**FOOD NETWORK OCTOBER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS**
Food Network Seeks ‘The Next Iron Chef’ and Michael Symon Resolves ‘Food Feuds’
Anne Thornton Whips Up ‘Dessert First’ and Nigella Lawson Unwinds in ‘Nigella Kitchen’
Guy Fieri Pursues the Ultimate ‘Tailgate Warrior’ in Special Primetime Series; ‘Private Chefs’ Returns
Food Network Preps for a Spooky Sweet Halloween with Sandra Lee Online Exclusives
NEW YORK – September 16, 2010 – Food Network falls into October with a bang – four series premieres, six all-new seasons and 62 brand-new episodes! Competition hits the ground running as 10 of the country’s most reputable chefs vie for the ultimate culinary title of “Iron Chef” on season three of The Next Iron Chef premiering Sunday, October 3rd at 9pm. Michael Symon visits cities across the country in efforts to squash heated dish disputes on the new primetime series, Food Feuds, premiering Thursday, October 14th at 10pm. The culinary glamour continues as popular primetime series Private Chefs of Beverly Hills returns with a second season on Tuesday, October 12th at 9pm. On a mission to determine which tailgate team reigns supreme, Guy Fieri hosts a special four-week primetime series, Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri, premiering Wednesday, October 20th at 10pm. Food Network also launches two new daytime series: professional pastry chef Anne Thornton simplifies the world of sweets on Dessert First premiering Sunday, October 24th at 12pm, and Nigella Lawson shares recipes for modern living on Nigella Kitchen premiering Sunday, October 3rd at 9am. Plus, FoodNetwork.com features exclusive Halloween videos, entertaining tips and recipes from Sandra Lee, Alton Brown, Duff Goldman and more. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
PRIMETIME SERIES PREMIERES
The Next Iron Chef: Season 3
Premieres: Sunday, October 3rd at 9pm
In the fiercest season-to-date, ten of the country’s most accomplished chefs bet on their skills and put their reputations on the line for the chance to join the industry’s most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats) and filmed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City, season three challenges the chefs’ culinary skills and mental toughness as they enter a clash of culinary titans.
Premieres: Sunday, October 3rd at 9pm
In the season three premiere of The Next Iron Chef, 10 of the country’s best chefs arrive in Los Angeles to compete for the chance to join the most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs. Host Alton Brown greets them with a test of ingenuity, the first of seven tests each focused on an important Iron Chef attribute. With bread as the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the chefs must create sandwiches that represent their personalities. Next, the threat of elimination looms in the Chairman’s Challenge as the chefs find themselves cooking on a beach each with the one ingredient they would want to have if stranded on a desert island. The competition heats up, and the judges send the first contender home.
Premieres: Sunday, October 10th at 9pm
The competition escalates among the remaining nine chefs when host Alton Brown presents a challenge to test their innovation. The contenders arrive at a coffee shop for the Secret Ingredient Challenge where they must create two innovative dishes using a duo of American breakfast favorites: coffee and doughnuts. In the Chairman’s Challenge, the chefs have one grueling hour to innovate classic diner fare like meatloaf and corned beef hash to Iron Chef-quality cuisine. The finalists frantically cook up their improved diner dishes, and another chef leaves at the end of the challenge.
Premieres: Sunday, October 17th at 9pm
An Iron Chef must be able to think on their feet, so the eight remaining chefs face a true test of resourcefulness. For the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the chefs make an imaginative snack from pickles. The competitors then bring their small bites on a fishing field trip where they all reel something in – including a shark! Back in the kitchen, for the Chairman’s Challenge, they make two dishes using the fish they caught. The finalists attempt to conquer the challenge and win over the judges, but one chef doesn’t make the cut.
Premieres: Sunday, October 24th at 9pm
The remaining seven chefs undertake a test of transformation. In the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the chefs transform traditional American condiments and sauces like ketchup, ranch dressing, and mayonnaise into unique recipes. Next, the competitors get sent to the San Diego County Fair where they must gather ingredients from the concession stands in a mad dash to transform their fair food into Iron Chef-worthy dishes for the Chairman’s Challenge. During the difficult battle, the chefs prepare their food on “The Outlaw Grill,” the world’s largest grill, but one of the chefs can’t take the heat and gets eliminated.
Premieres: Sunday, October 31st at 9pm
In this “all-American” episode, the six remaining competitors face the test of respect. For the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the kitchen doors open to reveal a Humvee packed with thousands of pounds of potatoes. Guest expert and judge Lt. Col. Barnes of the U.S. Army explains the challenge: showing respect for the potato (the peeling of which was formerly military punishment) by creating a potato dish in 45 minutes. In the Chairman’s Challenge, the chefs must show respect for the United States by cooking four dishes representing the four main regions on the map: North, South, East, and West. Before elimination, Alton Brown reveals that the five surviving chefs will travel to Las Vegas. One chef gets eliminated while the rest hop on the plane to Sin City.
Premieres: Thursday, October 14th at 10pm
Across the country, heated rivalries divide passionate locals in cities big and small – over which dish defines the district. From meaty lobster rolls and golden fried clams to juicy meatballs and luscious cheesecake, these signature dishes polarize the community. Michael Symon (Iron Chef America) pounds the pavement searching for the country’s most intense and long-standing dish disputes to settle once and for all. Michael works in their kitchens, interviews locals, and summons undercover critics to learn as much as he can about the divisive dishes to finally put a lid on these Food Feuds.
Premieres: Thursday, October 14th at 10pm – SERIES PREMIERE!
Michael Symon rolls up his sleeves to take on two Italian favorites: meatballs in Philadelphia and pizza in Boston. Villa di Roma and Ralph’s Italian Restaurant have both rolled out meatballs for generations and claim to make the best in Philadelphia. Michael settles this feud with the help of locals and the toughest critics of all, grandmothers. Then, he gets to the heart of the Boston-style pizza dispute between Regina Pizzeria and Santarpio’s. Michael enlists the help of an undercover restaurant critic, pizza connoisseurs and local college kids to decide which pizza takes the pie.
Premieres: Thursday, October 21st at 10pm
Michael Symon dives into seafood battles head first in Massachusetts and New York. In Essex, Mass., Woodman’s and J.T. Farnham’s fry up clams better than anyone else. Michael explores their kitchens, talks to foodies, and even goes clamming to figure out who has the best fried clams in Essex. Then, he visits New York City to settle the lobster roll dispute between Luke’s Lobster and Ed’s Lobster Bar. He goes to their kitchens, chats with locals, and gets an expert opinion from Chef Geoffrey Zakarian (24 Hour Restaurant Battle) to declare who makes the supreme lobster roll.
Premieres: Thursday, October 28th at 10pm
Michael Symon settles two cake feuds: crab cakes and cupcakes. In Baltimore, he claws his way into the crab cake recipes of competitors J.W. Faidley and Gertrude’s. He explores the Inner Harbor to determine the people’s choice, and picks the brain of Ron Kasper, a columnist for Baltimore Sun. Then, Michael pounds the pavement to determine who bakes the best red velvet cupcake – Ladybird in Brooklyn, N.Y. or Cupcake Stop in Montclair, N.J. He pops in on a birthday party to get the opinions of 10-year-old cupcake fanatics, but when he tastes a wildcard entry, the decision gets harder.
DAYTIME SERIES PREMIERES
Premieres: Sunday, October 3rd at 9am
With her winning mix of passion, enthusiasm and love of comfort foods, Nigella Lawson is in the kitchen cooking meals for modern living that you will want to make all the time. As well as creating easy and everyday recipes to beat the clock, Nigella shares tips on dishes made just to unwind at the end of the day. Nigella Kitchen will teach viewers how to cook at home with simple and accessible ingredients – making the everyday special and special days easy.
*This October, Nigella also releases a new cookbook, “Nigella Kitchen” (Hyperion, 2010), focused on feel-good food for the way we eat and live today – a welcome resource for both hectic weekday and leisurely weekend cooking.
Dessert First with Anne Thornton
Premieres: Sunday, October 24th at 12pm
In Dessert First with Anne Thornton, expert pastry chef Anne Thornton shares indulgent recipes for tantalizing and tasty sweet treats. From fresh pie crust and creamy ice cream cake to flaky pastries and make-ahead tarts, Anne demystifies and simplifies the sweet world of pastry and dessert. While sprucing up old-fashioned favorites like apple turnovers and pecan pie, Anne teaches viewers the keys to no-fear baking proving any home cook can create show-stopping desserts. Whether she’s planning a dinner party for friends or whipping up a quick weeknight meal, Anne always thinks about Dessert First.
Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri
Premieres: Wednesday, October 20th at 10pm
Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite) searches for the top “tailgate warriors” as eight tailgating teams compete at NFL stadiums across the country in a four-week series. Each week, two teams must create two appetizers, one entrée, two sides and one dessert in an hour. They will be judged by a three-person panel and scored based on taste, creativity, difficulty, and presentation. The two highest-scoring teams move on to the championship round and battle it out for the chance to win $50,000.
Premieres: Wednesday, October 20th at 10pm
The battle on the gridiron may be rough when the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks, but it’s nothing compared to the action going on outside the stadium. Guy Fieri throws down the gauntlet and searches for the best tailgate teams in the country. This round, teams from Green Bay and Qwest Field take on the top team from Seattle in a one-hour competition to see who has the most killer grub at the game.
Premieres: Wednesday, October 27th at 10pm
On the hunt for the country’s best tailgate team, Guy Fieri visits the San Francisco 49ers as they take on their neighbors, the Oakland Raiders. In this round, Guy visits his hometown, as the top tailgate team from San Francisco heads across the bay to take on the top team from Oakland in a one-hour competition to see who moves on to round three.
*Note: The final two episodes premiere on Wednesday, November 3rd at 10pm and Wednesday, November 10th at 10pm.
Mexican Made Easy
Premieres Saturday, October 9th at 9:30am
“From Mexico to the World”
Marcela creates a menu highlighting key culinary gifts from Mexico: corn, chocolate, avocadoes, and chiles. She shows viewers how easy it is to incorporate these ingredients into mouthwatering dishes like Easy Corn Tamales, Mexican Chocolate Margaritas, Avocado Flan and Stress-Free Salsa.
5 Ingredient Fix
Premieres Saturday, October 9th at 10:30am
“Ode to the Grastropub”
Claire serves up gastropub favorites with a gourmet twist. From Bangers and Mash and Cheddar Beer Soup to Soda Bread and Banoffee Mess, Claire turns pub grub into super simple and delectable five ingredient dishes.
*On October 6th, Claire will release her first cookbook: 5 INGREDIENT FIX: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes by Claire Robinson (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). The quest for simple and fresh food is over as Claire helps put delicious and sophisticated meals on the table in no time.
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills
Premieres Tuesday, October 12th at 9pm
“A Side of Lamas”
Sasha and Stuart are in for a wild ride when asked to spice up the unveiling of Lorenzo Lamas’ new motorcycle. A California teen’s circus themed Sweet Seventeen party finds Brian and Brooke working without a net, and a Hollywood health nut challenges Jesse and Manouschka to prepare a healthy soul food dinner for her plus-sized family members.
Alex’s Day Off
Premieres Sunday, October 24th at 9:30am
Once in a while, Alex gets the urge to indulge her sweet tooth. To start, she whips up Chocolate Cupcakes with decadent frosting and chewy Lemon Macaroons. To round out the menu, Alex creates a classic Bananas Foster and stirs up a cool Coffee Granita.
Aside from new series and seasons, Food Network premieres all-new episodes of its popular primetime and daytime shows as well as featured competitions series, Iron Chef America and Food Network Challenge.
Primetime: The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chopped, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Good Eats, Meat & Potatoes, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Unwrapped
Daytime: 30 Minute Meals, Barefoot Contessa, Big Daddy’s House, Cooking for Real, Down Home with the Neelys, Grill It with Bobby Flay, Giada at Home, Guy’s Big Bite, Paula’s Best Dishes, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, Ten Dollar Dinners
Iron Chef America
The heat rises in Kitchen Stadium as the American Iron Chefs face off against fierce new competitors.
Premieres Thursday, October 14th at 9pm
“Symon vs. Fraser”
New York City chef John Fraser of Dovetail challenges Iron Chef Michael Symon to an intense culinary battle in Kitchen Stadium. Will Chef Fraser's meal impress the judges enough to beat Iron Chef Symon?
Premieres Sunday, October 17th at 10pm
“Symon vs. Vetri”
Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri of Vetri Italian restaurant enters Kitchen Stadium to take on Iron Chef Michael Symon. Will Vetri’s treatment of the secret ingredient earn him a win, or will he fall to Iron Chef Symon’s cuisine?
Food Network Challenge
Food Network gets the competitive juices flowing in Food Network Challenge with the biggest and most exciting food battles from around the world. Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) hosts as competitors vie for bragging rights and a $10,000 prize.
Premieres Sunday, October 3rd at 8pm
Four talented pumpkin carvers have three rounds to amaze the judges with their sculpting skills. Competitors must carve a classic Jack-o-lantern, an impressive 3-D pumpkin, and their own over-the-top pumpkin masterpiece.
Premieres Sunday, October 24th at 8pm
Four adventurous sugar artists must create a fantasy flying machine out of sugar. Since combining movement with sugar seems nearly impossible, will any of these machines survive their maiden voyage?
Premieres Sunday, October 31st at 8pm
Four artistic cake designers must tell an urban legend story through cakes using extreme elements like lights, sparklers and moving parts.
FoodNetwork.com prepares for a scary sweet Halloween with Sandra Lee and shares the lowdown on the ultimate trick-or-treats, festive recipes and must-have entertaining tips from Food Network stars Alton Brown, Duff Goldman and more.
*Visit: http://www.foodnetwork.com/halloween (live as of 10/1)
Sandra Lee Exclusive Videos: A can’t-miss collection of Sandra’s best Halloween costumes, cocktails, cupcakes and tablescapes.
Duff’s Tricks and Treats Video Tips: Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman shares gory food tricks and fun ways to create decorative jack o’ lantern and eyeball mini cakes.
Most Popular Halloween Recipes: Serve up some Halloween fun with ghoulishly good desserts from like Candy Corn Parfaits, Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls, Pecan-Caramel Spiders and more.
Creepy Cocktails: Find recipes for the most popular and festive Halloween cocktails like Emeril Lagasse’s Spellbinders with Devil Eyeballs, Michael Chiarello’s Vampire Blood Drink , Sandra Lee’s Green Ghoulade and more.
Alton Brown’s Favorite Fall Recipe: Alton shares an in-depth look at his easy-to-make toasted pumpkin seeds – a perfect treat for any Halloween party.