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NEW YEAR, NEW SERIES: FOOD NETWORK PRIMETIME HEATS UP!

Guy Fieri, Ted Allen, and Adam Gertler Host Three Series Premieres in January 2009

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NEW YEAR, NEW SERIES: FOOD NETWORK PRIMETIME HEATS UP!
Guy Fieri, Ted Allen, and Adam Gertler Host Three Series Premieres in January 2009

NEW YORK – November 17, 2008 – This January, Food Network pumps up its primetime lineup with three series premieres full of fun-filled food entertainment! First, Guy Fieri returns as host of Ultimate Recipe Showdown as a new batch of home cooks step up and put their prized personal recipes to the “ultimate” test, premiering Sunday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Then, course-by-course eliminations leave one chef standing in Chopped hosted by Ted Allen, premiering Tuesday, January 13th at 10pm ET/PT. Finally, The Next Food Network Star season four finalist and charismatic foodie, Adam Gertler, attempts outrageous food-related jobs on Will Work for Food, premiering Monday, January 19th at 8:30pm ET/PT.

Ultimate Recipe Showdown – Season Two
Premieres: Sunday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT
With more than 12,000 recipes submitted from home cooks across America, Ultimate Recipe Showdown returns for another season of delicious competition as the top 24 contestants battle head-to-head for national glory. Hosted by Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Guy’s Big Bite), the series features six categories: Comfort Food, Burgers, Cakes, Hot and Spicy, Desserts, or Hometown Favorites. Each week, the judges crown an “ultimate” winner who receives $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

Chopped
Premieres: Tuesday, January 13th at 10pm ET/PT
Passion and expertise rule the kitchen on the fast-paced new series, Chopped. Hosted by Ted Allen (Food Detectives), the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets "chopped" until the last man or woman left standing claims victory. Each week, a rotating panel of culinary elite judges including Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian will decide whose dishes shine the brightest and award the winner $10,000.

Will Work for Food
Premieres: Monday, January 19th at 8:30pm ET/PT
Adam Gertler shared his humorous take on food throughout season four of The Next Food Network Star. Now, he pairs his comedic timing with an adventurous spirit in the new series, Will Work for Food. The series exposes Adam to the world of little-known food jobs as he fearlessly puts his life – and mouth – on the line to try them all! Whether taking honey from three million bees, sculpting ice with a chain saw, foraging for truffles, or digging a wine cave, Adam will do anything in the name of food.

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ULTIMATE RECIPE SHOWDOWN Season Two – Episode Descriptions

  • Premiering Sunday, January 4th at 9:00pm ET/PT – SEASON PREMIERE!
    “Comfort Food”
    Just in time to warm up the cold winter nights, Food Network looks for the Ultimate Comfort Food recipe in the season two premiere of Ultimate Recipe Showdown. After a nationwide recipe search, four finalists will compete in two rounds: speed and signature dish to uncover the heartiest of repasts. From La Soupe du Cinq Mai to Apple-Date Fritters with Lemon Curd Cream and Candied Ginger, a panel of food experts will determine whose comfort food is the yummiest and the winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

  • Premiering Sunday, January 11th at 9:00pm ET/PT
    “Burgers”
    In this week’s episode, Food Network seeks the Ultimate Burger Recipe. Following a nationwide recipe contest, four finalists will compete in the speed and signature dish rounds to see which home cook can create the juiciest burger. From an Adobo Quesadilla Burger with Grilled Corn Salsa to Turkey Burgers with Prosciutto and Melon, a panel of food experts will determine whose burger tops the rest and the winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

  • Premiering Sunday, January 18th at 9:00pm ET/PT
    “Cakes”
    Food Network is looking for the Ultimate Cake Recipe. After a nationwide recipe contest, four finalists will compete in the speed and signature dish rounds to uncover the most decadent baked good. From Double Chocolate Malt Shop Cupcakes with Cherry-Vanilla Buttercream to Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake with Pecan Glaze, a panel of food experts will determine whose cake is the best and the winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

  • Premiering Sunday, January 25th at 9:00pm ET/PT
    “Hot & Spicy”
    Food Network is looking for the Ultimate Hot and Spicy Recipe. After a nationwide recipe contest, four finalists will compete in two rounds: speed and signature to discover the zestiest dish. From Sautéed Scallops with a Spicy Piquillo Pepper Puree to White Bean Chicken Chili, one dish will be crowned the most flavorful hot and spicy recipe. A panel of food experts will determine whose hot and spicy dish is the best and the winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

  • Premiering Sunday, February 8th at 9:00pm ET/PT
    “Desserts”
    Sweet, delicate and moist – Food Network is looking for the Ultimate Dessert Recipe! After a nationwide recipe contest, four finalists compete in the speed and signature rounds. From Raspberry Puffs with Goat Cheese Mousse and Thyme to Glazed Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread Drop Doughnuts, a panel of food experts will determine whose dessert is the sweetest of them all and the winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants.

  • Premiering Sunday, February 15th at 9:00pm ET/PT
    “Hometown Favorites”
    In this week’s episode, Food Network looks to discover the Ultimate Hometown Favorite Recipe, a category that features dishes that a particular region has perfected and made famous. The nationwide recipe contest has yielded four finalists who will compete in the speed and signature rounds. From Tongue Tantalizing Barbeque Pork to North Atlantic Pan Seared Cod with New England Succotash and Cranberry Vinaigrette, a panel of food experts will determine whose hometown favorite dish is the most delectable and the winner will receive $25,000.

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ULTIMATE RECIPE SHOWDOWN 2 – FINALIST BIOS

  • “COMFORT FOOD”

    • Diana Davis, 33, of Sherman Oaks, CA wasn't always into cooking. After struggling for years with weight and health issues, she decided to change her lifestyle and started on her journey to healthy living in the kitchen. Diana's signature dish, La Soupe du Cinq Mai, was inspired by Cinco de Mayo-with a French Twist!

    • Emily Hobbs, 23, of Ozark, MO has devoted her entire life to food. While saving money to attend culinary school in New York City, Emilie constantly develops recipes and maintains a food blog. Emily created her signature dish, Baked Butternut Four Cheese Farfalle with Sage specifically for Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

    • Rick Massa, 58, a retired Los Angeles Police Department/SWAT Officer from Simi Valley, CA is known for his love of cooking. He now spends his time creating unique recipes for his grandchildren, like his signature dish, Cheese Lovers 5 Cheese Mac & Cheese.

    • Michaela Rosenthal, 51, of Woodland Hills, CA is a married mother of two adult children and a freelance greeting card writer/designer. She started cooking after working at a gourmet food company and has become a seasoned veteran of the recipe contest circuit. Michaela competed in season one of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and created her signature dish, Cream of Parsnip Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, to try to capture victory this season.

  • “BURGERS”

    • Harold Cohen, 74, a retired plastic surgeon from Hollywood, FL has traveled the world and now spends his time developing the perfect burger. Although legally blind, Harold is confident that his feel for food will help him to create his travel-inspired Iberian Burger and win over the judges.

    • Sonya Goergen, 31, a new mom from Moorhead, MN was raised to love cooking and family get-togethers. She developed her signature dish, Adobo Quesadilla Burgers for a family birthday barbeque.

    • Brigitte Nguyen, 27, is a recent culinary school graduate of Lexington, KY who works in catering. She always longs for authentic Vietnamese food, and when she couldn’t find her favorite Vietnamese sandwich in Kentucky, she decided to whip up her own recipe using local ingredients, which eventually morphed into her signature dish, Vietnamese Bistro Burgers.

    • Sarah Sommerfield, 28, a part-time MBA student and marketing professional from New York, NY can’t live without her favorite childhood dishes – French toast and burgers. She’s combined these delicious treats to create her signature dish, Croque Monsieur Burger.

  • “CAKES”

    • Deborah Biggs, 38, of Omaha, NE is a part-time substitute teacher turned fanatical food competitor who is determined to make her mark on the recipe circuit. Deborah’s signature dish, Triple Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is based on a grand prize winning recipe from her local state fair.

    • Julie Hession, 34, a freelance food journalist from Las Vegas, NV developed her signature dish based on her love of cake and sweet potatoes. The recent Duke University graduate plans to impress the panel with her Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Spiced Pecan Buttercream.

    • Jamie Nondorf, 28, of Mesa, AZ is a recent dental school graduate with a major sweet tooth. After months of experimentation, Jamie has perfected the recipe for her Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting.

    • Melinda Winner, 46, relocated from North Carolina to Gulfport, MS after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Melinda, who uses her cooking skills to feed construction workers that are rebuilding the area, is adventurous in the kitchen and constantly experimenting. Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake, Melinda’s signature dish, is a result of her experimental approach in the kitchen.

  • “HOT & SPICY”

    • Jim Fox, 45, of Wilmette, IL spends his days as the Chief Financial Officer of a national real estate investment firm, and his nights cooking for his family. Inspired by green chilies during a trip to Santa Fe, NM, Jim originally developed his signature dish, Sharsh’s White Bean Chicken Chili for his wife.

    • Jason Hernandez, 38, a marketing professional from Germantown, TN has a passion for Southern cooking. Over the last ten years, Jason has perfected his Southern skills, especially the recipe for his Spicy Low-Country Shrimp and Grits.

    • Chris Milano, 30, of San Francisco, CA has two loves – food and football. After leaving a job in football, Chris started a culinary tour and lifestyle company based on the diverse foods of his hometown. His signature dish, Argentinean-Style Grilled Swordfish with a Spicy-Orange Chimichurri, reflects the ethnicities, flavors and styles of San Francisco.

    • Laureen Pittman, 44, a paralegal from Riverside, CA spends her spare time vacationing in Baja testing local cuisine. The Southern California native enjoys the heavy Mexican influence on local culture and food which inspired her to create her signature dish, Killer Baja Chili Rellenos Mariscos.

  • “DESSERTS”

    • Dennis Deel, 51, of Wooster, OH began cooking in 2004 as a way to relieve stress and this hobby has grown into a passion. The winner of many national recipe contests, Dennis created his signature dish, Gingersnap Mango-Lassi Cheesecake out of his love of East Indian foods.

    • Jenny Flake, 32, a part-time pilates instructor and full-time mom from Gilbert, AZ was a finalist in the Comfort Food category in season one of Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Jenny developed her Roasted Banana Bread Drop Doughnuts by combining the two desserts her family loves most.

    • Lisa Roman, 34, a graphic designer created Heartbreak Healer cookies that became a favorite of her friends. The army wife from Roswell, GA developed the recipe years ago and distributed them to her single, heartbroken friends.

    • Camilla Saulsbury, 38, of Nacogdoches, TX created her signature dish, Roasted Plum and Basil Trifle based on her crop of summer basil. The writer, sociology professor and fitness instructor has won several recipe contests including the Cookie category in season one of Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

  • “HOMETOWN FAVORITES”

    • Andreann Geise, 39, of Myrtle Beach, SC credits Ultimate Recipe Showdown with reigniting her love of cooking. Andreann’s late father inspired the creation of her signature dish, Tongue Tantalizing Barbeque Pork.

    • Laurie Lufkin, 42, is as passionate about cooking as she is about her hometown of Essex, MA. Her recipe for Essex Steamer Clam Cakes with Traditional New England Tartar Sauce has been passed down from her grandmother.

    • Julie Ohnstad, 33, of Marietta, GA has traveled the world, but now cares for her young child. During her free time, Julie developed her signature dish, Hotlanta Style Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches, by combining two Southern staples in a unique sandwich.

    • Cheryl Perry, 47, of Elizabeth City, NC values the importance of utilizing fresh local produce. Inspired by her home near the ocean, Cheryl created her signature dish, Seafood Stuffed Trout Drizzled with Citrus Butter, by using fresh seafood from her hometown.

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