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Food Network's May 2016 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in May:

  • The start of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (May 8th) and Food Network Star season 12 (May 22nd).
  • The finale of Guy's Grocery Games Redemption Tournament on May 1st with the winner getting a chance at another shopping spree.
  • A new series called Buddy's Family Vacation on May 27th that follows around Buddy Valastro and his family on a cross-country road trip.
  • The finale of Spring Baking Championship on May 15th with the winner taking home $50,000.
  • The start of Kids BBQ Championship starting on Monday, May 23rd at 8pm.
  • Celebrity Food Fight, which had a pilot in December 2015, returns for a whole season with Andy Richter hosting.  The show begins on May 29th and will have celebrities such as Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, DR. DREW Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aarón Sánchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson.
  • A new daytime series called Kitchen Sink on May 15th that has the hosts of The Kitchen rotating shows and talking about trendy topics.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Cake Masters, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Restaurant: Impossible.
  • New daytime episodes of Brunch @ Bobby’s, Farmhouse Rules, The Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman.

Press Release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:


MAY KICKS OFF A NEW SEARCH FOR THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR WITH BOBBY FLAY AND GIADA DE LAURENTIIS AND FORMER COMPETITORS SEEK REDEMPTION IN FOOD NETWORK STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN

Plus: Junior Chefs Fire Up Their Grills in Kids BBQ Championship, Buddy Valastro and Family Hit the Road in Buddy’s Family Vacation and Andy Richter is the Ultimate Master of Ceremonies in Celebrity Food Fight

FoodNetwork.com is the Ultimate Grilling Season Destination with New and Classic BBQ and Grilling Recipes and Outdoor Entertaining Tips

NEW YORK – April 4, 2016 – May kicks off the grilling season and a fierce month of competition on Food Network beginning with the finale of Guy’s Grocery Games Redemption Tournament on Sunday, May 1st at 8pm when Guy Fieri crowns the ultimate Triple G champion. Then, the competition heats up when former Food Network Star finalists vie for another shot at stardom and a second chance to compete in Food Network Star in new series Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, and premiering on Sunday, May 8th at 8pm. The flour then flies as the final bakers give everything they have got in their bid to be named champion on Sunday, May 15th at 9pm in the finale of Spring Baking Championship. The Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner joins 12 new culinary hopefuls on Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm in an all-new season of the ultimate competition, Food Network Star, with judges and mentors Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay looking for the next new face in food television and joined throughout the season by a star-studded array of guests. Then, it is a talented bunch of kids firing up their grills to show they have what it takes to be the ultimate junior grill master in new series Kids BBQ Championship hosted by Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson on Monday, May 23rd at 8pm. Also on the menu in May, new series Buddy’s Family Vacation, with Buddy Valastro and his family taking a break from the bakery and hitting the road for a delicious, cross-country road trip on Friday, May 27th at 8pm. Plus it’s a fight to the finish as A-listers go head-to-head in a culinary battle of epic and comic proportions in new series Celebrity Food Fight hosted by Andy Richter on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm. Food Network also dishes up primetime premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Cake Masters, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Restaurant: Impossible. In daytime, new series The Kitchen Sink, premiering Sunday, May 15th at 12pm, brings a fresh, fun-filled and buzzy perspective on cooking, with a rotating lineup of hosts from The Kitchen, focusing on new food trends and themes. Food Network also serves up daytime premieres of Brunch @ Bobby’s, Farmhouse Rules, The Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman. Plus, FoodNetwork.com is grilling central this season with expert recipes, tips and how-to’s on summer barbequing. Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

PRIMETIME PREMIERE EPISODES

Beat Bobby Flay

Premiering Thursday, May 5th at 10pm -“Fully Baked”
Food Network’s Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian are bringing the heat of the south as they attempt to burn Bobby Flay. Louisiana’s Robert Vasquez goes head-to-head with South Carolina’s Aaron Rivera, but who has what it takes to bring down the Big Apple’s golden boy?

Premiering Thursday, May 12th at 10pm – “Hall of Shame”
NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and Food Network Star co-host Giada De Laurentiis are playing the intimidation card on Bobby Flay tonight! Doing their dirty work are Atlanta barbecue master Jordan Wakefield and top Florida chef Kenny Gilbert.

Premiering Thursday, May 19th at 10pm – “Star Power”
Two winners of Food Network Star, Eddie Jackson and Jeff Mauro, are teaming up to take down their mentor, Bobby Flay. They’ve brought in two New York City titans, Jesse Schenker and Danny Mena, to show Bobby who’s the real king of New York.

Premiering Thursday, May 26th at 10pm – “Ring of Fire”
Chef Adrianne Calvo is bringing her Miami heat as she goes head-to-head with German native and top Pennsylvania chef Ben Thomas. Actor Anthony Anderson and The Kitchen’s Jeff Mauro are refereeing the action to decide which contender has what it takes to make Bobby Flay go down in flames!

Online, find out what it takes to beat Bobby when Food Network chefs reveal the skills and tactics needed to defeat him. Check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, relive highlights, tour the set and much more. Join the conversation with #BeatBobbyFlay.

Buddy’s Family Vacation – Premiering Friday, May 27th at 8pm
Buddy Valastro is taking a break from his bakeries to take the vacation of a lifetime with his wife, Lisa, and their four kids. While driving across America in an RV in search of fantastic food and family adventures, Buddy and Lisa come up with brilliant rules of the road guaranteed to keep any family road trip on track. Whether it’s feeding alligators and eating spicy etouffee in New Orleans, preparing famous seafood and taking ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia, or visiting the iconic Americana destinations of Graceland and Dollywood, it’s an epic Valastro-style road trip!

Premiering Friday, May 27th at 8pm – “Surviving a Family Vacation in South Carolina” – SERIES PREMIERE!
Buddy Valastro is taking a break from his bakeries and loading his wife and kids into an RV for some much-needed family time! On their way south, they make a pit stop in Delaware to eat some of the best seafood on the eastern seaboard. Upon arriving in South Carolina, they make salt water taffy the old-fashioned way at Wee-R-Sweetz in Myrtle Beach, then continue west to Charleston to feast on creamy shrimp and grits at The Glass Onion and frozen custard at Persimmon Cafe.

Premiering Friday, May 27th at 8:30pm – “Love the One You’re With, Savannah Style”
Buddy Valastro and his family hit the beautiful and charming city of Savannah with full force, stopping first in Tybee Island to chow down on an amazing crab platter. Next, they head to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for crunchy, juicy southern-fried chicken and try to catch a ghost in Savannah’s haunted historic district. Then, they finish off some delicious catfish and pan-seared flounder at the Wyld Dock Bar before heading to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar to make hand-crafted chocolaty treats!

Online, track Buddy’s trek and talk about the show on Twitter using #BuddysFamilyVacation.

Cake Masters

Premiering Monday, May 2nd at 9pm – “Transformers Mega Cake”
Duff Goldman and his team of decorators make a mega Transformers cake that actually transforms! The crew also tackles a massive stadium cake to celebrate a big game, and sneaks in a surprise birthday cake for Duff.

Premiering Monday, May 9th at 9pm – “Flaming-Hot Fiesta Cake”
Things get hot for Duff Goldman and his crew as they create a fire-shooting Mexican fiesta cake for hot sauce giant Tapatio, and a towering cookie cake for a Los Angeles convention. The gang must make tons of realistic food items out of sugar, plus Duff tries to put fire inside the cake!

Premiering Monday, May 16th at 9pm – “Duff’s Rockin’ Dockers Cake” – SEASON FINALE!
Duff Goldman and his crew get a makeover and fashion an amazing cake for Dockers’ anniversary, complete with a giant ship, dock and San Francisco cityscape. Then, the bakers journey to San Francisco to deliver the colossal confection for the massive party. Plus, the team makes a cake for the Year of the Monkey to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Online, fans can check out Duff’s magical creations for A-list clients and get involved in the conversation using #CakeMasters on Twitter.

Celebrity Food Fight – Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 10pm and 10:30pm – SERIES PREMIERE!
Andy Richter hosts the ultimate holiday dinner party, where celebrity foodies and chefs pair up and face off in a series of fast-paced food games. As each course is served, so is a new round of competition, from blind taste-testing with a twist to “cooking the books,” featuring celebrity cookbooks — both real and not. The games are on, and Andy is putting the stars’ food knowledge and skills to the test!

Online, learn more about the games and the stars playing and chat about them on Twitter with #CelebrityFoodFight.

Chopped

Premiering Tuesday, May 3rd at 10pm – “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”
Four cooks are surprised by a Cinco de Mayo theme, and in the first basket, they must grapple with a green pie and a big fish fillet. The fiesta continues in round two when the chefs must work with a cheese blend and a Mexican barbecue specialty, then black beans and chocolate are part of the dessert challenge.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Amanda Freitag, Ulrich Koberstein, Aarón Sánchez

Premiering Tuesday, May 10th at 10pm – “Hungry for Love”
There’s romance in the air in the Chopped Kitchen as eight cooking singles are paired up on blind dates! In the first round, the couples get to know each other and the ingredients, which include scallops in the shell and a strange citrus. The six competitors left for round two all decide to grind the protein in the entrée basket and the minimal use of one of the ingredients gives the judges something to discuss. Then, the crème anglaise in the dessert basket seems like a gift for the final two pairs, but neither team makes a dash for the ice cream machine.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Christian Petroni, Marcus Samuelsson

Premiering Tuesday, May 17th at 10pm – “Tortellini Trials”
It’s trying times in the appetizer round when the chefs aren’t sure how to creatively use the pasta from the basket. Then, in the entrée round, the judges are worried about what the competitors might do with a particular chocolate-covered ingredient. Finally, the two chefs who move onto dessert must make the most of a tropical fruit and a super-savory jarred product.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, David Loewenberg, Marc Murphy

Premiering Tuesday, May 24th at 10pm – “Summer Heat”
For this heated summer battle, the chefs must work with seasonal foods like lobsters and cocktails in the first round. In the second basket, the chefs find another seafood mystery ingredient and potato chips. Then, the two chefs who make it to the final round must figure out how to make summer desserts from a refreshing beverage and an indulgent frozen treat.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, May 31st at 10pm – “Deadliest Basket”
Chefs, beware: every round in this special competition will feature ingredients that are not just challenging, but actually dangerous! Poisonous seeds and a fierce creature make round one interesting for all. In the entree round, a potent alcohol and a shellfish keep the chefs fearful, then some ugly fungus and a deadly fruit keep the finalists on edge in the dessert round.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez

Online, check out photo and video highlights and compete like a Chopped champion for a chance to win prizes. Get culinary inspiration from the Chopped experts and learn the tricks contestants have successfully deployed to transform exotic ingredients, international spices and even wintry leftovers into winning dishes. Also, do not miss the opportunity to get involved in the Chopped at Home Challenge! Round Two voting opens on Monday, April 25th, when fans can submit a favorite Mexican dish for the chance to win $10,000 and a trip to New York. Join the action with #Chopped.

Chopped Junior

Premiering Tuesday, May 3rd at 8pm – “Love You, Mom!” – MOTHER’S DAY EPISODE!
Celebrating mothers! The junior chefs are asked to create meals that their moms would love. In the first round, the young competitors must figure out how to make escargot go with fruit pops. A pricey cut of meat and a gummy candy are two of the entrée basket items, and the dessert round promises to be one of the most unusual in Chopped history.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Haylie Duff, Alison Sweeney

Premiering Tuesday, May 10th at 8pm – “Quail Quest”
In the first round, featuring rock shrimp and beef tongue, the junior chefs show kindness and help each other out, but someone must still be chopped by the judges. In the second basket, the kids get quail and a variety of tiny foods, and a very groovy cake makes the dessert round extra colorful.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Rico Rodriguez, Fabio Viviani

Premiering Tuesday, May 17th at 8pm – “Go Fish!”
Some sugary items in the first basket have the competitors wondering how to create balanced fish dishes. And clock management issues create big problems for one junior chef and a difficult choice for the judges. Canned pasta and an extremely salty veggie are two of the entrée round ingredients. And an injury in the dessert round puts one finalist in jeopardy of ruining their dish.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Kardea Brown, Amanda Freitag, Andrew Rannells

Premiering Tuesday, May 24th at 8pm – “Grill It!”
Ovens off! The junior chefs are fired up for a grilling competition! Rings of meat and donut hybrids find their way to the grill pans in Round One. The judges are happy to see a select piece of beef in the second basket, but wonder if the young competitors will know how to treat it right. And fruit on the grill is all but guaranteed in the dessert round.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, Amanda Freitag, Ali Khan

Premiering Tuesday, May 31st at 8pm – “Pasta Love”
A new round of talented junior chefs storms the kitchen to win over the judges. First, kids love pasta, but will the competitors love the heart-shaped pasta in the appetizer round? Some shellfish that are still on the shell and a lime unlike any lime the competitors have ever tasted are part of the challenge in round two. Then, a creative take on cookies and milk is discovered in the dessert basket.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson, Christine Taylor

Online, super fans can find a huge treat with entertaining behind-the-scenes footage of the talented kid chefs and all their antics in between takes. Additionally, hear from the amazing panel of judges in interviews captured on set and upgrade your brown-bag lunch with ideas captured from the competition. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ChoppedJunior.

Cupcake Wars

Premiering Monday, May 2nd at 8pm – “Ultimate Showdown: Cirque De Soleil Cupcakes”
Get ready for a cupcake battle royale as four of the best Cupcake Wars bakers of all time face off in a one-of-a-kind baking adventure to have their cupcakes at the center of an epic party celebrating Cirque du Soleil. Jonathan Bennett hosts as they face three grueling rounds, where the only way to survive is to create cupcakes that are mind-blowing, risk-taking works of edible art with larger-than-life, gravity-defying displays. Artistic director of Cirque de Soleil’s Mystere, Tim Smith, is on hand with Florian Bellanger and Waylynn Lucas to help crown a winner of $10,000.

Premiering Monday, May 9th at 8pm – “Kids Vs. Adults: DC Comics Superhero Girls”
It’s a cupcake showdown packed with a massive shocking twist hosted by Jonathan Bennett, as two unsuspecting adult bakers discover that they’ve been pitted against two child cupcake prodigies to compete to have their cupcakes featured at a party celebrating the DC Super Hero Girls. These junior bakers might be too young to drive, but they’ve got the baking skills to take down any adult, as guest judges Ashley Eckstein and Shea Fontana from DC Super Hero Girls will join Florian Bellanger and Waylynn Lucas to help choose the last baker standing and award the $10,000 prize.

Online, relive the best moments from the star-studded cupcake competition where Food Network will be posting memorable photos and videos. Share your favorite scenes on Twitter using #CupcakeWars.

Cutthroat Kitchen

Premiering Sunday, May 1st at 10pm – “The Pesto Times, The Worst of Times”
Two chefs must make pesto dishes while working in a personal pine forest, then one chef has to make shaking beef on a shaking prep station. Finally, one chef has to hit home runs over Cutthroat Kitchen’s Green Monster stadium wall while making Boston cream pie.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Richard Blais

Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 10pm – “The Mother of All Episodes” – MOTHER’S DAY EPISODE!
To celebrate Mother’s Day, mother and daughter teams have to be driven around the kitchen in a minivan while they make breakfast in bed. Then, one team has to make lasagna while carrying a “bun in an oven.” Finally, one team must make their chocolate-covered dessert while moving around the kitchen in a giant magazine cover.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Jet Tila

Premiering Sunday, May 15th at 10pm – “Shot Through the Tart”
Two chefs have to become mimes and silently make each other’s dishes of pain perdu. Then, two chefs have to walk around in “meatloafers” as they make meatloaf. Finally, one chef has to get their raspberry tart ingredients by playing a raspberry dart game.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Monti Carlo

Premiering Sunday, May 22nd at 10pm – “License to Grill”
In this special grilling episode, two chefs have to hold grill grates for each other as they make hamburgers. Then, two chefs are strapped together in the ultimate grilling apron as they make a grilled chicken dinner. Finally, one chef has to make a grilled dessert on top of a bouncing trampoline.
Host: Alton Brown Judge: Simon Majumdar

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 cannot be defeated. Follow the mischief and strategy on Twitter using #CutthroatKitchen.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Premiering Friday, May 6th at 10pm – “South Beach Sizzle”
This trip, Guy Fieri is hitting culinary hot spots in South Beach, Florida. First, he visits a taqueria serving up scratch-made tortillas and grasshopper tacos. Then, he stops at an authentic German joint cooking up standout sauerbraten and killer currywurst. Plus, there is a poolside oasis dishing out legit paella and homemade linguine.

Premiering Monday, May 23rd at 9pm – “Knockout Burger Joints”
This trip, Guy Fieri is hitting up classic, real-deal burger joints. From California to New Jersey, Minnesota to Oklahoma, it’s all about the all-American favorite. They are piling them up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, stuffing them in Illinois, and serving them with a skirt in Sacramento, California. Plus, there’s a peanut butter burger in Indiana and a mac attack near Boston, so get ready to go old school at these A-plus local landmarks!

Premiering Friday, May 27th at 7pm – “Pizza Party”
This trip, Guy Fieri is rounding up the ultimate pizza party all over the nation. There is everything from classic Italian in Anaheim, California, to elk sausage in Idaho. Plus, curry in Kansas City, Missouri, Mediterranean in Arizona, a monster pie in Denver, Colorado, and funky chicken in Jackson, Wyoming. So get ready for this pie-palooza, where the sauce is simmering and the dough is flying!

Premiering Friday, May 27th at 10pm – “Smoked, Grilled and Fried”
This trip, Guy Fieri is digging into all kinds of meat, out of the smoker, on the grill and into the fryer. In Miami, Florida, he stops at a legit charcuterie dishing up wild boar sausage and house-cured bacon. In Modesto, California, he visits a funky joint making monster tacos and a sweet and savory waffle. And in Stockton, California, there’s an ex-NFL player slinging wings that score with the sauce.

Online, go behind-the-scenes with Guy, check out full recipes and scan the best diners, drive-ins and dives across the country. Hop along for the ride on Twitter with #DDD.

Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen – Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 8pm
Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence,invites seven former Food Network Star finalists to return to the Star kitchen to compete over three episodes for a coveted spot as the 13th finalist on the new season of Food Network Star.

Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 8pm – “Second Chance at First Place”- SERIES PREMIERE!
Former finalists enter the Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom as co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence introduce the first Comeback Kitchen challenge, tasking the seven competitors to face their pasts by attempting to redeem the dish that was the downfall in their respective season. The alumni must then shoot a one-minute “Where Are They Now?” video, updating viewers on what they’ve been up to and how they’ve improved since their Food Network Star appearance. Their dishes are served to Valerie and Tyler, who watch each video and determine who has least improved, eliminating that contestant from the competition.

Premiering Sunday, May 15th at 8pm – “Baking Battles and Diner Duels”
The Food Network Star alumni are looking to stand out and time is running short. For the Mentor Challenge, the competitors take on new-school baking with an old-school twist, throwing some of them off their A-game. In the Star Challenge, each alumni must recreate a traditional diner dish, but there’s a catch – not every competitor has the same amount of time to prepare their meal and it’s up to the winner of the Mentor Challenge to decide the amount of time their competitors get. The remaining six past finalists present their dishes to co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, sending another competitor packing.

Premiering Sunday, May 22nd at 8pm – “A Final Shot at Stardom” – SERIES FINALE!
The final five competitors battle it out for the coveted spot as the 13th finalist on the new season of Food Network Star. In a surprise twist, the first challenge has the alumni conducting their own fast-paced live web stream, putting their multitasking skills to the test and resulting in an immediate elimination from the competition. The remaining four competitors then find out that for their final challenge they will have to work together to put on a 20-minute live show in front of a studio audience. With everything on the line, will they be able to put their differences aside and work as a team? Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence determine the winner, who moves on to take their spot on Food Network Star.

Online, find exclusive interviews, videos, blogs, behind-the-scenes footage, photo galleries and more. Connect with other fans and the show’s stars at Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and on Twitter with #FoodNetworkStar.

Food Network Star – Premiering Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm
Food Network is searching for the next Food Network Star. Thirteen talented culinary hopefuls are put through the ringer, battling it out in challenges that not only test their kitchen skills but also their on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in hosts’ Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay footsteps and win the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show.

Premiering Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm – “Cinematic Debut!” – SEASON PREMIERE!
In the season premiere, 12 Food Network Star hopefuls must shoot a 30-second screen test to give viewers a culinary preview of what they are all about, as the videos debut at a VIP event at a luxury theater in Los Angeles in front of an audience. When Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay surprise the finalists with news that the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner will join the competition as the 13th finalist, will the competitors be able to handle the twist and keep their eyes on the prize? Special guests Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor to be sent home.

Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 9pm – “Mash Up Throwdown”
The remaining 12 finalists are paired up as they take on the task of shooting their culinary travelogue report, as special guest Haylie Duff joins Bobby and Giada to determine which team was best and earns an advantage when Rev Run challenges the finalists to compete head-to-head, mashing up two different cooking styles into one dish; the finalists must then compete in the food-world equivalent of a rap battle! Who will convince the crowd that their dish is the best? In a surprise twist, two finalists are sent packing!

Online, find exclusive interviews, videos, blogs, behind-the-scenes footage, photo galleries and more. Connect with other fans and the show’s stars at Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and on Twitter with #FoodNetworkStar.

Guy’s Grocery Games

Premiering Sunday, May 1st at 8pm – “Redemption Tournament: Finale” – TOURNAMENT FINALE!
The final four chefs vie for the ultimate comeback, starting with a redemption dinner using the same ingredients that caused their downfall the first time! Next, the chefs play a Guy’s Grocery Games arcade favorite to win money to pay for their grilled picnic. Finally, the chefs spin the Food Wheel to determine the high-priced and low-priced ingredients they must incorporate into a signature dish. Whoever is crowned champion has a chance to double their big winnings with a second shopping spree!
Host: Guy Fieri Judges: Melissa d’Arabian, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan

Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 8pm – “Grill Or Be Grilled”
In this special all-grilling edition of Guy’s Grocery Games, the chefs’ first dish is determined by host Guy Fieri’s dice and must include wasabi, chocolate and two buns. Next, chefs must grill a bountiful seafood feast using only six pounds of ingredients. Finally, chefs play Guy’s arcade favorite, Spreeball, to win the tofu and pineapple they must feature in their grill master’s dinner.
Host: Guy Fieri Judges: Richard Blais, Duskie Estes, Troy Johnson

Online, see the funniest moments from the games, quiz yourself to see if you’ve got standout grocery shopping skills, hear from the judges, and join Guy on a tour of Flavortown. Plus, get involved on Twitter with #GroceryGames.

Kids BBQ Championship – Premiering Monday, May 23rd at 8pm
Move over mom and dad, the barbecue now belongs to a new generation of creative and innovative grillers, and they’re all under 13 years old! Eight kids will enter the BBQ Ranch, and after six grueling weeks of competition, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson will crown the champion of barbecue and award a $20,000 cash prize.

Premiering Monday, May 23rd at 8pm – “Meat the Chefs” – SERIES PREMIERE!
Hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson meet the eight fiercest kid barbecue cooks in the country, and the competition kicks off with each cooking his or her famous flavors atop chicken and a signature side. With special guest chef Tim Love judging the final plates, competitive spirits ignite right from the start and there is no room for mistakes!

Premiering Monday, May 30th at 8pm – “Backyard BBQ”
The competition heats up with two rounds of head-to-head barbecue battle. Based on the results of the first challenge with hot dogs, one kid earns a major advantage in the elimination round of stuffed burgers. Chef Kardea Brown joins the judging panel to help decide which young barbecue cook will be sent home.

Online, track photo and video highlights from the Kids BBQ arena and hear from hosts Camila and Eddie in exclusive interviews. Join the conversation on Twitter with #KidsBBQ.

Restaurant: Impossible

Premiering Wednesday, May 4th at 10pm – “Ambush: Third Ambush Is the Charm” – SEASON FINALE!
Chef Robert Irvine receives a heart-wrenching plea from Yianni, the son of the owner of Broad Street Bistro in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. Owner Tasso has only had the restaurant for a year and a half, but he’s struggling to keep it afloat as it is dirty and dark with subpar food and a helpless staff. Tasso’s wife, Kathy, is unhappy with all of the time he spends at the restaurant, and Yianni, a trained chef, tried to help out but his father would not listen. After ambushing both Kathy and Tasso, Robert plans a third surprise ambush that will keep everyone guessing.

Online, check out exclusive interviews with Robert in addition to the chef’s best-ever recipes and thoughts on the most difficult owners he’s encountered. Share your thoughts on Twitter with #RestaurantImpossible.

Spring Baking Championship

Premiering Sunday, May 1st at 9pm – “Sweet Toothed Farmer”
The five remaining bakers are tested in the pre-heat to transform farm-fresh vegetables into delectable desserts. In the main-heat, the bakers pay homage to a traditional farmhouse breakfast with bacon and egg- themed confections. Who will be scrambled by the competition and get sent home?
Host: Bobby Deen Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 9pm – “Moms Love Chocolate” – MOTHER’S DAY EPISODE!
The best way to show you care is with a homemade gift. In this pre-heat, the bakers must make stunning Mother’s Day gift desserts inspired by classic Mother’s Day gifts. Then, in the main-heat they take on the most classic Mother’s Day Gift of all – chocolate. One baker will melt in the competition and will be eliminated.
Host: Bobby Deen Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiering Sunday, May 15th at 9pm – “Destination Wedding” – SEASON FINALE!
Wedding bells are ringing on the finale of Spring Baking Championship. For the pre-heat, the three remaining bakers must create an array of hospitable snacks for the welcome baskets for a destination wedding. Then, in the final main-heat, they must bake the best wedding cake inspired by popular wedding destinations Mexico, Hawaii, and Italy. One baker will find sweet success and win the title of Spring Baking Champion and become $50,000 richer!
Host: Bobby Deen Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Online, grab something sweet and get the latest on the competition. Meet the competitors, see the dramatic moments and baking techniques unfold and steal FoodNetwork.com’s best baking tips so you can create champion-worthy cakes, cookies and pies at home. Plus, join the conversation on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

DAYTIME PREMIERE EPISODES

Brunch @ Bobby’s

Premiering Sunday, May 1st at 12:30pm – “Beachside Brunch”
Bobby Flay is bringing the bold spices and flavors of the tropics to brunch with a beautiful menu that includes Spiced Oatmeal with Bananas, Mangos and Toasted Coconut Almonds and a Jerk Chicken Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce. To add to the beachside feel, he mixes up a pitcher of Coconut-Lime Mojitos!

Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 12:30pm – “Ladies Who Brunch” – MOTHER’S DAY EPISODE!
Bobby Flay is cooking up the perfect brunch for Mother’s Day, or any day, with a light and flavorful menu that includes cheesy Mushroom and Grits Quiche topped with a vibrant Kale Pesto and Easy Almond Sticky Buns that are dangerously simple to make. To drink, he makes a beautiful and crisp Cucumber-Lime Martini.

Premiering Sunday, May 15th at 12:30pm – “Apples to Apples Brunch”
Bobby Flay creates a brunch that’s fresh from the apple orchard, featuring Cheddar Black Pepper Waffles topped with Sausages and Apples tossed in a Maple Agro Dolce Sauce, Apple Pancake Bars with a nutty Brown Butter Crumble drizzled with Apple Syrup and Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria.

Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 12:30pm – “Buzz-worthy Brunch”
Bobby Flay is cooking a “buzz”-worthy brunch with the one ingredient he can’t live without: honey! He highlights honey’s versatility with Grilled Stone Fruit with Farmer’s Cheese and Spiced Honey Almonds, Chocolate Chip Pistachio Pancakes with Salted Honey Caramel Syrup, crisp Honey-Bourbon Glazed Bacon and a White Tea Rum Cocktail with Honey-Lime Syrup.

Online, find Bobby’s brunch recipes and build a better brunch, Bobby Flay Style.

Farmhouse Rules

Premiering Sunday, May 1st at 12pm – “Farmer’s Fiesta”
Nancy Fuller’s daughter and grandkids are in town, so she is throwing a farmer’s fiesta and making a Cuban-inspired menu in honor of her son-in-law! On the fiery menu are Arroz Con Pollo, Sweet and Spicy Baked Plantains Chips, Kicked-Up Cuban Salad, Cheese Flan, and Spicy Zucchini Mojitos.

Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 12pm – “Celebrating Mothers” – MOTHER’S DAY EPISODE!
Nancy Fuller is celebrating Mother’s Day with three of her beautiful daughters who are now mothers themselves! They chit-chat in the kitchen, reliving the days when Nancy was their age and telling new mothers’ stories, while they give a hand making Veal Scallopini with Mushroom Marsala Sauce, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Thyme, Blueberry Cobbler a la Mode, and a Mother’s Day Spritz to sip!

Premiering Saturday, May 21st at 10:30am – “Potluck Party”
Nancy Fuller is hosting a potluck party with a few of her close friends and making a bunch of her catering classics, including Honey-Braised Leg of Lamb with Carrots and Fennel, Peppery Parmesan Orzo, and Rustic Cinnamon and Sugar Hand Pies with Cream Cheese Filling. She’s also invited fellow caterer and foodie, Kardea Brown, who makes a Geechee Okra Soup with Shrimp.

Premiering Saturday, May 28th at 10:30am – “BBQ, Baseball and Big Appetites”
Nancy Fuller is having some little leaguers over for a meal before the big game and making all of their grilled favorites, with special help from Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson. They whip up Sweet and Sticky Barbecue Beef Ribs, Creamed Corn Bread Pudding and Fried Ice Cream with Cereal Crust. After dinner, they head to the batting cages for practice and Eddie gives Nancy some pointers!

Online, get a taste of the Hudson Valley with Nancy’s farm-fresh recipes, and take a tour of her upstate farm and much more. Join the farmhouse fun with #FarmhouseRules.

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, access all of the co-hosts’ cooking short-cuts, recipes and tips. Whether you need menu inspiration for an upcoming party or want to remake the ingredients already stowed in your pantry, FoodNetwork.com has you covered. Join the conversation in #TheKitchen.

The Kitchen Sink – Premiering Sunday, May 15th at 12pm-SERIES PREMIERE!
The Kitchen Sink is a fun-filled show dedicated to all things buzzy and exciting in food and cooking. With a rotating lineup of hosts from The Kitchen and special surprise guests, each episode focuses on a new theme and dives deep into food trends, kitchen hacks, cooking shortcuts and more. From cupcake techniques to culinary timesavers, it’s everything food-obsessed AND the kitchen sink.

Online, the fun continues with photo and video highlights from the show. Save your favorite recipes and collect the hosts’ smartest tips. Join the conversation with #TheKitchenSink.

The Pioneer Woman

Premiering Saturday, May 7th at 10am – “Mom’s Day”
It’s a fun day of treats for Mom! While Ladd and the kids wash her truck, Ree Drummond makes Italian Chicken Soup for lunch. While she’s out for an afternoon of pampering and errands, the boys are in the kitchen rustling up Filet Steaks with Shrimp Peppercorn Sauce, along with ranch-style Oven Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus. The cowboy- and kid-cooked dinner is rounded off with Ree’s delicious Cherry Pie!

Premiering Saturday, May 21st at 10am – “Kit and Caboodle”
Ree Drummond’s knocking out four fabulous get-ahead meal kits, portioned, prepped and ready to go! For delicious, time-saving dinners, she prepares Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Spicy Slaw, a Spicy Veggie Stir Fry, a Spinach Alfredo Pasta Bake, and Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Online, find all of Ree’s recipes, watch exclusive video tours of the Drummond ranch and town, peek inside her kitchen and watch full episodes. Join the conversation with #PioneerWoman.

ON-AIR THEME WEEKENDS

Mother’s Day/Family Recipes Weekend – Premiering Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th from 7am-2pm
Whether it’s a special breakfast in bed or a brunch with friends, Food Network chefs share their favorite family recipes for Mother’s Day. Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Saturday, May 7th at 10am – The Pioneer Woman – “Mom’s Day”
Premiering Saturday, May 7th at 11am – The Kitchen
Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 12pm – Farmhouse Rules – “Celebrating Mothers”
Premiering Sunday, May 8th at 12:30pm – Brunch @ Bobby’s – “Ladies Who Brunch”

Grilling Week – Premiering Monday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 29th from 8pm-11pm
Food Network celebrates the launch of the summer grilling season with a week of BBQ and grilling episodes. Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 8pm – Guy’s Grocery Games – “Grill or Be Grilled”
Premiering Sunday, May 22nd at 10pm – Cutthroat Kitchen – “License to Grill”
Premiering Monday, May 23rd at 8pm – Kids BBQ Championship – “Meat the Chefs”
Premiering Monday, May 23rd at 10pm – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – “Knockout Burger Joints”
Premiering Tuesday, May 24th at 8pm – Chopped Junior – “Grill It!”
Premiering Tuesday, May 24th at 10pm – Chopped – “Summer Heat”
Premiering Thursday, May 26th at 10pm – Beat Bobby Flay – “Ring of Fire”
Premiering Friday, May 27th at 10pm – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – “Smoked, Grilled and Fried”

Grill/BBQ Weekend – Premiering Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 7am-2pm
Join your favorite Food Network chefs for a full weekend of their best grilling and BBQ recipes. Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Saturday, May 28th at 10am – The Pioneer Woman
Premiering Saturday, May 28th at 11am – The Kitchen
Premiering Saturday, May 28th at 12pm – Farmhouse Rules – “BBQ, Baseball and Big Appetites”
Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 12pm – The Kitchen Sink
Premiering Sunday, May 29th at 12:30pm – Brunch @ Bobby’s – “Buzz-worthy Brunch”

DIGITAL CONTENT

Barbecue
The secret to true barbecue? Cook it low and slow, and rely on Food Network chefs’ top recipes for doing barbecue right!

Burgers and Hot Dogs
Find the best recipes for burgers (including beef, turkey, veggie and fish) and hot dogs every which way, plus enough fun toppings to last the whole season.

Chicken
Grilled chicken is a summer cookout classic and FoodNetwork.com has the best recipes for the juiciest, most flavorful dishes, from jerk chicken to barbecue chicken, chicken tacos to beer-can chicken, plus chicken salads, sandwiches and kebabs.

More Mains
Find the perfect main-dish recipes for your summer cookout, like grilled pizza, steak, pork chops, kebabs, foil-packet dinners, grilled tacos and even grilled lasagna.

Sides
Picnic sides and salads make the meal. Choose from classics like pasta salad, potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw, or try something new this year, like panzanella, corn-and-black-bean salad, farro salad or a summer-picnic casserole like zucchini gratin.

Healthy
Enjoy fresh, light meals all summer long with Food Network chefs’ top healthy recipes for burgers, chicken, fish, salads, grilled fruit, gazpacho and light cocktails.

Parties
Summer entertaining is a breeze with FoodNetwork.com’s best recipes for packable sides and desserts, crowd-pleasing appetizers and show-stopping sweets. Plus, find tips for stocking a bar, deciding how much food and drinks to purchase, decorating ideas and must-have summer products.

Cocktails
Kick back and enjoy the summer weather with a pitcher full of sangria, a frosty frozen margarita, a fresh strawberry daiquiri or a cool beer cocktail.

Frozen Treats
There’s nothing like a cool decadent dessert in the summer. Find recipes for homemade ice pops, ice cream confections, frozen pies, gelato, granita, milkshakes, sherbet, frozen yogurt and more.

How-Tos
Master summer cooking, grilling and entertaining in no time with expert tips and tricks from FoodNetwork.com, including grill cleaning, lobster eating, mastering the perfect hamburger and making homemade ice cream.

Everything Spring
Find everything you need for spring cooking and entertaining, including recipes, guides, how-to’s and tips to celebrate spring in style.

Spring Entertaining Guide
Seasonal entertaining is easy with these company-worthy spring recipes. Serve easy spring pasta dishes (like Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera, simple side dishes like roasted asparagus and bright spring desserts like rhubarb crisp.

Weeknight Dinners: Spring
Find FoodNetwork.com’s best recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals, made with favorite spring ingredients like asparagus, artichokes and carrots, paired with mealtime staples like chicken, shrimp, salmon and pasta.

Spring Produce Guide
Spring vegetables are finally in season! Cook with peas, asparagus, spring onions, strawberries, rhubarb, broccoli and carrots with fresh-produce focused recipes from Food Network chefs.

Holidays
Find recipes for every May holiday from Food Network chefs, all on FoodNetwork.com.

Cinco de Mayo
Throw a fiesta this May 5th with margaritas, tacos, authentic recipes from Marcela Valladolid and more.

Mother’s Day
Treat Mom to a delicious breakfast or brunch this Mother’s Day with favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis and Trisha Yearwood. Plus, find flowery cocktails for Mom as well as Mother’s Day dishes the kids can make.

Memorial Day
Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with a Memorial Day feast of burgers, salads and patriotic desserts from Sunny Anderson, Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay.
Weddings
FoodNetwork.com’s wedding destination will feature all the details, tips and ideas food-loving brides and grooms need to plan their perfect day. The Wedding Guide will include DIY favor ideas, galleries of beautiful wedding cakes, tips on working with a caterer, healthy eating tips leading up to the big day, restaurants for rehearsal dinners, photos of real weddings and fun shower ideas.

Healthy
FoodNetwork.com’s Healthy Cooking Every Day makes eating healthy easy and accessible with hundreds of healthy recipes and tips from Food Network chefs and the Food Network Kitchen.

Chefs’ Kitchens
Take a look into the real kitchens and homes of Food Network chefs and see how they cook for their families, entertain their friends and how they store their favorite cooking tools. Also, learn about their must-have kitchen gadgets and favorite grocery store ingredients. (Live in May)

Kitchen Fails
Jeff Mauro hosts this hilarious bloopers clip show, featuring the funniest moments in food: restaurant mishaps, messy babies, turkeys and roasts set afire and kitchen disasters of all kinds. Plus check out Kitchen Fixes, with expert tips for fixing failed dishes and strategies for getting everything right in the kitchen.

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