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    Dinner: Impossible

    Dinner: Impossible

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    Food Network (ended 2010)
    With extraordinary skill and delicious results, Chef Robert Irvine delivers remarkable menus for either small groups or big crowds every week in spite of tremendous obstacles. In each mission, Chef Irvine is faced with culinary challenges that are unique to Dinner: Impossible in which he must overcome time restrictions, weather, personnel shortages, and interesting hurdles characteristic to the show, and creates a real risk that he may not complete his challenge.

    Broadcast History:

    Seasons 1-4 Master Chef Robert Irvine is presented with an unusual culinary challenge each week. Will he be able to come up with an authentic 18th century meal? Will he be able to create a rich culinary experience for 150 passengers on a luxury train? Watch one of the most respected and talented chefs in the world works with his two sous chefs, George and George, as he overcomes obstacles and delivers a culinary masterpiece.

    Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (Seasons 1-3 half-hour, Season 4 one hour)

    Season 5 Iron Chef and Restaurateur Michael Symon (Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio) takes on brand new challenges in season five, along with his sous chefs, Tim and Greg. Watch as this Culinary Institute of America graduate is challenged with missions most chefs would run from screaming, and enjoy the new rebel attitude as Michael and his Harley ride into each impossible dinner challenge.

    Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (half-hour)

    Seasons 6-8 Chef Robert Irvine returns to the show and is met with harder challenges and even more difficult venues for his trouble. These seasons included trips to the X Games, a roulette wheel that determined the number of diners, cooking for television casts and football teams, a fundraiser, and many more. Through it all, Irvine tried to maintain his cool and give everyone the culinary event of their lives.

    Broadcast Time: 10 p.m. Wednesdays E/P (one hour)

    Program Notes Robert Irvine was released after resumé discrepancies were exposed by Florida's St. Petersburg Times on February 17, 2008. He had taped three of the 13 one-hour episodes that had been ordered, which were burned off during the summer of 2008. The Food Network hired a new host, Michael Symon, and ordered 10 half-hour episodes that aired near the end of the summer 2008, although early press claimed these episodes would be one hour in length.

    Dinner: Impossible with Chef Symon at the helm took a slightly different tone, which illustrated the differences between a restaurateur caterer and an event chef. Fewer dishes were produced in each episode, and Michael's laid-back attitude was poles apart from Robert's highly charged delivery. On November 20, 2008, 15 days after Symon's fifth episode, The Food Network quietly released a written statement that Robert Irvine would return the following March with six one-hour episodes, although the date was pushed to April 2009. In a Cleveland.com interview on November 21, 2008, Simon indicated he knew when he accepted the job that it was almost certain that it would be for one season, but his contract prevented him from discussing it until after the announcement.moreless
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    Giada at Home

    Giada at Home

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    Food Network
    Giada invites viewers to feast at her table and shows them how to prepare special, one-of-a -kind meals for their families.
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    Iron Chef Japan

    Iron Chef Japan

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    Fine Living
    Iron Chef is an innovative cooking competition from Japan. Originally produced by Fuji TV, Iron Chef combined the excitement of a one on one sports competition with gourmet cooking.

    The title Iron Chef comes from the original Japanese title, Ironmen of Cooking.

    This innovative game show was always popular in its native Japan, but it found international success when the Food Network bought the series and began airing English dubbed episodes. It became a cult c as viewers were treated to exotic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques. No expense was spared. Chefs seemed to have almost limitless supplies of the most exotic and expensive gourmet ingredients.

    The competition is hosted by Chairman Kaga, an over-the-top master of ceremonies. He introduced a "secret ingredient" that the challenger and the chosen Iron Chef had to incorporate into every dish. Originally, the program was 30 minutes long, but it was soon expanded to an hour format. Each chef presented his/her dishes to a panel of 3-4 judges who rated the dishes to crown a winner. All of the competitions occurred in a specially designed "kitchen stadium".

    The New York Times once described Iron Chef as "kamikaze cooking". Iron Chefs and their competitors became celebrities in their own right. Storylines developed between groups determined to defeat the Iron Chefs.

    The show was so successful in English speaking countries that several spin-offs, specials, and updated versions were produced. On May 5, 2008, Fine Living, a sibling channel of Food Network owner Scripps Howard, began airing the show under the title of Iron Chef Japan, as not to confuse it with Food's Iron Chef America spin off series. They also assigned new production codes and replaced the old music with something different.moreless
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    Food Network Challenge

    Food Network Challenge

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    Food Network
    Food Network Challenge is a series comprised of various challenges placed upon real chefs who are working in the culinary world, whether their specialities be pastry, sugar, ice, or otherwise. Who can make the best cupcakes? The best BBQ? Who's the fastest bartender in the country or even the world? Join the judges as they find the answers to those very questions on the Food Network Challenge.moreless
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    Brunch at Bobby's

    Brunch at Bobby's

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    Cooking Channel
    Brunch at Bobby's is a fun and informative cooking series starring famed celebrity chef, cookbook author, and television personality Bobby Flay has he leads viewers through some delicious recipes and helpful tips and tricks specially designed for his favorite meal of the day, brunch. There's something about brunch that makes for a particularly magical meal. It's later than breakfast, so you can have a relaxing, easy morning to work up an appetite. However, it's still early enough to be able to get away with some scrumptious, sweet flavors, as well as spicy and savory ingredients. In this series, Bobby will introduce you to some of his favorite brunch-time dishes, revealing the ingredients and techniques that will make for a memorable late-morning feast. In each twenty-minute episode, Bobby focuses on teaching you how to make one dish. His recipes cover a wide variety of flavors and origins, including fresh takes on French classics like French toast and Eggs Benedict, as well as a delightfully Southwestern recipe for huevos rancheros.moreless
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    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

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    Channel 4
    This UK series is all about food. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shows his softer side at his London restaurant, The F Word, from which the show has taken its name. In case you have been wandering the F stands for Food of course. Each season has its own theme.

    Season one is centred on Ramsay preparing a three-course meal at the F Word restaurant for 60 invited diners. He has adapted some of his restaurant recipes so that everything that he cooks on the show can be cooked by anyone. The Times' restaurant critic Giles Coren acts as a field correspondent. Food writer Rachel Cooke also provides several reports on healthy eating. Two (or three) commis "battle" each other in every episode to earn a position at one of Ramsay's restaurants. 12 commis chefs appeared in the series out of a thousand applicants. Furthermore this season has turkeys as the featured animal that Gordon raised in his back yard, for food, so that his children gained a better understanding of where their food came from.This season also features Gordon's "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign, for the promotion of which he visited several English households to help women who wanted to improve their culinary skills. A pudding (dessert) challenge, usually between Ramsay and a celebrity guest is also featured, the winner of which had the honour of serving his or her pudding to the guests at the F-Word restaurant.

    From the second series onwards the restaurant sits 50 paying guests served by a different brigade. The brigades featured in season two are amateur brigades. If guests found any of their food unsatisfactory, they could choose not to pay for that item. Janet Street-Porter became the series' field correspondent instead of Giles Coren who only appeared as a guest star. Pigs are the seasons featured animals raised once again By Gordon and his family in his back yard. The recipe challenge in this season includes any kind of food instead of pudding only. This series empha on the importance of Sunday lunch. Due to a schedule change bad language is not beeped out from this season onward.

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    Worst Cooks in America

    Worst Cooks in America

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    Food Network
    This show will feature "challenged" cooks that will be taught to improve their cooking capabilities. The two remaining contestants will take home $25,000.
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    30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray

    30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray

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    Food Network
    Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less time than it takes to get takeout? Let Rachael Ray show you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining, Rachael promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make, from start to finish. Now you can put great food on the table, and still have time to enjoy your family, friends or tackle that home improvement project you've been waiting to get your hands on. "And remember, a good meal is never more than 30 minutes away." Rachael Ray is also the host of Food Network's $40 a Day, Inside Dish and Tasty Travels. *All The Synopses Are Taken From FoodTV.Com* 30 Minute Meals Airs: EASTERN AND PACIFIC TIME ZONES: Monday thru Friday: 2:30pm, 6:00pm and 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am and 11:30am MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE: Monday thru Friday: 3:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am and 12:30pm CENTRAL TIME ZONE: Monday thru Friday: 1:30pm, 5:00pm and 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am and 10:30ammoreless
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    Cupcake Wars

    Cupcake Wars

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    Food Network
    The country's top cupcake bakers challenge themselves to test their artistic quality and design to present their cupcakes at a major event.
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    Throwdown! With Bobby Flay

    Throwdown! With Bobby Flay

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    Food Network
    Bobby Flay is known far and wide as one of the best chefs in the industry, but he knows he's not perfect. In order to put himself and his colleagues to the test, Bobby is traveling around the country and taking on the best in various fields, whether it is barbecue or wedding cakes, to see if he can beat them at their own game.moreless
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    Cutthroat Kitchen

    Cutthroat Kitchen

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    Food Network
    On Cutthroat Kitchen, four chefs are pitted against each other using $25,000 they are given to purchase helpful tools or to sabotage the other players. After each chaotic round of cooking a chef leaves the game with no money and the remaining chefs continue competing with their remaining cash. Alton Brown brings his expert knowledge and goofiness that asks contests if they have what it takes to make it through Cutthroat Kitchen.moreless
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    Down Home With the Neelys

    Down Home With the Neelys

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    Food Network (ended 2012)
    "We're Gina and Pat Neely. Memphis barbecue is our family business, and when we met, honey, it was love at first bite!"

    Gina and Pat Neely own a successful chain of BBQ joints in Tennessee, but when they get home from work they want to eat something different. Together, from their family home in Memphis, the Neelys present tasty recipes that everyone can enjoy, and you never know when family or friends will drop by to add their own spice to the mix.

    Broadcast History (All times E/P):

    Season 11 - Saturday 9:00 am
    Season 10, Episodes 10-13 - Saturday 9:00 am
    Season 10, Episodes 1-9 - Saturday 11:30 am
    Season 9, Episodes 9-13 - Saturday 11:30 am
    Season 9, Episodes 1-8 - Sunday 1:00 pm
    Season 8, Episode 13 - Sunday 1:00 pm
    Season 8, Episodes 1-12 - Saturday 11:00 am
    Season 1- 7 - Saturday 11:00 ammoreless
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    Ace of Cakes

    Ace of Cakes

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    Food Network (ended 2011)
    Ace of Cakes is a reality series that follows a group of eclectic cake decorators in Baltimore, led by Food Network Challenge star Duff Goldman. With an attitude and personality more suited for rock stardom than running a specialty cakes business, Duff shuns the traditional approach to cake making and decorating. Using power tools and with the help of his artistic staff, Duff creates some of the most amazing cakes ever seen. From abstract wedding cakes to a cake shaped as a Jeep so detailed it looks like it could actually run, these cakes are more than delicious – they're works of art.moreless
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    Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag

    Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag

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    OWN
    Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag is a fun cooking series from the Oprah Winfrey Network starring Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic, two young cooking enthusiasts with little professional cooking experience. Each week, they bring audiences along as they try out some recipes from a popular contemporary cookbook and decide if the cookbook deserves to be flying off the shelves, or if it's destined to end up in the bargain bin. There are a lot of cookbooks out there, and they all promise delicious dishes that you can make in your home. In this series, Anna and Kristina find out which cookbooks are really worth their price tag. Unlike most cooking shows, these two bubbly hosts aren't professional chefs or restauranteurs. They're two average home cooks who want the same thing as everyone else-excellent recipes for meals that won't have them pulling their hair out or breaking the bank. In each episode, they try a variety of recipes from one major cookbook. Then, they sit down with some professional chefs to decide if the cookbook lives up to the hype. Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag is a fun cooking series perfect for the home cook looking for advice on what cookbooks to buy.moreless
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    Come Dine with Me

    Come Dine with Me

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    E4
    Five contestants each cook a three course meal for a dinner party. The participants vote on the success of the evening, and the winner goes home with a cash prize.

    The show airs five times a week with each episode focusing on one of the five contestants, with the winner being revealed on Friday.

    The first three and a half seasons of the show followed the daily format, while the latter half of the fourth season introduced the show to primetime. In this season, the show was shortened to a one hour programme, broadcast once a week and only four contestants were used.

    Channel 4 renewed the show for a fifth season, which reverted back to the daily format. It started airing on August 25 2008, at the new time of 5:30pm.

    Season 5's primetime episodes began broadcasing in high definition.

    Note: For the sake of this episode guide, daytime episodes are named by the episode's host, primetime episodes are named by their location. This is simply to keep the guide looking neat.moreless
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    Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook

    Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    A British cooking show where celebrities guest star and help chefs to cook meals, a winner is chosen by the audience and the winning celebrity choose a charity to give their prize too.moreless
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    BBQ Pitmasters

    BBQ Pitmasters

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    TLC
    This show features the world behind nationwide BBQ competitions.
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    Mom's Cooking

    Mom's Cooking

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    Lifetime
    "Mom's Cooking" is a half-hour series that follows daughters into their mother's kitchen where they learn to create their favorite childhood dishes.
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    Bar Rescue

    Bar Rescue

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    Spike TV
    Jon Taffer, a well-known restaurant and bar consultant, shares his tips for running a successful business.
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    Trisha's Southern Kitchen

    Trisha's Southern Kitchen

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    Food Network
    Trisha Yearwood will share food traditions and display her Southern hospitality, sharing recipes with friends and family and preparing Sunday dinners to planning family reunion barbecues. Each of the six themed episodes will invite viewers into Yearwood's kitchen for her favorite meals and family stories.moreless
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