Sunny Anderson Hosts New Food Network Baking Competition “Easter Basket Challenge”





Sunny Anderson Hosts New Food Network Baking Competition “Easter Basket Challenge”
The five-episode series premieres Monday, March 1 on Food Network and discovery+.
[via press release from Food Network]
SUNNY ANDERSON HOSTS NEW FOOD NETWORK BAKING COMPETITION “EASTER BASKET CHALLENGE”

Bakers Compete in Easter-Themed Challenges with Judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval

Series Premieres on Monday, March 1st on Food Network and discovery+

NEW YORK – January 25, 2021 – Host Sunny Anderson transports viewers into a whimsical world of Easter treats in the primetime baking competition Easter Basket Challenge, premiering Monday, March 1st at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through five one-hour episodes, seven talented and Easter-obsessed bakers take on culinary challenges to create tasty and imaginative holiday masterpieces. Watched throughout the competition by judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval, the expert bakers must interpret the outrageous themes presented to them and showcase delicious Easter confections and unbelievable edible displays. One baker is eliminated each episode, with the final three competitors duking it out for the Bunny Money prize – a golden egg filled with $25,000! For fans who can’t wait for Easter, all episodes of Easter Basket Challenge will be available to stream on March 1st on discovery+.

“Whether the bakers are making Easter bonnets for a holiday fashion challenge or creating edible masterpieces from a playful game of Bunny Pong, Easter Basket Challenge is a joyfully entertaining competition that families will love,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “With Sunny Anderson’s inviting personality, there is nobody better at transporting viewers into this festive world featuring Easter-themed delights.”

In the premiere episode, Sunny challenges the bakers to create jelly bean-inspired pop art pastry tarts and oversized sweets worthy of inclusion in an art museum. The competitors must wow the judges, with one baker’s time in the competition coming to an end. The bakers take on an Easter classic with Peeps taking center stage in a later episode, as the competitors pay tribute to the colorful marshmallow confection with an edible Easter Parade float. And in another thematic challenge, the bakers rock the runway with their tasty takes on fashion trends using Easter candy as inspiration, including a strut down a catwalk with Easter bonnets. The finale includes the crafty competitors making a three-foot tall panoramic Easter egg, with lots of cotton tails and a few Easter fails along the way, as the last baker standing takes home the grand prize and bragging rights as the Easter Basket Challenge champion.

To get a first look at the competition, follow #EasterBasketChallenge on Food Network’s social platforms, and check out Facebook and Instagram to go behind the scenes with Sunny Anderson, Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Former Pro Football Players Turned Bakery Owners Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin Pay It Forward





Former Pro Football Players Turned Bakery Owners Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin Pay It Forward in “Cupcake Guys Training Camp”
The one-hour special, executive produced by Michael Strahan, airs Saturday, February 6 at 1pm ET/PT on Food Network and streams the same day on discovery+.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
FORMER PRO FOOTBALL PLAYERS TURNED BAKERY OWNERS BRIAN ORAKPO AND MICHAEL GRIFFIN PAY IT FORWARD IN “CUPCAKE GUYS TRAINING CAMP”

One-Hour Special Premieres Saturday, February 6th on Food Network and discovery+

NEW YORK – January 15, 2021 – Linebacker Brian “Rak” Orakpo and safety Michael “Griff” Griffin played college football for the University of Texas and went pro with the Tennessee Titans, but now these retired players have an unexpected passion: cupcakes. With Griff as head baker, Rak as lead cupcake decorator and their lifelong friend “Little Bryan” Hynson handling the bakery business, they are known as “The Cupcake Guys” who went viral after a national commercial campaign and now own a booming shop in Austin, Texas. In Cupcake Guys Training Camp, executive produced by Michael Strahan and airing Saturday, February 6th at 1pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming the same day on discovery+, they are ready to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their baking dreams. In the one-hour special, three talented bakers get 48 hours, a baking truck and, with coaching from Rak, Griff and Bryan, are tested on their baking and selling skills to determine who has what it takes to go pro. The last baker standing is awarded a seed money investment in their business. Cupcake Guys Training Camp is produced by SMAC Entertainment, Spoke Studios, ITV America and The Story Lab, Inc.

“The Cupcake Guys captivated us with their national commercial where the big guys donned pink aprons and decorated little cupcakes – and we’ve been wanting to get an inside look at their business ever since,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “These lifelong friends are funny and competitive and they bring all the talent, skill and dedication they had on the gridiron to the bakery every day.”

“I’ve known Rak and Griff a long time and love that they followed their passion from professional football to cupcakes,” said Strahan. “They, along with their best friend Bryan Hynson, are the perfect team to mentor new entrepreneurs and send them on the path to success – and they are hilarious.”

Fans can follow along with the baking challenges during training camp and weigh in on their favorites on social using #CupcakeGuys. For even more, viewers can head to FoodNetwork.com/CupcakeGuys.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. The new service will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. For more about discovery+, click here.

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



The Change of Seasons Ushers in a New Batch of Talented Bakers on Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship”





The Change of Seasons Ushers in a New Batch of Talented Bakers on Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship”
The series returns with a special two-hour super-sized episode on Monday, February 22 at 9:00/8:00c.
[via press release from Food Network]
THE CHANGE OF SEASONS USHERS IN A NEW BATCH OF TALENTED BAKERS ON FOOD NETWORK’S “SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP”

Ali Khan Hosts with Judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman

New Season Premieres on Monday, February 22nd on Food Network and discovery+

NEW YORK – January 13, 2021 – The country’s most talented bakers take on springtime treats in a new season of Food Network’s hit culinary competition Spring Baking Championship, premiering with a special two-hour super-sized episode on Monday, February 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. Fans can also stream the series on discovery+ with new episodes weekly beginning February 22nd. Host Ali Khan returns to present 11 competitors from across the country with spring-themed baking challenges for a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize and a spot in Food Network Magazine. But in order to win this competition the bakers must show off their superb baking skills each episode over two rounds, including a pre-heat test which gives a baker an advantage during the main heat. Through 10 episodes the competitors must prove they can create and elevate tasty springtime desserts to impress judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman to make it to the finale and kick off their spring in the sweetest way.

“With last season having the series’ highest ratings, it is clear viewers can’t get enough of Spring Baking Championship which features incredible baked masterpieces,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “With ten episodes of action-packed artistry and challenges, fans are in for a treat with a new season of edible, spring-themed creations that celebrate the change of seasons.”

In the premiere, bakers are welcomed to the Spring Baking Tent and kick off the season by whipping up tasty farm stand inspired breakfast treats. For the main heat, the bakers strut their skills in a dessert challenge that celebrates spring’s happy, dancing cows. Other episodic challenges include the bakers making beautiful proposal-plate desserts that celebrate springtime romance; the competitors baking outdoor treats to enjoy around the campfire; and the bakers taking on a classic summertime treat by creating their own springtime delight featuring cookies, ice cream and fruit. The three finalists who make it to the finale must hit a high note with songbird-themed desserts in the pre-heat. Then, in the main heat it’s all about celebrating the joys of the garden, and the critters within, as the competitors make lush spring garden cakes with a surprise design element inside.

To find even more baked bites, recipes, tips and video content, visit FoodNetwork.com. Plus, meet the bakers, check out highlights throughout the season, and get behind-the-scenes photos on Food Network’s social platforms using #SpringBakingChampionship.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Sneak Peek of “The Making of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines” to Air on Food Network





Sneak Peek of “The Making of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines” to Air on Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel and DIY January 3rd at 7pm ET
Then, immediately following at 8pm ET, Food Network and Cooking Channel will premiere two new episodes of “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines.”
[via press release from Food Network]
***TUNE-IN ALERT***

Sneak Peek of “The Making of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines” to Air on Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel and DIY January 3rd at 7pm ET

Followed by Two All-New Episodes of “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines” on Food Network and Cooking Channel at 8pm ET

NEW YORK – December 28, 2020- Mark your calendars, on January 3rd fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines will get the opportunity to see a little more of what the couple has been working on for their new Magnolia Network when two specials simulcast ahead of the January 4th series debut on discovery+. In the one-hour special The Making of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, airing Sunday, January 3rd at 7pm ET across Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel and DIY, viewers will see just how Chip and Joanna transform a historic gristmill into the stunning home of Joanna’s new cooking show. Then, immediately following at 8pm ET, Food Network and Cooking Channel will premiere two new episodes of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines. In the first episode, “A Family Tradition,” Joanna makes a cherished family favorite — Grandpa Stevens’ classic Lebanese dish, Fatayer, served with a Lebanese salad, Hummus and Baklava for dessert. In the second episode, “A Friendsgiving Feast,” Joanna shares one of her favorite meals to make as the seasons change — a rich and delicious Friendsgiving casserole, Cranberry sauce, Green Beans Amandine and Cherry Almond Crisp for dessert.

“Over the years, I’ve come to realize the impact that food has on our lives. It bolsters our traditions and it maintains our fondest memories and our notion of home and family. With just one bite, food can bring you back to a specific moment in time,” said Joanna Gaines. “Season one of my cooking show is filled with tried and true, family favorites that do just that. Recipes that remind me of my childhood, or my heritage, or lazy Saturday mornings at home with my family. This cooking show is a celebration of family, community, and traditions around the table. I hope you enjoy Magnolia Table as much as I’ve enjoyed filming it. It’s an honor to get to share some of my favorite recipes with you!”

discovery+ will feature an exclusive first look at content from the Magnolia Network, the forthcoming multiplatform joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Magnolia Network preview includes advance access to some of the Gaineses’ most-anticipated projects, including the newest iteration of the show that started it all with Fixer Upper: Welcome Home; complete first season of the cooking series Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines; Road to Launch, featuring intimate conversations between the Gaineses and various talent from the upcoming Magnolia Network programming slate; the documentary Courage to Run, which chronicles a fortuitous meeting that inspired Chip to train for and complete his first marathon; and premiere episodes from ten upcoming Magnolia Network original series. The preview will be exclusive to discovery+ until the launch of Magnolia Network later in 2021.

Earlier this spring, Magnolia Network previewed its upcoming original slate with A Look Back & A Look Ahead on DIY Network, giving viewers a sneak peek of the incredible stories waiting to be told on the network. More than 2.5 million total viewers tuned in for the four-part special, delivering the highest-rated day in DIY Network history among P25-54. Additionally, Food Network hosted a special one-hour event In the Kitchen with Joanna Gaines in April, which netted the single highest-rated weekend daytime telecast in Food Network history.

Follow #MagnoliaTable for even more of Joanna’s family recipes that are perfect for special occasions and everyday dinners alike, as well as behind-the-scenes videos. Fans can visit www.discoveryplus.com, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. The new service will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. For more about discovery+, click here.

Magnolia Network is a media joint venture between Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories. At Magnolia Network, we believe in telling life’s stories authentically and empowering our viewers to move past their comfort zones and try new things. We seek to entertain through smart, layered storytelling that inspires creativity, upholds beauty and draws out curiosity. Here, we are creating a space where we hope viewers will feel their time with us is never without purpose, but rather is time well spent. Magnolia Network is set to launch in 2021. For more information about Magnolia Network, please visit www.Magnolia.com/Network.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

COOKING CHANNEL (www.cookingchanneltv.com) is an entertainment brand dedicated to today’s passionate food lover. For food people, by food people, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing hunger for more content devoted to food and cooking in every dimension from global cuisines to international travel, history and unconventional how-to’s. Cooking Channel is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Food Network Launches First-Ever Official Podcast, “Food Network Obsessed”





Food Network Launches First-Ever Official Podcast, “Food Network Obsessed” with Host Jaymee Sire
Each week, Jaymee will sit down with some of her favorite Food Network stars, chefs and hosts dishing on all things delicious in the food world and pulling back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes taste of the network’s hottest shows.
[via press release from Food Network]
FOOD NETWORK LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL PODCAST, “FOOD NETWORK OBSESSED” WITH HOST JAYMEE SIRE

NEW YORK- December 18, 2020- Food Network is giving fans an extra serving and an inside peek with its first-ever podcast, Food Network Obsessed launching Friday, January 8th . Food Network Obsessed will be hosted by food blogger, journalist, TV host and Food Network superfan, Jaymee Sire, who is no stranger to Food Network viewers from her appearances on Food Network Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay and Iron Chef Showdown. Each week, Jaymee will sit down with some of her favorite Food Network stars, chefs and hosts dishing on all things delicious in the food world and pulling back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes taste of the network’s hottest shows. From taste-making trends to exclusive interviews and backstage secrets, nothing is off the menu.

“You could say I’ve always been Food Network Obsessed! From watching Throwdown with Bobby Flay to appearing on Beat Bobby Flay, I have always been a Food Network fan. Having the opportunity to bring that all together, along with my journalism background as the host of this new podcast, is really a pinch me sort of moment,” said Sire. “I cannot wait to share the fun we are about to have on the first ever Food Network podcast!”

New episodes of the Food Network Obsessed podcast will continue to launch every Friday and will be available on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts.

Fans can go to Food Network Obsessed at FoodNetwork.com/FoodNetworkObsessed for more information, and follow Food Network and Jaymee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Jeff Mauro Hosts New Culinary Competition Series in Suburban Streets on Food Network’s “Kitchen Crash”





Jeff Mauro Hosts New Culinary Competition Series in Suburban Streets on Food Network’s “Kitchen Crash”
With only 10 minutes on the clock, each chef must convince a local homeowner on the cul-de-sac to hand over ingredients from their kitchens and pantries, with the caveat that the competing chefs can only use the items that the homeowners can fit into one bin.
[via press release from Food Network]
JEFF MAURO HOSTS NEW CULINARY COMPETITION SERIES IN SUBURBAN STREETS ON FOOD NETWORK’S “KITCHEN CRASH”

New Series Premieres Wednesday, January 6th at 10pm ET/PT

New York – December 15, 2020 – Host Jeff Mauro brings all the pressure and heat of culinary competitions to the suburban streets on Kitchen Crash, premiering on Wednesday, January 6th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the six episodes, professional chefs head to a local neighborhood block for an outdoor cook-off. With only 10 minutes on the clock, each chef must convince a local homeowner on the cul-de-sac to hand over ingredients from their kitchens and pantries, with the caveat that the competing chefs can only use the items that the homeowners can fit into one bin. With no additional pantry items and no option to restock, the chefs must ration what they are given for the entire competition. The chef that can make the most delicious dishes using only the ingredients in the average American kitchen will earn a cash prize to split with the family who provided the ingredients.

“Kitchen Crash is a unique cook-off that gets the whole neighborhood involved in the fun as the residents help to provide the ingredients and cheer on the chefs during the competition that takes place right in their very own front yards,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

These professional chefs must turn on the charm to convince local residents to hand over food from their fridge and provisions from their pantries to use in the competition. Making the competition even tougher, the chefs must cook curbside as their skills are tested in challenges from Tex-Mex meals, to festival fare, to meat lover’s breakfasts, and more, while the neighborhood watches. Jeff Mauro along with one special guest judge, including Matt Abdoo, Leah Cohen, Eddie Jackson, Nilou Motamed, Christian Petroni, and Marcus Samuelsson will decide who crushed the competition. In the end, one winning chef will split a $10,000 cash prize with their lucky host family!

Fans can get Jeff’s cooking tips, how-tos and recipes at FoodNetwork.com/KitchenCrash. Plus, follow all the action using #KitchenCrash.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



It’s No Holds Barred as Judges Face Off Against Past Competitors for Largest Cash Prize in “Chopped”





It’s No Holds Barred as Judges Face Off Against Past Competitors for Largest Cash Prize in “Chopped” History on “Chopped: Grudge Match”
“The plan is simple – defeat the giants of Chopped and win the biggest prize in the competition’s history, but this tournament is anything but simple,” said Courtney White.
[via press release from Food Network]
IT’S NO HOLDS BARRED AS JUDGES FACE OFF AGAINST PAST COMPETITORS FOR LARGEST CASH PRIZE IN “CHOPPED” HISTORY ON “CHOPPED: GRUDGE MATCH”

Tournament Premieres Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

Five-Part Stunt Features Sixteen Chefs, Made Up of Chopped Judges and Former Champions Competing for $100,000 and Bragging Rights

NEW YORK – December 11, 2020 – It is history in the making in the Chopped kitchen, as sixteen professional chefs made up of Chopped judges and former champions take their spots at the stoves in the five-episode stunt Chopped: Grudge Match, premiering Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, each episode features some of the most brilliant stars in the game tasked with making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients with a limited amount of time over three rounds – appetizer, entrée, and dessert – to prove they have what it takes to earn the largest cash prize awarded on Chopped – $100,000! But this tournament will be like no other, as it includes the cream of the crop going head-to-head as they are judged by a rotating panel at the Chopped judges’ table, including Michelle Bernstein, Nilou Motamed, Christian Petroni, and Geoffrey Zakarian to determine which competitors move on to the grand finale to take on one last trio of mystery baskets for bragging rights and score the biggest prize in Chopped history.

“The plan is simple – defeat the giants of Chopped and win the biggest prize in the competition’s history, but this tournament is anything but simple,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “With chefs with top-level skills returning to battle it out, including our very own judges playing for Discovery’s Turn Up! Fight Hunger, a partnership with No Kid Hungry, settling grudges and showing viewers what it takes to prevail in the Chopped kitchen.”

Through five episodes of grudge matches the competitors must showcase their culinary chops utilizing the mystery basket ingredients, including four defeated culinary heavyweights from the “Beat the Judge” series returning with a score to settle. One ambitious champion runs into two major problems toward the end of the first round, while something stinky in the entrée basket has the competitors nervous. Then, after both remaining champs cook their hearts out with the dessert basket, the judges have a gut-wrenching decision to make. In another episode, four Chopped deities – Tiffani Faison, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos – open the appetizer basket and find a strange fish dish and some tiny exotic fruits. A pizza topped with something wild is the star ingredient in the entrée basket, and a vegetable disguised as a meat is a treat in the dessert round. Other episodes include four Chopped champions who were previously defeated by the judges returning to the kitchen hungrier than ever to take down everyone in their paths; and see sparks fly when Chopped legends Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Marc Murphy face off for a chance to represent the judges in the finale. But joining them is a contender who has earned the right to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best. The winners from each heat meet in this historic Grudge Match finale, featuring judges vs. champions! With two separate knockout rounds to determine which genius judge and brilliant champ make it to the $100,000 title fight, the stakes have never been higher. Who will score the biggest prize in Chopped history, and who will be chopped?

Fans can get to know the competing chefs and get a behind-the-scenes look at the competition at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped. Follow along with the competition and tell us who you’re rooting for on social media using #Chopped.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



Food Network Stars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are on a Culinary Journey for New discovery+





Food Network Stars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are on a Culinary Journey for New discovery+ Series “Bobby and Giada in Italy”
In each hour-long episode, Bobby and Giada immerse themselves in the culinary traditions of Italy, soaking in the history and energy behind some of their favorite locations they have visited through the years.
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]
FOOD NETWORK STARS BOBBY FLAY AND GIADA DE LAURENTIIS ARE ON A CULINARY JOURNEY FOR NEW DISCOVERY+ SERIES “BOBBY AND GIADA IN ITALY”

All Episodes are Exclusively Available to Stream on discovery+ Starting Monday, January 4th

All-New Travelogue Series Features Bobby and Giada Exploring Rome and Tuscany, Seeking Out Their Favorite Italian Dishes

NEW YORK – December 7, 2020 – Food Network icons and good friends, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, are on an Italian adventure to eat and drink their way through the country they love so dearly on the new four-episode discovery+ series Bobby and Giada in Italy, available exclusively to stream starting Monday, January 4th on discovery+. Having traveled to Rome in the past, Bobby instantly fell in love with the lifestyle, the culture, and most of all the food. But Bobby believes that to really understand a destination you must see it with a local, so he reached out to Giada, who having grown up in Italy, has Rome in her blood. Together, Bobby and Giada embark on a trip of a lifetime, spending a month in Rome and Tuscany while getting inspired by Italy’s history, local cuisine, and of course enjoying ‘la dolce vita’!

“Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are Food Network stars and iconoclasts, but also very close friends. It was a thrill for our cameras to follow them on their personal travels through Italy, as viewers get to see a whole new side of Giada and Bobby as they reveal their favorite places to eat and drink. From Rome to Tuscany, watching this show is like taking a dream trip to Italy from your couch,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

In each hour-long episode, Bobby and Giada immerse themselves in the culinary traditions of Italy, soaking in the history and energy behind some of their favorite locations they have visited through the years, all the while savoring the dishes that continue to make Italy a go-to destination for global cuisine.

“We see great opportunity to fill the white space in streaming with our premium, nonfiction offering at discovery+,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP Content and Commercial Strategy discovery+. “Bobby and Giada in Italy fits perfectly in this lane, with beloved personalities and a cinematic style that we’re confident will resonate with our superfans on streaming.”

As Bobby and Giada arrive in Rome, they immediately seek out their favorite foods – for Giada, it’s the Pizza Bianca she grew up eating as a child, and for Bobby, his most frequented gelato shop. Afterwards, Giada and Bobby visit the neighborhoods they love, learning about the four iconic pastas, while sitting down to a traditional Roman meal with Giada’s mother, author and actress Veronica De Laurentiis. In another episode while in the Eternal City, Bobby and Giada seek out classic dishes that are being served up with modern techniques and new flavor combinations, placing Italy on the cutting edge of culinary trends. Other episodes include Giada and Bobby driving to the countryside of Tuscany for the second leg of their Italian adventure, where they learn hands-on how to make pecorino cheese, along with exploring local farms and an ancient flour mill. And in their final week in Italy, Bobby and Giada are in wine country in the Tuscan Hills of Montalcino, a medieval fortress town made famous for its Brunello wine. It’s a chef’s dream as they source high-end local ingredients and visit an iconic winery.

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. The new service will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the U.S., discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. discovery+ will offer more than 55,000 episodes all in one place, with over 2,500 current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. For more about discovery+, click here.

Follow #BobbyAndGiadaInItaly to get the first look at all the dishes Bobby and Giada are eating in Rome and Tuscany. And check out Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages to watch exclusive interviews with Bobby and Giada, and to go behind the scenes with them in the Italian countryside. For more, go to www.discoveryplus.com, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



Carla Hall Joins Anne Burrell to Mentor Fresh Batch of Disastrous Cooks in Brand-New Season of “Worst Cooks in America”





Carla Hall Joins Anne Burrell to Mentor Fresh Batch of Disastrous Cooks in Brand-New Season of “Worst Cooks in America” Premiering Sunday, January 3rd at 9PM ET/PT
Immediately following at 10:30/9:30c, companion series “Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes” begins its first-ever run.
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CARLA HALL JOINS ANNE BURRELL TO MENTOR FRESH BATCH OF DISASTROUS COOKS IN BRAND-NEW SEASON OF “WORST COOKS IN AMERICA” PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD AT 9PM ET/PT

Companion Series Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes Follows Season Premiere Showcasing the Funniest and Most Outrageous Moments in Series History

NEW YORK – November 24, 2020 – Food Network kicks off the New Year with a brand-new season of fan-favorite series Worst Cooks in America and this time, Chef Carla Hall is facing off against Chef Anne Burrell to see who can transform their team of kitchen disasters into culinary masters. They have their work cut out for them as two teams of terrible cooks, one lead by Carla and the other by Anne, battle their way through a rigorous kitchen boot camp. From a farm-themed showdown to a “Meal or No Meal” game show and lumberjack pancake stack race, the challenges are tougher and more outrageous than ever. In the end, only the recruit who makes the most impressive culinary transformation wins the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor. The season premieres with a 90-minute episode on Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. Immediately following at 10:30pm, companion series Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes begins its first-ever run. Each week, memorable boot camp alumni, celebrity recruits including Carson Kressley and Sonja Morgan, and comedians watch along and dish the dirt on the funniest episodes of Worst Cooks in America.

“Carla is the perfect addition as a Worst Cooks mentor – watching her and Anne tackle the almost insurmountable task of whipping these kitchen disasters into shape makes for a very entertaining season,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “On Dirty Dishes, the laughs are constant while watching the most outrageous show moments alongside celebrities, comedians and the recruits who lived them.”

This season’s recruits are: Watik Aleem (Aurora, Colorado); Cameron Bartlett (Norma, Oklahoma); Tiffany Billingsly (Greenwood, Idaho); Joy Blessing (Jacksonville, Florida); McKayla Carter (Blackshear, Georgia); Ayesha Dwyer (Wadsworth, Illinois); Chandali Gullick (Wichita, Kansas); Jonathan Hanna (New York, New York); JJ Hurt (Atlanta, Georgia); Stephanie James (Chicago, Illinois); Joey Kinsley (Rocky River, Ohio); Amber Leverette (Banner Elk, North Carolina); Laura Moore (Los Angeles, California) and Mo Nooreldin (Kirkland, Washington).

In the premiere episode, Anne and Carla welcome fourteen horrible cooks to boot camp and for the first challenge, they have the recruits make their favorite horrendously homemade dishes to show off their cooking chops, or lack thereof. Anne and Carla then pick teams and for the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with replicating Asian takeout dishes. The recruits on each team with the worst dishes are sent home and the rest move on to cook another day. Upcoming episodes include a farm-to-table challenge, all-seafood skill drill and a fast-paced game all about breakfast. In the finale on Sunday, February 28th at 9pm, the two most improved recruits put all their newly learned culinary skills to the test to impress a panel of food experts. Ultimately judges Adrienne Cheatham, JJ Johnson and George Mendes taste the dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 grand prize.

Fans can meet the new recruits, get exclusive cooking tips, and take an extended look at Anne and Carla’s Boot Camp demos with the digital companion series Extra Helping. Head to FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks to relive past seasons with Anne and watch as Carla reacts to some of the biggest kitchen disasters in Worst Cooks history. Tell us about your biggest kitchen disaster and follow the competition on social and using #WorstCooks.

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“SUPERMARKET STAKEOUT” RETURNS WITH BRAND-NEW SEASON OF FAST-PACED OUTDOOR COOKING BATTLES





“Supermarket Stakeout” Returns With Brand-New Season of Fast-Paced Outdoor Cooking Battles Where Luck, Negotiation and Cooking Skills Are the Ingredients to Win
Alex Guarnaschelli is back to host the new season, due on Tuesday, December 29 on Food Network.
[via press release from Food Network]
“SUPERMARKET STAKEOUT” RETURNS WITH BRAND-NEW SEASON OF FAST-PACED OUTDOOR COOKING BATTLES WHERE LUCK, NEGOTIATION AND COOKING SKILLS ARE THE INGREDIENTS TO WIN

Hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, Season Three Premieres Tuesday, December 29th at 10pm ET/PT

New York – November 20, 2020 – Food Network’s hit primetime series Supermarket Stakeout, where the action starts as customers exit the aisles, is back with a brand-new season of fresh fast-paced outdoor cooking battles on Tuesday, December 29th at 10pm ET/PT. Hosted by Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, each episode features four talented chefs who must be strategic and persuasive in negotiating items out of exiting customers’ carts with a budget of only $500 and then turn those ingredients into culinary magic in a pop-up kitchen setup. A rotating panel of judges, including Eddie Jackson, Antonia LoFaso and Aarti Sequeira, determine each week which chef made the most successful menu and is awarded enough cash for a year’s worth of groceries.

“Our viewers have been craving more Supermarket Stakeout and this new season delivers all the fun game play and culinary action the show is known for,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “With Alex at the helm, there are laugh-out-loud moments and unexpected results in each episode.”

Before the new season premieres on December 29th, viewers can watch Alex take on some of the toughest carts from prior seasons in Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? on Tuesdays at 10pm. In each episode, she unpacks the toughest bag from round one and then creates a dish in real time. Then Alex blindly picks between two bags from the final round and makes her own dish using only the ingredients she ends up with.

Learn more about Alex and watch her take challenges inspired by the show at FoodNetwork.com/SupermarketStakeout. Follow #SupermarketStakeout on Food Network social channels to share your thoughts on the competition.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.