Welcome to a new week…and what a week it’s gonna be! The summer season is officially starting, apparently, because there are a ton of premieres this week! Tonight, though, is a little slow, so only Kyle & I have stuff to recommend…and we’re both recommending something on Food Network. *laugh*
I’m excited because tonight’s the big finale of the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions battle. I was wrong when I predicted Iron Chef Morimoto would come out the winner last week—in reality, Iron Chef Garces kind of smoked him… It was impressive. Then again, the secret ingredient was liver…and how often do you think Morimoto works with liver? *laugh* I was rooting for Morimoto, simply because I thought a battle between him & Michael Symon would be great—but Symon vs. Garces should be good, too. Garces has been surprising me during this Tournament of Champions…so it’ll be interesting to see who wins tonight! I really think Michael Symon will come out on top, but… Who knows, at this point! LOL
On tonight’s episode, “Tournament of Champions Finale,” the top two finalists, Michael Symon & Jose Garces, battle it out in Kitchen Stadium; the judges are Donatella Arpaia, Bobby Flay, and Karine Bakhoum.
See who goes home the winner and who just goes home tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chopped & Food Network Star.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Tonight, the ninth season of Food Network Star begins with 12 more hopeful cooks fighting it out to get their own show on the Food Network. Last year, they mixed up the format a bit by having three Food Network veterans hand-pick the finalists for their teams. They served as mentors for their cooks to help them be the best they could be while competing amongst each other. It sounds as though that format will continue this season as well.
Last year, I was excited because Justin Warner, one of Alton’s picks, was an early favorite of mine, and he went on to win the show. However, it seems like they didn’t really know what to do with Justin, as the only thing I’ve seen him do in the past year was a single one-hour special, and it wasn’t that great. Usually, I don’t even watch the winner’s shows because they tend to be straightforward cooking shows. I loved the off-beat shows that season 4 runner-up Adam Gertler has done for the network. Throughout the last season of FNS, Justin’s potential show sounded a lot like Good Eats: The Next Generation, but it looks like they abandoned that idea. Hopefully, this season’s winner (or some of the runner-ups) will end up with a fun, unconventional show I’m interested in watching.
On tonight’s episode, “Are You Ready for Prime Time?,” the contestants arrive at the Food Network kitchens to greet their mentors, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Alton Brown, who help prepare the finalists for the biggest audition of their lives. Each finalist films a pitch tape and prepares one dish to present to the network, Bob Tuschman, and Susie Fogelson, and to a focus group of Food Network viewers who will help decide who has a shot at becoming a Food Network Star.
To see what this season’s crop of hopefuls are like, tune in to Food Network at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Chopped, The Killing, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Veep, Family Tree, Nurse Jackie, and The Venture Bros.