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“Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro Returns with New Season

Official Food Network Press Release:

FOOD NETWORK STAR’ WINNER JEFF MAURO RETURNS WITH A NEW SEASON OF ‘SANDWICH KING’
Season Premiere Sunday, February 19th at 11am ET/PT on Food Network

NEW YORK – February 7, 2012 Jeff Mauro, season-seven Jeff Mauro Sandwich Kingwinner of Food Network Star and hoagie aficionado, returns to Food Network daytime for a second season of Sandwich King premiering Sunday, February 19th at 11am ET/PT.  Mauro takes Food Network viewers on a mouthwatering journey as he visits his favorite hometown restaurants in Chicago, including the Palace Grill, Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie and Chicago’s French Market, in search of his favorite sandwiches.  Whether it is a Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, a Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, or a Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan Hero, Jeff heads back to the kitchen to add his own spin on these sandwiches and more, proving you can make any sandwich into a meal, and any meal into a sandwich.

Episodes include:
Premiering Sunday, February 19th at 11am – SEASON PREMIERE!
“Double-Dose of Cozy”

Jeff doubles up on the coziness by creating dishes that exemplify comfort food, as he heads to the Palace Grill to get the scoop on a couple of classics from his friend, George. Gooey Grilled Cheese is on the menu, and Jeff takes some of that inspiration home and does it one better with his Grilled Cheese Two Ways. Next up, the Sandwich King pairs Meatloaf with Crispy Onions on a Potato Roll, while finishing with a warm bowl of Roasted Tomato Soup.

Premiering Sunday, February 26th at 11am

“Italiano”
As an Italian-American from Chicago, Jeff’s heart pumps red sauce. Good thing Italians are also known for their spectacular sandwiches. Jeff’s friend Paula from Danny’s Café makes his all-time favorite Italian-style sandwich, the Fried Meatball Hero. The Sandwich King soaks in some inspiration before heading home to have a whack at this special sandwich himself. When he’s done with that, it’s on to another slice of Italy, with a Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan Hero, before rounding things off with a simple Chopped Salad.

Premiering Sunday, March 4th at 11am 

“Deli Delights”

During Jeff’s formative years as a Sandwich Prince, he worked at a deli working the meat slicer, with his constant companions of corned beef, pastrami and lots of fresh rye bread.   As the Sandwich King, Jeff visits Fumare Meats in Chicago’s French Market where he gets a tasty tour of some of Fumare’s favorites, before putting together his special take on that tart and cheesy creation, the Pastrami Reuben. You can’t be truly deli without Coleslaw, so Jeff shreds up a fresh batch before slicing and stacking roast beef into a sandwich that reaches new heights of savory deliciousness.

Premiering Sunday, March 11th at 11am

“Sweet and Yummy Dessert Sandwiches”

Sandwiches can be a lot of things – but dessert?  The Sandwich King heads to innovative pastry shop Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie to prove it. With some pointers from chef and owner Cindy Summers, Jeff gets inspired to whip up a sandwich that would make Elvis proud – a crunchy, sweet, and creamy Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Next, he reinvents the ice cream sandwich by pairing ice cream with homemade chocolate turtles. Wash it down with a decadent Chocolate Cake Shake, and you’ll be ready for a nap.

Premiering Sunday, March 18th at 11am

“Bring Home the Baking”

There’s one thing all sandwiches have in common: bread. Whether white or wheat, roll or hero – good bread is essential for a good sandwich. The Sandwich King pays a visit to his Aunt Rita and Uncle Joel, who happen to run a deli & bakery, to get some ideas for dressing up the outside of the sandwich.  After a little time at the kneading board, Jeff heads back home to get yeasty with it, baking a Homemade Focaccia for a Mediterranean-inspired Grilled Chicken Sandwich and some Pretzel Bread to elevate a humble hot dog.  A show so delicious, you’ll want to eat it fresh out of the oven.

Premiering Sunday, March 25th at 11am

“Breakfast for Dinner”

Most of us think of sandwiches as lunch, but when you’re having breakfast for dinner anything goes!  Chicago’s Deluxe Diner lives up to its name, and makes one of Jeff’s favorite breakfast sandwiches, a Monte Cristo on French Toast; the Sandwich King then heads home to work the griddle and break out his own version. Later, Jeff takes the day-for-night inspiration even further and makes a sandwich as delicious as it is audacious, a Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.  Finish with a side of Bacon Braised Collard Greens and you won’t care what time it is.

Quick Hitter: Heat Seekers Returns!

I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed season one of Heat Seekers with Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking.  I am a fan of both chefs individually and together they are a hoot and a half.  Roger was kind enough to lend himself to a session of 7 Questions a few months ago so be sure to check that out HERE.  I have been anxiously awaiting news on a second season and today I got it from Chef Aarón via Twitter.

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Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen Returns To Cooking Channel

One year ago I sat down for a conversation with Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchen.  The resulting interview was one of the most entertaining I’ve ever done.  Nadia knocked me out with her authenticity, energy and positivity.  That’s why I was thrilled when I got the following press release from the Cooking Channel:

Season Two of Original Series Premieres Wednesday, November 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT and Delivers Nadia G’s Fresh Take on Haute Cuisine with a Side of Stiletto-Sharp Wit

Nadia G Bitchin' KitchenNEW YORK, NY – September 27, 2011 –  Cooking Channel returns to the wildly popular world of Culinary It-Girl Nadia G this November, with a second season of the comedy-cooking show Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen slated to premiere on Wednesday, November 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT.  Just as skilled in strutting in stilettos as wielding a meat cleaver, Nadia brings her savvy chef know-how and rock star attitude to the series while sharing recipes and cooking tips for both beginner and seasoned at-home cooks.

With themes from “Bitchin’ Booty Camp” offering healthy dishes for staying in shape, and “Girls Night In” for a decadent evening with cocktails, to “Getting the Romance Back” for couples who want to reignite the magic, Nadia G’s Bitchin Kitchen serves up platefuls of killer food and wicked entertainment.

In the second season premiere, “(Dysfunctional) Family Pizza Night,” Nadia throws a make-your-own pizza party and shares her family recipe for Rustic Pan Pizza from scratch.  She whips up her childhood favorite Potato Pizza with Onions and Herbs, and follows it up with a masterpiece Pizza with Salami di Genoa, Calamita Olives, Pecorino and Fresh Spinach.  After the leftover dough is fried to make Fritelle with kid-friendly Chocolate Nougat Fondue, Nadia riffs on family dynamics and embodies the rock-star fantasy most parents had to abandon along the way.   After the premiere of her “Flavor of the Week” music video, Nadia is joined by her cast of food correspondents – Panos, The Spice Agent and Hans.

Nadia G has a sharp wit, killer style and can cook up a storm in three-inch cherry heels.  She looks at the funny side of everyday situations and turns them into occasions worth celebrating – with great food and big laughs.  Focusing on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients and a hands-on approach, Nadia’s recipes are rooted in the Casalinga-style Italian cuisine she grew up with and infused with the culinary influences of her beloved hometown Montreal.

Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen began as the short web program “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” The series was a runaway success winning numerous awards such as Favorite Mobile Series, Hottest Emerging Brand in Canada and a nomination for Brand of the Year 2009.  In 2010, the series had its television premiere on Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel.  Nadia G is also releasing a new book “Cookin’ for Trouble” (Ballantine), which will be available beginning October 25th.

Now check out Nads in her new music video singing “Flavor of the Week.”

The Great Food Truck Race Returns

PRESS RELEASE FROM FOOD NETWORK:

THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE’ HITS THE ROAD FOR SEASON TWO

Tyler Florence Returns as Host, Premiere Slated for August 14th at 10pm ET/PT Following ‘Food Network Star’ Finale.

Misa Chien and Jennifer Green on Nom Nom TruckNEW YORK – May 4, 2011 – Food Network, the leader in food and lifestyle entertainment, announce the start of production for the second season of the hit primetime series, The Great Food Truck Race with Chef Tyler Florence returning as host. The show is set to premiere on Sunday, August 14th at 10pm ET/PT after the Food Network Star finale, with all subsequent episodes through September 25th airing Sundays at 9pm ET/PT.

In season two, eight celebrated and diverse food trucks from around the country embark on a coast-to-coast culinary road trip through cities including Santa Monica, Calif.; Las Vegas; Salt Lake City; Denver; Manhattan, Kan.; Memphis, Tenn., Atlanta, and Miami. Each week, the trucks roll into a new city and compete in dynamic challenges – often battling tough conditions including weather problems, location mishaps, food sourcing issues, and ever-changing customer taste buds. In the end, it’s all about which truck can sell the most food and race to the next episode while the losing team is sent home. Guest judges join host Tyler Florence in each episode and the last truck standing wins $100,000.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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