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Series Premiere Monday, November 9th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network
NEW YORK- September 21, 2015 - Seven teams consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver go head-to-head this holiday season in the ultimate sugar-packed competition trying to outdo each other with their outrageous holiday cake displays on Food Network's Cake Wars: Christmas, premiering on Monday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Over the course of the six exhilarating one-hour episodes, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, the teams will battle it out in two rounds of challenges to design over-the-top cake confections. First, in the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, it is a race against the clock to create an edible Christmas-themed cake. One team will earn a vital advantage in Santa's Mega Challenge, where the teams must create an eye-popping, larger-than-life masterful cake display. Holiday crafter extraordinaire Charles Phoenix and renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard, as well as special guest judges will decide who will jingle all the way home with the $50,000 grand prize.
"Viewers loved the sugar rush of Cake Wars, so we wanted to make a bigger, more spectacular edition celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. These talented teams of food artists ring in the holidays in the most extraordinary way - crafting cake, sugar and edibles into sensational holiday-themed creations that will absolutely blow your mind," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Food Network.
Fan can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photos of the festive, eye-popping creations from the show and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring Jonathan Bennett and the judges. They can also join the conversation on Twitter using #CakeWars.
Premiere Monday, November 9th at 9pm ET/PT
"Ultimate Christmas Lights"
Seven teams go head-to-head to create mind-blowing Christmas cake creations and the chance to take home the $50,000 grand prize. The competition kicks off with the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, where they must construct a cake based on the Frozen character Olaf. Chris Buck, co-director of the movie, will help decide who gets a special advantage in Santa's Mega Challenge, where the teams must create an eye-popping, delicious, and edible display of ultimate Christmas lights. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated.
Premiere Monday, November 16th at 9pm ET/PT
"Who's Coming Down the Chimney?"
In the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, the six remaining teams must take on the iconic tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters. Then, they'll be challenged to combine their skills to show us who is coming down the chimney when Santa takes a sick day in the gigantic Santa's Mega Challenge. Guest judges Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, Co-CEOs of The Elf on the Shelf® help decide which team will be sent home.
Premiere Monday, November 23rd at 9pm ET/PT
"Santa's New Ride"
Five remaining teams battle it out in the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, as they are challenged to make amazing and imaginative edible toys that Santa's elves come up with when left unsupervised in the workshop. Then, when Santa's sleigh is broken the teams must create magical and mysterious displays of Santa's new ride. Joy Cho, author and founder of the OH JOY! Blog, will help choose which team will be eliminated in this holiday race.
Premiere Monday, November 30th at 9pm ET/PT
In the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, the four remaining teams will be challenged to take Christmas intergalactic and show us what happens when Santa is in space! Then, in Santa's Mega Challenge, they must bring world-famous Christmas songs like "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells" to life in a huge edible creation. Home Alone actor Devin Ratray will help decide which team will be sent home.
Premiere Monday, December 7th at 9pm ET/PT
"Charlie Brown Celebrates"
Only three teams remain and they must prove their talents in challenges celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brow
New Season Premieres Saturday, October 10th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network
NEW YORK- September 22, 2015 - Celebrate the month of Halloween by discovering how some of your favorite tricks and treats are made! Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, season two of Unwrapped 2.0 premieres on Saturday, October 10th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network with two new back-to-back episodes. The new season features everything from classic childhood treats to the latest candy crazes to flavorful munchies you crave. Whether you like your snacks sweet or savory, crispy or gooey, Unwrapped 2.0 offers behind-the-scenes access to get you a front row seat to see how they are made.
Upcoming episodes in the 13 episode season include:
Premiering Saturday, October 10th at 8pm - "Movie Munchies" - SEASON PREMIERE!
It is movie munchies madness as host Alfonso Ribeiro goes behind-the-scenes of blockbuster sweets like Dots and Cookie Dough Bites. Then, find out how to add a punch to your sweet tooth with mouth-puckering Sour Straws and San Diego Pretzels' salty Jumbo Soft Pretzel.
Premiering Saturday, October 10th at 8:30pm - "Crunchy"
Host Alfonso Ribeiro explores extra-crunchy snacks, like See's Candies peanut brittle and Snak King's crispy Taco Litos. Then, he learns about Peking Noodles' aptly named Crunchy Noodles, and how Primrose Candy Company has perfected the mix of crunch and chew in their Strawberry Bon-Bons.
Premiering Saturday, October 17th at 8pm - "Barbecue Sides"
Host Alfonso Ribeiro puts together the perfect backyard barbecue, including Mrs. Freshley's melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes, Mrs. Fisher's perfectly-salted rippled chips, and Mayfield Dairy's creamy banana split ice cream. Then, he learns about Bush Brothers baked beans and their secret family recipe.
Premiering Saturday, October 24th at 8pm - "Can't Eat Just One"
Host Alfonso Ribeiro dives into Hot Tamales and their addictive cinnamon snap, Nathan's irresistible chili cheese fries and finds out how Dum Dums lollipops got their name. Finally, he finds out about Bibigo's flavor-packed Mini Wontons.
Premiering Saturday, October 31st at 8pm - "Flavor Infusion"
Host Alfonso Ribeiro has the inside information on what makes some treats so tasty, from the iconic Andes Mints to Christie's chocolate chip cookies. Then, see how snacks like Taffy Town's cotton candy taffy and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine pack so much serious flavor.
Premiering Saturday, November 7th at 8pm - "Savor the Flavor"
Join host Alfonso Ribeiro and savor the flavor of some tasty treats, from Eli's scrumptious Bavarian Apple Tart to Necco's classic bite-size Mary Jane. Then, the mystery of the orange-colored, banana-flavored Circus Peanuts is solved, and find out why there's no dip necessary for Snak King's spicy Salsitas.
Premiering Saturday, November 14th at 8pm - "Nostalgic Eats"
Host Alfonso Ribeiro takes your taste buds back in time to see how the classic Necco Wafers are made, how the Tasty Kake Krimpet got its shape and name, and why Wise's Barbecue Dipsy Doodles are still a fan favorite. Finally, take a nostalgic trip to the candy store with a look at Charleston Chews.
Fans can access can't-miss photos from the show in a brand new digital package dedicated to the series at FoodNetwork.com/Unwrapped. Join the conversation on Twitter using #Unwrapped.
Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is also an established television director, actor and host and voice-over artist. Alfonso made his television debut opposite Ricky Schroder in the long-running sitcom Silver Spoons, making him an instant teen idol. Starting his acting career at the age of eight, Alfonso landed his first starring role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, where he was signed to famed music label Island Records. He became an overnight sensation, enamoring the likes of Michael Jackson, who enlisted Alfonso in the infamous Pepsi commercial. After taking time to attend Cal State Univer
Series Premieres Monday, October 26th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT on Cooking Channel
NEW YORK - September 17, 2015 - Ever wonder if coffee really does stunt your growth, or if a bowl of hot chicken soup can actually cure the common cold? Or if Italians were the first to invent pizza? Host Michael McKean explores longstanding adages about food to prove as well as debunk some of the most fascinating food myths on new series Food: Fact or Fiction?, premiering Monday, October 26th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT on Cooking Channel. From the truth about the most popular food remedies, to the dish on our favorite romantic recipes and aphrodisiacs, and to the real scoop about food's influence on some of the world's most famous battles, discover some tasty truths and some mouth-watering mysteries hidden in every bite!
"The revelations on Food: Fact or Fiction? will surprise viewers with mind-blowing discoveries about commonly held beliefs and the origins of some of our favorite foods," said Michael Smith, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Cooking Channel."
Throughout the six half-hour episodes, produced by Morgan Freeman's and Lori McCreary's Revelations Entertainment, a spoonful of fact and a dash of fiction that have flavored our favorite dishes will be revealed. One episode takes a look at "the most important meal of the day" to explore where that age-old saying about breakfast came from, and whether or not it is really true. Get ready to wake up and smell the facts, as we discover how our morning meals have come to taste so sinfully delicious. In another episode, we take a trip around the food globe to get to discover where beloved international dishes were really born. French Fries are fried, but are they really French? Every Chinese restaurant marks the end of the meal with fortune cookies, but was this crunchy treat really invented in China? Viewers will be stunned as we uncover the facts and the fiction about food.
Fans can explore more popular food urban legends like the five second rule, gum taking seven years to digest and more at CookingChannelTV.com/FactOrFiction, and can join the conversation on twitter using #FactOrFiction.
Michael McKean is an accomplished actor, writer, and Grammy award-winning musician, widely recognized for his first starring role as Lenny Koznowki on Laverne and Shirley and the longevity of his career. His work spans film, television, recording and the stage. Films include This is Spinal Tap, Clue, The Big Picture, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and many more. Just some of the TV shows include Saturday Night Live, X-Files, Family Tree and currently the hit series Better Call Saul. His love of the theater has brought him to stages in NY, Los Angeles, Cambridge, Williamstown and London with his most recent NY appearances including The Band Wagon, All The Way, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, King Lear, Our Town, Superior Donuts, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game, A Second Hand Memory, and Hairspray. He won a Theatre World Award for Rupert Holmes's Accomplice; Grammy Award for the title song A Mighty Wind, written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Oscar nomination for Best Song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, written with his wife, Annette O'Toole. Michael is the only million dollar Celebrity Jeopardy champion.
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Robert Irvine is in the Chopped Kitchen in Chopped: Impossible Premiering on Thursday, October 22nd
Little Chefs with Big Skills Compete on New Series Chopped Junior Premiering on Tuesday, October 27th
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NEW YORK - September 15th, 2015 - October brings two chop-tastic premieres to Food Network with an impossible stunt and exciting new series hosted by Ted Allen. Former Chopped champions are pushed to their limits when they return to compete in an epic four-part tournament in Chopped: Impossible, premiering on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Through three preliminary battles, Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine will command a seat on the judging panel, as twelve returning champs face some of the most mind-blowing baskets in Chopped history. Three competitors will power on to the Grand Finale, where one will win $15,000 and the chance to throw down in an impossibly daunting wild card round: against Chef Robert. If the last chef standing can beat Robert, they stand to win $25,000 more, for a total of $40,000! But they will have to achieve the impossible to take home the huge prize and be judged along the way by Chopped judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian.
Then the stakes are big and the competitors are little as talented junior chefs vie for the title of Chopped Junior Champion in new series Chopped Junior premiering on Tuesday, October 27th at 8pm ET/PT. Chopped Junior showcases the talents of girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 15 years old seeking to make unforgettable meals from the mystery ingredients under the infamous ticking clock of the Chopped kitchen. They bring their unbridled energy, big personalities and unstoppable originality to the kitchen, but only one can be crowned Chopped Junior Champion winning the $10,000 prize. The young cooks are judged throughout the season by a rotating panel of recurring Chopped judges joined by special guest judges along the way including Laila Ali, Camila Alves, Valerie Bertinelli, Billy Gardell, Sam Kass, Mila Kunis, Tia Mowry, Hayden Panettiere, Martha Stewart and more.
"Chopped: Impossible adds an exciting twist to the competition with Robert Irvine bringing his brand of 'impossible' to the Chopped kitchen," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "And with Chopped Junior we are thrilled to have these talented young competitors, many of whom have grown up watching Food Network, show us their skills and culinary know-how as they take over and compete in Chopped Junior."
Ted Allen presides over the Chopped: Impossible's premiere episode on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT, as competitors are given canned whipped topping to include as an unwelcome appetizer ingredient, the entrées round offers some awfully stinky cookies and when the dessert round arrives, the ingredient has teeth which will force the remaining two competitors to choose whether they will bite back or run scared.
Throughout the season of Chopped Junior, ambitious young chefs open their baskets to find mandatory mystery ingredients ranging from pickled pigs feet to tofu to birthday cake and are challenged to create appetizers, entrees or desserts before the clock runs out! Over the course of the season, the junior chefs show their incredible culinary skills as they transform their basket ingredients into masterpiece dishes. Chopped Junior premieres Tuesday, October 27th at 8pm ET/PT.
After each round, fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/ChoppedImpossible to hear from the winners who clenched victory against the impossible odds and relive highlights. Follow the chatter with #ChoppedImpossible.
Plus, are you a restaurant chef who can accomplish the impossible in a kitchen? Fill your
Series Premiere Sunday, November 1st at 9:00pm ET/PT on Food Network
NEW YORK- September 16, 2015 - Dessert is a favorite part of every traditional holiday meal and is looked forward to with great anticipation all year long. On Sunday, November 1st at 9:00pm ET/PT Holiday Baking Championship returns, delivering decadent baked goods galore as ten talented bakers compete to create the most irresistibly delicious holiday treats. Bobby Deen presides as host as the contestants strive to prove their baking skills in difficult challenges that celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Based on taste, technique, presentation, and creativity judges Duff Goldman (Kids Baking Championship), Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules), and Lorraine Pascale (Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food) determine who will be crowned the winner and take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!
"The return of Holiday Baking Championship is sweeter than ever with new challenges and irresistible classic holiday treats that are sure to inspire viewers in their own kitchens," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network.
It is not just sugar and spice, and everything nice in each of the eight hour-long episodes of this exhilarating competition. On the first episode, the bakers' must go nuts for the holidays. In the pre-heat round, the competitors must select a nutcracker to reveal their assigned classic holiday nut with possibilities ranging from chestnuts, walnuts, pecans, to almonds that must be incorporated into their chocolate-nutty confection. The contestant with the best treat will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they must highlight their favorite holiday memory in the form of a decorated pie. Who will hit the sweet spot, and who will get eliminated from the competition?
Fans can meet the competitors, relive highlights from the show, catch behind-the-scenes moments with the host and judges, and discover complementary baking tips and recipes on
FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship. Plus, they can get in the holiday spirit with Duff's Sweet Spot, an exclusive web series where Duff Goldman whips up outrageously festive creations based on the challenges in each episode. To join the baking banter on Twitter use #HolidayBakingChamionship.
Holiday Baking Championship is produced by Triage Entertainment.
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