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Food Network rings in the New Year: January schedule

By April MacIntyre Dec 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

Food Network rings in the New Year: January schedule

Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel returns to Food Network for another season of the sugar-packed competition series Sweet Genius

Food Network rings in the New Year with season two of Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off on Sunday, January 6th at 9pm as eight celebrity chefs battle for a chance to win $50,000 for the charity of their choice.

Then, for those looking for a healthy start to the New Year, on Monday, January 14th Bobby Flay Fit is a seven-episode digital series based on Bobby's philosophy that it only takes one week to create healthier habits with moderation and exercise.

Two days later, Bobby Flay hits the road on a cross-country journey to uncover the nation's best home cooks and entertainers in new series Bobby's Dinner Battle, premiering Wednesday, January 16th at 10pm.

Primetime programming heats up with a new season of Chopped Champions as returning winners compete for $50,000 and the ultimate Chopped title beginning Tuesday, January 15th at 10pm.

Anne Burrell helps restaurants across the country bring fresh faces to the executive chef position in a new season of Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on Thursday, January 31st at 10pm.

Food Network also boasts a new season of Barefoot Contessa on Saturday, January 12th at 11am, and The Pioneer Woman returns for a fourth season on Saturday January 26th at 10am. FoodNetwork.com is the go-to destination to get the New Year started off right with fresh ideas including recipes and tips to make this year one to remember. Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

FEATURED SERIES

Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off - Premiering Sunday, January 6th at 9pm

Food Network icon Rachael Ray and best-selling cookbook author and successful restaurateur Guy Fieri, return to coach and mentor eight new celebrity contestants for the second season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

The eight celebrities are divided into Team Guy and Team Rachael, as they head out to the west coast to compete over the course of six episodes in intense weekly challenges that are sure to have them working, fighting and laughing along the way. The losing team must send its two bottom-rated contestants to face off against each other, with one member sent home each week in a blind tasting elimination challenge.

The last celebrity standing will join the ranks of season one winner, Lou Diamond Phillips, and win $50,000 for which they are playing.

    Premiering Sunday, January 6th at 9pm - "The Show Must Go On" - SEASON PREMIERE!

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri meet the eight celebrity contestants as they prepare to pick their teams. The competition begins as both teams cook a prix-fixe tasting menu at a Los Angeles dinner theater, as well as perform a three-minute skit for one hundred theatergoers, Rachael and Guy, and special guest judges, including the editorial staff at Entertainment Weekly. The judges and dinner guests vote on the team's dishes, leaving the bottom two celebrities to compete in a sudden death challenge. At the end of the day, one celebrity is eliminated from the competition.

    Premiering Sunday, January 13th at 9pm - "Hollywood Walk of Farm"

Team Rachael and Team Guy take to farming in this episode at Underwood Family Farm, as they gather produce and create fresh, farm-to-table dishes for the staff, family, and friends.  It's a good, old-fashioned feast served family-style in the middle of a farm. The Underwood family and their guests vote on which team wins, with the least successful celebrities on the losing team going head-to-head in a sudden death challenge to determine which one goes home.

    Premiering Sunday, January 20th at 9pm - "Bright lights, Big Classics"

The teams revamp the menu of Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard by putting a new and unique spin on three classic diner foods. They will cook their dishes and then, in old-school, diner fashion, dress the part with outfits, paper hats, and hairnets to serve to customers inside the restaurant and in their cars.  In the end, the customers decide the winners of the competition, leaving two celebrities to compete in the elimination challenge.

    Premiering Sunday, January 27th at 9pm - "Picky Palates"

It's a battle of the sexes as the teams must throw a birthday party for one lucky girl and boy. After receiving instructions from the birthday boy and girl, each team cooks and serves the meals to the pint-sized partygoers. Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family will help judge the celebrities, with the bottom two battling it out in a sudden-death elimination.

SERIES PREMIERE

Bobby's Dinner Battle -Premiering Wednesday, January 16th at 10pm

It's time for the dinner party competition of a lifetime! Bobby Flay has canvassed the United States, locating America's most outstanding home cooks and offering them the chance to be crowned their city's best.  Using their unique skills and home-grown ingenuity, each team must take a limited budget and only three hours to transform a secret theme into a spectacular three-course dinner party for Bobby, their competition, and a special guest.  Let the battle for dinner supremacy begin!

PRIMETIME SEASON PREMIERES

Chopped Champions Season 4 - Premiering Tuesday, January 15th at 10pm

Heart-stopping drama, astonishing ingredients, and $50,000 on the line...it must be Chopped Champions! In an all-new Chopped Champions tournament, sixteen incredible returning winners compete for $50,000 and ultimate bragging rights. Mystery basket surprises abound, from much-hated haggis to slimy sea snails, and the pressure of the clock and unforeseen mishaps raise the magnitude of tension in the Chopped Kitchen to epic levels.  The winners of four preliminary match-ups advance to the finale for the chance at a third victory, the big prize, and the title of Chopped Grand Champion!       

Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell - Premiering Thursday, January 31st at 10pm

Rockstar chef and kitchen mentor Anne Burrell lends her expertise to well-known restaurants around the country to help them find their make or break employee - the Executive Chef.  In this Food Network series Chef Anne puts four top-notch candidates to the ultimate test of their culinary knowledge and business savvy in a wide range of challenges.  From assessing their knowledge of spices and ingredients to having them create their own theme night for dinner service, and testing their butchering skills to craft a custom cut of meat, these chefs must tap into their strongest talents for one night at running acclaimed restaurants.

DAYTIME SEASON PREMIERES

Barefoot Contessa- Premiering Saturday, January 12th at 11am - "The Adventure Begins" - SEASON PREMIERE

Dinner on day one of Ina and Jeffrey's California trip is Chicken with Wild Mushrooms and Green Salad with Napa Vinaigrette. The fun continues with an invitation to cook Baked Goat Cheese at Sinskey's Vineyard. Then, it's a casual Napa-style supper with Jeffrey's Grilled Pork Chops served with Green Beans Gremolata.

The Pioneer Woman - Premiering Saturday January 26th at10am - "Ranch Games" - SEASON PREMIERE

The family that plays together stays together. Ree, Ladd and the extended family get together for some good ol' friendly ranch-style sporting competition. Afterwards, there's Tangy Tomato Brisket, Onion Strings, Blanched Broccoli and Cheese Dipping Sauce for lunch, plus Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches to celebrate the ranch games.

HOLIDAY CONTENT

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives New Year's Eve - Premiering Monday, December 31st at 6pm - 12am

Countdown to the New Year with Guy Fieri and a full night of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

New Year's Day Brunch and Breakfast Block - Premiering Tuesday, January 1st at 9:30am - 2pm

Enjoy a hearty New Year's morning meal served up by your favorite Food Network chefs featuring episodes of Paula's Best Dishes, Not My Mama's Meals, Giada at Home, Barefoot Contessa, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman.

New Year's Day Mystery Diners Marathon - Premiering Tuesday, January 1st at 2pm - 7pm

When a restaurant owner suspects employees of not doing their jobs - whether it be stealing, lying, mistreating customers or generally doing lousy work - they call in the Mystery Diners.

New Year's Day Chopped Block - Premiering Tuesday, January 1st at 7pm - 12am

Chopped rings in the New Year with a five-hour block of mystery baskets, featuring a premiere episode at 10pm.

NEW EPISODES

Chopped

    Premiering Tuesday, January 1st at 10pm - "Belly Up"

The chefs must combine cocoa mix with Japanese peppers in a challenging first-course round. Then in the entree round, one chef accidentally drops pork belly onto the floor, but it's what happens when the chef picks the meat up off the floor that shocks the judges most. Then in the dessert round, the two finalists attempt to make great, green desserts from an ice-cream-truck treat and wheat grass.

    Premiering Tuesday, January 8th at 10pm - "Leftovers Overload"

In this special episode, all the baskets are full of leftover foods, and the four competitors demonstrate some tricks and recipes you might want to try at home. In the first round, one chef makes a very daring soup using pieces of a sub sandwich, and the judges do not know whether to be impressed or frightened. Then in the entree round, two competitors think of a similar idea, and the other chef tries to make the argument that creativity with the leftover rib-eye steak is higher in his alternative concept. The two finalists endeavor to create fresh, fun desserts from flat soda, mushy bananas and a melting sundae.

Sugar Dome

    Premiering Sunday, January 6th at 8pm - "The 80's"

Cake artists, sugar artists, and graffiti artists go back to a time of neon pants, big hair, and loud music as they team up in a grueling challenge filled with impossible twists, to create revolutionary displays that capture the 1980s. Three teams enter the Sugar Dome, but only one will walk away with a $15,000 prize.

Guest judge: Charlene Tilton

    Premiering Sunday, January 13th at 8pm - "Dangers of the Deep"

Teams made up of a cake artist, sugar artist, and Hollywood Scenic Artist take a journey to the depths of the sea.  They must combine their talents to create revolutionary food art that captures the danger and mystery of what lies beneath the ocean.  After a grueling challenge filled with impossible twists, only one team will walk away with a $15,000 prize.

Guest judge: Brett McBride

    Premiering Sunday, January 20th at 8pm -  "Daredevil Stunts"

It's a death-defying adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as teams composed of a cake artist, chocolatier and welder team up to create mind-blowing edible displays that capture the spirit of extreme daredevil stunts. After a grueling challenge filled with impossible twists, only one team will walk away with a $15,000 prize.

Guest judge: Nate Adams

    Premiering Sunday, January 27th at 8pm - "Cops and Robbers"

It's the caper of a life time as teams comprised of a cake artist, sugar artist and fruit carver join forces in a grueling challenge filled with impossible twists. Their edible creations must capture the epic story of thievery and the ultimate cat and mouse game of cops versus robbers. At stake is a $15,000 prize.

Guest judge: Matthew Thurman

Iron Chef America

    Premiering Sunday, December 30th at 9pm - "NIC Winner vs. Judy Joo"

In this international competition, the newest Iron Chef faces off against Iron Chef UK Judy Joo.

    Premiering Sunday, January 6th at 10pm - "Flay vs. Pham"

Iron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against Challenger Viet Pham. Chef Pham is co-owner of Forage, an award-winning restaurant in Salt Lake City. Judges are Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arpaia and Ben Sargent.

    Premiering Sunday, January 13th at 10pm - "Zakarian vs. Chiarello"

Challenger Michael Chiarello seeks redemption in his face off against Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Chef Chiarello lost to Iron Chef Zakarian in The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Judges are Neil Patrick Harris, Donatella Arpaia and David Burtka.

    Premiering Sunday, January 20th at 11pm - "Forgione vs. Kittichai"

In this international competition, Marc Forgione faces off against Iron Chef Thailand Ian Kittichai. Judges are Judy Joo, Martin Yan and Eden Grinshpan.

    Premiering Sunday, January 27th at 11pm - "Symon vs. Tio"

Iron Chef Michael Symon faces off against Challenger Chef Celina Tio. Chef Tio participated in the third season of The Next Iron Chef, for which Iron Chef Symon was a judge. Judges are Anthony Anderson, Karine Bakhoum and Michael Ruhlman.

ON-AIR THEME WEEKENDS

Healthy Resolutions Weekend Cooking Block - Premiering January 5th and 6th from 7am - 12pm

Start the New Year with a weekend's worth of quick and easy healthy cooking tips featuring new episodes from Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home, Guy's Big Bite, and Not My Mama's Meals.

Money Saving Weekend Cooking Block - Premiering January 19th and 20th from 7am - 12pm

Food Network's top talent share their favorite tips for an entire weekend's menu of money saving meals featuring premiere episodes from  Paula's Best Dishes, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa, Giada at Home, Not My Momma's Meals and Guy's Big Bite.

Big Game Weekend Cooking Block - Premiering January 26th and 27th from 7am - 12pm

There is only one way to plan a blowout sports party and it's with the help of fan-favorite Food Network chefs.  The block features premiere episodes of Paula's Best Dishes, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home, Not My Mama's Meals, Guy's Big Bite and The Best Thing I Ever Made.

PREMIERE EPISODES

Daytime: The Best Thing I Ever Made, Giada at Home, Guy's Big Bite, The Pioneer Woman, Paula's Best Dishes, Trisha's Southern Kitchen

Primetime:  Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Mystery Diners, Restaurant Impossible, Sweet Genius

DIGITAL CONTENT

Bobby Flay Fit - Beginning Monday, January 14th

For those looking for a healthy start to the New Year, Bobby Flay Fit is a seven-episode digital series based on Bobby's philosophy that it only takes one week to create healthier habits with moderation and exercise.  Featuring recipes, workouts, tips and guests including Michael Symon and Katie Lee, the series offers a blueprint for getting rid of unhealthy habits in favor of staying motivated and fit. Beginning Monday, January 14th, FoodNetwork.com will roll out one themed video daily - Moderation, Motivation, Mix-It-Up, Expect More, Discipline, Support and Wrap-Up.  After premiere, all seven episodes will be available to viewat FoodNetwork.com/fit.

Healthy Every Week
Get healthyrecipes and how-tos for everyday of the week, from easy weeknight dinners to slimmed-down appetizer and dessert recipes. Get Melissa d'Arabian's healthy solutions for meals the whole family will love, and find out which lighter recipes stars like Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown turn to again and again.

Help Around the Kitchen
Make 2013 your most organized year yet! Learn tricks from Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay for keeping your kitchen clean and efficient, and get daily tips to save time and money so you can get down to the most fun part about being in the kitchen: cooking.

Winter Entertaining Guide  Get fuss-free tips, ideas and recipes for fun winter parties. Mix and match recipes from Guy Fieri, Paula Deen and Sunny Anderson, whether you're planning a warm, comforting meal or a mingle-friendly get-together.

5 Weeknight Dinners: Winter
Warm up on winter nights with easy meals you can make any day of the week. Try comforting classics from Ree Drummond and Rachael Ray that don't require a lot of time in the kitchen.

Winter Produce Guide
Fresh produce isn't as scarce during the wintertime as you might think. Load up on seasonal fruits and vegetables with great recipes from Ina Garten, Alex Guarnaschelli and more.

 



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