Thursday, April 19, 2018

Food Network Star Season 14 Premieres June 10th

Food Network Star Contestants
Food Network Star will return for its 14th season on Sunday, June 10th at 9pm ET/PT. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will once again be the hosts/mentors for the season.  The finalists this season competing are: Harrison Bader (Los Angeles, CA); Katie Dixon (Hattiesburg, MS); Jason Goldsmith (New York, NY); Samone Lett (Sanford, FL); Rebekah Lingenfelser (Savannah, GA); Palak Patel (New York, NY); Christian Petroni (Port Chester, NY); Jessica Tom (Princeton, NJ); Chris Valdes (Miami, FL); Manny Washington (Orlando, FL).

Also returning will be Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. This is the third season in a row that has given 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 Sunday, May 27th at 9pm ET/PT, three weeks before the Food Network Star premiere. Comeback Kitchen will once again be co-hosted by Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli.  The returning Food Network Star contestants are:

  • Trace Barnett (season 13)
    Comeback Kitchen Contestants
  • Adam Gertler (season 4)
  • Debbie Lee (season 5)
  • Yaku Moton-Spruill (season 12)
  • Sarah Penrod (season 10)
  • Amy Pottinger (season 13)
  • Monterey Salka (season 12)
  • Jernard Wells (season 12)


It is pretty interesting to see Adam Gertler in this group as he probably has been on Food Network more than half of the previous Food Network Star winners. 

The web series Star Salvation is also back for season 14 and will be hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli.  This will give eliminated contestants  a chance to re-enter the competition on July 29th and become one of the final four contestants.

If you are interested in the bios of the contestants, episode descriptions, or pictures for this season, they can be found at Multivu.

Below is the press release about the upcoming season from Multivu.  As always, I will do another post about the contestants and where you have seen them closer to the season airing.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Iron Chef America Returns May 16th With Original Format

Photo - Twitter
Iron Chef Gauntlet is currently airing on Food Network with the winner possibly becoming an Iron Chef.  The season finale for Iron Chef Gauntlet is on May 9th, and the following week Iron Chef America will return.

With Iron Chef America, Food Network has decided to go back to the original format of the show.  So no showdown before the battle like in Iron Chef Showdown and possibly no culinary curveballs and gimmicks as in recent seasons.  It will be one chef going up against an Iron Chef in a secret ingredient challenge.  Food Network said in the press release, "Our audience wanted a return to classic Iron Chef America and we are thrilled to deliver just that."

The season of Iron Chef America will be 10 episodes long with the first episode being Brittany Anderson vs. Alex Guarnaschelli.  It looks like each week there will be two guest judges and the first week is Antonia Lofaso and Simon Majumdar.  Alton Brown will host, Marc Dacascos will be the chairman, and Jet Tila will be the floor reporter (so no more Jaymee Sire).

The episode descriptions are not out yet for the season, so I do not know which Iron Chefs will be on this season, but one that definitely will not be is Bobby Flay after quitting last season.


A press release about the show is below:


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir To Host Food Network Show

Photo - Instagram
Former Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be hosting a new show on Food Network according to their recent social media posts.  Besides being former figure skaters Tara and Johnny are also a broadcast team which became popular after the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Tara Lipinksi posted the following message and picture on Instagram:


"We have some exciting news! We are hosting a new @foodnetwork series and I couldn’t be more excited. Anything that involves @johnnygweir and cake, I’m in. πŸŽ‚πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ» Any guesses on what this show could be about? #foodnetwork #partnersincrime #cake πŸ‘— @likelynyc"


Tara has been posting Instagram stories of her and Johnny on set and it looks like the show is a wedding cake competition show.  Also appearing on her Instagram stories was Randy Fenoli who is a fashion designer of wedding dresses and also host of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.  With Randy being on set, that supports the theory that it is a wedding cake themed competition show.

This will not be Johnny Weir's first time being on Food Network.  Johnny has also appeared on Food Network before as a competitor on Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off Season 2 and also Chopped All-Stars.


When more details about the series are announced, I will do another post or update this one.  It seems like Food Network is going all-in on cake/baking related series.

Food Network's Duff Goldman Is Engaged

Photo - Instagram
Yesterday Duff Goldman revealed on Instagram that he got engaged.  He posted the following picture of his fiance Johnna Colbry with butcher's twine on her ring finger and the caption:

"I woke up yesterday and it felt like any other day. Sun was shining, birds was chirping. I made some coffee, ate a little breakfast, and got in the shower. I was shaving my head when like a mule kick to the heart I realized that I am absolutely in love with Johnna ( @letushear ) and I can’t imagine living another day without her in my life. She is kind, funny, smart, beautiful, cool, wise, and sexy. She’s a tempest of feeling. I didn’t plan this out, it just happened and it was so glaringly obvious that I couldn’t have stopped it if I wanted to. I asked her to marry me. She said yes. I cannot imagine a state of happiness that is more intense than whatever I’m feeling right now. My heart just might burst. I love you muffin. I love every scar. I love the way you smell. I’m sorry I didn’t have a real ring. I hope you don’t mind butcher’s twine, I am a chef, after all."

Here is a picture of Duff Goldman and Johnna Colbry from a December vacation.

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Congrats to Duff and Johnna!

This is the second recent Food Network engagement with Katie Lee also getting engaged recently.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best Baker in America Season 2 Hosted By Scott Conant, Judged By Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid

Photo - Multivu
The second season of Best Baker in America will premiere on Food Network on Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/PT.  This season will be hosted by Scott Conant and Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid will return as judges.

The nine bakers competing for the $25,000 prize are: Becca Craig (Philadelphia, Pa. – Executive Cake Chef); Kym DeLost (Chicago, Ill. – Pastry Chef)); Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, La. – Pastry Chef); Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, Ca. - Executive Pastry Chef); Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, Ill. - Pastry Chef); Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, Ga. – Executive Pastry Chef); Max Santiago (Miami, Fla. – Executive Pastry Chef); Jean-Francois Suteau (White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. – Executive Pastry Chef); Adam Young (Mystic, Conn. – Bakery Owner and Head Pastry Chef).

Jason Smith was the winner of Food Network Star season 13 and his assignments have been Best Baker in America and also Best Thing I Ever Ate on Cooking Channel.  Marcela Valladolid recently left Food Network's The Kitchen but returns to be a judge on Best Baker in America.

The press release about the show is below and here is more info from multivu:


Big Mama, Who Had Food Network Pilot, Passes Away at 76

Patricia Barron, also known as "Big Mama" passed away Friday evening at the age of 76 according to Omaha World Herald.  She was a restaurateur who owned Big Mama's Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska.  That restaurant appeared on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on Food Network in 2008 which brought Big Mama and her restaurant notoriety.

In 2013, the Food Network also decided to do a pilot called Big Mama's Kitchen that aired in December 2013.  They ultimately decided not to turn the pilot into a series, but if you are interested, you can watch the pilot here.

In looking at Big Mama's Kitchen YouTube page, it appears that Big Mama was battling cancer, but I am not sure if that is what caused her death.  The restaurant Facebook page posted the following message:
"On this Good Friday, the Lord has called home a Great Woman. Patricia "Big Mama" Barron has gone to be with Jesus.
Big Mama's last wish was for her daughters and family to carry on her passion for serving delicious soul food from the restaurant, Big Mama's Kitchen And Catering, which she so dearly loved. The restaurant will be open normal hours this weekend with a special Easter Lunch served on Sunday. Hours of operation this weekend will be:
Saturday, March 31st from 8-5
Sunday, April 1st from 10-3
The restaurant will be closed Monday - Thursday, April 2-5th to enable Big Mama's family & friends to celebrate her life and will reopen next Friday, April 6th at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to the Metropolitan Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777 to benefit the Patricia "Big Mama" Barron Culinary Scholarship. Please indicate the scholarship name in the check memo line. Memorial contributions can also be given online at: https://webapps.mccneb.edu/waystogive/Give/ Indicate the scholarship name in the, "donation is in honor of" section."

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Food Network's Katie Lee Got Engaged

Food Network's Katie Lee got engaged today while on vacation in Paris, France.  She posted the following picture on Instagram with the caption, "I said yes."

Katie Lee is one of the co-hosts on Food Network's hit show The Kitchen and also the host of Beach Bites on Cooking Channel.  Her new fiance is Ryan Biegel who is a television producer (credits) and was also an associate producer on Beach Bites.

This will not be the first time Katie Lee was married as she rose to fame after marrying Billy Joel in 2004 when she was 23 and he was 55.  They later separated in 2009.

Congrats to Katie Lee!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Cast Announced

Photo - Multivu
Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will be returning to Food Network on Sunday, April 15th at 9pm on Food Network.  The season will be six-episodes long and Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will be mentoring the celebrities on their challenges.  The celebrities competing for a chance to win $25,000 for charity are: Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, Nolan Gould, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot and Ian Ziering.

If you don't recognize the names of all of them, as is usually the case with this show, here is what they are most known for:

  • Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke in Dukes of Hazzard, also The Young and The Restless
  • Maria Bamford - stand up comedian, also star of Netflix's Lady Dynamite
  • Nolan Gould - Luke Dunphy on Modern Family
  • La Toya Jackson - Being part of the Jackson family and Michael Jackson's sister, also Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Oscar Nunez - Oscar on NBC's The Office
  • Bronson Pinchot - Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers
  • Ian Ziering - Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210



The press release about the show from multivu about the show is below.  Also, here are much longer than they need to be contestant bios.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 12

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 12 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize.  The final two contestants are Hazell Mckenzie representing Anne Burrell's team and Steven Crowley representing Tyler Florence's team.


The episode description states, "The final two recruits face off in the ultimate challenge -- cooking a 3-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence coach their recruits from the sidelines, but it all comes down to the skills that the recruits have learned over the past 10 weeks. Judges Paulette Goto, Jordan Andino and Michael Chernow taste the recruits' dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 prize."


I will update this post with the winner once the episode airs and feel free to discuss the episode and season in the comments.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Kids Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Photo - Food Network
Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 4 finale of Kids Baking Championship where the winner will take home $25,000.  The final three contestants are Abby, Linsey, and Alex.  Going into the season each of the contestants were described as below:

  • Alex - "Alex is proud to be the first Canadian on Kids Baking Championship. He wants to prove that people from Canada can bake. If he wins, he has his sights set on a dog."
  • Linsey - "Linsey is obsessed with baking and competitive gymnastics. If she won – and unicorns existed – she would be buying a unicorn."
  • Abby - "Abby wants to prove that great things come in small packages. Baking lets her embrace her inner perfectionist. She likes to create baked goods that are inspired by popular ice cream flavors."

I will update this post with the winner of Kids Baking Championship after the episode airs and you can discuss the season/final episode in comments.

Continue reading to find out the winner: