AUGUST 2016 HIGHLIGHTS- AUGUST 1-16
Cupcake Wars (FOOD NETWORK)
- Premiering Monday, August 1st at 8pm – “Celebrity: Medieval Cupcakes”
Four celebrity bakers are about to get medieval, as Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carson Kressley and Vanessa Marano battle to prove that their cupcakes reign supreme. In this winner-take-all battle, they compete to have their cupcakes featured at a blowout party celebrating the 30th anniversary of Medieval Times. Host Jonathan Bennett and judges Florian Bellanger and Elizabeth Chambers are joined by Medieval Times cast members Lou Klein and Julie McCurdie!
- Premiering Monday, August 8th at 8pm – “Celebrity: Twister”
It’s an all-star cupcake showdown as Coolio, Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Molly Sims compete to have their cupcakes featured at a blowout party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic game Twister! Only one celebrity can win bragging rights and a donation to their favorite charity. Jen Boswinkel, vice president of gaming at Hasbro, serves as guest judge alongside host Jonathan Bennett and judges Florian Bellanger and Elizabeth Chambers.
- Premiering Monday, August 15th at 8pm – “Celebrity: Matilda”
Drake Bell, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper and Heather Morris battle to prove their celebrity cupcake dominance and create show-stopping cupcakes for a party celebrating the wonder and whimsy of Roald Dahl’s classic story, Matilda. They’ll be eliminated one by one with help from guest judge Chloe Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, along with host Jonathan Bennett and judges Florian Bellanger and Elizabeth Chambers, until the last celeb standing walks away with bragging rights and a donation to their favorite charity.
Chopped Grill Masters Napa (FOOD NETWORK)
- 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
Chopped Junior (FOOD NETWORK)
- 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
Man Fire Food (COOKING CHANNEL)
- Premiering Tuesday, August 2nd at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Hog Heaven”
Roger Mooking is in pig paradise, cooking up two whole hogs in two different styles. In New Orleans, Roger visits MOPHO restaurant where Chef Michael Gulotta’s Southeast Asian spit-roasted pig is a twist on a classic Southern tradition. In Mississippi, Chef Miles McMath hinges two steel troughs together to make a convenient and quick-cooking oven. Roger and Miles slow-cook a whole hog in this unique rig, and fry hand pies for dessert over an open flame.
- Premiering Tuesday, August 9th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Fireside Hangs”
Roger Mooking is hanging out with two chefs putting a whole new spin on rotisserie cooking in the great outdoors. At SpringHouse restaurant in Alexander City, Alabama, Chef Rob McDaniel has designed a fire-fueled contraption that he and Roger use to roast succulent legs of lamb. In Charleston, South Carolina, Craig Deihl is the chef and owner of Cypress, a restaurant famous for wood-fired food. Craig also likes playing with fire outside the kitchen, and he’s created a backyard-friendly rotisserie that can roast whole strings of ducks and chickens.
- Premiering Tuesday, August 16th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Fiery Fish & Fowl”
In North Bend, Oregon, Roger Mooking meets up with Don Ivy, Chief of the Coquille Tribe. Roger and Don roast a school of salmon for a traditional tribal feast. In Los Angeles, Roger visits Andy Ricker, chef/owner of Pok Pok La, who shares the secrets to his famous whole roasted chicken.
Cooks vs. Cons (FOOD NETWORK)
- 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 determine who’s a pro and who’s an average Joe!
Host: Geoffrey Zakarian Judges: Marc Murphy, Daphne Oz
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Cooks vs. Cons (FOOD NETWORK)
- Premiering Sunday, August 21st at 10pm – “Pie Fight”
It’s Sloppy Joe day in the kitchen, and the pros and amateurs must use pies as the surprise ingredient. Some cooks get crusty, but for others, the path to the cash prize is as easy as pie! Judges share cooking ghost stories in the second round when the remaining cooks must utilize campfire treats in their dishes.
Host: Geoffrey Zakarian Judges: Josh Capon, Daphne Oz
- Premiering Sunday, August 28th at 10pm – “Crab Cake Crazy”
The judges are put to the test determining whose crab cakes are the best between cooks and cons. When frozen vegetables must be used to create a winning dish, will it be a piece of cake for the working chefs or will the amateurs have the advantage? Then, it’s a booze cruise to the finish, as the secret ingredient of cocktails keeps the judges drunk with power.
Host: Geoffrey Zakarian Judges: Richard Blais, Marcus Samuelsson
Food Network Star Kids – Premiering Monday, August 22nd at 8pm – SERIES PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
In this new series hosted by former teen stars-turned-celeb cooks Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan, talented kid competitors will battle their way through a variety of culinary and social media challenges for the chance to become the first-ever Food Network Star Kids champion.
Chopped Junior (FOOD NETWORK)
- 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
Chopped Teen Tournament – Premiering Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm – TOURNAMENT PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
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
Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge – Premieres Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm – TOURNAMENT PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
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
Brunch @ Bobby’s – Premiering Sunday, August 28th at 12:30pm – SEASON PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
Brunch @ Bobby’s invites viewers to sip a Bloody Mary with Bobby Flay and join him in his greatest passion, cooking brunch. From sweet to savory, and for any occasion, Brunch @ Bobby’s is Bobby in his element – cool, calm and relaxed with a spatula in one hand, a cocktail in the other and nowhere to be! Brunch has never been more inviting.
The Great Food Truck Race – Premiering Sunday, August 28th at 9pm – SEASON PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
The Great Food Truck Race returns and this time, it’s a family affair! This season, host Tyler Florencewelcomes six teams comprised of families as they hit the road and cook their way through sunny southern California. Each week, the teams will make a new pit stop, from theme parks to food festivals to bizarre roadside attractions. The team that sells the most food will race on to the next stop until just one food truck remains and wins the $50,000 grand prize.
- Premiering Sunday, August 28th at 9pm – “A Family Affair”
Six family teams kick off The Great Food Truck Race with a funnel cake eating contest at Six Flags theme park in Los Angeles. After leaving the park, host Tyler Florence gives the families their first challenge: create the ultimate theme park bite, with the winning team earning $200. On day two, the teams take part in a bidding war for a prime selling spot on the grounds of Six Flags. These first time food truckers quickly realize operating a food truck is much more than fun in the California sun as they continue on the road to the grand prize of $50,000!
Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games – Premiering Sunday, August 28th at 8pm – TOURNAMENT PREMIERE! (FOOD NETWORK)
It’s the biggest, most ambitious GGG all-star event yet! Eight of Guy Fieri’s favorite superstar chefs are competing in Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games, an epic five-week Flavortown showdown. Each week, one celebrity chef will check out and the last chef standing will win $40,000 for their favorite charity. ChefsRichard Blais, Maneet Chauhan, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Damaris Phillips, Jet Tila and Justin Warner bring their best food and incredible skills to Guy’s craziest games in order to bring home the win.