Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals Returning To Food Network

This week it was announced that Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals will be returning to Food Network in April.  There will be 30 new episodes that will start on April 1st at 12pm ET/PT.  The 30 new episodes will air on 30 consecutive days, so I would expect all of them to air at noon.

The original 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray aired on Food Network from 2001 through 2012, so it has been about 7 years since a new episode has been on Food Network. 

The press release from Discovery with more details is below and here is a video of Rachael Ray announcing the return on Instagram.


NEW YORK – January 25, 2019 – Rachael Ray and Food Network have struck a new multi-platform deal that includes new episodes of an all-new 30 Minute Meals series, along with plans for a new and exclusive digital companion series, confirmed today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The reimagined 30 Minute Meals is slated to begin production later this month, and will premiere on Food Network on Monday, April 1st at 12pm ET/PT with a simulcast across linear, TVE and Facebook, and kick-off a roll out of 30 new episodes in 30 days on Food Network and its TVE platform. Across Food Network’s digital and social extensions, viewers will also be able to access a robust, 360-content offering including the new companion series hosted by Ray, enabling multiple, convenient touchpoints for fans to connect and enjoy new recipes, cooking tips and more.

“Rachael Ray is a culinary firebrand as evidenced by her success across her television shows, magazine, books, live events, philanthropy, and all of her businesses,” said White. “Her time-saving and creative ideas for whipping up delicious meals at home are perfect for the home cook of any level, while her infectious energy and enthusiasm make viewers feel like they are right there cooking along with her in the kitchen. We can’t wait to deliver more time with Rachael for her fans.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring 30 Minute Meals to a whole new generation of fans,” said Ray. “We are rolling deep this time around, proving to everyone that, yes, these are really meals you can cook in 30 minutes or less. And our show will now be part of Food Network’s on-demand offering, so our friends can actually binge-watch their meals. April is usually rainy here in New York City, but this Spring will shine for us with 30 brand-new 30 Minute Meals.”

With 30 Minutes Meals, Ray gives viewers real-time, step-by-step cooking instructions from ingredient prep through getting a meal on the table, with easy to follow time-saving tips that make the aspirational achievable. For home cooks looking for help serving hot, delicious meals to family and friends quickly, the series provides the perfect recipe for success.

Rachael Ray grew up in food and has parlayed that birthright into a successful career as a television star, an iconic Food Network personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! organization. Her daytime program, ‘Rachael Ray,’ launched in the fall of 2006 showcasing Rachael’s warmth, energy and boundless curiosity, inviting viewers to experience life the Rachael Ray way. She has also hosted Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Worst Cooks in America, Week In A Day and 30 Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” Rachael turned her 30 Minute Meals concept into a bestselling cookbook series, including Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Everyone is Italian on Sunday. She has also developed a line of super premium dog and cat food called Rachael Ray Nutrish® along with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, and through The Rachael Ray Foundation™ has donated more than $32 million to animals in need. Her nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Kids Baking Championship Season 6

Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 6 airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are once again the mentors and the winning baker will receive a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine.  The kid bakers (ages 9-13) competing on this season are:
  • Jenna Alnatur (Clifton, NJ; age 9)
  • Gavin Crawford (Pearland, TX; age 11)
  • Paige Goehner (Blaine, MN; age 11)
  • Misha Jones (Annapolis, MD; age 12)
  • Brooklyn Kyzar (Silverhill, AL; age 12)
  • Kasey Moeggenborg (Rockford, MI; age 13)
  • Jaxon Remillard (Mansfield, TX; age 11)
  • Meadow Roberts (Minneapolis, MN; age 10)
  • Nyah Rosado (New Rochelle, NY; age 11)
  • Davis Sams (Vancouver, BC; age 13)
  • Madison Totaro (Austin, TX: age 11)
  • Karthik Vemparala (Somerset, NJ; age 11)

The winner will be revealed on Monday, March 11th and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as several people have requested somewhere to comment on this season.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Worst Cooks in America Season 15

Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 15 airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET and this season is once again Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence. Worst Cooks in America continues to be one of Food Network's top rated shows so we will continue to see the ridiculous contestants appearing on the show.  This year the contestants that appear on the show include:
  • Brett Azar (Rahway, New Jersey)
  • Carmelle Bull (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Brittany Carel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • Travele Judon (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cody Medler (Los Angeles, California)
  • Chaz Oakley(Ninilchik, Alaska)
  • Sponjetta Parrish (Athens, Georgia)
  • Cameron Pennington (Grayson, Kentucky)
  • Alten Poblete(San Diego, California)
  • Kat Schuessler (Kent, Ohio)
  • Caitlin Stolzenthaler (Brick, New Jersey)
  • Mickey Wentz(Denver, Colorado)
  • Antoinette Wills (Washington, D.C.)
  • Allison Wolfe (Richmond, Texas) 
  • Terry Yu (Stockton, California)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as several people have requested somewhere to comment on this season.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Food Network's January 2019 Programming Highlights

Photo - Food Network
Happy New Year!  Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in January:

  • Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD Family Tournament starting Wednesday, January 2nd at 9pm. 
  • The season 15 premiere of Worst Cooks in America with Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence on Sunday, January 6th at 9pm. 
  • The season 6 premiere of Kids Baking Championship with Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman on Monday, January 7th at 9pm. 
  • The new series Winner Cake All with host Giada De Laurentiis on Monday January 7th at 10pm. 
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Triple D Nation
  • New daytime episodes of Giada Entertains, Girl Meets Farm, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

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