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Food Network Star: New season, new contestants, new challenges

Since 2005 Food Network has been giving a chance for show-host hopefuls to win their own show in a reality production called Food Network Star and this year is no different. Food Network Star

will be returning to the viewers for the ninth season already this summer. The date to write down is June 2nd.

The show will return with twelve handpicked contestants and culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Alton Brown.

“Alton, Bobby and Giada are not only enduring stars, but also star-makers, so they are the ideal mentors to bring out the best in our talented cast,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

For the list of contestants be sure to check out This website will also give you access for exclusive interviews, insider blogs, photo galleries and information about the personal lives of the finalists. You are also invited to connect with the show’s stars at

As a new twist, this season fans will be able to vote on the contestants performances. Also, one eliminated contestant will get the chance to return and have another run at victory!

“These newcomers are competing to achieve their dream, and their journey is fascinating to watch,” Tuschman added.

The ultimate prize, the winner’s own show on Food Network, will find its recipient during the finale on August 11.

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Cooking with celebrities – what can go wrong?

Even celebrity chefs have managed to crush a lot of dishes, blow up cakes inside the oven and a lot more. They are human like just, just human. And as such, mistakes occur, accidents happen, stuff can blow up, emotions can get overheated.

Whether it will happen in the second season of Food Network Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook Off is still to be seen. The wait for the premiere is creating mixed feelings and nervousness of the celebrity cooks will reach its peak on January 6th at 9pm ET/PT when the second season is premiering.

And there’s a reason to be nervous, the first season’s premier was watched by more than 3 and a half million viewers, ranking the show 3rd in cable rating that night.

This year the show is back with Guy Fieri going against Rachel Ray to determine who of them is the best cooking mentor. They will both have their own teams put together of celebrities such as Chilli, Gilbert Gottfried, Cornelia Guest, Dean McDermott,Kathy Najimy, Hines Ward, Carnie Wilson and Johnny Weir, each of whom is cooking and fighting to win $50 000 to their chosen charity.

“We are upping the ante this season, with eight new celebrity contestants, thrilling challenges and great humor,” said Rachel Ray. “Rachael’s like family, and when we go into the show, our sibling rivalry comes out. It’s fierce, but we have a blast,” Guy Fieri added.

So don’t forget to tune in for the Rachael vs Guy Celebrity Cook Off on January 6th at 9pm ET/PT, 2013.

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Will you watch Rebel with a Culinary Cause?

So another season of Next Food Network Star is over and we have another show to look forward to.  Do you think you will watch it?  Do you think a show like Rebel with a Culinary Cause is something interesting you want to see?  Do you think it will last more then a season or two like so many of the winners of Food Network Star have?

I enjoyed the creativity AND he turned out to actually be a pretty nice kid (not to mention like Alton Brown 2.0), but is it something I will watch?  Would I ever really make or want to eat deep fried sardine bones or a gelatin mold casaer salad dressing topping?

For me the answer is probably no.  It is sad to say, but whereas I watch all of the “Impossible” missions and most all of the competitions, there are very few of the cooks that I enjoy watching their show regularly.  I might click on Paula or Rachel or Chef Simon if I am in the mood to see some cooking or for background noise, but I guess when the competition dust settles so does my interest.  When I do watch and it really has my attention is when they are making something normal that I would actually like to eat rather then something that frankly may sound good, but lets face it unless they come cook for me I am never going to eat it.

What about you will you be watching Rebel With a Culinary Cause

What is your favorite food reality show

Do you find yourself watching the Food Network or other food shows?  Do you ever watch and wonder to yourself, “when did I get hooked on all these cooking reality shows?”.  I realize that some of my favorite shows are food reality shows. If you havent seen them let tell you about just a couple:

Hell’s Kitchen – Now around our house we will watch just about any show with Gordon Ramsey in it, but recently I have been fascinated with Hell’s Kitchen.  It is supposed to be top professional working chef’s competeing for a chance to be the new head chef at a new restaurant being opened.  To do it they do cooking and food challenges and serve dinners at a restaurant under the watchful eye of chef Ramsey.  This should be a no brainer right?  What you find is that most of these people struggle with their cooking skills (maybe it is the pressure but I wonder if they just cant cook sometimes).  More time is spent yelling at the supposed cooks then feeding the patrons and often one or more of the cooks are throw clean out of the kitchen for the night.  Needless to say it is very entertaining.

Restaurant Impossible – Featuring Chef Robert Irvine – in 48 hours they have to fix the problems of the restaurant and remodel it.  Oh AND they only have a budget of $10,000.  Many of these shows are quite heart warming.  Chef Irvine seems to be a truly nice person and many of the people he is helping really deserve a chance.  With that said it terrify’s me sometimes to see the conditions some of these place are in.  I like locally owned places, but sometimes after seeing this show it really make you wonder how clean the kitchen preparing your food is.  In the end almost always the key thing that comes out is in order to run a business you need to run it like a business person.  Know your costs and control your staff and keep up with things.  Seems simple but you would be surprised how many people dont get that.

Do you have a favorite reality show?  Are you like our youngest daughter who wants to own a failing restaurant so a celebrity will come help out LOL.

YOU can choose the next Food Network Star

Do you love cooking? Do you love to learn to prepare new and delicious things? Do you love cooking shows? If so, then Food Network has been created exactly with you in mind. Food Network is a unique lifestyle network, magazine and website that brings you just a bit closer to the joy of food. They offer you a number of cooking shows and June 22nd 2012 is the day when you can choose the next Food Network Star. It’s a show where the final decision by the winner will be based on the online votes by the viewers and the winner’s ultimate prize will be his or her own show on Food Network.

So if you want to watch foodies shows with the host of your choosing, you definitely don’t want to miss the eighth season of Food Network Star. The special 2-hour season premiere airs May 13, 9pm ET/PT and starts with their first “Star Challenge” that is presented by special guest Robert Irvine. In the first episode the contestants need to create their own pop-up restaurant with rather limited resources. Their results are judged by Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson together with a roster of guest judges.

Next episodes include Chopped-style battle, Fashion Week food makeover challenge and Miami beachside competition to style a VIP event. All challenges have been created with only one thing in mind – to find The contestant with the real Star potential.

The three teams are mentored by Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and Giada De Laurentiis. Choose your favorite and support them in spirit starting from May 13, 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.