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• UPDATE: NBC has announced that Matt Lauer’s interview with Paula Deen will air in the 7:30am ET half-hour of Today and will also be available on TODAY.com afterward. After backing out of a chat with Today‘s Matt Lauer on Friday, embattled former Food Network host Paula Deen has agreed to appear on Wednesday’s show, Lauer announced Monday morning. The interview will be the latest in Deen’s efforts at damage control after admitting that she used racial slurs while being deposed for a harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee. In the scandal’s fallout, the 66-year-old Deen was fired by Food Network […]
By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Food Network fans — nay, food lovers and food-TV fans all around — it’s finally here! The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs — aka our version of the playoff season, leading to our version of the Super Bowl (played in a stadium, even) — debuts Sunday night at 9pm ET on Food Network.
By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuide It was a charm-and-grace race to the finish for Chicago-based corporate chef and “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro and sweetly spicy Colorado caterer Susie Jimenez — two of the most likable Food Network Star contestants in recent memory. But in the end, it was Mauro whom judges Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentis and network execs Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman felt would bring the most to the brand — and the best chance at the level of stardom achieved by Season 2 winner and network superstar Guy Fieri.