Food Network February 2016 Highlights


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Food Network warms up winter with new series, seasonal specials, an all-star competition and not-to-be-missed finales! The fun begins when Guy Fieri and his son Hunter embark on the European vacation of a lifetime on Friday, February 5th at 10pm, to introduce Hunter to the culinary delights of seven different countries in food-filled adventure Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation. Then, the kitchen heats up on Valentine’s Day when Food Network stars go head-to head in two not-to-be-missed battles on February 14th! At 9pm, hosts Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence work with the two remaining boot camp recruits competing for $25,000 in the finale of Worst Cooks in America! Then the stars collide at 10pm, when All-Star Academy returns with some new faces as first-time mentors Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern join veteran mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone to help nine home cooks from across the country compete for the chance at the $50,000 grand prize and the ultimate bragging rights. It is a super-sized finale with three mini-bakers on Monday, February 22nd at 8pm, when the remaining contestants of Kids Baking Championship create spring break-themed cakes for the title of Kids Baking Champion and a $25,000 grand prize in this sweet showdown hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman. Also on the primetime menu are premiere episodes of American Diner Revival, Beat Bobby Flay, Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, Cake Wars, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guilty Pleasures, Guy’s Grocery Games, Mystery Diners and Top 5 Restaurants. In daytime, Ina Garten takes off on a tasty tour of Paris on Sunday, February 14th at 1pm, and visits the places and kitchens that make it one of the finest food cities in the world in Barefoot Contessa in Paris Part Deux. The daytime line-up also features Valentine’s Day-inspired menus, chocolate delights and winter comfort foods in premiere episodes of Brunch @ Bobby’s, Giada Entertains, Guy’s Big Bite, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Southern at Heart, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking. FoodNetwork.com celebrates the season with Valentine’s Day and comfort food recipes, plus everything required to stay comfy and cozy during the cold winter months, including dishes and snacks for a movie night in and tips to cooking from the pantry! Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

PRIMETIME PREMIERE EPISODES

All-Star Academy – Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 10pm

All-Star Academy is back in session with some new faces as first-time mentors Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern join veteran mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone in the classroom. Nine home cooks from across the country vie for spots working with these all-star mentors, and each week, high-profile “guest professors” will put the home cooks through intense cooking challenges. At the end of the day, one cook will be sent home, and the mentors’ reputations will be put on the line, since they must leave when they lose both of their cooks. One home cook will be left standing, winning bragging rights and a $50,000 grand prize.

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 10pm – “First Day of School” – SEASON PREMIERE!

The first day at All-Star Academy begins as nine home cooks enter the kitchen and meet their mentors: Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Curtis Stone and Andrew Zimmern. The cooks are put to the test preparing a dish using the contents of a lunch box, which the mentors taste and rank in order. While the lowest-ranked cook is eliminated, the remaining eight choose their mentors. Then, the mentors must cook to impress guest judge Carla Hall and win a Save Card, which they can use later to keep one of their cooks from elimination.

Premiering Sunday, February 21st at 9pm – “Geography”

The home cooks enter to meet their new guest professors, Debi Mazar and Aarón Sánchez. The subject is geography, and for their group test, they must compete in a tag team challenge cooking dishes that combine the styles of where they are from. The two teams with the least successful dishes then compete in an elimination test using ingredients from the most popular cuisines in the world: Thai, Italian or Mexican.

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 9pm – “Art”

Duff Goldman serves as guest professor for a set of art-inspired challenges. First, the mentors face off in two battles featuring desserts in different colors. The teams with the least successful dishes then compete making a structural dessert that features chocolate and incorporates a circle, a square and a triangle on the plate.

Online, meet the competitors, get competitive strategies from the mentors and relive all the action from each episode in photos and videos. In exclusive interviews, the mentors reveal who taught them the most about cooking. Take a new quiz to find out if you are an all-star cook, and to grow your home cooking skills, check out “I-never-knew-that!” tips from the mentors in FoodNetwork.com’s Become a Better Home Cook video series. Join the conversation on Twitter with #AllStarAcademy.

American Diner Revival

Premiering Friday, February 5th at 8:30pm – “Drenched in Drama”

Everyone in the area calls Andrews Diner in Wilton Manors, Florida their home away from home, but with trendy new eateries popping up all over town, its drab decor and deep-fried dishes are leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouths! While owners Angelo and Gerri are away, chef Amanda Freitag and renovation expert Ty Pennington plan to transform this diner from drab to fab.

Premiering Friday, February 12th at 8:30pm – “Say I Do to a Re-Do” – THEMED EPISODE!

Linda Kay’s Diner in Scranton is a total mess! Because the diner is in disarray and debt, owner Linda has put off marrying the love of her life, James. Now, chef Amanda Freitag and renovation expert Ty Pennington have only two days to fix this disastrous diner.

Premiering Friday, February 19th at 8:30pm – “Bakery Shake-Up”

Glenburn Grill and Bakery in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania needs to amp up their baked goods or else their business will be toast! The diner’s menu lacks the warm bakery foods they advertise, and their decor needs a home-style shake up. Can chef Amanda Freitag and renovation expert Ty Pennington help this family diner make enough dough to stay afloat?

Premiering Friday, February 26th at 8:30pm – “From Drive-By diner to Diner Destination”

Times have been tough at El Cabanal in Jersey City, as the family funds go to treating their mother’s cancer diagnosis. The diner needs fixing, and it shows! Chef Amanda Freitag and renovation expert Ty Pennington have just two days to turn this drive-by diner into a diner destination that reflects the family’s Ecuadorian heritage while also infusing their American roots into the menu.

Online, find before-and-after transformations, recipes from the diners and exclusive interviews with the hosts. Join the revival with #DinerRevival.

Beat Bobby Flay

Premiering Thursday, February 4th at 10pm – “Touchdown!”

It is a coin toss as former football player, chef Deji Oduwole, and competition junkie, Zane Holmquist, put their game faces on to compete one-on-one against Bobby Flay. Former professional boxer Laila Ali and Food Network’s Anne Burrell take front row seats in what is sure to be a culinary knockout.

Premiering Thursday, February 11th at 10pm – “Sweet and Spicy” – THEMED EPISODE!

Food Network Southern belles Katie Lee and Damaris Phillips are not all hugs and kisses as they conspire to crush Bobby Flay. New Mexico-born chef Carlos Baez takes on Long Island, New York chef Steven Scalesse, for the chance to break Bobby’s heart on Valentine’s Day.

Premiering Thursday, February 18th at 10pm – “A Feather in Your Cap”

Food Network vets Sunny Anderson and Alex Guarnaschelli ruffle some feathers in this epic culinary battle. Chef Mohan Ismail brings his Singaporean flare against Long Island, New York all-star chef Nicole Roarke.

Premiering Thursday, February 25th at 10pm – “The Boys are Back”

It is new school versus old school, South Western-style, when veteran Sante Fe chef Todd Hall and Phoenix chef Brian Archibald duke it out with hopes of convincing Burgers, Brew and ‘Que host Michael Symon and chef Michael Voltaggio that they have what it takes to beat Bobby Flay!

Online, find recipes from the show, find exclusive clips and hear from Beat Bobby Flay’s culinary producer to learn how she outfits the set with tools and ingredients for Bobby and the competitors. Join the conversation with #BeatBobbyFlay.

Burgers, Brew & ‘Que – Premiering Fridays at 10:30pm

Meat lovers rejoice! Michael Symon returns to take a road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and BBQ. Whether it is mouth-watering, mile-high cheeseburgers or slow-smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, Michael is going to eat and meet his way through some of the best All-American spots to get your grub on. What better way to wash it all down than with local beers and brew – sure to make any meal a perfect ten. Get ready to get full because you do not want to miss the delicious flavors of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que.

Online, discover more about the spots where Michael enjoys the best all-American grub and brews, find full restaurant listings and watch video extras of Michael joining the restaurant chefs in the kitchen. Get in on the conversation on Twitter using #BurgersBrewQue.

Cake Wars

Premiering Monday, February 1st at 9pm – “Minecraft”

One of the biggest video games of all time is coming to Cake Wars — Minecraft! They are throwing a huge party to celebrate this smash hit, and Brand Director for Minecraft, Lydia Winters, is on hand to help the judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas choose which baker will have their winning cake creation as the centerpiece of the big event and walk out $10,000 richer in this competition hosted by Jonathan Bennett.

Premiering Monday, February 8th at 9pm – “Valentine’s Day” – THEMED EPISODE!

Love is in the air as Cake Wars celebrates Valentine’s Day with chocolate! With the help of an expert chocolatier, four bakers put their hearts into their cake creations for the chance to be featured as the centerpiece of a romantic Valentine’s Day wine tasting and leave with a sweet $10,000 prize. World famous chocolatier Jonathan Grahm joins judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas to share his love of the sweet confection!

Premiering Monday, February 15th at 9pm – “Shark Lagoon”

Watch out! These cakes have some serious teeth as Cake Wars takes on the great wonders of the deep: sharks! As the world-famous Aquarium of the Pacific throws a massive celebration for their Shark Lagoon nights, four bakers will take a bite at the chance to make a jaw-dropping cake creation to be the centerpiece of the party. Aquarium staff member Luke Richmond joins judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas to choose which baker’s cake is fin-tastic enough to win $10,000!

Premiering Monday, February 22nd at 9pm – “Shrek”

Everyone’s favorite ogre is making his way to Cake Wars — Shrek himself! DreamWorks Animation is throwing a massive party to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the iconic animated film, and Shrek producer Gina Shay is on hand to join judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas tochoose which amazing baker will earn the right to have their cake creation as the centerpiece of the party and win $10,000.

Premiering Monday, February 29th at 9pm – “Party Animals”

Even hippos love cake, and Cake Wars celebrates the first birthday of Rosie the baby hippo from the Los Angeles Zoo! Four bakers go to battle for the chance to have their amazing cake creation at the center of this wild birthday party and go home with $10,000. John Lewis, Director of the Los Angeles Zoo, helps judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas determine which baker is king of the jungle!

Online, check out sweet highlights, the images and recipes of the winning cake artists’ magical creations and weigh in on your favorites on Twitter using #CakeWars.

Chopped

Premiering Tuesday, February 2nd at 10pm – “Tailgate Party”

It is game time in the Chopped kitchen for four fanatical tailgaters, who are out to prove that their passion for cooking is equal to their passion for their teams. Some of the competitors are not pleased to find a vegetarian patty in the first basket, and in the second round, cheese and sausage are two of the mandatory ingredients. A salty and sweet treat in the dessert basket makes for a fine tailgating dessert on its own, but how will it be transformed into a final, plated dish?
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Eddie Jackson, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos

Premiering Sunday, February 7th at 9pm – “Bacon Boys”

Four self-assured guys are lucky to get bacon as their theme, but how will these “bacon boys” do in the first round with bacon in the baskets alongside banana jam? A bacon-packed round two has the chefs wondering what to do with a weird ice cream and some lovely greens. Bacon in dessert is not a new concept, but can the last two chefs create original, delicious sweet-and-salty dishes?
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Chris Santos

Premiering Tuesday, February 9th at 10pm – “Love Bites” – THEMED EPISODE!

It is food to get you in the mood, with aphrodisiacs in all of the baskets! As the chefs attempt to get in touch with their sensual sides, some are turned off by the oysters in the first basket. Tasting the entree dishes, the judges criticize a chef for not plating some sexy stuff, which he left in a pan. Two alluring, pre-made desserts in the final basket seem like a head start but could be a trap.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, February 16th at 10pm – “Ready for Redemption”

Four former Chopped runners-up are brave enough to return to the Chopped kitchen, and in the appetizer basket, they find a shocker of a protein and some sweet jam. Sugar and spice are in store for the chefs in the second round, when they must use cheesecake and garam masala in their entrees. The dessert round finds the remaining two chefs gunning for victory… finally!
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, February 23rd at 10pm – “Cooking Caribbean”

Full of flavor and fun, Caribbean cuisine is the focus of this special Chopped competition! The judges are excited to taste four shrimp appetizers, but one chef suffers a big setback. Then, some beautiful Caribbean ingredients in the second basket inspire the chefs to embark on laborious entree plates, and in the final round, the judges look forward to tasting some sweet potato and rum desserts.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Tina Feliciano, Aarón Sánchez, John Suley

Online, uncover photo and video extras and a chance to compete like a Chopped champion for a chance to win prizes. In video series Chopped After Hours, the judges take over the kitchen and remix mystery baskets into delicious dishes. In the Chopped Extras section, find out which are the most used mystery basket items, easy ways to cook with those tough-seeming ingredients seen on the show and exclusive interviews with judges and winners. Get in on the action with the Chopped at Home Challenge. Submit a comfort food dish using specific ingredients that will be listed at FoodNetwork.com/ChoppedAtHome, and you could win $10,000, a trip to New York City and a private cooking lesson in the Food Network Kitchen. Join the conversation at #Chopped.

Cutthroat Kitchen

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 11pm – “Chocotage XXL” – THEMED EPISODE!

In a special chocolate episode, one chef has to play roulette for their chocolate chip cookie dessert ingredients. Then, two chefs have to play whack-a-mole for their mole ingredients. Finally, one chef has to play a giant marble maze as they make chocolate marble cake.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Simon Majumdar

Premiering Sunday, February 21st at 10pm – “Cashew If You Can”

While making cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, two chefs have to get their ingredients from trays of passed appetizers. Then, one chef has to make cashew chicken on a horseshoe. Finally, one chef has to shoot their tres leches cake ingredients through a basketball hoop.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Simon Majumdar

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 10pm – “The One with William Shatner”

In a special man cave episode judged by William Shatner, three chefs have to make their bacon dishes while sitting on a couch. Then, two chefs have to get in the wrestling ring to make their burger and onion rings. Finally, one chef has to shoot pool to move around the kitchen as they make their boozy dessert.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: William Shatner

Online, get an extra taste of eviliciousness with FoodNetwork.com’s original digital series. In Alton’s After Show, Alton reveals the sabotages to the judges, who discuss the cutthroat tasks. In Testing the Sabotages, get an inside look as the test kitchen demos how a sabotage can (or can’t) be defeated. Follow the mischief and strategy on Twitter using #CutthroatKitchen.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Premiering Wednesday, February 3rd at 8pm – “Comfort Food Mash-Up”

This trip, Guy hits joints from coast to coast cooking up killer comfort. He digs into everything from chicken and waffles to pot roast, noodles to pierogis, and even outrageous oxtail stew in Hawaii. He samples hearty helpings of all kinds of meaty goodness and scratch made sensations. Get ready to pile up your plate and feel right at home!

Guilty Pleasures

Premiering Monday, February 1st at 10pm – “Big Game, Big Eats”

Your favorite celebrities and Food Network personalities are ready to watch the big game with their guiltiest snacks in hand! Start the day with Jeff Mauro’s Texas-sized Bloody Mary, then head to Nashville for Aarón Sánchez’s favorite barbecue nachos. See what type of pizza Judy Greer indulges in, and discover Jonathan Bennett’s favorite fried food from his hometown in Ohio. Plus, Justin Warner discusses his favorite kind of sundae and Graham Elliott shares his Hollywood dream of carne asada fries.

Premiering Monday, February 8th at 10pm – “Chocolate Obsessions”

Love is in the air, and your favorite celebrities and Food Network personalities are showing how they celebrate the most romantic time of the year. Geoffrey Zakarian spoons through a perfectly-cooked chocolate soufflé, while Marc Summers takes on a tower of chocolate-covered treats. Then, find out how Richard Blais orders dessert tacos and try to resist Tia Mowry’s mile-high chocolate cake. Anne Burrell shares her idea of a perfect steak, and Sherri Shepherd talks about a Windy City milkshake.

Premiering Monday, February 15th at 10pm – “Meat Lover Mania”

Food Network has convinced your favorite Food Network personalities and celebrities to dish on their most intimate Guilty Pleasures! Discover Buddy Valastro’s favorite sweet and savory Italian sausage and gear up for some dessert nachos with Ross Mathews. Find out about Aarti Sequeira’s favorite sweet and salty biscuit dish and Graham Elliot’s enormous meaty burger. Do not miss Alex Guarnaschelli’s indulgence of muffaletta, and Daphne Brogdon dishes on an LA schnitzel.

Online, check out the guilty pleasures featured on the show, and browse FoodNetwork.com’s Restaurants section for more city restaurant guides, eatery suggestions, the latest restaurant trends and much more. Share guilty food pleasures with #GuiltyPleasures.

Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation – Premiering Friday, February 5th at 10pm
Guy Fieri’s son, Hunter, has grown up on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Big Bite. Now, his high school graduation gift is the ultimate food-filled adventure: Guy and Hunter’s month-long trek through Europe, opening up a whole new world of cuisine. Hunter discovers true culinary passion in seven different countries as they witness age-old traditions behind everything from gyros to feta, Parmesan to prosciutto, croissants to paella and much, much, more.

Premiering Friday, February 5th at 10pm – “Greece” – SERIES PREMIERE!

Guy Fieri and his son Hunter’s month-long culinary journey through Europe kicks off in Athens, Greece, where they learn the secrets to making the perfect gyro and check out an old-school barbecue rotisserie restaurant. Next, Guy and Hunter travel to Crete, Greece’s largest island, and the duo experience lobster fishing on the Mediterranean, sheep milking in the countryside and a family-style Greek dinner with regional dishes to die for.

Premiering Friday, February 12th at 10pm – “Italy”

The second stop on Guy Fieri and his son Hunter’s month-long culinary adventure brings them to Rome, where they discover how to make the perfect cup of cappuccino, dine at a unique seafood spot and dive into gelato-making at a place serving up tradition since the 1880s. Then, heading up to northern Italy, Hunter learns to commandeer a gondola in Venice and the pair have a heartwarming family reunion in Sesto Calende.

Premiering Friday, February 19th at 10pm – “Italy and Switzerland”

Guy Fieri and his son Hunter’s month-long culinary adventure through Europe continues with a visit to Parma, Italy, where Guy fulfills a longtime dream of witnessing the making of true Parmigiano-Reggiano. Then, they discover the years-long process behind curing and aging prosciutto and taste a regional delicacy: horsemeat sandwiches. Crossing into Switzerland, they make a pit stop for some real Swiss fondue.

Premiering Friday, February 26th at 10pm – “Germany and France”

Guy Fieri and his son Hunter’s month-long culinary adventure through Europe continues in Germany, where they learn to make authentic pretzels and Hunter shows some style in old-fashioned lederhosen. Then, moving on to France, the guys learn the surprising and intricate tradition behind making true French croissants in Paris and cook up a Mexican feast while reuniting with old friends in Chantilly.

Online, live vicariously through Guy and Hunter and find photos and videos to relive their adventure and spur your own wanderlust. Talk about their trip on Twitter using #GuyAndHunter.

Guy’s Grocery Games

Premiering Sunday, February 7th at 8pm – “Four Weddings and a Grocery Game” – THEMED EPISODE!

Four chefs who are getting hitched hope to bag some much-needed cash for their wedding day. First, they must make their sweetheart’s favorite dish on a $10 budget. Next, the chefs get “cold feet” when preparing a cocktail hour appetizer from the frozen aisle. Finally, they must create a reception dinner using a grocery list featuring something old, something new, something blue, and something borrowed – from their fellow chef!
Judges: Melissa d’Arabian, Duskie Estes, Troy Johnson

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 8pm – “All-Star Academy Face-Off”

Four home cooks from All-Star Academy are ready for Grocery Games grad school, with Richard Blais and Curtis Stone serving as guest mentors! First, they must make a fine dining dinner including all of the wacky items on Guy’s list. Next, they bowl for strikes to assemble the ingredients for an American classic dish, and finally, Guy includes a surprise game for the mentors!
Judges: Christy Vega Fowler, Marc Summers, Marcel Vigneron

Premiering Sunday, February 21st at 8pm – “Guy’s Games of Chance”

Chefs try to beat the house, and the market, when they face three exciting games of chance. First, chefs roll dice to determine the details of a poker night plate. Next, they play a wild card game to determine the special ingredients in a wholesome weeknight dinner starring a red light special. Finally, the chefs play the slots see what jackpot trio of ingredients will go into their winner’s dinner.
Judges: Beau MacMillan, Aaron May, Catherine McCord

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 8pm – “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cook-Off”

Chefs are cooking every meal on the menu: breakfast, lunch and dinner! First, they must make a sweet and savory breakfast from items found in the store’s clearance carts. Then, a family lunch is complicated by a red light special. Finally, chefs spin the Budget Food Wheel to determine how much they can spend on their high stakes steakhouse dinner.
Judges: Ayesha Curry, Brian Malarkey, Marc Summers

Online, check out highlights, take quizzes and collect grocery shopping and cooking tips from the judges and much more. Join the conversation on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

Kids Baking Championship

Premiering Monday, February 1st at 8pm – “Lunch Box Desserts'”

The six remaining kid bakers get creative as they invent lunch box desserts. The good news? Trading items is allowed. The bad news? Carrot sticks are tough to work into a dessert in this baking championship hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman.

Premiering Monday, February 8th at 8pm – “Candymonium”

To celebrate candy in all its glory, with the guidance of hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman, the five remaining kid bakers must use three types of candy in a dessert but also keep it balanced, because it is a fine line between candymonium and candy overload!

Premiering Monday, February 15th at 8pm – “Dessert Imposters 2.0”

The most beloved challenge from the first season of Kids Baking Championship is back with a twist. For Dessert Imposters 2.0, the four remaining kid bakers must make a dessert item that looks like a savory dish and also create a savory cupcake for “dessert.” It is dinner in reverse!

Premiering Monday, February 22nd at 8pm – “Spring Break Cakes” – SEASON FINALE!

In the final challenge, hosts Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli cheer on the three remaining kid bakers as they battle it out for the title of Kids Baking Champion while making spring break-themed cakes. Which baker will emerge the winner and take home $25,000?

Online, relive the most dramatic, creative and adorable moments with video and photo highlights, plus find winning recipes, watch exclusive interviews with Duff and Valerie and discover more baking tips. Join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

Mystery Diners

Premiering Wednesdays at 10pm

When a restaurant owner suspects employees of not doing their jobs, they call in the Mystery Diners. These Mystery Diners are undercover operatives who go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras and perform surveillance to find out what’s really going on when the boss is not around.

Online, find clips, go behind-the-scenes and learn how host Charles Stiles started his business.

Top 5 Restaurants

Premiering Monday, February 1st at 10:30pm – “Best Bar Food”

Get your head in the game and these tasty treats in your stomach when hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian count down the best bar food! Even if your team tanks, you will still be a winner with beer-soaked sausage, crispy chewy wings, succulent ribs and fully-loaded potatoes.

Premiering Monday, February 8th at 10:30pm – “Best Romantic Foods” – THEMED EPISODE!

Top 5 Restaurants has fallen in love at first bite! From a sparkling skyline and chocolate fantasy in New York, to a cozy fondue for two in the Rockies, a gourmet southern picnic, and rack of lamb with the Pacific coast sunset on the side, hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian share the top five restaurants serving up romance.

Premiering Monday, February 15th at 10:30pm – “Best Italian”

The five best Italian restaurants in America? That’s amore! Hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian highlight Louisiana lasagna, seafood in Staten Island and Seattle’s best handmade pasta — the most delicious combinations of pasta, meat and cheese in the New World, dished up by cutting-edge chefs and old-school grannies

Online, check out the top restaurants featured on the show, and browse FoodNetwork.com’s Restaurants section for more city restaurant guides, eatery suggestions, the latest restaurant trends and much more. Join the conversation with #Top5Restaurants.

Worst Cooks in America

Premiering Sunday, February 7th at 10pm – “Blast from the Past”

For the last skill drill, Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence challenge the final four to replicate a dish with no help from the chefs – they must rely on their own taste buds and newfound skills. The trials continue in the Main Dish Challenge, and the teams must cook a revamped version of their day one signature dishes and serve it to their loved ones; however, their friends and family don’t know who cooked what dish, so they could unwittingly send their loved one packing. Two recruits are sent home, and the final two remain.

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 9pm – “Final Food Fight 8” – SEASON FINALE!

Anne and Tyler each work with their remaining recruit to plan a refined three-course meal that will be served to a panel of culinary experts. The finalists’ cooking skills are put to the ultimate test in a professional restaurant kitchen, as Anne and Tyler battle it out for bragging rights as mentor of the grand prize winner. The final dishes determine who has gone from worst to best, and the Worst Cooks in America winner is awarded $25,000.

Online, take a quiz to find out if you would survive culinary Boot Camp, catch photo and video highlights, discover cooking tips, vote for your favorite Worst Cooks and much more. Join the conversation on Twitter using #WorstCooks.

DAYTIME PREMIERE EPISODES

Barefoot Contessa in Paris Part Deux – Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 1pm – SPECIAL!
Ina Garten leads a tasty tour of Paris, uncovering all the American imprints in the French capital. She cooks and eats in some of the city’s finest restaurants helmed by American chefs, whipping up snacks with a friend who heads up a world-famous bakery, dining with an American ex-pat and introducing us to the stunning markets, stores and fabulous people that make up her world in France. Plus, Hollywood friends Rob Marshall and John Deluca reveal some of their favorite Paris film locations, and Ina’s husband, Jeffrey, makes a surprise appearance.

Online, find Ina’s recipes from the special and see photo highlights from her Parisian adventure! Fans can tweet about the show using #BarefootContessa.

Brunch @ Bobby’s

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 12:30pm – “Coco-Licious Brunch” – THEMED EPISODE!

Chocolate lovers will delight in host Bobby Flay’s ultimate cocoa-filled brunch! He serves up decadent dishes like Chocolate-Drizzled Scones, Stuffed Mexican Hot Chocolate French Toast with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie and a quick and easy recipe for Chocolate-Hazelnut Turnovers.

Premiering Sunday, February 21st at 12:30pm – “The Savory Side of Brunch”

Host Bobby Flay whips up a crowd-pleasing brunch of classically sweet dishes reimagined with savory flavors, like Stuffed French Toast with Gruyere, Mustard Greens and Double-Smoked Bacon, Ham and Cheese Scones with Roasted Tomatoes, and a Yogurt Bowl with Savory Toppings like beets, cucumbers and chickpeas. To drink, he reinvents another brunch classic with his Verde Mary.

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 12:30pm – “Comfort Food Fake-Outs”

Host Bobby Flay recreates comfort food favorites for this whimsical and delicious brunch, with an exciting menu of Churro French Toast with a White Chocolate Orange Dipping Sauce, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes topped with a Maple Cream Cheese Glaze and Bacon-Cheddar Twists with Soft-Cooked Eggs.

Giada Entertains

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 11am -“Spread the Love Party” – SEASON FINALE AND THEMED EPISODE!

It is all about chocolate as Giada De Laurentiis hosts a party for friends that features her favorite decadent ingredient. The menu features Spicy Coq Au Vin Chocolate, Eat-Your-Heart-Out Pizza, Dark Chocolate Macaron Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Martinis.

Online, find ideas from Giada and check out photos from the show, access Giada’s trove of crowd-pleasing recipes and much more. Join the conversation on Twitter using #GiadaEntertains.

Guy’s Big Bite

Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 9:30am – “Cocoa Loco” – THEMED EPISODE!

When it comes to chocolate, Guy Fieri takes his savory, not sweet, so for Valentine’s Day, he whips up Grilled Chicken with Mole Negro, where the chocolate is in the sauce! On the side, he makes Hominy with Pomegranate and Cilantro, with a surprise ingredient in the vinaigrette!

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 9:30am – “Something for Everyone”

Guy Fieri cooks up a comfort food meal, with buttery bone-in Three Citrus Chicken Breasts and rich, cheesy Chorizo Poutine. Whether you are in need of comfort or just great food, this stick-to-your-ribs meal is sure to please!

Online, find recipes, go behind-the-scenes and find a gallery of Guy’s special guests from the show.

The Kitchen

Premiering Saturdays at 11am

Spend a fun and food-filled morning in The Kitchen with hosts Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian. These five talented food experts will bring fun conversation and delicious recipes into your kitchen every week. From simple supper ideas to the latest food trends, they will cover all things fun in food. Pull up a stool at the counter and join them in The Kitchen.

Online, bookmark new recipes from the co-hosts, collect their surprising culinary hacks, browse behind-the-scenes photos, find audience polls and much more. Join the conversation in #TheKitchen.

The Pioneer Woman

Premiering Saturday, February 6th at 10am – “Special Day”

Ree Drummond’s daughter Paige is spending the day watching some of the younger kids, so Ree packs them some fun treats for a late-afternoon picnic. She makes Animal Crackers, Crunchy Cereal Chicken Fingers, Cucumber Finger Sandwiches, Salad on a Stick and Watermelon Mini Wedges.

Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 10am – “Four Shades of Chocolate”

Ree Drummond whips up the most decadent chocolate treats from white chocolate all the way down to dark! She prepares White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Dipped and Decorated Waffle Cones, Milk Chocolate Mousse and, to top it all off, a Chocolate Orange Martini.

Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 10am – “Kitchen Confessional: Four Seasons on the Ranch”

Ree Drummond gives the lowdown on how her life and food change during the different seasons on the ranch. She makes a Red Wine Pot Roast for the icy winter months, then Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad for the spring. High summer means Ree dishes up Grilled Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa, and for the fall, nothing beats Carrot and Squash Curry Soup.

Online, find Ree’s recipes from the show, take a kitchen tour, learn the secrets to her hearty staples and watch full episodes.

Southern at Heart

Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 12pm – “Home Alone”

On the rare night when Damaris Phillips finds herself home alone with no plans, she loves to indulge with her favorite foods. She spends a bit of “me time” making Roasted Vegetable and Truffle Mac and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf and a Plum and Sage Mojito!

Online, find recipes featured on the show, photos from Damaris hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and find her top tips for mastering Southern staples.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Premiering Saturday, February 6th at 10:30am – “Biscuit Lovin'”

The Nashville restaurant scene has exploded, and one of the town’s favorites is a place called Biscuit Love. Trisha Yearwood takes her sister, Beth, to sample some of their most popular dishes. Then, they give those flavors a twist at home, making Hot Chicken on Trisha’s Angel Biscuit with Mama’s White Gravy, Biscuit Waffles with Lemon Cream, an Oatmeal Biscuit with Apple Yogurt, and Creamy Grits with Tomato Gravy and Greens.

Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 10:30am – “Trisha’s Birthday'”

On tour, Trisha Yearwood’s husband Garth celebrated her birthday in a big way. Now, at home, her birthday wish is to spend a quiet day with him doing the cooking! Garth makes Double French Toast for breakfast, and then for lunch, a romantic Chicken Alfredo dish and a salad with Creamy Feta Dressing. To finish off the meal, he makes Trisha’s favorite Double-Stuffed Brownies.

Premiering Saturday, February 20th at 10:30am – “Country Music Hall of Fame'”

Trisha Yearwood gives singer Reba McEntire a tour of her exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and after, they whip up a down-home dinner of bacon-wrapped Turkey Meatloaf, Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries and Almonds, Sweet Potato, Apple and Leek Casserole, and Kyle’s Lemon Pound Cake with Reba’s Royal Glaze, inspired by Reba’s favorite cocktail.

Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 10:30am – “All Things Cast Iron'”

Trisha Yearwood makes a hearty breakfast for her friend Glenda in her cherished cast iron pan: Hash Browns with Cheesy Eggs and Avocado. Then, they go antiquing to buy Glenda her very own pan, and Trisha shows Glenda how to restore and care for it. To demonstrate how the pan can be used for both savory and sweet, Trisha prepares Country Ham Carbonara and Buttermilk Strawberry Skillet Cake with Whipped Cream and Sugared Pecans.

Online, find Trisha’s recipes, watch highlights from the show, tour her Nashville kitchen and go behind the scenes at FoodNetwork.com/Trisha, and join the conversation on Twitter using #SouthernKitchen.

Valerie’s Home Cooking

Premiering Saturday, February 6th at 12:00pm – “Wolfie’s Home!”

Valerie Bertinelli celebrates her son Wolf’s return after months of touring by making his favorite foods for him and his best friend since childhood. She creates a meal of Pasta e Fagioli, Thursday Turkey Meatloaf, Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Wolf’s favorite dessert: a luscious Pumpkin Pudding.

Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 12:00pm – “A Very Valerie Valentine’s Day” – THEMED EPISODE!

It’s Valentine’s Day, so Valerie Bertinelli’s making Chocolate Walnut Scuffins for a sweet start to her day with her husband, Tom. After he surprises her with a Margarita tree, they enjoy a dinner of Fennel Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts followed by Spaghetti with Onion, Bacon and Tomato. For dessert, Valerie surprises Tom with his favorite Chocolate Ginger Mousse-Filled Pizzelle Cones.

Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 12:00pm – “My Favorite Indulgences”

While her husband and son are away, Valerie Bertinelli treats herself to a day of comfort and ease with all the foods she loves most. She dishes up Blue Cheese-Stuffed Olives and a perfect Martini, Pasta alla Vongole with Roasted Asparagus, and Mushrooms with Spicy Chili Salt. For a sweet treat, she makes Limoncello Challah Bread Pudding and an invigorating avocado face mask!

Online, find Valerie’s family-inspired recipes, go behind-the-scenes to learn more about her cooking influences, family, and rescue dog in photo and video exclusives. Join the conversation with #HomeCooking.

ON-AIR THEME WEEKENDS

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day Weekend Cooking Block- Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 7am – 1pm and Sunday, February 14th at 7am – 2pm
Whether you are looking for a fresh take on a chocolate treat or plans for a romantic dinner for two, Food Network presents holiday-themed dishes to inspire! Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 10am – The Pioneer Woman -“Four Shades of Chocolate”
Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 10:30am – Trisha’s Southern Kitchen – “Trisha’s Birthday'”
Premiering Saturday,February 13th at 11am – The Kitchen
Premiering Saturday, February 13th at 12:00pm – Valerie’s Home Cooking – “A Very Valerie Valentine’s Day”
Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 9:30am – Guy’s Big Bite – “Cocoa Loco”
Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 11am -Giada Entertains – “Spread the Love Party”
Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 12:30pm – Brunch @ Bobby’s – “Coco-Licious Brunch”
Premiering Sunday, February 14th at 1pm – Barefoot Contessa

Comfort Food Weekend – Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 7am – 1pm and Sunday, February 28th at 7am – 2pm
Curl up by the fire and fend off the winter chill with Food Network for two weekend mornings of warm comfort foods. Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 10am – The Pioneer Woman -“Kitchen Confessional: Four Seasons on the Ranch”
Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 10:30am – Trisha’s Southern Kitchen – “All Things Cast Iron'”
Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 11am – The Kitchen
Premiering Saturday, February 27th at 12:00pm – Valerie’s Home Cooking – “My Favorite Indulgences”
Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 9:30am – Guy’s Big Bite – “Something for Everyone”
Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 12pm – Southern at Heart – “Home Alone”
Premiering Sunday, February 28th at 12:30pm – Brunch @ Bobby’s – “Comfort Food Fake-Outs”

DIGITAL CONTENT

Comfort Food
During the cold winter months, satisfy cravings for hearty food with recipes like meatloaf, casseroles, slow-cooker favorites and homemade cookies. Sample stick-to-your-ribs classics from Food Network stars including Sunny Anderson, Ree Drummond and Trisha Yearwood.

Valentine’s Day
Add some delicious romance to Valentine’s Day this year! Try Ina Garten’s casual, make-together meal, learn how to pick the perfect champagne or browse chocolate desserts from Giada De Laurentiis and
Tyler Florence.

Help Around the Kitchen
Get a little extra help around the home and kitchen with our year-round calendar of cleaning tips, simple recipes and mealtime solutions to make your life easier, even on the busiest days.

Cooking from the Pantry
Make a quick, budget-friendly dinner with pantry-raid recipes using on-hand ingredients and surprisingly tasty staples.

Dinner and a Movie
Roll out the red carpet (plus super snacks and menus) for an evening in to celebrate all-star movie events. FoodNetwork.com offers VIP tickets to Food Network chefs’ best concession-stand classics, party-planning tips, videos and recipes sure to bring rave reviews.

Game Day Eats
Keep guests happy through the fourth quarter with party-ready recipes from your favorite Food Network stars.

Everything Winter
This seasonal hub promotes everything you need for the cold-weather months, including: Winter Entertaining Guide, Winter Produce Guide, Weeknight Dinners Winter, Comfort Food, Holiday, 12 Days of Cookies.

Winter Produce Guide

Find chefs’ recipes for using winter produce like greens, winter squash, potatoes and citrus.

Winter Entertaining Guide

The best recipes for wintertime entertaining, like comforting casseroles, lasagna, short ribs and slow roasted pork, plus cocktails and wine pairing ideas.

Winter Weeknight Dinners

Get dinner on the table fast with quick and easy wintertime meals like chicken marsala, minestrone soup, Salisbury steak, meatloaf and maple-glazed chicken, plus slow-cooker favorites and easy weeknight dessert recipes.

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