FOOD NETWORK MARCH 2010 HIGHLIGHTS

Food Network springs into March as contestants battle for $25,000 in the third season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown premiering Sunday, March 14th at 9pm hosted by Guy Fieri. Olympic figure skater turned food-loving host Brian Boitano returns with a highly-anticipated new season of What Would Brian Boitano Make? premiering Sunday, March 7th at 1pm. In the new season of Dinner: Impossible, premiering Wednesday, March 3rd at 10pm, Robert Irvine tackles massive missions to make demanding meals. Catch all-new episodes of three more popular “In the Kitchen” cooking series: Aaron McCargo, Jr. in Big Daddy’s House premiering Sunday, March 7th at 1:30pm, Anne Burrell in Secrets of a Restaurant Chef premiering Saturday, March 13th at 10:30am, and Sandra Lee in Sandra’s Money Saving Meals premiering Sunday, March 28th at 12pm. Plus, on FoodNetwork.com , Melissa d’Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners),  shares some of her favorite recipes, money-saving tips, and unique ideas for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day and exciting Easter. .

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Ultimate Recipe Showdown

Ultimate Recipe Showdown returns for a third season of mouth-watering competition on Sunday, March 14th at 9pm ET/PT. Home cooks nationwide submitted more than 8,000 recipes in hopes of achieving culinary fame in one of six categories: Comfort Food, Party Food, Hot & Spicy, Burgers, Cakes & Desserts, and Hometown Favorites. In this six-week series hosted by Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Guy’s Big Bite), each episode focuses on one category and features the top four contestants who compete in two rounds of competition including a signature dish round and speed dish round. Three expert judges choose one ultimate winner in each category who receives a $25,000 prize as well as $5,000 of Food Network products from Kohl’s. The judges include Katherine Alford, vice president of Food Network Kitchens; Chef Michael Psilakis, owner of New York restaurants, Anthos, Kefi and Gus & Gabriel and executive chef of  Eos in Miami; and Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief of  Good Housekeeping.

Premieres: Sunday, March 14th at 9pm

“Comfort Food”

Food Network fights off the winter chill while looking for the ultimate comfort food recipe. Four contestants go head-to-head with dishes like Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese and Crawfish and Andouille Sausage Pizza. Contestants include: Gail Churinetz (Germantown, Tenn.), Riccardo Costa (New York), Emily Hobbs (Ozark, Mo.) and Kimberly Zeidner (Boca Raton, Fla.).

Premieres: Sunday, March 21st at 9pm ET/PT

“Party Food”

Food Network looks for the ultimate party food recipe. From finger food to full-on entrees, four contestants take party food to the next level, serving up dishes like Chicken Cordon Blue Roll-Ups and Plantain and Shrimp Party Boats. Contestants include: Barbara Estabrook (Rhinelander, Wis.), Thalia Patillo (New York), Eddie Huang (Orlando, Fla.) and David Fogelman (Stamford, Conn.).

 

Premieres: Sunday, March 28th at 9pm ET/PT

“Hot & Spicy”

Food Network heats things up while looking for the ultimate hot and spicy recipe. Four contestants put their zestiest dishes forward, including Blazing Buffalo Bites and Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. Contestants include: Ken Hulme (Venice, Fla.), Julie Merriman (Seattle), Tina Washburn (San Diego) and Richard Moore (Atlanta).

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Dinner: Impossible

Premieres: Wednesday, March 3rd at 10pm

“Boxed In: Terminal Trouble”

Chef Robert Irvine faces a shipping terminal full of food and an empty parking lot in which to cook it. Robert lands at the Packer Avenue Marine terminal, one of the busiest importing ports in the country. From the thousands of trailer-sized containers packed with goods from across the world, Robert must gather his ingredients and prepare a hearty lunch for 150 hungry longshoremen in just seven hours.

What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Premieres: Sunday, March 7th at 1pm

“Parent’s Night Out”

Brian offers all of his friends with children a kid-free dinner by not only cooking, but babysitting as well. Brian starts with an appetizer of Crispy Crab Cakes, a delicious favorite. For the main dish, Brian serves a mouth-watering Pan Seared Filet Mignon and Sea Bass followed by decadent Molten Chocolate Cakes. Brian also serves up two cocktails to suit all parents in need of refreshment – a citrusy sweet Clementine Cosmo and a classic Man’s Man Manhattan.

 

Big Daddy’s House

Premieres: Sunday, March 7th at 1:30pm

“Slammin’ Sandwiches”

Aaron puts together his favorite sandwiches with slammin’ flavors! First up are juicy Marinated Chicken Cheese Steak Hoagies topped with pepperoni, provolone cheese, and cherry peppers. Next is a flavorful Fried Oyster Po-Boy with Jalapeno Relish that gives it just the right spicy kick. Finally, Aaron hits a homerun in this sandwich game, with tender Braised Pork Belly on Grilled Ciabatta with Pesto Mayonnaise and Smoked Mozzarella.

 

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

Premieres: Saturday, March 13th at 10:30am

“The Secret to Braised Lamb Shanks”

Anne reveals her tips for restaurant-quality Braised Lamb Chops, rich and tender to the taste, served with her fresh Herby Gremolata. To round out the meal, Anne’s scrumptious Hard Polenta Cakes perfectly soak up all the rich braising flavors.

Sandra’s Money Saving Meals

Premieres: Sunday, March 28th at 12pm

“Bake Sale”

In honor of Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale, Sandra makes tasty bake sale treats! She starts with festive Lemon Sugar Cookies with Sandy’s Colored Sugar. Decadent Apple Walnut Sticky Buns and indulgent Hot Chocolate Jars make the menu, sure to sell out fast. To finish up and take a break from the sweets, Sandra serves up savory Ham and Cheese Pinwheels that won’t break the bank. Finally, she puts those leftover ingredients to work in a FoodNetwork.com exclusive “Round 2 Recipe” for Ham and Cheese Croquettes.

 

SERIES

Iron Chef America

The heat rises in Kitchen Stadium as Iron Chef America continues with brand new episodes pitting the American Iron Chefs against fierce new competitors.

Premieres: Friday, March 7th at 9pm

“Symon vs. Mendelsohn”

Food2 star Spike Mendelsohn enters Kitchen Stadium to take on Iron Chef Michael Symon. Will Spike’s flare for food tip the scale with the judges, or will he lose to Iron Chef Symon’s bold cuisine?

Premieres: Sunday, March 21st at 10pm

“Cora vs. Ballesteros”

Chef Julieta Ballesteros enters Kitchen Stadium to battle with Iron Chef Cat Cora. Will Chef Ballesteros’ Spanish cuisine garner praise from the judges, or will she fall to Iron Chef Cora’s Mediterranean and Southern-inspired dishes?

Food Network Challenge

Each month, Food Network gets the competitive juices flowing with Food Network Challenge bringing viewers the biggest and most exciting food battles from around the world. With bragging rights and a cash prize on the line, the Challenges are intense.

Premieres: Sunday, March 14th at 8pm

“Extreme Wedding Cakes”

Four cake artists compete to make an over-the-top wedding cake for a couple uninterested in anything traditional. For a chance at $10,000, these cake artists scramble to make their cakes spin, shoot fire, and impress the discerning clients.

 

Premieres: Sunday, March 21st at 8pm

“Incredible Anniversary Cakes”

Four of the best cake designers in the country must make a cake for a couple celebrating a Golden Anniversary. The competitor that can instill 50 years of marriage in one great cake will take home $10,000; however, when the couple feels the cakes are too impersonal, all of the competitors risk disqualification.

ONLINE

FoodNetwork.com Holiday Packages

“Emerald Isle Tour”

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland with menus from Melissa d’Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners), Rachael Ray (30 Minute Meals) and Sunny Anderson (Cooking for Real). Melissa brings the luck of the Irish and budget-friendly tips to her take on two St. Patrick’s Day classics: Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie. Bobby Flay takes viewers on a tour of Ireland, and Alton Brown reigns supreme with FoodNetwork.com’s most-popular St. Patrick’s Day recipe of Corned Beef & Cabbage. From green foods like avocado hummus to traditional fare including five unique spins on Corned Beef and Cabbage, Food Network.com has something for everyone celebrating on March 17th.

*Visit FoodNetwork.com/StPats (Melissa d’Arabian videos launch 3/1)

“Spring Celebration”

This Easter (April 4th), create a meal for friends and family showcasing the season’s freshest fare. Melissa d’Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners) shares festive ideas for decorating cupcakes, unique tips on dyeing Easter eggs, tried-and-true tricks to perfect hard-boiled eggs, and great ways to customize that typical Easter ham with delectable glazes. Paula Deen’s French Toast Casserole scores big as FoodNetwork.com’s most-popular Easter recipe. Whether making delicious dishes for a beautiful brunch or a delightful dinner, FoodNetwork.com makes this Easter one to remember.

*Visit FoodNetwork.com/Easter (launches 3/8)

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