Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Upcoming New Shows and Returning Shows on the Food Network

Just a look forward to the new series on Food Network that will be premiering soon.  This info was taken from a past press release from Food Network.

As stated before, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell Premieres June 28th.

3 Nights to Open with Bobby Flay
Series Premiere: July 20
Bobby Flay, critically-acclaimed chef/owner of 14 restaurants, offers his expertise to first-time restaurateurs. Bobby arrives just in time, stepping in to save restaurants from opening without all the crucial elements in place, hoping to prevent an opening night-nightmare. Without Bobby’s sage advice, the restaurants would have little chance to succeed, but with less than a week to opening the doors to customers, Bobby works with the restaurateurs to see their business start off on the right foot.

Chopped: Grill Masters
Series Premiere: Sunday, July 22nd at 10pm ET/PT
Fire it up! Food Network blows the roof off Chopped, traveling to the glorious Arizona desert for a breathtaking event. Sixteen grilling professionals face off in an old Western town in this captivating five-part tournament. The stage is set for the ultimate culinary feud, with astonishing mystery ingredients and tremendously talented competitors.  Only four chefs can make it to the final fiery showdown, and when the dust clears, the greatest grilling pro of all will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.   
$24 in 24 Hours (working title)
Series Premiere: August 2012
Jeff Mauro (Sandwich King) takes an exciting journey through cities across America to show viewers how to experience great food at a great price spending only $24 in 24 hours.
Undercover Critics
Series Premiere: September 2012
In new series, Undercover Critics, Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Troy Johnson (Crave) and Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef) go undercover as restaurant critics armed with hidden cameras to unfold the good, the bad and the ugly of established restaurants. Then, they give the owners new life and a second chance to improve on their violations before the review is actually published. After visiting the restaurant, the Undercover Critics give an anonymous tip to the owner letting them know they visited, but won’t write a review just yet. Instead, they give the owners a laundry list of things to fix, and the owners do whatever it takes to turn a bad review into a great one before it hits the press.
 Sugar Dome
Series Premiere: October 2012
Welcome to the Sugar Dome, home to the most amazing food displays on earth. Each week, three teams comprised of three artists from different disciplines, battle it out to create never-seen-before, jaw-dropping masterpieces of food art. Renowned cake designers, chocolatiers, engineers, food carvers, window designers, candy makers and special effects experts will enter the Sugar Dome to determine who can create the most mind-blowing displays.
Blind Dinner Party
Series Premiere: October 2012
What happens when seven strangers – who come from completely different backgrounds, beliefs and views on everything – come together to break bread in the most dysfunctional family dinner imaginable? Comedian Margaret Cho headlines this bizarre social experiment to see if people from extremely disparate worlds can come together and find common ground through food.
The New Sandra Lee Project (working title)
Series Premiere: Fall 2012
Best known for her Semi-Homemade & Money Saving Meals, Sandra Lee will offer fans a new take on her cooking and entertaining tips.
Extreme Chef
Season Two Premiere: August 2012
The new season of Extreme Chef plucks America's seven most fearless chefs out of their kitchens and drops them into the most extreme locations on Earth from the scorching deserts of California to exotic jungles on the other side of the world. With extremely limited supplies and ingredients, the chefs will have to flawlessly adapt as they face the most grueling and seemingly impossible culinary challenges ever devised to earn the title of Extreme Chef and a cash prize.
The Great Food Truck Race
Season Three Premiere: Sunday, August 19th at 9pm ET/PT
The Great Food Truck Race’s third outing will have more drama, more twists, more strategy, but most of all, more dreams.  Hosted again by Tyler Florence, this season’s not a competition between current food truck operators – it's between people who desperately want to be. Eight teams of hopefuls will have their dream truck handed to them before they race from city to city trying to prove they have what it takes to own and operate a successful food truck, with the winning team will get to keep their truck and immediately launch their food empire.
Halloween Wars
Season Two Premiere: Sunday, October 7th at 9pm ET/PT
Food Network puts viewers in the Halloween spirit serving up a deliciously scary series, Halloween Wars, for a second season. The four episode competition places five teams – comprised of cake decorators, candy makers and pumpkin carvers– working in unison to create the ultimate Halloween-themed display. One team is eliminated each week, with the winner taking home $50,000.
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
Season Five Premiere: Sunday, November 4th at 9pm ET/PT
This year on The Next Iron Chef, it’s all about redemption. Ten previous Next Iron Chef competitors with something to prove, compete to become a member of the most elite and exclusive club the culinary world offers, securing his/her spot in Kitchen Stadium. 

From looking at Twitter, the Sandra Lee show is going to be called Restaurant Remakes, so I am guessing that she will be doing makeovers at restaurants.  Tablescapes for all?

Also, Robert Irvine posted on Twitter today that him and his new wife Gail Kim are shooting a special program that will air on Food Network August 18th.  So we will have to keep an eye out for that.  As you know Robert Irvine and Gail Kim were just recently married (Link).

What shows are you guys looking forward to?  I would say I am most interested in The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and am interested in which chefs will be on it.

UPDATE:  The special show Robert Irvine was earlier referring to will be called Wedding: Impossible and will air Saturday August, 18th.

Description of Wedding: Impossible:
When he's not rescuing a restaurant, Restaurant: Impossible's host Robert Irvine is busy planning the wedding of a lifetime: his own -- and you're invited! This new "mission" gives viewers an intimate look into the personal life of the star chef, Robert Irvine, as he gets ready to marry wrestling star and entertainer, Gail Kim. Featuring famous culinary guests and set against one of the most magnificent backdrops in the country, Napa Valley, Robert will introduce us to his family, his friends and allow viewers to be a part of one of the most important moments of his life.


  1. Any time you mention Sandra Lee, cooking should definitely be in quotes :-)

  2. So the only actual "cooking" show(non-competitive) is Sandra Lee? Barf.