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The winner of an episode is now suing the Food Network claiming that he did not receive his prize of a franchise. Kris Herrera won the episode featuring the 16 Handles Yogurt franchise and claims that he received stock in the parent company rather than a franchise. Both the Food Network and the Yogurt City Inc. have not yet commented on the matter.
Who knows how the contracts are worded for the show, but I would guess the responsibility is more on the franchise rather than the Food Network for awarding the prize.
This reminds me of other shows where its more about producing a show than awarding a prize. Chef Wanted contestants repeatedly win and do not end up accepting the job for various reasons. Also, last season's Food Network Star winner didn't receive a show produced by his mentor as stated in the press releases for the show. Even a recent Food Court Wars winner refused the prize they won on the show.
I will update this post if there are any updates on the lawsuit.
Lawsuit is below if you want to read through it: