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Food Network Thanksgiving programming: where to find new offerings and old favorites

The best part of Thanksgiving is gathering with family and friends over a banquet of glorious food. If you’re stressing out about cooking your first Thanksgiving feast, looking for a lively way to freshen up your tried-and-true favorites, or wondering what to do with the inevitable fridge full of leftovers, Food Network has a roster of Thanksgiving-centric shows to put your mind at ease and reignite your kitchen creativity. RELATED: THANKSGIVING 2013 TV PROGRAMMING (All times are ET only; please adjust accordingly for your particular time zone). Sunday, Nov. 10 Iron Chef America: “Thanksgiving: Past and Present” 10pm (also 11/16 […]

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We talk Restaurant Express with Robert Irvine!

Having come to the aid of 89 ailing eateries on his long-running Food Network hit Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine knows a thing or two about what makes a dining establishment thrive. For his newest series, Restaurant Express, Irvine’s hitting the road with nine aspiring restaurateurs to see if they do, too — and to teach them everything he knows in the process. Over the course of seven hourlong episodes, Irvine and his charges (who represent an intriguing mix of culinary backgrounds) travel the West Coast in the Restaurant Express — a luxury coach that would make rock bands green with […]

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Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips tells us about her new show ‘Southern at Heart’

En route to her Food Network Star Season 9 victory, Kentucky-born culinary instructor Damaris Phillips won over the judges and viewers alike with her quirky Southern charm and heart-on-her-sleeve openness. So when Phillips looked positively subdued during the live season finale — and even after she was declared the winner — fans of her sunny style couldn’t help but wonder what was going through her mind. In a word, says Phillips, nothing. “I just wanted to shut my eyes,” Phillips recalls. “I was like, ‘I’ll just close my eyes and when it happens I’ll know if I won or not […]

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Fall 2013 Lifestyle: New fall shows on Food Network, Travel, DIY & more

Here’s a preview of some of the Fall 2013 new lifestyle programming options that include new fall shows on Food Network, Travel, DIY and more. (All times Eastern/Pacific unless noted.) Surviving Evil (pictured above) Investigation Discovery Premieres: Aug. 28 Airs: Wednesdays at 10pm What’s It All About? This 10-episode series features survivors of horrific crimes — including the series’ host, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter, who, along with two friends, was attacked by a serial rapist in 1991 — recounting their stories with the help of news clips and re-creations. “The fact that Charisma has personally lived through […]

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We talk Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown!

Yes, Alton Brown’s new Food Network series Cutthroat Kitchen features top-notch chefs competing to create prize-winning dishes. But here’s where it swerves into ingeniously original territory. It’s up to them to determine what their final prize is. And, much of the time, what they’re willing to do to earn it. Which, Brown says, makes Cutthroat Kitchen as much a game show as it is a cooking competition. If you’ve heard about the show or seen the promos and still find yourself a little flummoxed about how the whole thing goes down, here’s the gist. A different quartet of chefs competes […]

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Paula Deen Today show interview will happen Wednesday morning

• 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 […]

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Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

Food Network announced Friday afternoon that it will not renew Paula Deen’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of the month. • UPDATE: Paula Deen Today show interview will happen Wednesday Deen is currently under fire for admitting that she used racial slurs while being deposed for a harassment lawsuit filed against the 66-year-old Food Network staple and her brother, Bubba Hiers, by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of the family’s restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. In the wake of the controversy, Deen cancelled an appearance on Friday morning’s Today, citing exhaustion,  then took to […]

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Jamie Deen talks Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen Season 2

Like most busy parents, Jamie Deen has mastered the art of multitasking. Doing an interview while cleaning out and gassing up his car to prepare for a family vacation, Deen explains that it’s actually a large part of what drove him to create his popular Food Network series Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen, which returns for a second season Sunday, May 26, at 10am ET/PT. The show features Deen whipping up nutritious, time conscious and budget-friendly meals that appeal to adults and kids alike, so his family — and those of his viewers can spend around the table with […]

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Chef Wanted Season 2: Anne Burrell says the tests are even harder

In her nearly 25 years in the restaurant business, Food Network star chef Anne Burrell has seen and done it all — right down to teaching the tricks of the trade at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education. That’s why, she says, she feels right at home scouting executive chefs for some of America’s top restaurants in the network’s fascinating Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell, which launches its second season Thursday night at 10pm/9pmCT. “I have been in the restaurant industry since I was 19 and one thing that I love about this show is that it really shows people what restaurants […]

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7 Questions With … Hines Ward of “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off”

He’s the legendary Pittsburgh Steeler who broke records (and one opponent’s jaw) on the field, then broke hearts in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom before retiring from the NFL last May to become an NBC football analyst. Now Hines Ward is testing his game in a whole new arena — the kitchen — as a contestant on Season 2 of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, battling Johnny Weir, Kathy Najimy, Carnie Wilson, Gilbert Gottfried and others for celeb-chef supremacy. “I thought it would be good that people can see a side of me that they don’t normally get […]