Friday, August 31, 2018

Food Network's September 2018 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in September:
  • A new series called Baked with comedian Tom Papa premiering Monday, September 3rd at 10pm. "He travels the country to find the best sweet and savory bread and baked goods"
  • A new series called Bite Club hosted by Tyler Florence starting on Thursday, September 6th at 9pm.  He travels to different cities and five chefs (two will judge) battle it out to become the hometown champ.  This premiered after the finale of The Great Food Truck Race.
  • A new series called Big Food Truck Tip with Andrew Zimmern starting on Wednesday, September 19th at 10pm.  He will visit different cities and ends up giving a food truck a $10,000 tip.
  • The season finale of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, September 17th at 9pm.
  • The season finale of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, September 23rd at 9pm.
  • A new season of Halloween Baking Championship on Monday, September 24th at 9pm. 
  • A new season of Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 30th at 9pm.  There are also specials -Road to Halloween Wars premiering at 8pm and Even More Monstrous Scares at 10pm. 
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Big Food Truck Tip, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Triple D Nation
  • New daytime episodes of Let’s Eat, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.  Note that despite the press release saying Let's Eat is at 11am, it has since been moved to 9am, most likely due to low ratings.

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Great Food Truck Race Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm on Food Network is the season 9 finale of The Great Food Truck Race where the winner will go home with $50,000.  If you read the preview/spoiler post from our site, you know that the final two trucks are Just Wing It and New England Grill.

The final episode is two hours long and the description of tonight's episode states, "The final two teams head back to Los Angeles, where Tyler Florence welcomes them to the historic Pueblo de Los Angeles, the epicenter of LA's Mexican heritage and culture. He introduces Bricia Lopez, co-owner of James Beard-award winning restaurant Guelaguetza, and they explain the Mexican ingredients and flavors the trucks will be using in their final challenge: chayote and habanero peppers. Both trucks pull out all the stops for the win, but only one team is awarded the $50,000 grand prize."

Just Wing It is comprised of Worst Cooks in America alumni and it seems that neither food truck plans on using the prize money to open up a food truck business, but I guess we will have to wait and see.

I will update this post with the winner of season 9 of The Great Food Truck Race after the episode airs and you can discuss the episode below.

Continue Reading to find out the winner...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Worst Cooks in America Premieres - Anne Burrell vs. Robert Irvine

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Sunday at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 14 premiere of Worst Cooks in America that features Anne Burrell going up against Robert Irvine.  Anne and Robert faced off in season 2 of Worst Cooks in America back in 2011 and Anne's recruit won that season.  This season will be seven episodes long and the winner will go home with a prize of $25,000 and the bragging rights for their mentor.

As is normally the case, many of the contestants on the show are probably looking for their 15 minutes of fame and here who will be competing this year:

  • Copan Combs (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
  • Robbie Deraffele (Hackensack, New Jersey)
  • Marcus Ellis (Queens, New York)
  • Bradley Garcia (Miami, Florida)
  • Sarah Harris (Porum, Oklahoma)
  • Janese Henry (Spring Lake, North Carolina)
  • Linda Martin (Manchester, New Hampshire)
  • Jessica Paulson (Oakley, California)
  • Mary Ann Rapisarda (Valdosta, Georgia)
  • Rudy Rehberg (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Frank Scuderi (Maple Shade, New Jersey)
  • Timmy Thok (New York, New York)
  • Carla Waddell (Alexandria, Virginia)
  • Kimberly D. Worthy (Atlanta, Georgia)

Feel free to discuss this season of Worst Cooks in America in the comments below and I will probably post a preview of the finale later in the season.

The full press release about this season from multivu is below and you can read episode descriptions and contestant bios here:

Friday, August 10, 2018

New Food Network Show Let's Eat Premieres Sunday

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Let's Eat is a new daytime series starting on Sunday, August 12th at 11am ET/PT with co-hosts Brandi Milloy, Stuart O’Keeffe, and Jamika Pessoa.  The co-hosts will discuss "flavorful dishes, to popular restaurant trends, and to the latest food fads captivating social media." The will also be "joined by special culinary guests, as well as experts from Food Network Kitchen, as they explore everything that is current in the culinary world, and share tips, tricks, and mouthwatering recipes to make your time in the kitchen a breeze."

The description of Let's Eat sounds very similar to Food Network's Kitchen Sink, but obviously with different co-hosts.  When Kitchen Sink premiered, it was described as:

"Over 13 half-hour episodes, the co-hosts along with special guests take a look at the latest culinary trends, offer up kitchen hacks and time-saving shortcuts, while sharing delicious new recipes for every occasion, including inspired culinary delights from the latest and greatest digital food frontier. In addition to culinary tips, trends and techniques, the co-hosts serve up delicious recipes to make at home; from Sunday brunch to a Saturday night party including an epic take on a cinnamon roll, Super Easy Sloppy Sliders for a do-it-yourself party menu, a weeknight pasta dish using only five ingredients, nachos with a twist and many more. THE KITCHEN Sink will also step out of the studio and on to the streets with Sink on the Street, going on location for a deep dive into popular food trends and the culinary delights they inspire"

If you are wondering about the hosts, they have all appeared on Food Network in the past.  Brandi Milloy has appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Chopped Junior; Stuart O’Keeffe has appeared on Private Chefs of Beverly Hills and Chopped; and Jamika Pessoa has competed on Food Network Star and is a judge on new show Ultimate Summer Cook-Off.  

The full press release about Let's Eat is below:

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Food Network Star Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season 14 finale of Food Network Star where the winner will be announced. The final three contestants are Manny Washington, Christian Petroni and Jess Tom. On the episode tonight, we will get to see each of their full pilots as well as the top moments from this season. Manny Washington's pilot was directed by Duff Goldman, Jess Tom's pilot by Robert Irvine and Christian Petroni's by Sunny Anderson. A poll on this website reveals that people are rooting for Christian the most, followed by Manny second and then Jess in a distant third. The winner of Food Network Star is no longer determined by viewer voting, so it could be anybody that wins.

There is no guarantee that the season 14 winner of Food Network Star will get a show, so we will have to see if anything is announced for the winner after tonight's episode.  The pilots shot and shown on this episode seem to be more of a final challenge rather than an actual show Food Network is considering creating.  With that said, all of the pilots were traveling type shows where the contestants try other people's food and the pilots were not a show where the contestants cook their own food.

I will update this post once the winner is announced and will also update the post with any information about the winner's show (if there is one).

Continue reading to find out who won (Spoiler):