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WHAT WILL THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR COOK UP THIS SEASON? Ten Finalists Compete To Star in Their Own Series; Premieres Sunday, June 7th at 9pm ET/PT
Season Five of Food Network’s Most-Watched Series Sizzles With Guest Appearances by Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Ina Garten, and Many More!
NEW YORK – APRIL 7, 2009 – The stakes are higher than ever when The Next Food Network Star returns this summer with a star-studded fifth season on Food Network. As television’s most challenging food fight, the series provides 10 hopeful TV chefs the chance to compete for the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. Iron Chef Bobby Flay leads the selection committee that ultimately decides the winner’s fate and launches one lucky man or woman into a food and television celebrity. The series kicks off on Sunday, June 7th at 9pm ET/PT as the finalists cater Food Network’s “Sweet 16” party with network talent and media there to judge.
“This season we’ve created the biggest and toughest challenges the show has ever seen,” said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. “We have an incredibly competitive group of finalists who are hungry to become Food Network stars, and they all came to win.”
The 10 finalists include: Brett August (Washington Heights, N.Y.), Katie Cavuto (Philadelphia, Pa.), Melissa d’Arabian (Keller, Texas), Teddy Folkman (Alexandria, Va.), Eddie Gilbert (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jen Isham (Orlando, Fla.), Debbie Lee (West Hollywood, Calif.), Jamika Pessoa (Atlanta, Ga.), Michael Proietti (City Island, N.Y.) and Jeffrey Saad (Los Angeles, Calif.).
This season’s finalists must prove their culinary expertise and star potential through a series of complex challenges. In each episode, their cooking chops will be put to the test to see who can handle the pressure and present the most mouth-watering food. Challenges include catering a party for a roomful of Food Network stars, impressing the “Barefoot Contessa” herself in the Hamptons and preparing a comforting meal for returning soldiers on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The show also flies to sunny Miami – for the first time – where the finalists must survive a beachside wood-grilling challenge for Red Lobster and create a delicious dinner for a group of culinary elite at a screening of Columbia Pictures’ movie Julie & Julia (in theaters August 7). Throughout the season, they will also have to prove they have star quality and dazzle a variety of media outlets with their personalities, including Access Hollywood, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, and USA WEEKEND.
Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Morimoto, Ted Allen, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon and the season four winner, Aaron McCargo, Jr., will appear throughout the season to help guide the finalists through the challenges. The selection committee comprised of Flay and Food Network executives, Bob Tuschman (Senior Vice President, Programming and Production) and Susie Fogelson (Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy), will narrow the field down until the finale. The winner will be revealed during the series finale on Sunday, August 2nd at 9pm ET/PT, and he or she will receive a six-episode show that will premiere in August 2009. The Next Food Network Star is produced by CBS EYE too Productions.
FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food - through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel - while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and averages more than 9 million unique Web site users monthly. Food Network programming is available internationally in more than 150 countries. Food Network is headquartered in New York, and maintains offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Tenn. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com) and Fine Living Network (www.fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.
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NAMCO BANDAI AND FOOD NETWORK ANNOUNCE FOOD NETWORK: COOK OR BE COOKED FOR Wii
Channel Your Inner Chef with the First Food Network Wii Game
Santa Clara, Calif., (May 4, 2009) - NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., the leading video games publisher and developer, and Food Network, the first and only cable channel dedicated to connecting viewers to the power and joy of food, today announced they will deliver a new way of experiencing the world of cooking with the Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked game for Wii(tm). With inviting introductory lessons for the novice cook or for "foodies" who want to put their gastronomic skills to the test, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked will provide players with the proper instructions and techniques to become a star chef no matter the experience level.
"Food Network is one of the most successful networks on television and we are excited to be collaborating with them to bring an enjoyable interactive experience that can help players become better cooks," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. "With bona fide real-world step-by-step instructions, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is the best companion to create delicious meals for beginners and experts alike."
"Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is an exciting new way for us to bring our brand to life for viewers and fans. Our network is one of the few that can entertain, inspire and teach in such a wide variety of ways, so we are thrilled to partner with NAMCO BANDAI Games America to bring food fans an entirely new cooking game for the Wii platform," said Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager, Scripps Enterprises (a division of Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of Food Network).
Designed in collaboration with the chefs of the Food Network Kitchens to ensure authenticity, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is a fun and entertaining game that can improve a player's cooking skills with real-world training. Providing an engaging realistic experience, challenges explain not only how to perform tasks, but also why they are executed a specific way. The Wii Remote(tm) and Nunchuk(tm)'s motion-based controls will teach players how to use a wide assortment of kitchen utensils and appliances needed to create numerous delicious Food Network recipes.
Having too many cooks in the kitchen will hardly be an issue as Food Network Cook or Be Cooked offers multiplayer options where friends and family can cook side-by-side in cooperative mode or face each other in a cook-off with up to two players. Aspiring chefs can also tackle different themed Chef Challenges to unlock new recipes. These events occur in a variety of real-life situations which involve applying the techniques learned to cook an entire meal rather than just one dish.
Developed by Red Fly Studio, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is slated for release on Wii this fall. For more information on the game, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com/ .
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