Justin went on to add that the reason was 'budget contraints' and that Alton 'christened the ship' and currently 'has a lot on his plate.'
This kind of defeats the idea behind last season of Next Food Network Star which stated the chefs were competing for the "ultimate prize: their own Food Network show, to be produced by their ‘Star’ team leader." Maybe when they use mentors again, they should block off some time in the mentor's schedule so they can actually produce the show.
Despite Alton not producing the show, I am still looking forward to Justin's show and interested on the concept, as it will not be your normal travel show.
UPDATE - Now we know the reason why.
Source - Twitter