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Tuesday, April 21

Brian Boitano, Anne Burrell, Alton Brown, Danny Boome, Chris Cosentino, Aaron Sanchez, and more Coming to New Food Network Shows

There were quite a few new shows announced today out of Food Network—eight primetime series and six daytime "In the Kitchen" shows&mdsah;but none sound quite as interesting as the upcoming series, still listed with a working title, WHAT WOULD BRIAN BOITANO MAKE?


Premieres: August 2009

Everyone knows Brian Boitano won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. What they don’t know: Brian is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain! In this new series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode. Funny, knowledgeable and irresistible, Brian brings himself and so much more to What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Wonder if Food Network personality Marc Summers, who hosted one of my fave kids shows What Would You Do? had a stake in this one? And who doesn't love a show title that's phrased as a question?

I'm also excited about...

Premieres: January 2010
Premiere chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan each take on a team of six hopeless home cooks and try to transform them from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in only 10 days. On the line are the chefs’ professional reputations, $25,000 for the recruits, and the chance to say they are no longer one of the Worst Cooks in America!

Hope Anne's cookie monster voice doesn't scare anyone off.

Alton fans will love...


Premieres: 3rd Quarter 2010
Food guru Alton Brown hosts this mini series that explores foods that have shaped the course of human history and influenced the way our species evolved. Alton will also investigate foods of the future and how technology will transform food worldwide in centuries to come.

I already Twittered about this one right after Sandra announced it back in February...

Premieres: May 10th, 2009 at 12pm ET/PT

Well-known for her trademark Semi-Homemade cooking style, Sandra Lee now has her sights set on saving money! Her new daytime cooking series, Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, features incredible budget-friendly recipes for every day of the week. She continues to stretch the dollar by creating a clever leftover dish from each episode with “Round 2 Recipes” exclusively on FoodNetwork.com.

The ingredients for my first Sandra Lee recipe cost me like $28, so this better be good. It was a cake that you cooked in the crock pot! And you used a boxed cake mix! And I already had the expensive almond extract.

Let's pray Chris and Aaron got a good budget for this show. They deserve it...

Premieres: July 200
Acclaimed chefs Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez are pitted against two local foodies in a winner-takes-all race through a different city each week, through the most fascinating, unusual food locations. Each team begins with a clue leading them to their first food challenge. Challenges could include everything from wine stomping to the eating the spiciest chili west of the Mississippi to diving for sea urchins! The five challenges take the chefs and foodies on an adrenaline-charged, food-lovers tour of each city, and once complete, it’s a sprint to the finish line to see if the locals can protect their home turf or if the Food Network chefs can conquer a new city.

And since I was never a fan of Rescue Chef, Danny luckily moved on to something else....

Premieres: 2010

In Take on the Takeout, Danny Boome visits delivery devotees with one goal in mind: to prepare a healthier, tastier, and less-expensive version of their favorite take-out dish faster than the restaurant can cook and deliver it. In addition to assessing cost and speed, the loyal customers taste and score the dueling dishes while blindfolded to determine the ultimate winner. With his practical ideas and British charm, Danny attempts to send the delivery boy packing to prove home-cooked meals beat take out any day!

Also premiering will be season 2 of Viva Daisy! and The Next Iron Chef Season 2.


Some of these shows are so far off that I don't even have time to think about how they'll turn out. Food Network's been hit or miss when it comes to travel and "reality" shows, so I'm praying they used production companies known for turning out high quality programs (like Feasting on Asphalt) and not duds (like Two Dudes Catering).

Anything on the upcoming Food Network lineup browning your butter?

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At 4/21/2009 6:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

brian boitano is from sunnyvale CA where i live
so this will be cool!!

At 4/21/2009 7:12 PM , Anonymous Patty O. Furniture said...

I think the title "What Would Brian Boitano Make" is a play on the song, from the South Park movie, called, "What Would Brian Boitano Do".


At 4/21/2009 7:52 PM , Anonymous FoodieInDisguise said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Sanches and Cosintino battling it out with local chefs.

"Chef" Sandra Lee has never been one of my favorites, but if she can help me stretch a dollar out, we'll see...

Anything with Alton will keep me entertained, but who can't help but enjoy seeing Danny help those takeout fools to make a better version at home. He's so cute!

At 4/21/2009 8:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! I'm glad Aaron's back! I loved him on "Melting Pot"! :)
Sandra's new show looks good, too! Danny's new show looks fun, too! Wow! I'm actually excited about a few new FN shows! How crazy! Maybe they're finally listening to us!

At 4/21/2009 8:33 PM , Anonymous Gen said...

I think they'll all be good except for the Sandra Lee crap. Is she gonna do cheap tablescapes, too. Maybe a little dumpster diving, Aunt Sandy?

At 4/21/2009 8:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, isn't Aunt Sandy infringing on the whole 5 Ingredient Fix thing with her dumpster diving on a dime idea? Maybe FN is actually working towards a new concept: Kitchen Catfight!
"Next week, Cat Corra takes on Bobby Flay in a one arm held behind her back throw down. C'mon - that's the only way it would be a fair fight!"

At 4/21/2009 9:15 PM , Blogger Angie said...

I'm actually kind of excited about Brian Boitano being on FN! Then again, I'm a closet figure skating nerd.

At 4/21/2009 9:23 PM , Anonymous Dave said...

One of the British networks did a show called "Take on the Takeaway" which had the exact same concept as "Take on the Takeout" will have, so I assume its a copy of the series.

At 4/22/2009 12:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Boitano thing sounds like a sick joke. But coming from FN we know it isn't.

If Sandy wants to same money (for booze) then drop the stupid table scapes.

At 4/22/2009 3:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF! I think I will be going back to HGTV- is the FN that hard up for program ideas? Outside of VIVA DAISY - the rest SUCK! Pretty soon they will have Pet who Cook!

At 4/22/2009 10:59 AM , Blogger Janet said...

If all these shows are coming, what's going?

At 4/22/2009 11:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we NEED another Iron Chef? I like the lineup they have unless one of the original chefs are leaving. And ANYTHING will Alton will get viewed in my house!! ;D

Christine ;)

At 4/22/2009 11:26 AM , Anonymous TEN said...

Maybe Sandra Lee is finally going to have to reveal her dirty little secret (other than her drinking): packaged processed foods cost a lot of money. Convenience doesn't come cheap, and a well-stocked pantry with real ingredients will be less expensive in the long run. Dare we hope she will actually make something that doesn't come from a mix?>

ps Jacob, if you made that horror of a cake you deserve to lose the $28!

At 4/22/2009 11:31 AM , Anonymous Glossy Luxe said...

A few of these shows actually sound really good. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm looking forward to the Brian Boitano series. Also, I'm expecting Anne Burrell to seriously whip those home cooks into shape. I'm nervous that cocktail time on Sandra Lee's Money Saving Meals will be even scarier than Semi-Ho cocktail time. What's the likelihood that she'll mix up a Boone's Farm Popov vodka sangria in the slow cooker?

At 4/22/2009 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh aurprise..another manly man on the Food Network. I guess Tishsy finally met Brian and love bloomed, so instead of a ring I'll give you your own show.

At 4/22/2009 2:16 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Are you trying to say Brian Boitano and Tuschman are an item ?

I wasn't sure if Tuschman was queer or not. Certainly looks it.

Hey Jake. Serves you right for trying Aunt Sandy's crockpot cake recipe. I thought you were smarter and more culinarily polished. I guess not.

At 4/22/2009 2:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jacob made the cake as a joke, y'all. Anybody with a sense of humor would already know that!

At 4/22/2009 7:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Brian Boitano, huh? That is random. Love him, but that is random.

At 4/22/2009 8:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tushman is in love with Boitano? Well the show now makes some sort of sense. A gift to his boyfriend.

At 4/23/2009 6:20 PM , Anonymous marge twain said...

Sooo, continuing to move away from actual cooking shows, I guess.

Take On The Takeout has already been done, and better. Years ago, when Tom Gren had his show on MTV, he did a skit called "undercutters pizza" He followed pizza delivery cars to people's houses and attempted to sell the customer his pizza for less than they were about to pay. He had a cheese pizza in a box with little compartments for all kinds of toppings. It was awesome.

At 4/29/2009 10:31 AM , Blogger Keith said...

I would bet dollars to donuts that the 'Takeout' idea was stolen from an episode of Gordon Ramsay's UK show, The F Word.

At 6/12/2009 5:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8/10/2009 6:21 PM , Blogger picaflor said...

what's up with Aarón Sánchez ? Is he sick ? Is he taking steroids to chase away the gay rumors ? He doesn't look well.


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