NEW YORK – July 2016 – Summer may be winding down in August, but the competition is just getting started on Food Network with all-new series, returning favorites and fierce tournaments that will pit the best of the best against each other in epic culinary showdowns. First, it’s the tournament finale of
Chopped Grill Masters Napa Ted Allen hosts ‘Chopped Grill Masters: Napa Valley’ on Food Network on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10pm when the final four battle it out for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize. Next up, kids take over the kitchen in their bid for stardom in the series premiere of Food Network
Star Kids on Monday, August 22nd at 8pm, where young, talented competitors will compete for the chance to be the first-ever Food Network Star Kids champion! The teens are also taking it to the next level on the premiere of Chopped Teen Tournament on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm when Ted Allen and the judges will test their culinary skills for the chance to win the grand prize of $25,000. Then, Alton Brown is back as the dispenser of sabotages and master of mayhem in the tournament premiere of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge on Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm putting chefs through the most torturous set of sabotages yet, all while battling the unpredictable elements of the outdoors. Next up, Guy Fieri is putting eight top celebrity chefs through an epic five-week competition of the most intense games ever in the tournament premiere of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games on Sunday, August 28th at 8pm.
Then, Tyler Florence returns for a family edition of The Great Food Truck Race on the season premiere Sunday, August 28th at 9pm, putting teams comprised of family members through the ringer as they cook and serve their way through southern California, racing from theme parks to food festivals. Food Network is also serving up primetime premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Cake Wars, Chopped, Chopped After Hours, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Cupcake Wars, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games. In daytime, The Smolletts, known for their work on screen, are giving fans a seat at the dinner table along with friends, family and of course all six siblings! Don’t miss a second as they break down the best BBQ dishes, Italian feasts, and family recipes on the series premiere of Smollett Eats Saturday, August 20th at 12:30pm. Then, Bobby Flay is back to giving viewers a taste of his favorite meal – brunch! – on the season premiere of Brunch @ Bobby’s on Sunday, August 28th at 12:30pm. Also premiering in daytime are new episodes of Giada in Italy, The Kitchen, Patricia Heaton Parties, The Pioneer Woman,
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking. FoodNetwork.com helps make the transition back to school a whole lot easier with kid friendly recipes, lunch options and after school snacks, but of course not before serving up fun, new meals to help close summer with a bang! Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
PRIMETIME PREMIERE EPISODES
Beat Bobby Flay
Premiering Thursday, August 4th at 10pm – “So Many Obstacles”
Chef Anne Burrell and Olympian Apolo Ohno are going for the gold as they pit Italian chef Michele Castelli against New England chef Brian Miller. It’s up to them to pick the strongest culinary athlete they think can torch Bobby Flay!
Premiering Thursday, August 11th at 10pm – “Age Is Just A Number”
The Kitchen’s Sunny Anderson is teaming up with Grammy award-winner Kimberly Schlapman to add one more award to her mantle: the Beat Bobby Flay Award! They’re pulling out all the stops with seasoned chef Kevin Des Chenes and one of the youngest Beat Bobby Flay competitors to date, chef Jenny Dorsey.
Premiering Thursday, August 18th at 10pm – “Who’s Got This in the Bag?”
It’s personal for Maine restaurateur Mark Gaier, who’s here to redeem his partner’s prior loss to Bobby Flay, but chef and caterer Christopher Covelli isn’t going down without a fight. Here to pick sides are Bobby’s frenemies, Extra Virgin co-host and actress Debi Mazar and Cutthroat Kitchen judge Jet Tila.
Premiering Thursday, August 25th at 10pm – “Roll With The Punches”
West Coast boys, Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar and Chef Curtis Stone, are here to take down the king of the East Coast. They’ve brought in chefs Perry Cheung and Richard Mancini with one goal in mind: to knock out Bobby Flay.
Online, find out what it takes to beat Bobby when Food Network chefs reveal the skills and tactics needed to defeat him. Check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, relive highlights, tour the set and much more. Join the conversation with #BeatBobbyFlay.
Premiering Monday, August 1st at 9pm – “Halo”
Get ready for the biggest battle the gaming world has ever seen, as four incredible bakers create action-packed cakes celebrating one of the biggest video games in the world, Halo! Guest judge Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Microsoft’s director of programming, joins host Jonathan Bennett andjudges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas to help determine which cake creation will blast off to the Halo World Championship and take home $10,000.
Premiering Monday, August 8th at 9pm – “Madeline”
The bravest little redhead is coming from Paris to Cake Wars! Four amazing cake artists battle to have their cake at the center of a party celebrating Madeline, but only one will journey home with $10,000! Kate Clark, the founder of Yottoy, joins as guest judge alongside host Jonathan Bennett andjudges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas.
Premiering Monday, August 15th at 9pm – “Jelly Belly”
It’s the most colorful and flavor-filled Cake Wars battle ever, as four incredible bakers battle it out to have their cake creation as the centerpiece of a party celebrating Jelly Belly! Four bakers go to war, but only one can take home $10,000. Lisa Rowland Brasher, CEO of Jelly Belly, is on hand with host Jonathan Bennett andjudges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas to help choose the winner.
Premiering Monday, August 22nd at 9pm – “Paddington”
Paddington the Bear is onto his next adventure, bringing his old hat and battered suitcase to visit Cake Wars! Four bakers will battle to have their cake creation at the center of a party celebrating the 90th anniversary of Paddington the Bear, and R.W. Alley, the illustrator of Paddington, will help host Jonathan Bennett andjudges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas choose who wins $10,000.
Premiering Monday, August 29th at 9pm – “Where’s Waldo” – SEASON FINALE!
Grab your walking sticks and red-and-white striped shirts and get ready for a globe-trotting adventure as Cake Wars takes on Where’s Waldo. Four amazing bakers battle it out to have their cake creations at the center of a party celebrating everyone’s favorite hard-to-find traveler, Waldo, but only one can win $10,000. Brian Robinson, Dreamworks Animation’s head of creative design and development, joins host Jonathan Bennett andjudges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas.
Online, check out the images and recipes of the winning cake artists’ magical creations, hilarious behind-the-scenes videos of Jonathan and the judges on set and more. Plus, weigh in on your favorites on Twitter using #CakeWars.
Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge – Premieres Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm – TOURNAMENT PREMIERE!
Since the first Camp Cutthroat competition, Alton Brown has retreated deeper into the woods to plot his revenge, and the time has come to reveal his most devious sabotages yet. Sixteen new chefs have been chosen and lured into the wilderness to cook in his new backwoods location, but only one will make it back out and have the chance to win up to $75,000!
Premiering Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm – “Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge: Heat One, Axe to Grind”
In the first heat of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge, three chefs have to cook a scramble with either an ax, a knife or an arrowhead. Then, two chefs have to make meat and potatoes while wearing a giant life jacket. Finally, one chef has to make dessert pancakes on an enormous compass.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Jet Tila
Premiering Wednesday, August 31st at 10pm – “Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge: Heat Two, Big Foot Loose”
In the second heat of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge, three chefs have to make hunter’s stew while dressed as forest animals. Then, two chefs have to make their trail lunch while wearing a giant big foot and one chef has to balance on a log in the lake as they make a skillet cookie.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Antonia Lofaso
Also, experience more of Alton’s diabolical sabotage series Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge with behind-the-scenes footage, video and photo highlights, exclusive interviews with Alton, tips for your own camp-inspired cuisine and cutthroat cocktail recipes. Join the conversation with #CampCutthroat.
Premiering Sunday, August 7th at 9pm – “Fried Chicken Time”
Comfort food king, fried chicken, gets the royal Chopped treatment for three rounds! A weird syrup and a savory pancake are two of the ingredients that the chefs must use in their fried bird appetizers. The poultry party continues in round two with fried chicken entrées that have to include peach cobbler, and what will be expected from the chefs in a fried chicken-themed dessert round?
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Craig Samuel
Premiering Tuesday, August 9th at 10pm – “Snail Snafus”
When the chefs get escargot in the appetizer round, they have just twenty minutes to prove that snails can work with the other ingredients in the basket, including some troublesome sprouts. Garlic knots prove to be easy to use in the entrée round, and a light and airy cake in the dessert round puts the chefs in a focused and inspired mood.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Amanda Freitag, Edward Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian
Premiering Sunday, August 14th at 9pm – “Hot Doggin'”
The theme for this competition is everyone’s favorite all-American bun-buster, the hot dog! In the first round, the chefs get some very rare hot dogs and an uncommon condiment. A tiny ingredient causes big problems for two of the competitors in the entrée round, and the last two chefs are left to tackle the strange challenge of making hot dog desserts.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy
Premiering Tuesday, August 16th at 10pm – “Souper Chefs”
Never stop cooking — a seventy-something chef who blew off retirement to return to the stove is among the four chefs competing! In the appetizer round, he and the rest of the group must make trout dishes that also include dill pickle soup. A weirdly spicy beer is one of the entrée basket ingredients. Then, dough and sugar in the dessert basket seem to give the finalists a head start, but looks can be deceiving!
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Christian Petroni, Geoffrey Zakarian
Premiering Sunday, August 21st at 9pm – “Chili Cook-Off”
The chefs battle in a Chopped chili challenge as they put their own spin on the classic American dish. Chocolate and sausage are two of the mandatory ingredients in the appetizer round, and degrees of spice and levels of creativity are big factors in the entrée round. For dessert, chili-inspired sweet dishes are requested.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sánchez
Online, check out photo and video highlights and compete like a Chopped champion for a chance to win prizes. Get culinary inspiration from the Chopped experts and learn the tricks contestants have successfully deployed to transform exotic ingredients, international spices and even wintry leftovers into winning dishes. Join the action with #Chopped.
Get involved with FoodNetwork.com’s Chopped at Home Challenge, where fans can vote for their favorite fellow fan’s grilling recipe to help choose who will win $10,000 and a trip to the Food Network Kitchen in New York City.
Chopped After Hours
Premiering Tuesday, August 2nd at 11pm – “After Hours Revisits Pub Food, Holiday and Mother/Daughter-in-Law”
The judges get their chance to get their hands on the basket ingredients, after hours! Amanda Freitag finds herself in a bit of a pickle in round one, while Alex Guarnaschelli keeps the fryer in business and Marc Murphy manages to find the time to sip wine and shoot the breeze with Ted Allen. Then in round two, Geoffrey Zakarian takes a raw route with some holiday beef tenderloin. Finally, the women of the chopping block have round three in the bag — the wine-filled bag that is!
Host: Ted Allen Competitors: Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian
Premiering Tuesday, August 9th at 11pm – “After Hours Revisits Chopped Chocolate, Bizarre Foods and Sweetness” – SEASON FINALE!
After a long day of critiquing food, the Chopped judges love nothing more than to whip up their own motley masterpieces after hours. In round one, Geoffrey Zakarian’s secret love of potato crisps emerges in the form of dance, and Maneet Chauhan and Alex Guarnaschelli’s boozy dishes only loosen him up further. In a truly bizarre round two, pork bung inspires Aarón Sánchez’s new line of breathing apparatuses and plenty of generous seasoning. Marc Murphy does his best to sabotage others in the last round, but Maneet is determined to make the best dessert.
Host: Ted Allen Competitors: Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian
Online, see all the episodes of Chopped After Hours, where the judges take over the kitchen and remix mystery baskets into delicious dishes. Find out which are the most used mystery basket items, easy ways to cook with those tough-seeming ingredients seen on the show and exclusive interviews with judges and winners. Join the conversation with #Chopped.
Chopped Grill Masters Napa
Premiering Tuesday, August 2nd at 10pm – “Grill Masters Napa: Grand Finale”- TOURNAMENT FINALE!
Four champion Grill Masters are each $10,000 richer. Now they return to see who will claim $50,000 more! Half the basket is taken up with a porky surprise in the appetizer round. A serious display of grilling acrobatics follows in the entrée round, when the three remaining champs must figure out what to do with a surf-and-turf combo. Finally, bananas and wine are two of the tricky dessert ingredients that the last pair of chefs must grapple with, as they battle for the grand prize and the title of Chopped Grand Champion!
Host: Ted AllenJudges: Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Geoffrey Zakarian
Online, check out photo and video highlights and compete like a Chopped Grill Masters champion for a chance to win prizes. Get culinary inspiration from the Chopped experts and learn the tricks contestants have successfully deployed to transform exotic ingredients, international spices and even wintry leftovers into winning dishes. Join the action with #Chopped.
Premiering Tuesday, August 2nd at 8pm – “Rattled”
When the young chefs must butcher and cook snakes in the appetizer round, will they be too squeamish to let their skills shine through? In the entrée round, a dense oddball of a cake must be worked into lamb shoulder dishes. Then, the last precious seconds of the round are a show of desperation and cooperation as the finalists are challenged to make creative, caffeinated desserts for the judges.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Chris Colfer, Raiza Costa, Amanda Freitag
Premiering Tuesday, August 9th at 8pm – “Cup of Glee”
The judges preside over a competition that begins with a three and a half-pound peanut butter cup and a too-hot griddle that creates problems for one of the young chefs. An enviable cut of pork and a strong-flavored candy are two of the gifts in the entrée basket, then the finalists take on a gooey skillet of pink sweetness along with a healthy, crunchy snack in the dessert round.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Andrew Gruel, Meghan Markle
Premiering Tuesday, August 16th at 8pm – “Nest Test”
The young competitors hatch a plan for what to do with a “birds’ nest” in the first basket, which is actually a common dish in disguise. Then, in the entrée round, the chefs learn a new word for a specific type of chicken and must hustle to get it cooked through. The two finalists have similar ideas for killer kiwi desserts, but will the judges love their dishes equally?
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Austin Mahone, Raquel Pelzel, Aarón Sánchez
Premiering Tuesday, August 23rd at 8pm – “Nugget? Fuhgettaboutit”
The judges rule the judging table for this round of culinary competition! First, some of the young cooks are not fans of the kid-favorite chicken nuggets found in the appetizer basket. Then, will the junior chefs have the experience to properly cook the delicate bay scallops from the entrée basket? The end of the round prompts some unprecedented cooperation among the competitors, then in the dessert round, a hybrid fruit and some Mesozoic candies make for a fun time.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Kenny Gilbert, Mae Whitman, Geoffrey Zakarian
Premiering Tuesday, August 30th at 8pm – “Think Fig”
The young cooks get some expensive seafood in the first basket and struggle to make the most of valuable time in order to impress the judges. Then, bacon is discovered in an odd place in the entrée basket. Finally, some figs and fancy peaches must make it to the dessert plates.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Ta’Rhonda Jones, Sabin Lomac, Aarón Sánchez
Online, super fans can find a huge treat with entertaining behind-the-scenes footage of the talented kid chefs and all their antics in between takes. Additionally, hear from the amazing panel of judges in interviews captured on set and upgrade your brown-bag lunch with ideas captured from the competition. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ChoppedJunior.
Chopped Teen Tournament – Premiering Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm – TOURNAMENT PREMIERE!
In this returning five episode stunt hosted by Ted Allen, sixteen talented teenaged chefs bring their energy and ambition to the Chopped kitchen! The culinary whiz kids must create the perfect appetizer, entrée and dessert as they navigate through each round. The winner from each episode will head into the grand finale round with a huge $25,000 grand prize on the line and the chance to be named the Chopped Teen Champion.
Premiering Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm – “Teen Tournament: Battle 1”
Sixteen young chefs-in-training will compete to see who can become the Chopped Teen Tournament Grand Champion and score the $25,000 prize! In this first preliminary battle, the young competitors must make appetizers from a strange hybrid snack and a decadent pork product. In the entrée round, the teens must figure out how to combine poultry with a weird casserole, then work with a spicy nut and a savory green fruit for dessert.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian
Premiering Tuesday, August 30th at 10pm – “Teen Tournament: Battle 2”
Four new formidable young competitors fight to get to the finale, but in the first round, nerves and indecision keep everybody guessing whether all the teen chefs will finish their sausage appetizers. Seafood surprises await the teen chefs in round two, then some breakfast items take on a creative form in the dessert basket.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Marc Murphy, Aarón Sánchez
Online, fans can dive into more content around the teen sensations tackling the mystery baskets. Meet the competitors, get behind the scenes photos, check out photo and video highlights and even see an exclusive interview with the winner. Join the action with #Chopped.
Cooks vs. Cons
Premiering Sunday, August 7th at 10pm – “Chicken Wingin’ It!”
While the judges attempt to suss out the pros and amateurs, things get twisted as the competitors are challenged to incorporate pretzels into their chicken wing dishes. The second round gets even fresher when the remaining competitors fight for the ultimate prize by working with mint.
Host: Geoffrey Zakarian Judges: Richard Blais, Daphne Oz
Premiering Sunday, August 14th at 10pm – “Beer Bedlam”
Delicious ideas are brewing during the clash of the sandwiches, as professional and amateur cooks must utilize beer in their handheld masterpieces. Then, in round two, the surprise ingredient of muffins challenges the contestants to avoid a crummy result. It’s up to the judges to determ