Food Network announces Buddy Valastro show ‘Bake You Rich,’ Duff Goldman show ‘Duff Takes the Cake’

March 20, 2019

Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman
Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following are press releases from Food Network:

As a fourth-generation baker, Buddy Valastro is known as one of the biggest names in the industry, taking his local bakery and building it into an international empire. Now, Buddy is paying it forward on new series Bake You Rich, as he gives the opportunity of a lifetime to professional pastry chefs as they compete to have their treats produced by the Cake Boss and sold on Carlo’s Bakery website immediately following each episode. The four-episode series kicks off on Sunday, April 14th at 10pm ET/PT, as four bakers whip up delectable and innovative treats in three rounds of challenges that will test their baking and business skills to prove to Buddy and a panel of rotating judges including Chad Durkin, Erin McGinn,Vincent Tubito, and Buddy’s wife Lisa Valastro that their treats will rise to the top. But, only one talented baker in each episode will cream the competition and go into business with Buddy.
Bake You Rich is unlike any other baking competition, showcasing all the elements that are required for a top-selling bakery item, beyond creating a delicious dessert,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Buddy Valastro is the ultimate expert with decades of experience, and he brings his unique business savvy as the host and business partner for the lucky winners.”

In each episode, four entrepreneurial bakers battle it out by whipping up their signature desserts that also impress aesthetically. Three bakers move on to the next round, where they present an innovative item they think will hit it big time in the bakery. Finally, in the last round, the remaining two must mass produce their item using professional machinery at Carlo’s Bakery. It’s a tough decision for Buddy and his advisors. Will the challenges be as easy as pie, or will the bakers crumble as they face difficult obstacles like machine meltdowns, mass production portion control, and last-minute recipe changes? One baker will have their dreams come true by the Cake Boss, as their winning item will be available to order on Carlo’s Bakery website immediately following the episode.
Fans can follow #BakeYouRich on our social media channels to learn Buddy’s best cake decorating techniques, watch behinds-the-scenes challenges, and weigh in on their favorite creations. Also, learn more about Buddy and his advisors at FoodNetwork.com/BakeYouRich.
Bake You Rich is produced by Cakehouse Media.
For years Duff Goldman has designed top-tier cakes for renowned clients that are beyond their wildest imaginations. Now, the Ace of Cakes star is using his artistry to create amazing, showstopping cakes for deserving people on Duff Takes the Cake. Beginning on Monday, April 15 at 10 p.m., Duff and his A-team of talented designers, builders, and cake decorators are engineering epic creations for good-hearted people serving their communities to celebrate special milestones. In five half-hour episodes, Duff and his team work around the clock to meet impossible deadlines, defeat design challenges, and overcome delivery obstacles, but the reactions to their incredible designs are always the icing on the cake!
“Viewers will be amazed by the unrestrained creativity and ingenuity of the one-of-a-kind, impressive cake designs that Duff and his extraordinary team of artists create,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “No job is too big, and no detail is too small adding a mix of intensity and entertaining comedy to the series.”
 
Throughout the series, Duff and his team transform last-minute, heartfelt requests into innovative cakes in just days, often facing unforeseeable challenges. From birthday cakes for kids who survived the Northern California wildfires, to an aquarium-themed cake to celebrate the hardworking volunteers at a local aquarium, and to very personal cakes for Duff’s wedding reception, each one will require meticulous detail. Making it even more challenging, every cake must be intact and on time to some wild delivery locations. From an ice-cold plunge in a frozen mountain lake, to a fireworks festival in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, and even the middle of a rodeo arena surrounded by 2000-pound bulls, nothing is too crazy as Duff Takes the Cake!
 
Fans can watch Duff take on wild culinary challenges by following #DuffTakestheCake and can get his inside tips to hone your baking skills. Plus, learn all about Duff at FoodNetwork.com/DuffTakestheCake.

Food Network debuts ‘Family Food Showdown’ with host Valerie Bertinelli

January 24, 2019

Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a pres release from Food Network:

Families that cook together stay together, and those that do it well have the chance to win $10,000 on new Food Network series Family Food Showdown. Valerie Bertinelli hosts as families face off in a fast-paced, action-packed culinary competition beginning on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT. In each episode, two families are pitted against each other in three rounds of challenges designed to test their cooking skills, recipes and family dynamics. The teams must blow away a rotating panel of culinary experts including Kardea Brown, Clinton Kelly, Antonia Lofaso, Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa, Christian Petroni, Courtney Rada, Jake and Jazz Smollet, Tori Spelling, Jet Tila, Isaac Toups, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Molly Yeh and more, to keep their family pride and take home the grand prize!

“Family Food Showdown has all the ingredients to captivate audiences with tension and unpredictable twists, mixed with family heritage and tradition, and even some comedic relief, as the families cook together on the clock in a high-stakes showdown,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Host Valerie Bertinelli adds in her signature charisma and charm to this relatable family-centric culinary competition.”

The action unfolds as two families, comprised of three family members, endure three rounds of cooking challenges with surprising curveballs as they vie for advantages along the way. Throughout 13 hourlong episodes, the competing teams tackle challenges from Sunday suppers and delicious leftover dinners, to taco fiestas, and over-the-top breakfasts in their bid for the grand prize.

During the first round, the families must work together to create a dish that represents who they are as a family. As the competition progresses to round two, family recipes and dynamics are put to the test when Valerie announces that each family must eliminate one member of their own team. Strategy ups the ante in the last round of the contest, as each team must eliminate someone from the other team, putting the weight of the competition on the shoulders of one final family member for each. Only one family in each episode will earn $10,000 grand prize and keep their family pride.

Fans can get to know the families before every episode on Food Network’s app as they take on a series of digital-only challenges and can catch Valerie and the judges play a series of Beat the Heat games on Food Network’s Instagram Stories. Also viewers can go behind the scenes of the competition with insider photos and top video moments at FoodNetwork.com/FamilyFoodShowdown, and join the conversation anytime by using #FamilyFoodShowdown.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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.

Food Network pits Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman against each other in ‘Buddy vs. Duff’

January 17, 2019

Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman of 'Buddy cs. Duff'
Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman of “Buddy vs. Duff” (Photo courtesy of Food Network”

The following is a press release from Food Network:

Elite bakers Buddy Valastro (“Cake Boss”) and Duff Goldman (“Ace of Cakes”) face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake on new Food Network series “Buddy vs. Duff,” premiering March 10 at 9pm ET/PT. The 6-week competition will challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. From techniques, to design skills, and taste, each episode will measure their talent in two rounds – a Bake-Off to test their baking abilities, followed by a Cake-Off to showcase their creative imaginations and decorating expertise. Renowned chefs Sherry Yard and Keegan Gerhard are joined throughout the competition by special guest experts including, Florian Bellanger, “Street Science’s” Kevin Delaney, “Flip or Flop’s” Christina AnsteadHannah HartWaylynn Lucas, Penn & Teller, Gesine Prado, “Fast N’ Loud’s” Richard RawlingsAarti Sequeira, and many more, to help determine the winner. The pressure is on as the two biggest names in cakes put it all on the line in this ultimate cake-off!

Audiences have come to recognize Buddy and Duff as the biggest names in cake, known for creating larger-than-life, jaw-dropping delectable designs as well as massive baking empires,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Never before have these two baking icons gone head-to-head in a competition, until now.”

The competition is fierce as Buddy and Duff pull out all the stops and push their creativity to the limit in each challenge as they whip up impressive creations. The battle begins as Buddy and Duff must make their most beloved family recipes in the first Bake-Off. Then in the Cake-Off round, they must construct car-inspired cakes with all the bells and whistles. Throughout the season they will be challenged to create carnival treats to impress a crowd of hungry amusement park patrons, dazzle with intricate Bollywood-inspired cakes, and satisfy customers during the morning rush at the iconic Randy’s Donuts in Los Angeles. If that’s not enough, they must also design desserts for an exclusive dog pampering party, impress a couple with elegant wedding cakes for their big day, and enchant audiences with illusion cakes for a special show at Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

In the finale on Sunday, April 14 at 9pm ET/PT, Buddy and Duff face their toughest challenge yet. For the final Bake-Off, the two chefs must work to make their most heartfelt and monumental creations yet – chocolate desserts to conceal engagement rings for surprise proposals. Then in the final Cake-Off, their skills are pushed to new heights, as Duff  returns to Charm City Cakes and Buddy heads back to Carlo’s Bake Shop to work on their final show-stopping space-themed cakes. After weeks of intense competition, it all comes down to these out-of-this-world creations.

Fans can get an insider’s look at the show with Buddy and Duff at FoodNetwork.com/BuddyVsDuff. Plus, watch bonus videos with the judges and guests that will bring you behind the scenes, and follow the action on social media using #BuddyVsDuff.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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.

 

Food Network announces Feast Week programming for Thanksgiving 2018

November 6, 2018

The following is a press release from Food Network:

 Food Network will go live Sunday, November 18th, with a cross-platform Choose Your Side experience, offering Thanksgiving recipes, tips and inspiration across the brand’s linear and digital properties including Facebook Live, on-air programming and digital series Food Network FindsChoose Your Side marks the official start for Food Network’s Thanksgiving week special feature, Feast Week, which is full of Thanksgiving-themed content from viewers’ favorite Food Network personalities.
“Food Network recipes and content have always been a favorite for viewers, especially around the holidays,” said Vikki Neil, executive vice president and general manager of Discovery Digital Studios. “This year’s Feast Week and Choose Your Side event is a must-watch, with even more hours of entertainment and easy-to-follow tips and recipes, making Food Network the one-stop-shop for all things Thanksgiving.”
Choose Your Side kicks off at 10:00am ET with Food Network Kitchen’s Vivian Chan going live to nearly 30 million followers on Facebook. Chan will show viewers how to make all of turkey’s favorite sidekicks in one sheet pan. That means minimal prep and very little cleanup, which is perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering.
At 12:00pm ET, Bev Weidner, host of Food Network’s new Facebook Watch series Pressure Point, will put her spin on a Thanksgiving potato side dish we’ve all come to love. Bev will teach viewers her recommended way to spruce up the popular dish that will leave guests wanting more.
Two-time Chopped champion James Briscione will be live at 2:00pm ET to show viewers how he reinvents the entire side dish game with his Thanksgiving Bacon Roulade. This mashup of a green bean casserole and Thanksgiving stuffing is wrapped in a fan favorite – bacon!  James can also be seen in all-new digital series,Undercooked, with new episodes available weekly on Facebook Watch and the Food Network GO app.”
At 3:30pm ET, Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli will inspire fans for their Thanksgiving gatherings by demonstrating a favorite Thanksgiving side dish that viewers can easily make at home.
A famous bakery in Boston takes the stage at 6:00pm ET to demonstrate how to make classic pull-apart Thanksgiving rolls.
A good meal always ends in dessert, and Dan Langan, host of Dan Can Bake It, has a special surprise. At9:00pm ET, Langan will top off the day with a giant cake that looks like a Thanksgiving side dish but is actually a sweet treat to finish off the meal.
On-air, viewers can enjoy Thanksgiving-themed episodes of daytime favorites including Girl Meets Farm at 11am, Giada’s Holiday Handbook at 11:30am, and all-new series Martina’s Table at 12pm.  In primetime,Martha Stewart hosts holiday special Macy’s Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular premiering at 8pm. Then, at 9pm catch the finale of Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, when host Giada De Laurentiis, and judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni determine which chef heads into the holiday with the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights.
For more information, visit www.foodnetwork.com/feastweek and join the feast using #ChooseYourSide.
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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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.

2018 New York City Wine and Food Festival: recap and highlights

October 18, 2018

New York City Wine and Food Festival logo

Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, and New York City Wine and Food Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager pose onstage during the Food Network’s rooftop birthday party at Pier 92 in New York City on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

The following is a press release from Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival:

The entire Festival was full of highlights at every event, but a sampling of memories made over the weekend included:

  • Chefs and Food Network personalities Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, and Rachael Ray joined social justice advocate and Me Too movement creator Tarana Burke on stage at the Supper is Served kick-off event on Thursday, October 11.  Artists Natasha Bedingfield, known for her songs “Pocketful of Sunshine” and “Unwritten”, and Billboard country chart-topper and multi-time Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride performed a selection of their most empowering hits for 2,500 attendees who enjoyed fare from more than 25 of the nation’s top female chefs carving a path for future generations.
  • The fan-favorite Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray crowned two new champions on Friday, October 12.  Judges David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, Geoffrey Zakarian and Andrew Zimmern selected Citi Field – Home of the New York Mets as this year’s Pat LaFrieda’s 2018 NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion for their Sliders & Sinkers entry.  Attendees voted Clinton Hall as this year’s Blue Moon People’s Choice Award-winner for their entry, The Double Smashed burger, which was served with classic French fries.
  • Chefs and Food Network personalities Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Ina Garten hosted Food Network’s Rooftop Birthday Party on Saturday, October 13.  They were joined by Valerie Bertinelli, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Geoffrey Zakarian, Andrew Zimmern and more for a special toast and star-studded rendition of “Happy Birthday” to pay tribute to the prominent role Food Network has played in redefining the nation’s relationship with food.
  • Foodie fans of all ages gathered on Sunday, October 14 at Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ presented by National Beef and Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Billy Durney and Pat LaFrieda. In addition to face-painting, pumpkin-carving and carnivorous creations from more than 30 grill maestros, Nick’s Lobster House took home The Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ Award for their grilled octopus and red cabbage slaw.

Several other stand-out moments capped off the star-studded weekend, including:

  • New York broadcast personalities Elvis Duran of Z100 Radio and Rosanna Scotto of Good Day New York hosting Chelsea Night Market presented by Alfa Romeo
  • An in-depth conversation about immigration and hospitality during a panel curated by Andrew Zimmern and moderated by political commentator Ana Navarro, which took place at Beverage Media presents Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Trade Tasting hosted by Wine Spectator
  • A Breakfast Pajama Party for the whole family hosted by TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones
  • Twitter presents #CRAVINGSFEST by CHRISSY TEIGEN to celebrate the release of Teigen’s new cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More (Clarkson Potter, September 2018)
  • The first-ever Festival Drag Brunch presented by ABSOLUT GRAPEFRUIT® hosted by Countess Luann de Lesseps
  • And much more!

Save the Date: The 12th annual NYCWFF will take place October 10 – 13, 2019!  Stay up to date by following the conversation along all year on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @NYCWFF/#NYCWFF.

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One is hosted by and benefits the No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds helping fight hunger.  The Festival has raised more than $11 million to date for these hunger-relief organizations.  Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival.  In September 2018, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the sixth year in a row.  More information on the Festival can be found at nycwff.org.

Food Network teams up with Martina McBride for ‘Martina’s Table’ series

October 16, 2018

Martina McBride of "Martina's Table"
Martina McBride of “Martina’s Table” (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

As a music megastar, Martina McBride has entertained fans with her songs for years, becoming country music royalty. Now, she is giving Food Network viewers a glimpse of how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen on the new series “Martina’s Table,” premiering on Sunday, November 18 at 12pm ET/PT. Outside the studio, Martina finds creative inspiration creating perfect menus and preparing meals for her family and close friends Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, and Little Big Town’s  Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. Whether it’s a birthday celebration for one of her daughters or a buffet-style menu catered for her band and road crew, “Martina’s Table” is a place where tasty memories are made. “Martina’s Table” is produced by Nashville based company Heart Bridge Media.
“Martina McBride has shared her love of music for years, impressing audiences around the globe and earning industry accolades. Now, she is sharing her passion for cooking and entertaining with fans, showcasing even more of her impressive talents in the kitchen,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “With her creative recipes and inviting personality, everyone will feel welcome at ‘Martina’s Table.'”
 
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking and love to cook for my friends and family,” said Martina McBride. “Having a show on Food Network is a dream come true. We’ve filmed the first season and it’s been so fun and exciting to be able to share some of my favorite recipes and stories.”
Over the course of the season, Martina’s recipes are inspired by her Midwestern roots as she cooks up delicious dish after dish including a full Thanksgiving menu at home, a Mexican-themed spread for a special birthday gathering, a casual holiday brunch with a few famous friends, and more. From a classic roast turkey recipe to a modern-day take on hummus, Martina has crowd-pleasing recipes fans can make at home for their own friends and family gatherings, making their own tasty memories!
 
Viewers can go behind-the-scenes with Martina and some of her famous friends in a series of exclusive Q&As and trivia challenges on Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Plus, find Martina’s must-try recipes and exclusive insider videos at FoodNetwork.com/MartinasTable. For all the latest updates on the show follow #MartinasTable.
 
Martina McBride is a multiple Grammy-nominated country singer, whose vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six #1 hits and 20 top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, she has earned 14 Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinum and two Triple Platinum certifications. In addition, she has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. When Martina is not working on music in the studio, she focuses her time on her passions for cooking and entertaining. In 2014, she released her first cookbook, “Around the Table,” featuring her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and décor inspiration. Her sophomore cookbook, “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life,” is set to make its debut in October 2018, along with her new Christmas album “It’s The Holiday Season,” a compilation of her favorite songs with the backing of a symphony orchestra. Martina is also passionate about her charity initiative Team Music Is Love, which has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need.
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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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 whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Food Network announces ‘Bite Club’ cooking competition hosted by Tyler Florence

August 9, 2018

Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

This fall, Tyler Florence hits some of the country’s top food cities and pits local chefs against each other in a fierce fight to become their hometown champ in the new competition series “Bite Club.” In each location, five chefs arrive prepared to cook in an unknown kitchen, and are greeted with a game of chance that results in two chefs becoming the competition’s judges. The three remaining chefs then go head-to-head in two rounds of intense secret ingredient cooking battles, where their peers ultimately decide who becomes the city’s Bite Club champ. The six-episode series premieres Thursday, September 6th at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Chicago, followed by episodes in Savannah, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charleston and Nashville.

“When five of the hottest chefs in the same city go up against each other, the energy is explosive – they are colleagues and rivals, friends and competitors,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Food Network and HGTV. “Tyler is the perfect host to oversee the top-notch culinary action and rivalry in each town.”

In the series premiere, five of Chicago’s most talented chefs meet Tyler in an Italian restaurant kitchen they have never cooked in before. Luck determines which two will serve as judges and which three proceed to the kitchen. Round one throws the competitors for a loop when they are presented with alligator meat – but they rally and take advantage of the restaurant’s powerful pizza oven in the hopes of cooking it just right. The most successful two chefs move to the next round, but only one is named the Windy City’s Bite Club champ.

After each city’s battle, catch behind-the-scenes photos and fun moments at FoodNetwork.com/BiteClub, as well as Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag #BiteClub. And don’t miss Tyler Florence taking on a few challenges of his own! Plus, get a taste of the food each city has to offer and find out which dishes you need to try on your next visit with the digital companion series Bite Club: Food Network Finds.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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 whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

 

Food Network has Tom Papa on a cross-country bread trip in ‘Baked’

August 1, 2018

Tom Papa of "Baked"
Tom Papa of “Baked” (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

When carb-loving comedian Tom Papa isn’t doing stand-up, he is probably eating, thinking about or making bread (his specialty is sourdough), and he takes his passion for baked goods to the next level in the new Food Network series “Baked.” In his mission to find the country’s best breads and pastries, Tom hits cities from coast to coast to shine a light on how local bakeries make life a little sweeter. He kicks the series off in New York City, where he devours glazed donuts covered in everything bagel topping, takes a master class in old world baking and discovers the bready, eggy, cheesy dish khachapuri.  Tom then heads to DetroitBostonLos AngelesPhiladelphiaNew OrleansNew Jersey and Cleveland in subsequent episodes.  “Baked” premieres Monday, September 3 with back-to-back episodes at 10pm (all times ET/PT) and 10:30pm.

“I love this show. It’s really a celebration of all the good things that life has to offer; friends, family and food,” said Papa. “What else is there? Life is too short to deny ourselves these simple pleasures and this show is going to make you very hungry.”

Baked is the perfect combo of carbs and comedy, and our audience will crack up with Tom and his guests, including his comedian pal Jim Gaffigan,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Tom is known for being totally hilarious, but his love for making homemade bread using his own sourdough starter and visiting local bakeries on his stand-up tours is serious.”

In the 10pm premiere episode, Tom heads to New York City and meets up with his friend Jim Gaffigan at The Doughnut Project for the ultimate New York mash-up: a glazed donut covered in everything bagel topping.  Tom then visits Gian Piero Bakery to make classic Italian American rainbow cookies and at Oda House he falls in love with khachapuri, a boatload of bread brimming with cheese, eggs and tons of butter.  Finally, Bien Cuit’s Chef Zachary Golper gives Tom a master class in baking old world bread and croissants.  Immediately following at 10:30pm, he visits Detroitand hits Kuzzo’s, where a former NFL player serves up decadent red velvet waffles with spicy fried chicken, and corner bakery Sister Pie for their roasted banana chess pie.  Tom then heads to Dearborn for a lesson in Middle Eastern food, including fresh-baked pita filled with roasted lamb and fine-spun pastry with melted sweet cheese.  At Chene Modern Bakery, he learns to make paczki, a Polish take on a rich, filled donut.

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, television, radio and podcasts, as well as on the live stage.  He is the head writer and a regular performer on the nationally syndicated radio show Live From Here, the newest incarnation of the legendary radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and hosts the weekly podcast and Sirius XM show Come to Papa.  His first book “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas” was released in June.

Viewers can find out where to taste Tom’s favorite bites at FoodNetwork.com/Baked, plus watch video highlights of some of the most Instagram-worthy dishes you’ve ever seen.  Share your food beauty shots using the hashtag #Baked on social media.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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 whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Food Network debuts ‘Let’s Eat’ starring Brandi Milloy, Stuart O’Keeffe and Jamika Pessoa

July 26, 2018

Stuart O'Keefe, Jamika Pessoa and Brandi Milloy
Stuart O’Keefe, Jamika Pessoa and Brandi Milloy (Photo by Jason DeCrow)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

From flavorful dishes, to popular restaurant trends, and to the latest food fads captivating social media, Brandi Milloy, Stuart O’Keeffe, and Jamika Pessoa are breaking it all down on new daytime series “Let’s Eat,” premiering on Sunday, August 12th at 11am PT/ET. The trio of food-passionate hosts will 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.

“With Brandi, Stuart and Jamika at the helm, ‘Let’s Eat’ celebrates all the hottest food crazes in an entertaining and educational half-hour of non-stop fun,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Their innovative cooking hacks will help viewers recreate that wow factor to stun family and friends in their own homes.”

Food is front and center in each of the half-hour episodes, and every dish is unapologetically delicious. From comforting chicken pot pie with tater tot crust, to decadent bacon, cheddar, jalapeno stuffed hush puppies, and to chocolate mousse in cookie bowls, there is something to satisfy every type of salty, savory and sweet craving. Throughout the season, Brandi, Stuart and Jamika teach innovative cooking techniques to make preparing any meal quick and easy. Plus, they head out of the kitchen to top restaurants discovering the secrets behind their most popular dishes that have gone viral. Come along as they turn food fails upside down, create edible illusions, and mashup your favorite dishes.

Growing up in a military family that moved often fueled Brandi Milloy’s love of food, people, culture and travel. Widely known as a food and lifestyle expert, fans have come to rely on her popular blog for easy pantry staple meals and crowd-pleasing recipes. She is best known for the YouTube series “POPSUGAR Food: Eat the Trend” and “Get the Dish with Brandi Milloy.” Brandi is no stranger to television, and brings her expertise to the Today Show as a regular contributor. She has also appeared on Cooking Channel’s “Eat. This. Now.” and Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Food Network Star” and “Chopped Junior.”

Stuart O’Keeffe is an accomplished celebrity and professional chef, known for his hearty but healthy meals. Growing up in Ireland, he first explored his passion for food while cooking alongside his mother. After graduating from high school, he attended culinary school at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2016 Stuart released his first cookbook, “The Quick Six Fix,” which offers no-fuss recipes that are full of flavor. He has also starred on Irish television in “Stuart’s Kitchen,” and on Food Network’s “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills,” as a judge on “Chopped,” and as a featured chef on OWN’s Home Made Simple.

Jamika Pessoa is a chef and caterer to the stars, known for bold twists on traditional dishes, especially those of her Southern and Caribbean heritages. Audiences first met Jamika on Food Network Star where they came to know her innovative style, sassy personality, and inspiring tenacity in the kitchen.Since then she has been featured on Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown, Unique Sweets.” Jamika is also a recurring judge on Food Network’s upcoming series “Ultimate Summer Cook-Off.”

On Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram fans can meet the hosts in a series of insider clips, and get their takes on the latest trending food debates. Also, they can learn even more cooking tips and food hacks, watch over-the-top dishes come to life, and use #LetsEat to share their own tricks in the kitchen. Plus, for all the full recipes featured on the show visit FoodNetwork.com/LetsEat.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) 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 whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Food Network debuts ‘Ultimate Summer Cook-Off’ with host Eddie Jackson

June 27, 2018

Host Eddie Jackson in "Ultimate Summer Cook-Off"
Host Eddie Jackson in “Ultimate Summer Cook-Off” (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

Six talented chefs enter the summer house to square off in the new primetime culinary series, Ultimate Summer Cook-Off, premiering Sunday, August 5 at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Whether it’s a chef with a restaurant right on the beach, a seafood master, or a chef from Hawaii, each competitor has their own connection to the summer season and their culinary reputations at stake. Host Eddie Jackson challenges the chefs over four episodes, as each competitor must take on two rounds of summer culinary heats that test their skill and creativity. The chef who wins the first challenge in each episode will receive a key advantage during round two, gaining access to a special cooler with high-end ingredients that no other competitor can use, before presenting their creations to a panel of expert judges. Southern and Hungry’s Damaris Phillips and Let’s Eat’s Jamika Pessoa are joined by a roster of special guest judges each week, including Comfort Food Tour’s Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, BBQ blogger Susie Bulloch, Comfort Nation’s Lazarus Lynch, Genius Kitchen’s Courtney Rada and pitmaster Cameron Treu, to determine which chef exemplifies what summer is all about with their dishes and earns the $25,000 grand prize.

“Summer is synonymous with spending time with family and friends, while gathering around the grill to dig in to some finger-licking BBQ,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Eddie Jackson is the perfect host to challenge these six chefs in taking their culinary bona fides and placing them on the line, while creating summer dishes that are fun and exhilarating for a chance at walking away with $25,000.”