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Imagine being able to pay for the privilege of having Sandra Lee or “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten use a specific kind of butter, sugar or spice in one of the recipes they prepare on TV’s Food Network.
For years, that sort of thing had only been a pipe dream of various marketing executives. The people behind Food Network have kept the outlet’s how-to programming — the backbone of its daytime schedule — free from shout-outs to various comestibles made by Pillsbury, Kraft or McCormick.
“We always had a policy of not doing that and the reason was that we really wanted to build a brand based upon authority and trust,” says Karen Grinthal, senior VP of ad sales for Food Network and its sibling, Cooking Channel. “We couldn’t risk losing that neutral status, which is what would have happened if we had appeared to endorse any brand within the content. »
- Brian Steinberg
Dating back to the early ’90s, Japan’s “Iron Chef” and the Food Network have grown up together, with the competition franchise setting the template for the myriad cook-against-the-clock shows that dot Food Network’s schedule, along with a host of other channels.
“Iron Chef” segs have aired on Food Network since the cabler’s inception. But it was one particularly heated showdown between Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and challenger Bobby Flay that put the show over the top with viewers and spawned Food Network’s own “Iron Chef America” rendition.
The 2000 “New York Battle” episode, produced by Fuji TV, was a mano-a-mano duel fought with rock crabs that included a dramatic shot of Flay getting electrocuted while grabbing a metal pot. It ended with Flay prematurely declaring victory and jumping on top of his cutting board. This disturbed Morimoto (the ultimate winner) who broke his usual stoic demeanor to »
- Cynthia Littleton
Last night, Kentucky culinary instructor Damaris Phillips was crowned the winner of season nine of The Next Food Network Star, and we all breathed a sigh of relief that she beat out Rodney "What the Hell Does 'Pie Style' Mean?" Henry. Because if it would have gone the other way, we might have boycotted Food Network out of spite. And that would mean giving up our precious Chopped episodes. And no one wants to live like that. But the smiley Southern chef came out on top, so we had to hop on the phone to congratulate Damaris on her victory and talk about the shocking elimination of front-runner Stacey Poon-Kinney, how she really felt about the final three and what her main goal is as the next Food Network »
Warning: Below are spoilers from tonight's finale of Next Food Network Star. Read at your own risk! Tonight on the season finale of The Next Food Network Star, Southern sweetheart Damaris Phillips, sin-loving underground chef Russell Jackson and self-proclaimed pie "expert" Rodney Henry were the last three standing to do battle for America's vote. Celebrity superstars Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis, along with the unfortunately rarely-seen network bosses Bob Tuschman and Susan Fogelson and all the eliminated contestants were on hand for the reveal and a retrospective special. About halfway through the episode, the judging panel eliminated one of the final three to make if »
The chef who won Season 4 of "The Next Food Network Star" is coming out in defense of Paula Deen, saying she's been nothing but a friend to him throughout his career ... even though he's Black.Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. just released a statement on his Facebook page, writing, "Paula has always been very helpful and supportive throughout my career, and as her friend I'm saddened to see that she is going through a tough time right now. »
- TMZ Staff
On TV this Sunday: The Game of Thrones finale ties up loose ends, Nph suits up for the Tony Awards, Falling Skies‘ Tom has a new gig and Army Wives make some big decisions. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
7 pm The Next Food Network Star (Food Network) | Repeat to Revisit: In case you missed last week’s Season 9 premiere, here’s your chance to meet the 12 contestants vying for a show on The Food Network. (My money’s on The Pie Man, if only for his funny nickname.)
- Rebecca Iannucci
The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.
World Competition Categories
The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:
Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York. »
- Damen Norton
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.
According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by »
- Lanford Beard
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