Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
- Ina Garten announced her next cookbook will come out in October 2016 and will be called Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.
- Alton Brown listed his 1971 BMW 2002 for sale for $19,900 which had about 150,000 miles on it. It appears the car may have sold as it no longer appears on the listing linked in the article. (Link)
- Two Restaurant Impossible restaurants were recently marked closed after being alerted by readers. I didn't do posts as there wasn't much info, but they were Valentino's (Season 11) and Mike La Susa's (Season 7).
- Chopped Junior is coming back for a 2nd season in April and they are already casting for a third season, so look for more Chopped Junior to come. (Link)
- Clash of the Grandma's, which had a pilot episode air in November 2015 on Food Network is now casting grandmas for the show, so it appears they will turn the show into a series (Link). The pilot was hosted by Ryan Scott, and the judges were Nancy Fuller, Aarti Sequeira and Eddie Jackson, but I am not sure if they will remain the same for the whole series.
- Michael Chiarello has been sued by two former servers from his restaurant Coqueta. They claim he and other managers created a sexually charged, hostile and abusive work environment. Michael's lawyers released a statement saying he was very upset by the allegations and he will vigorously defend himself against the unfounded claims (Link). You can also read the full lawsuit here, which has a lot of details and examples from the former servers.