The Food Network announced details of its new season today and, having seen the first episode of The Next Iron Chef, we urge you all to set your DVRs for 9 p.m. on October 4. In the first challenge, the chefs (including Nate Appleman, Jose Garces, and Amanda Freitag) must first cook something from their past, and then show fearlessness by cooking with scary ingredients. (And we mean scary. Scary like unhatched eggs.) We’re also looking forward to Butter chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli’s new show, Alex’s Day Off. The first episode, “Early Morning Breakfast” features dishes like “cheese fondue hashbrowns and homemade doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and hot blueberry jam,” which will do wonders for future hangovers. See the complete rundown below.
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**FOOD NETWORK OCTOBER 2009 HIGHLIGHTS**
‘THE NEXT IRON CHEF’ BATTLES FOR SUPREMACY IN OCTOBER
Season Two of ‘The Next Iron Chef’, Special 90-Minute Premiere
New Daytime Series “Alex’s Day Off” with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
New Specials: ‘Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri’ and ‘Good Eats 10th Anniversary’
NEW YORK - September, 2009 - Kitchen Stadium once again opens its doors to find a new culinary warrior in the season two premiere of The Next Iron Chef on Sunday, October 4th at 9pm. Hosted by Alton Brown, the series challenges ten top chefs from around the country in a series of demanding situations, testing their culinary skills and mental toughness. Popular Food Network personality, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli shares her cooking style as a professional chef, working mom and passionate home cook, inviting viewers to cook down-to-earth recipes with sophistication and sass in new daytime series, Alex’s Day Off premiering Sunday, October 18th at 9:30am ET/PT. Alton Brown celebrates ten years of culinary exploration with a one-hour special, Good Eats 10th Anniversary on Saturday, October 10th at 10pm and Guy Fieri throws down the gauntlet to teams battling for tailgating supremacy in Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri on Saturday, October 17th at 9pm.
The Next Iron Chef- Season Two
Kitchen Stadium once again opens its doors to find a new culinary warrior in the sizzling primetime series The Next Iron Chef. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America), the reality competition challenges ten top chefs from around the country in a series of demanding situations, testing their culinary skills and mental toughness. The winner will join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, and be launched into instant fame as a member of the Chairman’s team on Iron Chef America.
Premiering Sunday, October 4th at 9pm- SEASON PREMIERE!
In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef, 10 chefs arrive in Los Angeles to compete in a series of globally-inspired cooking challenges that will test their abilities to master culinary styles from around the world. The chefs are greeted by host Alton Brown (Iron Chef America, Good Eats), who gives them their first two tests: Memory and Fearlessness. For Memory, the chefs are asked to use an ingredient that has played a significant role in their lives to create a dish that expresses their culinary style and heritage. Next, the chefs are assigned exotic ingredients from around the world that test their iron wills and stomachs. They must showcase their fearless nature through their approach in using these ingredients as the centerpiece of two dishes. The first chef is then eliminated.
Premiering Sunday, October 11th at 9pm
Host Alton Brown gives the nine remaining chefs their next two challenges: Simplicity and Interpretation. In the first challenge, the chefs are asked to use a variety of one-pot cooking devices from around the world to make a family-style dish. The chefs judge one another and reveal who cooked both the most successful and the least successful creations using the ethnic cooking vessels. Next, the chefs are asked to reinvent classic “international” dishes to see who can create an Iron Chef-worthy interpretation of some of the best-known dishes in the world. The next chef is eliminated.
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Premiering Sunday, October 18th at 9pm
Host Alton Brown explains that Innovation is one of the most important traits of an Iron Chef and both challenges in this episode must embody that trait. First, the chefs disperse to four of the best Asian eateries in Los Angeles where they quickly taste and then attempt to recreate the house specialty from each restaurant. The chefs are armed only with their discerning palates to figure out how the dish is made. Next, the chefs are tasked with innovating and creating a new dish that is a hybrid of Asian flavors and American culinary sensibilities. The next chef is eliminated.
Premiering Sunday, October 25th at 9pm
An Iron Chef must adapt to a secret ingredient that is revealed just moments before cooking. For their next test, host Alton Brown asks the remaining seven chefs endure a tough test of Adaptability. The chefs have 90 minutes to prepare a savory and sweet duo of Mexican-inspired dishes and a creative beverage that successfully utilizes a secret ingredient flown in from Mexico on American Airlines. At the iconic Grand Central Market, the chefs shop for additional indigenous ingredients to effectively capture the heart and soul of Mexican cooking. They are judged on how well they adapt the secret ingredient to their culinary creations. One chef is eliminated.
Alex’s Day Off
Premieres: Sunday, October 18th at 9:30am
Alex Guarnaschelli, professional chef, working mom and passionate home cook, invites viewers to learn her down-to-earth recipes in Alex’s Day Off. Alex shows how cooking her personal style of American, French and Italian faire can be elegant and approachable, with a side of sass. Viewers will enjoy mouth-watering dishes like Mussels on the Grill, Roasted Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts, Shallots and Garlic, Bibb, Radish and Grape Salad with Bacon Dressing and Homemade Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Hot Blueberry Jam.
Premieres: Sunday, October 18th at 9:30am - SERIES PREMIERE!
“Early Morning Breakfast”
Alex transforms favorite morning dishes as she prepares Spice-Rubbed Bacon with Fried Eggs and Toast “Soldiers” paired with Cheese Fondue Hashbrowns and Homemade Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Hot Blueberry Jam. For drinks, Alex’s Muddled Screwdrivers complete the perfect early morning breakfast.
Premiering Sunday, October 25th at 9:30am
“Dinner with Friends”
Alex makes preparing a dinner for a group of friends look easy with her Roasted Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts, Shallots, and Garlic. Gooey Pressed Cheese Sandwiches, a Salad of Wilted Winter Greens and a simple, but beautiful Roasted Pears with Dulce de Leche and Shaved Chocolate dessert finishes the meal.
Down Home with the Neelys
Premiering Saturday, October 3rd at 11am
“Food & Fun”
What could be more fun than cooking up a fun meal the whole family can enjoy? The Neelys start off with a mouthwatering Alabama White Barbecue Chicken and delicious Spicy Baked Beans that have the kids begging for seconds. They finish off with Banana Cupcakes topped with a Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting. And to wash it all down, Gina makes her Pucker Up Lemon-Limeade.
Cooking For Real
Premiering Saturday, October 3rd at 12pm
“Goin’ Back to Cali, Kinda”
Sunny, inspired by her days in the Golden State, whips up a classic West Coast combo- Chicken and Waffles.
Plus, Sunny shares recipes for Lemon and Walnut Waffles and Sunny’s Sweet N Sour Garden Collards.
Sandra’s Money Saving Meals
Premiering Sunday, October 25th at 12pm
“Fast and Frugal”
As always, Sandra’s creative recipes save money and time! She starts out with Blackened Catfish served alongside sautéed vegetables and then cooks up a tasty BBQ Beef Stir Fry. Her delicious Orange Fizz cocktail adds a spirited twist to the menu. Sandra then puts her extras to work with a “Round 2 Recipe” for Cajun Dirty Rice and a great recipe Cold Noodle Salad on FoodNetwork.com.
Good Eats 10th Anniversary
Premieres: Saturday, October 10th at 10pm
To celebrate Good Eats tenth anniversary , Alton Brown and company put on a variety show for an audience that is full of lively conversation, strange cooking devices, a trivia game show, a parade of guests, a live band, and one very strange birthday cake.
Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri
Saturday, October 17th at 9pm
The battle on the gridiron may be rough when the Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills, but it’s nothing compared to the action going on outside the stadium. In this one hour special, host Guy Fieri throws down the gauntlet to tailgating teams from Buffalo and Chicago to see who has the most killer grub in the game. Bringing their rigs, grills, costumes, attitudes and amazing eats, these teams mean business and are fighting for tailgating supremacy!
Premieres: Saturday, October 24th at 9pm
Just in time for Halloween, Adam Gertler travels coast-to-coast in search of America’s most extreme sweets. Adam discovers creepy, crawly scorpion suckers and worm covered caramel apples on the California coast, candy cocktails and a chocolate spa in Hershey, PA and a crazy candy shop in Hollywood with a sweet, so spicy he has to sign a waiver to eat it! From an art gallery where the paintings are made entirely from jelly beans to a top-secret candy test kitchen, Adam takes a wild ride through outrageous confections destinations.
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.
Premieres: Sunday, October 11th at 10pm
“Flay vs. Gordon”
Seattle-based chef Daisley Gordon enters Kitchen Stadium to challenge Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Will Chef Gordon’s Pacific Northwest cuisine wow the judges, or will it fall flat against Iron Chef Flay’s spicy southwestern flair? Tune in to see whose cuisine reigns supreme!
Premieres: Sunday, October 18th at 10pm
“Morimoto vs. Amoroso”
Chef Anthony Amoroso from Michael Mina in Las Vegas enters Kitchen Stadium to take on legendary Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Will Chef Amoroso dazzle the judges with his use of the secret ingredient, or will Iron Chef Morimoto take home the glory? Tune in to see whose cuisine reigns supreme!
Premieres: Sunday, October 25th at 10pm
“Cora vs. Walzog”
Las Vegas-based chef David Walzog enters Kitchen Stadium to challenge Iron Chef Cat Cora. Will this steak house chef impress the judges, or will he be defeated by Iron Chef Cora? Tune in to see whose cuisine reigns supreme!
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 $10,000 cash prize on the line, the Challenges are intense.
Premieres: Sunday, October 4th at 8pm
“Edible Cities 2”
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day but at Challenge, two teams of pastry chefs have just eight hours to create an entire city out of chocolate, sugar and cereal treats. The team that best captures the spirit of their chosen city will earn $10,000 and a gold medal.
Premieres: Sunday, October 11th at 8pm
Four top pastry chefs face-off to create amazing sugar showpieces inspired by four classic adventure novels. The competitor that best captures in sugar, the heart-stopping moments of these riveting stories wins $10,000 and a gold medal.
Premieres: Sunday, October 25th at 8pm
This Challenge is not for the faint of heart. Four cake artists make realistic cakes inspired by an original horror story. The one that can tap into their dark side will take home $10,000 and a gold medal.