Thursday, June 27, 2019

Food Network's Upcoming New Series and New Programming

Discovery put out a press release this week detailing some of the upcoming new series that will premiere on Food Network this summer.  Some of the highlights are below:

Two new series featuring Bobby Flay
  • BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon, starting Thursday, August 1st and The Flay List, which he shares the spotlight with his daughter Sophie, starting Thursday, August 22nd.  Bobby will also return to compete against Anne Burrell on a new season of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, August 4th.  
More cake/cupcake series:
  • World Cake Championship, premiering Monday, July 1st where five sugar artists compete for over $30,000 in cash. 
  • Cupcake Championship, starting Monday, July 1st at 10pm 
  • Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July on Monday, July 8th
  • Worst Bakers in America with Lorraine Pascal and Jason Smith on Monday, July 15th.
  • Kids Baking Championship on Monday, August 12th 

Other New Series:
  • Supermarket Stakeout hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli on Tuesday, August 13th
  • Family Restaurant Rivals, hosted by Valerie Bertinelli on Monday, August 19th, which sounds like it could be the same as Family Food Showdown.
  • Daytime show Delicious Miss Brown with Kardea Brown on Sunday, July 28th at 11:30am


Also, Restaurant: Impossible returns with new episodes on Saturday, July 20th and there will also be Restaurant: Impossible Revisited episodes where Robert Irvine returns to restaurants he renovated in the past.  Alton Brown's Good Eats will finally make its return to Food Network on Sunday, August 25th at 10pm.  There are still no signs of Food Network Star.


The full press release with details is below.  Are you looking forward to any of the new series?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Best Baker in America Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 3 finale of Best Baker in America, where the winner will receive a $25,000 prize.  The three remaining bakers competing for the prize are Eric Keppler, Jeffrey De Leon, and Joshua Livsey.  On tonight's episode they have to create a grown-up version of a brownie sundae and then a chocolate fireworks cake.  The episode description from Food Network states:
"The pressure mounts in the chocolate-themed finale as host Scott Conant challenges the three remaining bakers to create grown-up versions of a brownie sundae. Then the Master Challenge is to make a Happy Birthday USA chocolate fireworks cake to celebrate July 4th! The elaborately decorated cake for 100 people must feature fireworks-themed chocolate and sugar decorations, three types of chocolate and two types of macarons with salty snacks as the featured ingredient. Bakery owner Elizabeth Chambers joins judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid to choose the winner of the title Best Baker in America."

Based on the discussion throughout the season, it seems that people think Joshua is going to win, but think all of the bakers are likable.  I will update this post after the episode airs with the season 3 winner of Best Baker in America and you can discuss the episode in the comments.

Continue reading to see the winner...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Great Food Truck Race Season 10 Preview and Spoilers

Photo - Food Network
Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 10 premiere of The Great Food Truck Race. This season is along the Atlantic coast and will have nine food truck teams who are competing to win a $50,000 grand prize.  This year there are stops in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and a finale in Key West.


The food trucks competing are:
  • Baby Got Mac (Los Angeles)
  • Brunch Babes (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Frank N Slides (Boise, Idaho)
  • Madea Made (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
  • Make It Maple (Montpelier, Vermont)
  • NOLA Creations (Atlanta)
  • People’s Fry (Nashville)
  • Rolling Indulgence (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Sol Food Collective (Los Angeles)

More information about season 10 of The Great Food Truck Race and the teams competing can be found in the press release and on the Food Network site if you are interested.


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 the final two trucks for this season, continue reading. Obviously it is a spoiler, but it just reveals the final two trucks and not the winner.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.  The celebrities that competed on this season included: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.  The final two competing on the finale are Tonya Harding representing Anne Burrell and Alec Mapa representing Tyler Florence with the winner receiving $25,000 for their charity.

The description for tonight's episode states: "In the final week of boot camp, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence want to remind their celebrity recruits just how far they've come. After watching a highlight reel of their not-so-finest moments, the final two celebrities are asked to recreate their baseline dishes using all the techniques they've learned over the past six weeks. For the final challenge, the two finalists must create a three-course meal for culinary experts Leah Cohen, Zac Posen and Melba Wilson, who decide which celebrity takes home $25,000 for the charity of their choice."

Judging by the comments on this site and on Facebook, a lot of people will be rooting for Alec Mapa.  It seems that people have a problem with Tonya Harding even being a contestant on the show, and now she is in the finale.

I will update this post with the winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition after the episode airs and you can discuss the season and episode in the comments.

To see who won Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition, continue reading..

Monday, May 20, 2019

Best Baker in America Season 3 Discussion

Season 3 of Best Baker in America premiered last week and airs on Food Network Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  This season is once again hosted by Scott Conant with permanent judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid on each episode.  The special guest judges who will appear on episodes this year include: Florian Bellanger, Elizabeth Chambers, Valerie Gordon, Shinmin Li, Nancy Silverton, Sherry Yard and Zac Young.

The nine bakers who will be competing for the $25,000 prize are: Yolanda Diaz, Joshua Livsey, Julie Franceschini, Eric Keppler, Edet Okon, Michael Russ II, Marian Mulero, Jeffrey De Leon, and Casey Renee.  The baker eliminated on the first episode was Casey Renee, so there are eight bakers remaining.

Best Baker in America is seven-episodes long and the finale will air on Monday, June 24th with a July 4th theme.  I know people requested to have a post about Best Baker in America season 3, so here it is.  As always, I will do another post for the finale and the winner of Best Baker in America season 3.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Has Food Network Star Been Canceled?

Like clockwork every year, Food Network has a press release in April detailing the newest season of Food Network Star that will start in June.  In more recent years, they actually had Comeback Kitchen start in May, where a previous contestant would get to compete on the newest season of Food Network Star.  April has passed, and we are into May without any indication there will be a 15th season Food Network Star.

There is also other evidence that Food Network Star is not coming back such as The Great Food Truck Race starting June 9th on Food Network at 9pm ET/PT.  This is the time slot that Food Network Star usually had, so it seems The Great Food Truck Race has replaced Food Network Star on the schedule this year.  The Great Food Truck Race has usually premiered in late July/early August in the past.  The press release about the June programming on the channel also doesn't contain any mentions Food Network Star.

JS Casting, which is the casting company that has cast seasons 3-14 of Food Network Star, still has the season 14 application on the website, and there are no signs of a season 15 application.  So, it isn't clear if they ever cast season 15 of the show.

Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay usually post things on social media when they are filming Food Network Star, which is usually in March, but there were no Food Network Star postings on their social media this year in that time frame.

Who knows if all this information means Food Network Star has been canceled, but it definitely isn't airing at its normal time.  It also seems that the show hasn't been cast or filmed.  Food Network Star always had great ratings for Food Network, so you would expect them to keep making the show.  As the show got into the later seasons, it seemed like the show was still being produced for the ratings and not to find an actual "star" with there not being a guaranteed prize/show for the winner.

I will update this post with more information regarding Food Network Star being canceled or not if it can be confirmed either way.  Even if it is canceled, there is a chance for it to come back later like Food Network did with Restaurant: Impossible.  Restaurant: Impossible was canceled in 2016, but brought back to Food Network this year.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Restaurant Impossible - Copper Steer Steakhouse Update

Photo - Twitter
Tonight on the season finale (there will be another season) of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Safford, Arizona to makeover Copper Steer Steakhouse. Copper Steer Steakhouse is owned by Parrish and Maureen Blasius who were the ones that built the restaurant.  The restaurant has "turned into a nightmare as they started losing money with no clue how to turn things around."  Robert Irvine and Tom Bury said this is the largest renovation and demolition they have ever done on the show.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Copper Steer Steakhouse to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):


Monday, May 6, 2019

Spring Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT is the season 5 finale of Spring Baking Championship where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize.  The three remaining bakers competing for the prize are Cory Barrett,  Karina Rivera, and Saber Rejbi.

The episode description for tonight states: "The pressure mounts in the Spring Baking Championship finale as the three remaining bakers celebrate Mother's Day. For cocktail hour, the competitors must make Mom two different baked items inspired by mai tais, mojitos or mimosas. Then they use flavors inspired by Mom's favorite coffee drinks to create cakes featuring their Mother's Day gifts, like an edible box filled with Mom's favorite candy. One baker wins the title of Spring Baking Champion and takes home the $25,000 prize."

I will update this post once the episode airs to reveal the winner of Spring Baking Championship season 5.  In the season 5 discussion post, it seems that people in the comments think Cory is going to win, but we will see.

Continue reading to see the winner....

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Restaurant Impossible - Incredible Cafe Update

Photo - Facebook
Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in San Diego, California to makeover Incredible Cafe.  Incredible Cafe is a family-owned breakfast and lunch cafe that has been open for about 20 years.  While Robert is there, he finds a filthy kitchen and owner Liz Song is supposedly in crippling debt.  He will need to reignite her passion in hopes of turning the restaurant around.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Incredible Cafe to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Discussion

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition airs on Food Network on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  As previously announced, the celebrities competing on the show this year are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.

So far there has been one episode and the celebrity eliminated in that episode was Jimmie Walker.  I had multiple requests to do a post about the Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition so people could comment on this season, so here it is.  It seems like a lot of people have a problem that Tonya Harding is on the show this year.

This season is seven episodes long and the season finale will be on June 2nd where a celebrity will win $25,000 for their charity.  I will list the eliminations in this post and will do another post for the finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition as well.

Continue reading to see the order of eliminations: