Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition where the winner will receive $25,000 for their charity.  The two remaining celebrities are Perez Hilton (Team Rachael Ray) and Melissa Peterman (Team Anne Burrell).  Their challenge tonight is to cook a restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts and they will have coaching help from Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell.  I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs and you can discuss the episode/season in the comments.

Continue reading to find out the winner

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ree Drummond To Judge, Eddie Jackson To Host 'Christmas Cookie Challenge'

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Food Network announced a new series called Christmas Cookie Challenge that will begin on Monday, November 6th at 10pm ET.  There have been Christmas Cookie Challenge specials in the past on Food Network, but never a whole series.  Christmas Cookie Challenge will be seven episodes long and in each episode five bakers compete through two rounds for a prize of $10,000.  Former Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson will be the host of the show.  Ree Drummond will be the main judge on every episode and there will be a rotating panel of guest judges that include: Kimberly Bailey, James Briscione, Damiano Carrara, Dan Langan, Jamika Pessoa, Jordan Pilarski, Aarti Sequeira and Joy Wilson. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

More Details About Iron Chef Showdown - Premiering November 8th

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In July, it was announced that Iron Chef would be returning with Iron Chef Showdown and that Alton Brown would be the host.  Now there is more information about the show and it will premiere on Food Network Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm ET.  Iron Chef Showdown will be 10 episodes long and Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Stephanie Izard, and Jose Garces will appear on two episodes each.

On each episode, two chefs will compete in a chairman's challenge to create their best dish using a secret ingredient.  Alton Brown will judge this challenge alone, and the winning chef will get to go up against an Iron Chef in a secret ingredient showdown.  Iron Chef Showdown sounds a lot like Beat Bobby Flay to me, but with secret ingredients and different chefs.

A press release about Iron Chef Showdown is below.  Also, I put the episode descriptions from the release below so you can see which chefs are competing:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Marcela Valladolid Leaving Food Network's 'The Kitchen'

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Today at 11am ET is the season 14 finale of The Kitchen on Food Network.  Marcela Valladolid announced on Instagram that this will be her final episode on the show.  It seems like traveling from the west coast to the east coast for the show and being away from her family were deciding factors.  Marcela posted the following message on Instagram about her leaving the show:
"Friends and followers, after 14 seasons and 182 episodes, this Saturday is my last episode of #TheKitchen. I’m a west coast gurl with a West coast family and it’s time for me to be here and share with you the stories and recipes that I truly share with my family and friends. Thank you for watching and following. It truly was a blast and I am so grateful to the cast and crew for this incredible journey! 4 years of monthly trips east. I birthed and nursed two babies. I made the best of friends. I learned so much and, half the time, I sort of felt like I was cheating life because I was having too much fun and getting paid for it. Katie, Sunny, GZ and Mauro... I’ll miss you guys. Besos familia, it brought me great pride to be the Latina face on one of the most popular shows on the @foodnetwork! Diversity and inclusion should always be a priority. Thank you.❤️"
The 15th season of the show begins next week and it appears from the episode descriptions that there is no replacement for Marcela and Food Network will continue doing the show with just Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pillsbury Bake-Off Returns With Food Network As Partner

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The Pillsbury Bake-Off contest will return this year after not having a competition since 2014.  This year is the 48th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest and they have paired with Food Network and Ree Drummond.  The winner of the contest will receive a trip to New York for an appearance on Food Network’s The Kitchen, a feature in Food Network Magazine, a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances and $50,000 in cash. Also four category winners will each be awarded a trip to New York for an appearance on The Kitchen, a feature in Food Network Magazine, a suite of GE Appliances and $5,000 in cash.

You can enter the contest through November 10th and if you are interested here is the website.  A press release about the contest is below:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Food Network's October 2017 Programming Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in October.  There are many Halloween shows and specials:
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  • Three different Halloween Wars related shows - Halloween Wars (Sundays), Road to Halloween Wars (Sundays) and Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror (Mondays).
  • Chopped: Alton’s Challenge premiering Tuesday, October 10th at 10pm
  • The finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm
  • Halloween Baking Championship finale on Monday, October 30th at 9pm.
  • New primetime episodes (many with Halloween specials) of Best Baker in America, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Ginormous Food and Guy’s Grocery Games
  • New daytime episodes (many with Halloween specials) of The Bobby and Damaris Show, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking
  • New web series Smitten Kitchen with blogger Deb Perelman
The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Friday, September 29, 2017

'Guy's Big Project' Premieres November 5th - Winner Will Get Traveling Show

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Guy Fieri will be hosting a show called Guy's Big Project on Food Network that premieres Sunday, November 5th at 9pm ET.  Guy's Big Project is a six episode series that is searching for Food Network's next travel series and the person to host it.  The contestants (some competing in pairs) will be put through a series of tests with eliminations each week.  In the end, the final contestants will produce a pilot, with Food Network selecting the winner who will receive their own travel show.  Alex Guarnaschelli and cooking show producer Mark Dissin will be on every episode to help Guy Fieri judge the contestants.

This show sounds pretty similar to Food Network Star, but everyone's POV will be a different traveling show.  Some other differences are that the show is only six episodes long and the winner will actually get their own show.  With Food Network Star lasting 10 or so weeks with no guarantee of a show and Guy's Big Project only being 6 weeks with a guarantee of a show, it seems like it is better to be a contestant on Guy's Big Project.

Two of Food Network's most popular shows are Food Network Star and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, so this looks like an attempt to blend them together.

The press release about the show from multivu is below:

Wednesday, September 27, 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:
  • Tonight is premiere of Best Baker in America at 10pm and it is also Food Network Star winner Jason Smith's first appearance on Food Network since winning the show (he will be a judge).
  • Ree Drummond is building a 3-story hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma that will have 8 rooms, which she recently wrote about on her blog. (Link)
  • Damaris Phillips had a pilot with called Super Southern Eats on Food Network that aired in July.  After the pilot aired, the ratings were good enough to began filming new episodes shortly after.  It now looks like the show has been renamed Southern and Hungry and will actually air on Cooking Channel rather than Food Network.  Southern and Hungry with Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood begins October 9th on Cooking Channel. (Link)
  • A Guy Fieri fan recently dined at his 600th restaurant that has appeared on the show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry from Food Network's Ayesha's Home Kitchen is the newest "CoverGirl." (Link)
  • In other Ayesha Curry news, she is also going to co-host ABC's The Great American Baking Show, which is scheduled to start in December. (Link)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great Food Truck Race Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race season 8 where the winning team will win $50,000.  The two remaining trucks competing for the prize are Mr. Po' Boys and Braised in the South , which you may have known ahead of time if you read the season 8 spoiler post.

On tonight's episode the final two trucks are in Savannah, Georgia and for their first challenge they have to cook in a new mobile selling vehicle: pedicabs.  Each team has a half hour to make as much food as possible to sell out of their own pedicabs, and the team with the most profits gets a $500 bonus. Next, the teams travel through the city, where they sell head-to-head in new locations.  At each location, they receive a new shellfish to include in a dish, and the team that sells the most fish dishes gets $500.   The team that sells the most in the end will win the $50,000 prize.

I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.  (Continue reading to see the winner)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Alton Brown's 'Good Eats' Returning To Food Network As 'Return of the Eats'

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Alton Brown was at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend and made an announcement regarding the return of his hit show Good Eats. Alton has been teasing the return of Good Eats for quite some time and launched a YouTube channel in the past with Good Eats type videos, but this is the first somewhat official announcement of the show's return.

He stated that a show called Return of the Eats will be premiering next year on Food Network and also streaming online.  Return of the Eats will be a half-hour show that will have additional scenes available for streaming viewers.  Alton also joked about having to cut down on the Diners, Drive Ins and Dives episodes that air on Food Network saying they will now have to go from 8 hours to 7.5 hours of that show.

Alton has said in the past that Food Network owns the rights to Good Eats, so he wouldn't be making anything by bringing it back.  I am not sure if the new show being called Return of the Eats changes anything.

Video of Alton Brown announcing Return of the Eats is after the break: