RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FOOD NETWORK PREMIERES AND EXCITING NEW SPECIALS

Food Network blasts into the New Year with new series, season premieres and a trip to The White House. First Lady Michelle Obama challenges Emeril Lagasse, Iron Chef Mario Batali, Iron Chef Bobby Flay, and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford to use The White House Kitchen Garden’s produce as their secret ingredients in Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event, premiering Sunday, January 3rd at 8pm. Twelve of the worst cooks in the country attempt to make over their abysmal culinary skills in the original series, Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday January 3rd at 10pm hosted by Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan. Food Network welcomes a new face to its daytime lineup when Marcela Valladolid introduces her fresh take on authentic Mexican food in new series, Mexican Made Easy, premiering Saturday, January 23rd at 9:30am. Plus, newly crowded Iron Chef Jose Garces faces his first Iron Chef America battle, Garces vs. Yang, premiering Sunday, January 17th at 9pm.

 

SPECIALS

 

Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event

Premieres Sunday, January 3rd at 8pm

Food Network stars Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse travel to The White House to take part in an unprecedented culinary competition in Super Chef Battle, a special two-hour episode of Iron Chef America. With a special guest appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, the chefs join White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford to receive their challenge: create a meal for America using The White House Kitchen Garden’s produce as their secret ingredients. The judges include: chef and best-selling cookbook author Nigella Lawson; Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin; and actress, author and designer Jane Seymour.

SERIES PREMIERES

Worst Cooks in America

Premieres: Sunday, January 3rd at 10pm

Twelve of the worst cooks in the country attempt to transform from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in the new Food Network series Worst Cooks in America. Under the tutelage of premiere chefs, Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan, the “recruits” split into two teams and face a series of high-pressure challenges that test their newly-formed culinary skills. Each week the two teams get narrowed down until the final two recruits face off in the ultimate challenge: prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics that thinks the dishes have been prepared by chefs Anne and Beau. On the line are the chefs’ professional reputations and $25,000 for the newly-crowned kitchen hero!

 

Episode Premiere Schedule:

Premiering Sunday, January 3rd at 10pm – SERIES PREMIERE!

“Into the Fire”

Twenty-four of the country’s worst cooks arrive in New York City with hopes of participating in a 10-day culinary boot camp with acclaimed chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan. The eager applicants prepare a sample of their terrible cooking and present to Anne and Beau, who in turn each select six candidates for the other chef to teach. The first challenge has each team striving to perfectly replicate a dish taught to them by Anne and Beau. The least successful recruit on each team is then eliminated.

 

Premiering Sunday, January 10th at 10pm

“Looking Good”

The 10 remaining recruits take a trip to Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse, where they learn five fundamental knife cuts in their first Skill Drill. Anne and Beau then teach their teams a Teppanyaki-style dish, cooked directly on a blazing hot flattop grill. During the Main Dish Challenge, the Chefs demonstrate a few techniques for a dish and post the rest of the recipe on a blackboard – emphasizing that a good cook must read and know the recipe completely. To test the recruits, the Chefs erase the recipe halfway through prep! The next two recruits are eliminated.

 

Premiering Sunday, January 17th at 10pm

“Feelin’ the Flavor”

To illustrate the importance of flavor, Anne and Beau provide the eight remaining recruits with a “blank canvas” by jointly demonstrating a basic crepe dish. Each recruit then flavors his or her own crepe, and the Chefs do a blind taste test. The team with the best-tasting crepes gets to steal a player from the other team and give up one of its own. The Chefs then demonstrate marinating and grilling basics before assigning the recruits to create original marinades with ingredients from one of four international flavor profiles – France, Greece, Spain and Thailand – along with a side dish. The next two recruits are eliminated.

 

Premiering Sunday, January 24th at 10pm

“Multi-tasking”

Anne and Beau teach their teams how to make fresh pasta, filling and sauce to emphasize the importance of multi-tasking. Then for the Main Dish Challenge, the recruits are surprised to learn that they must cater a cocktail party for 30 guests. The recruits are asked to put their own personal spins on crostini appetizers plus make additional hors d’oeuvres from a recipe created by their Chef. The party guests weigh in on the results, which leads to the next two eliminations.

Premiering Sunday, January 31st at 10pm

“Are You Ready?”

Anne and Beau teach the four remaining recruits a complicated dessert. To test their retention, the recruits must teach the dish to a group who knows even less about cooking than they do: high school football players!  Then for the final Main Dish Challenge, each recruit must use all the skills they have learned to reinvent the terrible dish they cooked on the first day. They cook in a private kitchen at Benoit restaurant, and in addition to the Chefs, they each serve a surprise guest: a beloved family member. After tasting all the dishes, Anne and Beau decide which two recruits will move on to the final challenge airing Monday, February 1st at 10pm.

 

Mexican Made Easy

Premieres: Saturday, January 23rd at 9:30am

Professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid prepares a fresh take on Mexican food and shares simple and authentic recipes in her series, Mexican Made Easy. Marcela, inspired by her dual Mexican and Southern California upbringing, transforms stereotypes of the cuisine into healthy and easy-to-prepare Mexican meals. Whether serving home-cooked meals for her son or entertaining friends and family, Marcela brings to the table fresh flavor that fits all tastes.

SEASON PREMIERES

Paula’s Best Dishes

Premieres Saturday, January 2nd at 11:30am

“Georgia on My Mind”

Bobby Deen joins Paula in the kitchen to help create a menu with Southern flair. This Georgia meal includes a tangy Tuna with Pineapple Chipotle Salsa paired with a Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing and a side of Mashed Sweet Potatoes that deliver a kick. After these enticing entrees, they finish the meal with their scrumptious Deen Family’s Bread Pudding.

 

Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian

Premieres Sunday, January 3rd at 12:30pm

“Healthy Helpings”

Melissa starts her new season with a light dinner menu perfect for any New Year’s resolution, including a Tuna Bread Salad and Orange-Scented Carrot Soup.  She finishes the meal with Sautéed Bananas with Tangy Sweet Cream as a healthy, but satisfying dessert.

 

Ace of Cakes

Premieres Thursday, January 14th at 10pm

“Man Caves”

Testosterone fills the air as Tony Siragusa, Jason Cameron and the crew of DIY Network’s Man Caves invade Charm City Cakes to outfit Duff with a new guy-themed basement. Meanwhile, Duff, Elena, and Geof road trip to the Windy City to deliver a cake and wow the independent music scene lovers with some Baltimore rock!

 

FEATURED 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.

Episode Premiere Schedule:

Premieres: Friday, January 1st at 9pm

“Symon/Psilakis vs. Carro Brothers”

Italian brothers Nicola and Fabrizio Carro enter Kitchen Stadium to take on Iron Chef Michael Symon paired with Chef Michael Psilakis. Will the brothers take down the Michael’s with their classic cuisine, or will Symon and Psilakis wow the judges with their paired dishes?

Premieres: Sunday, January 10th at 9pm

“Morimoto vs. Marino”

Aspen chef Dena Marino enters Kitchen Stadium to take on acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Will Chef Marino’s clean flavors impress the judges enough to take home the win?

 

Premieres: Sunday, January 17th at 9pm – FIRST BATTLE FEATURING IRON CHEF JOSE GARCES!

“Garces vs. Yang”

Seattle-based chef Rachel Yang enters Kitchen Stadium to take on newly-crowned Iron Chef Jose Garces. Will her fusion of Korean and French cuisine win over the judges, or will she fall flat to the newest Iron Chef?

 

Premieres: Sunday, January 24th at 9pm

“Morimoto vs. Wadi”

Minneapolis-based chef Sameh Wadi enters Kitchen Stadium for an exciting battle against Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Will Chef Wadi’s Moroccan inspired cuisine excite the judges and earn him a win, or will Iron Chef Morimoto take home the honor?

 

Premieres: Sunday, January 31st at 9pm

“Flay vs. Smith”

Canadian television personality and chef Michael Smith enters Kitchen Stadium to take on Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Will Chef Smith’s use of organic and local produce overpower Iron Chef Flay’s flavorful 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.

Episode Premiere Schedule:

Premieres: Sunday, January 10th at 8pm

“Newlywed Cakes”

Four cake artists, with the assistance of four newly-married husbands, must create a custom “newlywed cake” for the new brides. The winning competitor takes home the $10,000 prize only if the bride correctly chooses which cake her husband created.

 

Premieres: Sunday, January 17th at 8pm

“Great American BBQ Showdown”

Four passionate barbecue teams come to Greenwood, S.C., armed with their best barbecue recipes. In order to win $2,500 and the title of “Grand Champion, the teams must ace all four competition categories: pork, chicken, ribs, and beef brisket.

 

Premieres: Sunday, January, 24th at 8pm

“Beauty Pageant Cakes”

Four cake artists team up with pageant mothers to design cakes to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant. These moms may not know cake, but they know how to win and definitely have their own opinions! The winning cake earns one competitor $10,000 and a gold medal.

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