Friday, September 29, 2017

'Guy's Big Project' Premieres November 5th - Winner Will Get Traveling Show

Photo - Multivu
Guy Fieri will be hosting a show called Guy's Big Project on Food Network that premieres Sunday, November 5th at 9pm ET.  Guy's Big Project is a six episode series that is searching for Food Network's next travel series and the person to host it.  The contestants (some competing in pairs) will be put through a series of tests with eliminations each week.  In the end, the final contestants will produce a pilot, with Food Network selecting the winner who will receive their own travel show.  Alex Guarnaschelli and cooking show producer Mark Dissin will be on every episode to help Guy Fieri judge the contestants.

This show sounds pretty similar to Food Network Star, but everyone's POV will be a different traveling show.  Some other differences are that the show is only six episodes long and the winner will actually get their own show.  With Food Network Star lasting 10 or so weeks with no guarantee of a show and Guy's Big Project only being 6 weeks with a guarantee of a show, it seems like it is better to be a contestant on Guy's Big Project.

Two of Food Network's most popular shows are Food Network Star and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, so this looks like an attempt to blend them together.

The press release about the show from multivu is below:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

Photo - ABC
Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Tonight is premiere of Best Baker in America at 10pm and it is also Food Network Star winner Jason Smith's first appearance on Food Network since winning the show (he will be a judge).
  • Ree Drummond is building a 3-story hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma that will have 8 rooms, which she recently wrote about on her blog. (Link)
  • Damaris Phillips had a pilot with called Super Southern Eats on Food Network that aired in July.  After the pilot aired, the ratings were good enough to began filming new episodes shortly after.  It now looks like the show has been renamed Southern and Hungry and will actually air on Cooking Channel rather than Food Network.  Southern and Hungry with Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood begins October 9th on Cooking Channel. (Link)
  • A Guy Fieri fan recently dined at his 600th restaurant that has appeared on the show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry from Food Network's Ayesha's Home Kitchen is the newest "CoverGirl." (Link)
  • In other Ayesha Curry news, she is also going to co-host ABC's The Great American Baking Show, which is scheduled to start in December. (Link)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great Food Truck Race Winner Crowned Tonight

Photo - Food Network
Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race season 8 where the winning team will win $50,000.  The two remaining trucks competing for the prize are Mr. Po' Boys and Braised in the South , which you may have known ahead of time if you read the season 8 spoiler post.

On tonight's episode the final two trucks are in Savannah, Georgia and for their first challenge they have to cook in a new mobile selling vehicle: pedicabs.  Each team has a half hour to make as much food as possible to sell out of their own pedicabs, and the team with the most profits gets a $500 bonus. Next, the teams travel through the city, where they sell head-to-head in new locations.  At each location, they receive a new shellfish to include in a dish, and the team that sells the most fish dishes gets $500.   The team that sells the most in the end will win the $50,000 prize.

I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.  (Continue reading to see the winner)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Alton Brown's 'Good Eats' Returning To Food Network As 'Return of the Eats'

Photo - Food Network
Alton Brown was at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend and made an announcement regarding the return of his hit show Good Eats. Alton has been teasing the return of Good Eats for quite some time and launched a YouTube channel in the past with Good Eats type videos, but this is the first somewhat official announcement of the show's return.

He stated that a show called Return of the Eats will be premiering next year on Food Network and also streaming online.  Return of the Eats will be a half-hour show that will have additional scenes available for streaming viewers.  Alton also joked about having to cut down on the Diners, Drive Ins and Dives episodes that air on Food Network saying they will now have to go from 8 hours to 7.5 hours of that show.

Alton has said in the past that Food Network owns the rights to Good Eats, so he wouldn't be making anything by bringing it back.  I am not sure if the new show being called Return of the Eats changes anything.

Video of Alton Brown announcing Return of the Eats is after the break: