has denied these claims.  For the restaurants on the show, will they filter the negative reviews to help?

The first episode is at Barbeque Street in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Here is the link to the Yelp reviews for Barbeque Street, which are not too great and have a 3-star average.  It doesn't appear that the more recent ones (after the show filmed) are more positive.  It is kind of interesting that Barbeque Street has so many filtered reviews (60), when there are only 66 reviews Yelp considers valid.  While you would expect many of the filtered reviews to be negative, a lot are actually positive.

I may do some more updates on the restaurants that appear on Help My Yelp if there is any interesting information on the upcoming episodes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chopped Star Power Tournament Features Alan Thicke (Who Passed Away In December)

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network is the start of the Chopped Star Power Tournament which features sixteen celebrities competing for $50,000 to donate to charity.  There are four groups of celebrities that will compete with the winner of each episode moving onto the finale.

The following celebrities will compete:

  • Internet Sensations (March 28th) - Josh Elkin, Hilah Johnson, iJustine, Lazarus Lynch
  • Athletes (April 4) - Dorothy Hamill, Paige VanZant, LaMarr Woodley, Mariel Zagunis
  • Comedians (April 11) - Illeana Douglas, Ron Funches, Jonathan Sadowski, Julie White
  • Film and Television Actors (April 18) - Rick Fox, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Alysia Reiner, Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, who will appear on the April 18th episode, passed away at the age of 69 in December 2016 after collapsing while playing hockey with his son.  He could also appear on the April 25th episode if he wins the episode that he competes on.

I guess this may be Alan's last new television appearance which could have been promoted, but it appears Food Network makes no mention of it in their press release.  It will be interesting to see if Chopped puts "In Memory of Alan Thicke" or something like that at the end of the episode.

Alan also previously appeared on Chopped Jr. as a judge.  When news of his passing began circulating, Chopped host Ted Allen tweeted, "We were privileged to have @Alan_Thicke on #Chopped set for two days—he was beyond delightful. Our hearts are with his family."

The press release about Chopped Star Power Tournament is below:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Giada De Laurentiis Nude Photos Might Leak

Giada De Laurentiis FappeningYou may remember a few years ago hackers were able to gain access to celebrities' personal photos stored on their phones and posted these images online.  There were many celebrities that were hacked and had nude photos leaked online, but the most notable were Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Upton.

The release of these photos by the hackers on social media sites was nicknamed "The Fappening."  Ryan Collins, one of the hackers responsible for releasing the photos, plead guilty to felony computer hacking and did so on March 15, 2016.  Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of his guilty plea and hackers started releasing photos of more celebrities that have supposedly been hacked.  Many people are calling this "The Fappening 2.0"

Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are two of the celebrities that have already had photos released in "The Fappening 2.0."  Emma Watson's photos are of her trying on bathing suits while Amanda Seyfried had very private and intimate photos leaked.  Both have said the photos were obtained illegally and their lawyers have demanded that websites take them down.

Hackers have also said they have photos of other celebrities that they plan to release and on the supposed list is Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis.  The sites that have Giada De Laurentiis being on the list of "The Fappening 2.0" celebrity photo leak include ohnotheydidnt and ibtimes.  

As of now, it appears Giada's photos have not been released, so who knows if any actually exist or if they will be released.  I will update this post if there are any updates regarding the supposed photo leaks of Giada De Laurentiis.

UPDATE - As of 3/18, no pictures of Giada have been released.
UPDATE - Still nothing as of 3/29, so it looks like the rumor was false or they just weren't released.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Worst Cooks In America Winner - Season 10

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Tonight on Food Network is the Worst Cooks In America finale where the winner will receive $25,000.  The final two recruits are Ann Odogwu representing Rachael Ray and Daniel Mar representing Anne Burrell.

On tonight's episode Daniel and Ann each have "to prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray will help coach their recruits, but ultimately it is each recruit's final chance to show how much they have improved since week one. The culinary experts will pick a winner based on a blind tasting, and the winning recruit will walk away with $25,000."

I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.  UPDATE - After the three-course meal, the judges determined that Daniel Mar cooked the best meal.  Daniel goes home with $25,000 and Anne Burrell goes home with bragging rights.

This years ratings for Worst Cooks in America were pretty high and had a 36 percent increase from last season's numbers according to Scripps.  With it being one of the higher rated shows on Food Network, there will probably be more seasons to come.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet To Premiere April 16th on Food Network

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We knew Iron Chef was coming back as Iron Chef Gauntlet and now we know a little bit more about the show.  Iron Chef Gauntlet is set to premiere on Food Network Sunday, April 16th at 9pm ET/PT.  It will be a six-episode series and seven chefs will be competing for a chance to become an Iron Chef.  They will compete against each other for five episodes until there is one chef remaining.  Then in the final episode the remaining chef will go up against Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon in three rapid-succession secret ingredient battles.  The chef will only become an Iron Chef if their total score beats the total score of the three current Iron Chefs.

The chefs competing to be an Iron Chef are below and include a lot of previous Top Chef (Bravo) competitors:

  • Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California – Executive Chef/Owner, Leona) 
  • Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas – Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria)
  • Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois – Executive Chef/Owner,Monteverde)
  • Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana – Executive Chef/Owner, MOPHO)
  • Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat)
  • Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington – Executive Chef/Owner, Adana)
  • Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio – Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern).
The full press release about the show from multivu is below:


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food Network's March 2017 Programming Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in March:
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  • The season finale of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, March 5th at 9pm with the winner getting $25,000
  • The Kids Baking Championship Finale on March 6th where the winner will take home $25,000.
  • A Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament where the kid winners win $10,000 and get to judge Chopped judges Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos as they compete for charity.
  • A Chopped: Star Power Tournament which has 16 celebrity contestants over five episodes. The categories are web stars, star athletes, funny actors, and famous faces of film. There are no names listed yet and the winners will compete against each other in the finale. 
  • Guy’s Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament where 16 previous winners return to compete again. 
  • New primetime episodes of Chopped, Cake Wars, Cake Wars: Champs, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, Bakers vs. Fakers, Beat Bobby Flay, Cooks vs. Cons, and Spring Baking Championship. 
  • New daytime episodes of The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking
The full press release with air dates and episode descriptions is below:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Chopped judge Aaron Sanchez will be participating in the NBA All-Star Celebrity game this weekend in New Orleans.  Here are a few interviews he did about the game where he also answers questions about Chopped - SI interview, Uproxx interview.
  • Bobby Flay recently celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his girlfriend actress Helene Yorke.  Bobby is 52, while Helene is 31.  (Link)
  • Food Network Star is currently filming its 13th season in Los Angeles, and it looks like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be the hosts once again (pictured right).  Eddie Jackson and Tregaye Fraser also posted a picture together on set, so look for them to be on an episode.
  • Alton Brown posted a picture on Instagram that looked like the Chopped symbol with his name under it with the caption, "I've said too much already." (Link).  So look for him to be on an upcoming episode or a special Chopped.  
  • Alton Brown has also released a few new podcasts of the Alton Browncast and one is with Duff Goldman. (Link)
  • Guy Fieri recently surprised one of his old teachers with a cruise to anywhere in the world. (Link)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Food Network's February 2017 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in February.  It doesn't seem like there are any new series, but there are new episodes of many shows and the Kids Baking Championship finale will be this month on February 27th.

The full press release with episode descriptions is below:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Donald Trump's Inauguration Cake Looks A Lot Like Duff Goldman's Cake For Barack Obama

Food Network's Duff Goldman had the pleasure of making President Barack Obama's inauguration cake in 2013 at his inauguration.

Yesterday, Duff saw a picture of Donald Trump cutting his inauguration cake and noticed something.  It was pretty much the exact same cake.

Duff tweeted out a picture (pictured right) of the cakes side-by-side with the caption, "The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it"

As you can see, the cakes have the design, same amount of layers, same size layers, same decorations, and are exactly the same down to the star placement.

Duff didn't make the cake, so who knows how the cake turned out the way it did or who ordered it that way.  There was a different cake at the 2009 inauguration, so it isn't a tradition to have the same exact cake.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

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Sorry for the delay, but here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Food Network has ordered 13 new episodes of Ginormous Food just halfway into its first season.  The show is currently airing on multiple nights, but new episodes are Friday at 8pm. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry's show Ayesha's Homemade was also renewed for a second season. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond's dog Charlie recently passed away as detailed on a blog post on her Pioneer Woman website.  Charlie regularly appeared on Pioneer Woman episodes and Ree has a book series named after him.
  • We all know Iron Chef is returning and Alex Guarnaschelli recently had an Instagram post about the show tagging Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto, and Jose Garces, so it looks like it could be the same Iron Chefs competing.
  • Great Food Truck Race is casting for its eighth season and it looks like this season will have people competing who have never run a food truck. (Link)
  • Ina Garten easily had the best selling cookbook of 2016 with Cooking for Jeffrey despite being released in October.  Ree Drummond had the 6th best seller with her 2015 book The Pioneer Woman Cooks. (Link)
  • A Kansas State University study revealed that celebrity chefs have poor food safety habits due to licking fingers, touching hair, lack of hand washing, and not changing cutting boards.  (Link)