Monday, November 28, 2016

Iron Chef Returns with 'Iron Chef Gauntlet'

One of the questions I get the most is if Iron Chef America was cancelled or when it will be returning. Well it looks like it will be returning, but it will not be Iron Chef America as it will be called Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Alton Brown sent out this tweet and photo (right) with the caption “Finally. #IronChefGauntlet” hinting at the return of the show. Also Variety reported on Iron Chef Gauntlet saying the show will be filmed early next year and will air in the second quarter. They said, “Details of the new format are thin other than it promises to offer some new twists on the cooking-showdown format.” A Food Network Dish post says, "Look out for some of your favorite elements of battle from Iron Chef America, plus new twists that will leave you craving more.”

It should be interesting to see what Iron Chefs will be returning to the show and what the new format is. With the title of Iron Chef Gauntlet and with Alton Brown being involved, it makes me think that it will be a mix of Iron Chef America with Cutthroat Kitchen elements. If any more information about Iron Chef Gauntlet is revealed, I will keep you updated.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Food Network Related News and Links

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Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Scripps Network Interactive has ended its partnership with Netflix, so if you are watching any Food Network shows on Netflix, they will be unavailable at the end of 2016.  Scripps COO said, "In the end, it really is not the kind of dual-revenue model that best monetizes our content over the long term." (Link)
  • Alton Brown was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and here is a video of him making carbonated pumpkin spice ice cream.
  • The latest internet craze is the mannequin challenge, and Guy Fieri filmed one on the set of Guy's Grocery Games which is over four minutes long. (Link to video)
    • Giada De Laurentiis also did her own version, which is much shorter. (Video)
  • Here is a People blog post from Marcela Valladolid on the guilt of being a pregnant, traveling, working mom. (Link)
  • Loni Love won Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition and was mentored by Rachael Ray. (Link)
  • Carla Johnson won $25,000 for winning Worst Bakers in America.  You may remember her from Worst Cooks in America and her obsession with Bobby Flay. (Link)
  • Robert Irvine talked about a Restaurant: Impossible episode that broke his heart (Abudanza), and it was also revealed that LJ from that episode has passed away. (Link)
  • As a commenter pointed out, you may have seen Geoffrey Zakarian in the crowd on a recent episode of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.  Here is an Instagram picture of him at the studio.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Food Network's November 2016 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in November.  It looks like there is a lot of new Chopped episodes (all varieties), more kids (looks like Alison Sweeney is the go-to kids show host), and a lot of holiday themed shows/specials.  Thanksgiving Live will not return, but Food Network does have a replay on their schedule.  Also, Clash of the Grandmas which had a pilot last year will now be a series.

The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below: