NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri return to mentor and coach eight new multi-talented celebrities in the third season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, premiering Monday, January 6 th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The eight celebrities are divided into Team Rachael and Team Guy as they compete over six episodes in a variety of culinary challenges, testing their cooking, marketing and performing skills along the way. New to this season, each episode features a special Food Network guest judge who will determine which celebrity is sent home. The last one left standing wins bragging rights as they join past season winners Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott, and $50,000 to the charity of their choice.
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"Let me tell you something, Rachael and I, are two of the most competitive people I know," said Guy Fieri. "Season 3 of Rachael vs. Guy means rubber match. Rachael won the first round, and I took the second. This one is for all the pasta in Italy.""As I've said since season one of this show, it is both the most nerve-racking and the most exciting project I've ever been a part of, and this season is no relief," said Rachael Ray. "It is intense – intense fun and intense stress – in each and every episode as all of these celebrities play with knives and fire all for the sake of the charities that they love." In the season premiere, the eight celebrities arrive in New York City as Rachael and Guy select their teams. Judy Gold (actress, comedienne), Florence Henderson (actress, singer), Penn Jillette (magician, comedian) and Jake Pavelka (reality star, The Bachelor) join Team Rachael; with Chris Kattan (comedian, actor), Tiffany (singer, actress), Vanilla Ice (pop icon, rapper and star of DIY Network's The Vanilla Ice Project and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish) and Herschel Walker (former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner) joining Team Guy. For their first cook-off challenge, the celebrities get right to work as they only have 90 minutes to prepare a Medieval feast and perform for a stadium full of hungry spectators. Special guest judge, Chef Lee Anne Wong, joins Rachael and Guy to determine which dish does not make the cut. Throughout the season the celebrities test their culinary chops against each other in fun but demanding challenges, guaranteed to have them working, fighting and laughing along the way. Whether it's creating a Hawaiian-inspired meal for a Luau party; shopping, creating and marketing their own food products; or going head-to-head in a chicken wing cook-off, with special guest judges Alex Guarnaschelli ( Chopped) and Josh Elliott of Good Morning America, these celebrities are up for the challenge. And in the finale, the remaining competitors must prepare a three-course meal aboard a cruise ship, with special guest judges Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant and Aaron Sanchez among others, deciding who will become Cook-Off champion. Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off is produced by Jane Street Entertainment. FOOD NETWORK ( www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.5 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel ( www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network ( www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country ( www.gactv.com), HGTV ( www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel ( www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.
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