Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More Celebrities Coming To Food Network With Series 'Star Plates'

Photo - Multivu
A new series called Star Plates is scheduled to begin on Food Network on Tuesday, September 27th at 11pm.  In the series, celebrities will be "stepping into their favorite restaurant kitchens for a culinary crash course - cooking on the line with their favorite chef"  They will work side-by-side with the chef and have to serve a dining room of paying customers.

This continues the trend of Food Network using celebrities (and kids) on their programming, but what is interesting about Star Plates is that it was supposed to be on Cooking Channel.  It actually had a pilot in 2015 with Judy Greer working with Chef Antonia Lofaso, and even last month there was a press release about Star Plates which said it would premiere on Cooking Channel in August.  Perhaps this is the reason Star Plates is in a 11pm timeslot because Food Network doesn't usually have new shows airing at 11pm.

The celebrity/chef pairings and air dates are below and the celebrities seem like a step up from the normal ones that appear on Food Network:
  • September 27th - Actress Mindy Kaling and Chef Marcus Samuelsson
  • October 4th -  Actress Alyson Hannigan and Chef Michael Voltaggio
  • October 11th - Actress Busy Philipps and Chef Dakota Weiss
  • October 18th - Actor Colin Hanks and Chef Vinny Dotola
  • October 25th - Sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews and Chef Susan Feniger
  • November 1st - Actress Minka Kelly and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

The press release for the Food Network is below courtesy of Multivu:


Erin Andrews, Colin Hanks, Alyson Hannigan, Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps and Minka Kelly Will Be Tested in the Ultimate Culinary Crash Course Taught By Their Favorite Chefs

Premieres Tuesday, September 27th at 11pm ET/PT

Beginning this fall, celebrities are landing the role of their dreams, stepping into their favorite restaurant kitchens for a culinary crash course - cooking on the line with their favorite chef. The STAR PLATES celebrities, including Erin Andrews, Colin Hanks, Alyson Hannigan, Mindy Kaling, Minka Kelly and Busy Philipps are thrown into the fire, working side-by-side with the professional restaurant chef, these celebrities will learn how to make their favorite dishes and must help service a dining room full of hungry, paying customers. Each star will have an experience unlike any part they have ever played, finding out if they have what it takes to make it inside a professional kitchen. Chefs Vinny Dotolo, Susan Feniger, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Voltaggio, Dakota Weiss and Geoffrey Zakarian will each mentor and attempt to teach one of these famous foodies the main ingredients needed to create restaurant quality dishes. Tune in to find out which stars shine brightest when the STAR PLATES are served beginning Tuesday, September 27that 11pm ET/PT on Food Network!

"Star Plates allows viewers to go backstage at some of the top restaurants, as these actors and television personalities get a taste of what it is like to be a professional chef," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The stars might be used to on-screen drama, but it does not compare to the reality and fast pace of a professional kitchen."

The culinary industry is one of the toughest, and now these celebrities are testing their talents and cooking skills in the hardest place of all, a commercial kitchen, where every dish they serve must be up to the chefs' high-quality restaurant standards. On the premiere, actress Mindy Kaling partners up with Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster in Harlem, New York, to make one of her favorite dishes, the signature Fried Chicken Royale. She quickly learns that there is more to this dish than just dredging and frying, but will she be able to perfect the dish for her mentor chef (and a restaurant full of hungry customers) all while trying to avoid the distractions and EYE CANDY in the kitchen?

Over the course of the six episodes, sportscaster Erin Andrews will find herself in a whole new ballgame in downtown Los Angeles at Susan Feniger's Border Grill, as she is forced to step up to the plate and service the ultimate lunch rush, and Alyson Hannigan will be out of her element at L.A. eatery Ink when Michael Voltaggio teaches her some unusual cooking techniques using liquid nitrogen and blowtorches. Skills and friendships will be tested when Colin Hanks learns that there is no palling around in Vinny Dotolo's kitchen at Animal, and in West Hollywood at Estrella, Busy Philipps will try not to crack under the pressure of executing Dakota Weiss' signature egg and avocado dish. Things also get bittersweet for Minka Kelly asshe gets a lesson at Georgie in Beverly Hills on chocolate soufflé from Geoffrey Zakarian. Throughout the season, the stars will try to impress their mentor chefs, but their toughest critics of all are actually waiting in the dining room ready to dig into their Star Plates.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/StarPlates for more on the celebrities in the kitchen. Plus, they can join the conversation on Twitter with #StarPlates.

Star Plates is produced by Authentic Entertainment, Flower Films and Bumble Pie Productions.

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