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The all-new series Rewrapped starring your favorite sweet and savory snacks premieres on Monday night (8|7c), where host Joey Fatone will be leading the competition between three eager contestants. It’s up to them to first re-create the snack of the day, then invent a new dish incorporating the original item for a panel of judges, including Marc Summers of Food Network’s Unwrapped. FN Dish was recently on the set of Rewrapped and caught up with Joey to find out more about what’s in store this season. Read on below for an exclusive interview with the host, then hear from judge Marc Summers.
What are you most looking forward to in this competition?
I’m looking forward to seeing how creative these people get. That’s the cool thing about it. You get the re-creation of the actual snack, but the Innovate challenge sees how inventive they can be with the snack. [It] is really kind of cool to see how they get really crazy with the ideas.
What can fans expect from the show?
Your favorite snack foods that you loved as a kid and still do as an adult — seeing them being the showcase of a competition, which is great. You don’t get to see that very often, and to see that happen — how people make them — is amazing, because some of these recipes are secret-ingredient stuff. You don’t tell people what’s really 100 percent in it. So you have to try to re-create and kind of have to taste and see if you get it accurately.
In the past you’ve competed on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Chopped All-Stars. How do you feel hosting a competition and not competing in it?
So happy. I actually get a little nervous watching [the competitors]. I see the pressure because I know exactly what it’s like to be on that side … and try to cook something in 30 minutes. You think you have all the time in the world at first, then the next thing you know you’re speeding up, and then asking yourself, Am I timing it right? Is this and that right? Is it going to be overcooked? Is it going to be undercooked? How am I going to do this? And all of a sudden they’re counting down and you’re trying to plate it up as fast as possible. So it’s nerve-racking to watch sometimes.
Did you learn any hosting tips on what to do or not to do from Rachael, Guy or Ted?
Watching them is always great for learning little tidbits of different things. And what to do, what not to do. I’ve known Guy for a long time now. … What’s great about him, and I think about me as well, is what you see is what you get on camera. We’re not trying to fake it. … Just [be] informative, just have fun with it. I think what people want is just the guy next door or the girl next door that they can relate to.
What are your top-five favorite snacks?
That’s tough ’cause there are a lot. I’m definitely a Chips Ahoy! cookie guy. Love the Chips Ahoy! Twinkies: I do love a good Twinkie. Happy that they’re back. I have two kids, so there’s snack food everywhere; every once in a while I do dip into the Goldfish. My little one loves Goldfish.
Tune in to the premiere of Rewrapped on Monday, April 21 at 8|7c.