Between Top Chef DC and The Next Food Network Star, it's hard to keep track of all the culinary television competitions. One that we've been secretly watching is Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef on Fox. On the show, which airs on Tuesday nights, Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and chef Graham Elliot search for the nation's home cook. Have you been tuning in?
This Summer, there's no shortage of food competition on television. Top Chef returns, and this Sunday, June 6, at 9 p.m., the Food Network is back in action with the sixth season of the Next Food Network Star. The series, hosted by Bobby Flay, is the most-watched show in the channel's history. This time, it takes place in LA and boasts a star-studded cast of celebrity chefs as judges. But it's not the judges we care about, it's the chef-testants — one of whom could become the next Guy Fieri — that we want to meet. To find out who they are, keep reading.
Call it the daddy of all mac-and-cheese battles: Earlier this month, a new group, SF Food Wars, hosted its first-ever event, a macaroni and cheese cook-off. Twenty contenders — and more than 200 eaters — attended the inaugural event, which benefited the San Francisco Food Bank.
Among the cheesy plates of pasta? Bourbon Duck Cheddar Mac 'n Cheese from Beer and Nosh, The Modern Halitosis Lovers' pungent Makeout Mac, and Milo's Macaroni and Cheese from Team Fromage. KKR and Bike Basket Pies took home the big-ticket prize with their Mac & Cheese Pies, which were filled with blue cheese, spinach, shiitakes, and walnuts.
However, I spoke with a source at the network today, and she informed me that, contrary to gossip, the Food Network is not filming a competitive eating series. According to PR manager Lisa Krueger, the show is more like a culinary version of The Amazing Race. Called Eat the Clock, Krueger says it will feature "two teams who will race through a variety of culinary hot spots and compete in challenges for the ultimate chowhound smack-down." Apparently the words "ultimate chowhound smack-down" were mistaken for competitive eating.
While I find competitive eating to be quite disgusting, a show about it has the potential to be a hit. Still, I'm interested to see what Eat the Clock is about. Will you watch? Are you more inclined to watch if competitive eating were involved?