What to Watch: Cowboys on The Pioneer Woman, Wrestlers on Cupcake Wars and Food Trucks Enter Chicago

by in Shows, September 20th, 2013

Food TrucksThis weekend, Food Network has all new episodes, sure to get your creative juices flowing and your competitive spirit going. On Saturday, watch The Pioneer Woman, Heartland Table and a special wrestling-themed Cupcake Wars.

Then on Sunday, the kids on Rachael vs. Guy are inspired to create menus based on a new animated film. On The Great Food Truck Race, the remaining teams roll into Chicago and find themselves getting judged by the mayor and Mike Ditka in two difficult challenges. Then on Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs must deal with problems that arise from the culinary sabotages that are dealt by their competitors.

The Pioneer Woman: “Josh and Alex

Cowboy Josh is taking Alex on as his ranch apprentice, and they’re going to be ready for a stick-to-your-ribs lunch. So Ree is fixing Supreme Pizza Burgers, a fabulous Quick Italian Salad and frozen Fruit Pops. As a thank-you to Josh, she’s making his favorite chocolate dessert — French Silk Pie to take home.

Tune-in: Sat., Sept. 21 at 10am/9c

Heartland Table: “Bologna Days

Bologna Days has been occurring weekly in Amy Thielen’s parents’ Minnesota hometown since the 1960s. It’s a celebration of hot ring bologna — all you can eat — coming fresh from the smoker at Thielen Meats, operated by Amy’s cousins. This is a show about lake-cabin food, which includes Midwestern Fried Bologna, Peppered Pork Loin and Parmesan Sandwiches on Grilled Flatbread, and Fried Onion Dip.

Tune-in: Sat., Sept. 21 at 10:30am/9:30c

Cupcake Wars: “WWE SummerSlam

The bad girls of Cupcake Wars battle to win the hearts of special guest judges, WWE Divas Alicia Fox and Layla. At stake is a chance to bring their cupcakes to WWE’s SummerSlam, as well as a $10,000 prize.

Tune-in: Sat., Sept. 21 at 8pm/7c

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off: “Cloudy with a Chance of Mashups

After a blindfolded taste test, the kid chefs must dream up a feast of food and animal mashups, inspired by the new movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Guest judge Chef Duff Goldman will choose the winner.

Tune-in: Sun., Sept. 22 at 8pm/7c

The Great Food Truck Race: “A Food Truck Kind of Town, Chicago Is

Tyler starts the finalists off with a Chicago-style pizza challenge judged by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After the mayor chooses the winner, the teams get ready to sell and are given their Speed Bump. The teams must keep a minimum of five dishes on their menu for the rest of the race. On day two, the teams must use another famed Chicago food in all their dishes, Polish sausage. Once the teams sell 300 sausages, they race to Mike Ditka’s restaurant, where he himself awards the prize and punishment. The winning team will get a five-hour head start to the next city.

Tune-in: Sun., Sept. 22 at 9pm/8c

Cutthroat Kitchen: “Tiny Tools, Big Problems

Things really heat up in the kitchen as one chef forces an opponent to create a perfect grilled cheese with a hand torch. Then, one chef might come off like a big jerk as he or she makes an opponent fill a shepherd’s pie with beef jerky. Finally, we’ll find out how a fortune cookie actually changes one chef’s fortune in a climactic egg roll showdown.

Tune-in: Sun., Sept. 22 at 10pm/9c

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Comments (4)

  1. HilllJ says:

    What I'd like to know is why Trisha's Southern Kitchen has been taken off the Saturday morning schedule and moved to Sundays at 7:30 a.m. CDT/8:30 a.m. EDT. You broadcast reruns of an Emmy award-winning show in the dead zone while you run back-to-back episodes, including reruns, of the fake Pioneer Woman. Get over yourselves Food Network. Pioneer Woman is so been there, done that.

  2. portia says:

    I like "Heartland Table". Amy Thielen is personable, down-to-earth, and a natural in the kitchen and in front of the camera. Looking forward to more episodes.

  3. Donna Biddle says:

    I'm disappointed that food network would do a show like cutthroat kitchen. It has nothing to really do with cooking but glorifies nastiness. The thing I have appreciated about food network is the respect the chefs has for each other. Even in the competition shows there is respect. This show tries to make believe that dirt tricks are culinary accomplishments.

    Please keep your network above the reality show gutter,

    Donna Biddle

  4. Dee Gee says:

    I have just started watching the Pioneer Woman and I like some of her recipes, however it doesn't look like
    she washes her produce before serving up salad. She will chop a head of lettuce and place on a tray, then drop cherry tomatoes right out of their package on top. Please tell me I'm wrong.

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