Chef Spike Mendelsohn may have competed on Bravo's culinary reality show Top Chef -- twice -- but he still didn't expect to be recruited for Food Network's Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c.
"I got the phone call out of nowhere. I was actually quite surprised," Mendelsohn tells TVGuide.com. "I didn't expect them to cast me as part of this crew, alongside the other ones. I was definitely honored to have the opportunity. There are a lot of chefs involved that I look up to and I follow their careers. To be standing next to them, was kind of like, 'OK, you made it.'"
After nearly a dozen weeks of competition, the latest Food Network Star will be crowned on Sunday at 9/8c. But who deserves to invade our homes on a regular basis to help fill our tummies? Let's take a look at the finalists:
Alton Brown has inked a new three-year deal with Food Network, TV Week reports. As part of the agreement, Brown will produce new seasons of current show Good Eats and Iron Chef America, as well as a limited-series/Feasting on Asphalt spin-off titled Feasting on Waves, to premiere in the summer and look at the food and culture of the Caribbean. Now let me explain to you how a contract gets signed. First, gravity pulls the ink molecules down the pen shaft. Then, the ink makes contact with the absorbent fibers of the paper also known as papyrus where....For more on Food Network's future plans, pick up the Jan. 7 issue of TV Guide.
If you've ever watched chef Alton Brown's show Good Eats and said to yourself, "How does he know that?" you're in for an even bigger surprise when you tune in to Food Network's new reality competition The Next Iron Chef (premiering Oct. 7 at 9 pm/ET on the Food Network). With skill tests and artistic challenges, America's best cooks will compete to be the next Iron Chef, and host Brown is sure they'll have you thinking, "How do they do that?" TVGuide.com chatted with the all-knowing foodie about this risky new series, why you'll never see him competing and what he really thinks about reality shows.
TVGuide.com: So where did you find these chefs?Alton Brown: All over the United States. It came down to a few different
If you find Food Network's Alton Brown to be a fascinating fountain of information as the host of Good Eats, you won't want to miss what he's serving next. The four-part series Feasting on Asphalt (premiering Saturday, July 29 at 9 pm/ET) seats Brown and his buds on motorcycles as they travel cross-country for what has to be the most impressive progressive dinner on record, sampling regional cuisine all along their way from Savannah, Georgia, to the California coast. Brown paid TVGuide.com a visit to recount his travels.
TVGuide.com: As a guy who has a peanut-butter sandwich in the fridge down the hall on this particular day, I feel a tad inadequate interviewing you.