The Rumors Are True…

by in View All Posts, April 21st, 2009

Yes, I am here to tell you that Food Network WILL, in fact, be premiering an entire series with Brian Boitano this August.

Yes, Brian Boitano the figure skater.

Yes, THIS Brian Boitano:

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The series is tentatively titled, What Would Brian Boitano Make? You may be thinking to yourself, “that sounds vaguely familiar…” And, I’m here to confirm that YES, the inspiration came from the famous South Park song, “What Would Brian Bointano Do?” (There is no official confirmation yet, but I’m pretty sure there will be less cursing from the Food Network version.) Here’s the description from our programming department:

Everyone knows Brian Boitano won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. What they don’t know: Brian is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain! In this new series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode. Funny, knowledgeable and irresistible, Brian brings himself and so much more to What Would Brian Boitano Make?

And now that I have your full attention (and in some cases, full confusion), check out the rest of the 2009-2010 Food Network line-up that was announced just this afternoon:

Premieres: July 2009
Acclaimed chefs Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez are pitted against two local foodies in a winner-takes-all race through a different city each week, through the most fascinating, unusual food locations. Each team begins with a clue leading them to their first food challenge. Challenges could include everything from wine stomping to the eating the spiciest chili west of the Mississippi to diving for sea urchins! The five challenges take the chefs and foodies on an adrenaline-charged, food-lovers tour of each city, and once complete, it’s a sprint to the finish line to see if the locals can protect their home turf or if the Food Network chefs can conquer a new city.

Premieres: September 2009
Renowned for his expertise in wildlife and conservation, Jeff Corwin sets his sights on exploring human culture through regional cuisine in his first Food Network endeavor: Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. With an open mind (and mouth), this thrilling primetime series follows the passionate foodie and anthropologist as he tears through countries like Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and Peru on radical culinary adventures. Learning from the natives, he samples the exotic foods and local customs that mold each community. Jeff enjoys countless surprises and unforgettable flavors during this fun-filled culinary quest – all in a day’s work!

Premieres: October 2009
Kitchen Stadium once again opens its doors to find a new culinary warrior in the sizzling primetime series The Next Iron Chef. Ten top chefs from around the country will compete to join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon and be launched into instant fame. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America), the reality show will force the contestants into a series of challenging situations that test their culinary skills and mental toughness. As they travel near and far, the chefs must demonstrate their speed, artistry, innovation and leadership as they strive to attain greatness and become America’s Next Iron Chef.

Premieres: January 2010
Premiere chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan each take on a team of six hopeless home cooks and try to transform them from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in only 10 days. Viewers will follow 12 “recruits” as they face a series of high-pressure culinary challenges to help triumph over their inability to cook. The two who make it to the end will face the final challenge: prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics who think they are tasting dishes prepared by chefs Anne and Beau. On the line are the chefs’ professional reputations, $25,000 for the recruits, and the chance to say they are no longer one of the Worst Cooks in America!

Premieres: 2nd Quarter 2010
The cooks with the best recipes in America battle head-to-head for national glory in Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Hosted by Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Guy’s Big Bite), the series features everyday folks competing in a Kitchen Stadium-like arena to pit their best dishes against one another. Whether it’s the recipe that always gets requested from family and friends or the delicious dish that was passed down from grandma, viewers will see who truly possesses the “ultimate” recipe.

Premieres: June 2010
Television’s most challenging food fight, The Next Food Network Star, provides 10 hopeful TV chefs with the chance to compete for the biggest prize on television: his or her own Food Network show. Each season, the finalists endure a series of complex challenges that determine their culinary competence and on-screen star potential. Iron Chef Bobby Flay leads the selection committee, who ultimately decides the winner’s fate and launches one lucky man or woman into a food and television celebrity.

Premieres: 3rd Quarter 2010
Food guru Alton Brown hosts this mini series that explores foods that have shaped the course of human history and influenced the way our species evolved. Alton will also investigate foods of the future and how technology will transform food worldwide in centuries to come.


Premieres: May 10th, 2009 at 12pm ET/PT
Well-known for her trademark Semi-Homemade cooking style, Sandra Lee now has her sights set on saving money! Her new daytime cooking series, Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, features incredible budget-friendly recipes for every day of the week. To maximize cost-saving success, Sandra shares unique ideas for savvy supermarket shopping, proper pantry stocking, and menu price points. She continues to stretch the dollar by creating a clever leftover dish from each episode with “Round 2 Recipes” exclusively on Sandra makes saving money simple, achievable and delicious for everyone!

Season Two Premieres: July 2009
In season two of Viva Daisy!, popular TV personality Daisy Martinez takes viewers home as she shares her tips and tricks for creating quick, simple, mouth-watering meals inspired by her love of Latin cuisines. Daisy dishes for friends and family with recipes like savory Breaded Pork Chops with Spicy Pineapple Vinegar; spicy and sweet Chocolate-Chile Cake; and favorites like Tortilla with Artichokes, Piquillo Peppers and Tetilla Cheese; and Jicama, Black Bean, and Mango Salad.

Premieres: August 2009
Everyone knows Brian Boitano won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. What they don’t know: Brian is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain! In this new series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode. Funny, knowledgeable and irresistible, Brian brings himself and so much more to What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Airs: Saturdays at 9:30am ET/PT
In her new daytime cooking series, 5 Ingredient Fix, host Claire Robinson proves delicious dishes only need five ingredients or fewer making cooking easier, faster and down right irresistible. She shows viewers how to enhance the natural flavors of carefully-selected, fresh ingredients to illustrate her belief that each ingredient should truly stand out in a recipe. Taking on popular but complicated recipes and re-inventing them with just five ingredients, Claire reveals how great food can be made simply and quickly!

Premieres: 2010
In Take on the Takeout, Danny Boome visits delivery devotees with one goal in mind: to prepare a healthier, tastier, and less-expensive version of their favorite take-out dish faster than the restaurant can cook and deliver it. In addition to assessing cost and speed, the loyal customers taste and score the dueling dishes while blindfolded to determine the ultimate winner. With his practical ideas and British charm, Danny attempts to send the delivery boy packing to prove home-cooked meals beat take out any day!

– Rachael
Associate Producer, The FN Dish

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Comments (42)

  1. Lillian Brown says:

    Great to see some new and inspiring cooking shows coming.It’s long overdue Am anxiously awaiting them. Thanks
    Lill May 1st. 2009 at 9:57 am

  2. thelma magaliff says:

    Enough of Ace of Cakes Iron Chef and other competions between chefs.We need every day cooking.Ideas for laymen.Enjoy watching Food network.

  3. Linda B says:

    those of us that are baby boomers need a show on ‘cooking for 2′ now that the nest is empty!

  4. Laurie says:

    Can’t wait for Brian! I’d also like to see more of Robin Miller. Her ideas for preparing ahead and morphing are a great time saver for busy cooks, and I didn’t see her ideas in the new Food Network Magazine.

  5. nancy clemens says:

    glad to see Robert, back,do not care Jeff Corwin will cook for food and Tim I wish I would see more of Mario,Bobby,Anne,Barefoot,and Giada,I love the show but some things are always daytime and I work,wish they could be moved arround more.Still the best overall show.Thanks Nancy

  6. Thankfully Robert Irvine is back, love his show says:

    Fav’s: Bobby Flay,Paula, Giada,
    the Contessa, Robt. Irvine,
    Iron Chefs.

    Would like a new show about low carb
    cooking as there are many new products
    on the market that make LC cooking wonderful and fun. Don’t have to use
    that nasty soy flour anymore and we have
    Dreamfield’s Pasta.

  7. MLCANTRELLA says:

    Love Giada, love her to just do Italian,More of Everyday Italian, new recipies

  8. WalterSobchak says:

    The Neeley’s need to go…or put them on at 6:00 A.M. Too phony and plastic

  9. Barbara says:

    Amen! to Walter’s comment about the Neely’s. I do no enjoy them one bit and turn the station as soon as I realize it is the show they are doing. They Need To Go!!!!!

  10. PutterUP says:

    Just turned Food Network off to Public Channel TV to find a sewing show. Guess what? No funnies, etc., just people who are actually teaching something and seem to have a nice PERSONALITY. I am a cook, seamstress, figure skater, softball player, golfer and hope more than figure skater’s tune in for Brian. He should stay skating. You must be pretty desperate to go this route. If you did your episodes as a “cooking” “teaching”show, you would never run out of ideas.Also less cleavage would be nice.

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