Get excited: Food Network's number one series, Food Network Star, premieres its seventh season tonight at 9 p.m. As we once again count down to more hopefuls competing for their own show (get acquainted with the new cast!), we take a look back at winners and finalists from seasons past and come to a conclusion: what happens on the Food Network stays in the Food Network. To see what we're talking about, keep reading.
On June 30, Food Network's Extreme Chef will air, taking a set of brave chefs to a new level of thrill and adventure. We're talking gathering ingredients from a bucket of rattlesnakes, cooking off a hot car engine, and making a meal on a deserted island! Exciting stuff, people.
I've got to be honest: my enthusiasm for cooking reality TV shows has long waned. And with America's Next Great Restaurant getting canceled, and an utterly lackluster Top Chef Masters 3, I can't help but think the rest of the country's interest has ebbed, too.
Well, Rachael and Guy took to the airwaves today to formally announce their upcoming show, amid a cheering crowd and a culinary assembly that included Mario Batali, Sara Moulton, and Graham Kerr. Said Fieri: It's going to be "a brother and sister culinary battle. We're going to get some celebrities that are going to come on the show, with different levels of culinary ability but who are all into cooking. Rachael's going to get five, I'm going to get five, and it's going to battle royale."
It remains to be seen who'll win — or, even more important, which stars will face off on the show. We're hedging our bets on former Fieri sidekick Matthew McConaughey, as well as celebs-turned-chefs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria, and Sheryl Crow. Is this new show worthy of your TiVo? Who do you want to see on the competition?
Eight food trucks from across the country will compete in a "coast-to-coast culinary road trip" through cities like Denver, Memphis, and Atlanta. Although the Food Network hasn't released an official list of the participating food trucks, our friends at Eater have some guesses.
Did you watch The Great Food Truck Race? Will you tune in for its sophomore season?
The Texas restaurateur, who's no amateur when it comes to barbecue himself, will follow America's best pitmasters as they compete head to head in venues across Manhattan for a $50,000 grand prize and the title of "best in smoke." He'll be joined by judges celebrity chef Tim Love, cookbook author Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, and James Beard Foundation executive Mitchell Davis.
Contestants include "Famous Dave" Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's America; Chris Hart, winner of the 2009 Jack Daniel's Invitational; Sara Horowitz, runner-up at the Versus National BBQ Championship series; Matt Lang, former head chef at New York's Fette Sau; Chris Lilly, vice president at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Restaurant; and Brad Orrison, founder of The Shed BBQ.
I'm a huge fan of both barbecue and Bryan, so I can already smell the hickory smoke coming out of my TV screen. Will you tune in to watch?
The surprising programming offers a broad range of variety, from the cooking-centric (on the ranch with Pioneer Woman and blogger Ree Drummond) to the reality-heavy (a squabbling, multigenerational family of cookie bakers).
To see the full list, keep reading.
- Donald Trump eyes the wine business with a vineyard purchase.
- Donald Trump eyes the wine business with a vineyard purchase. — Daily Dish
- The future of factory farming. — Huffington Post Food
- Taco Bell's testing taco shells made of Nacho Cheese Doritos. — Slashfood
- The 101 tastiest noodle dishes in America. — Grub Street NY
- Kroger jumps on the sustainable seafood bandwagon. — Reuters
- Here's how to host your first Passover Seder. — Chow
- Check out the latest projects of Food Network chefs. — FN Dish
- Is Gwyneth the new Martha? — Eater
The wine portfolio will have four varietals from the 2009 vintage: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. All wines will retail at $12.99 and are expected to hit the market in August.
Yesterday, the network hosted an event announcing the wines and Anne Burrell was on hand encouraging viewers to learn more about wine by drinking more. I agree with Burrell — the more you drink, the more you learn, and I'm curious to see how these wines taste. How about you? Are you interested in sipping entwine?
The seventh season, which premieres Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m., is the network's most star-studded yet and features celebrated figures from Alton Brown to Michael Symon to Ina Garten. Among the challenges? Performing live on the Rachael Ray Show, catering the Guy Fieri-headlined All American Food Festival, and competing head to head in Kitchen Stadium, Iron Chef America-style.
Season seven's challenges aren't the only part of the show that's advanced — the contestants sound like a pretty qualified bunch, too. To see the 15 finalists who'll compete come June, keep reading.