NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Guy Fieri returns for the second season of the hit supermarket-themed culinary competition Guy's Grocery Games, premiering Sunday, May 11 th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each episode four talented chefs compete in a number of challenges as they navigate their way through the aisles of a grocery store, adhering to "real-world" obstacles. Whether it is shopping on a budget, substituting out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at closing time, each chef has to shop, prepare, and plate three different dishes using whatever they can pull off the shelves. Ultimately, the food does the talking, as one-by-one the losing chefs "check out," by a rotating panel of judges that includes Melissa d'Arabian, Richard Blais, G. Garvin, Troy Johnson, Catherine McCord, Aarti Sequeira , among others. The last chef standing goes on a shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000!
"Guy's warm and approachable personality as well as his ability to see almost any task as fun makes him the perfect host of Grocery Games," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "With new, never-before-seen games, competitors will have their hands full – literally - in these supermarket-based challenges that are sure to have them scrambling down the aisles for a chance at $20,000."
In the premiere episode four devoted moms and talented chefs are competing in a special Mother's Day showdown, as they battle it out in a new game called ABC, where they can only cook with ingredients that start with the same letter. Next, in Budget Battle, three chefs make a brunch for four on a whopping budget of $7.08. Then, Guy throws everyone for a loop in the final game, Cart Swap, as the two remaining chefs prepare a guilty pleasure. The competitor who makes the most indulgent dish advances to Guy's Shopping Spree in the hopes of winning $20,000. Don't' miss all the fun and games throughout the season, including a special Next Food Network Star showdown, featuring past Star winners going aisle to aisle against each other, plus battle of the Food Network All-Stars – with Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy ; America's Best Cook mentor Cat Cora; and Next Iron Chef/Iron Chef America competitor Marcel Vigneron – going head to head for the charity of their choice along with ultimate bragging rights.
You can catch interviews with host Guy Fieri , get a behind-the-scenes look at the set, and view original videos including The Making of Guy's Grocery Games on Food Network.com and follow the games on Twitter using #GroceryGames. And on May 6 th, don't miss Guy's fifth cookbook, Guy On Fire: 130 Adventures in Outdoor Cooking (William Morrow Cookbook),filled with recipes devoted to cooking in the great outdoors. Whether you are hosting a backyard barbecue, relaxing around the campfire, or tailgating on game day, Guy On Fire provides simple ways to get the most out of your outdoor meal experiences with Guy's personal tricks to planning fun trips for the family.Guy Fieri is host of Food Network's top-rated and Emmy® -Nominated show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. In 1996, Guy launched his culinary career with the opening of Johnny Garlics, his first restaurant based in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Guy has gone on to create a culinary empire as a popular TV host, restaurateur and New York Times Best Selling cookbook author. In 2006, Guy Fieri premiered his first show, Guy's Big Bite, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Culinary Program. This "Culinary Rock Star" also guest judges on Food Network Star and collaborates with Rachael Ray in the star studded competition series, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off. Guy's Grocery Games is produced by Relativity Lifestyle Television, a division of Relativity Television. 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's rate base has grown tenfold and is now the second largest monthly magazine on the newsstand, with over 11.6 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel ( www.cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV ( www.hgtv.com), DIY Network ( www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel ( www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country ( www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner. SOURCE Food Network
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