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Eater's Fall 2013 Food Television Preview

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[Illustration: Eric Lebofsky]

Here now, Eater's Fall 2013 Food Television Preview. Fall is generally when networks launch new shows or a new season, and Fall 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting one. There's the delayed launch of Esquire Network — NBC Universal's rebranding of the G4 network — on September 23rd. On deck: Ilan Hall's Knife Fight; Brew Dogs, from the people behind the Scotland brewery BrewDog; and the travel series The Getaway produced by Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero. Speaking of Bourdain, season two of Parts Unknown on his new home CNN premieres September 15. He'll be hitting up Jerusalem, Spain, Copenhagen, New Mexico, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo, and South Africa.

Bourdain also his hands on season two of the James Beard award-winning PBS series The Mind of a Chef. The second season will focus on chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield. PBS is also introducing a couple of new series: Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking (a collaboration between Fine Cooking magazine and WGBH featuring a whole bunch of big name chefs) and A Chef's Life (with Vivian Howard of Kinston, North Carolina's Chef & the Farmer). Sadly, Clam Kings is not a real show (but it should be).

Food Network/Cooking Channel is up to its same old business with either new or ongoing seasons of shows like Iron Chef America, Chopped, Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell, and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. There is the new Food Network show Heartland Table, a partnership with publishing giant Random House based on the upcoming cookbook The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen. Word on the street is that Joe Bastianich's Food Network series Bossover — that was announced back in April — is not happening. But his show Hungry on USA, based on his memoir Restaurant Man, is in the active pilot stages. Also on Food Network, human lava lamp Guy Fieri is up to new things with Guy's Grocery Games and Rachael Vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off. And because kids cooking is trendy, there will be a MasterChef Junior on Fox.

Season 11 of Top Chef, set in New Orleans, premieres October 2. And look out for a new season of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern in November.

Straight ahead, check out all the madness and the glory of Fall food television (and a look at what's coming up in 2014).

Currently Airing

[Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo]

Eat, Drink, Love

Network: Bravo
A behind the scenes look at the delightfully bizarre restaurant scene in Los Angeles. Will Eater LA editor Kat Odell get chopped? Or will her cuisine reign supreme?
· All Eat, Drink, Love Coverage [-E-]

[Photo: Travel Channel]

Bizarre Foods America

Network: Travel Channel
Travel Channel is a little confusing with the different nomenclatures of Bizarre Foods, Bizarre Foods America, and Bizarre World. But currently airing is season four of Bizarre Foods America: Next week is the season finale set in Houston, Texas. Host Andrew Zimmern tells Eater that 16 brand new episodes, including some set overseas, start airing November 4.
· All Bizarre Foods Coverage [-E-]

[Photo: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo]

Top Chef Masters

Network: Bravo
Season five of Top Chef Masters is currently airing. Seven contestants remain. Who will join the likes of previous winners including Chris Cosentino (season 4), Floyd Cardoz (season 3), Marcus Samuelsson (season 2), and Rick Bayless (season 1)? Who will succeed in the dreaded Yo Gabba Gabba challenge?
· All Top Chef Masters Coverage [-E-]

Cutthroat Kitchen

Network: Food Network
Host Alton Brown is the "the kitchen's cunning provocateur" leading "four chefs in cooking battles chock-full of sabotage and tricks." Contestants have a chance of winning $25,000. Reviews have not been especially kind.
· All Cutthroat Kitchen Coverage [-E-]


The Mind of a Chef

Network: PBS
Premiere Date: September 7
Zero Point Zero, Anthony Bourdain, and WGBH are back for a second season of their James Beard Award-winning PBS television series. It will focus on chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield. The first five episodes of the series will focus on Brock with a visit to Brock's R&D lab, cooking with chef John Currence and the Lee Brothers, plus a trip to Louisiana with writer and Southern Foodways Alliance head John T. Edge.
· All The Mind of a Chef Coverage [-E-]

Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking

Network: APT, airing on PBS stations around the country (check local listings)
Premiere Date: September 7
Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking is a new PBS series from Fine Cooking magazine and WGBH in Boston. Hosted by Australian food personality and chef Pete Evans, the show will highlight different regions across America. Evans will be joined by chefs and food experts, including Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Anita Lo, Jonathan Waxman, Andy Ricker, Matt Lightner, Christopher Kostow, and more. The series premiere is with Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.
· All Moveable Feast Coverage [-E-]

A Chef's Life

Network: PBS
Premiere Date: September 12
James Beard Award semifinalist Vivian Howard (of Kinston, North Carolina's Chef & the Farmer) gets the documentary treatment in the upcoming PBS show A Chef's Life. The 13-episode series follows Howard and her husband as they run a farm-to-table restaurant in "one of the poorest Congressional districts in the nation." The show combines classic reality elements, Southern-cooking segments, and visits to the local food producers in Howard's hometown.
· All A Chef's Life Coverage [-E-]

[Photo: CNN]

Parts Unknown

Network: CNN
Premiere Date: September 15
Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero are back with a second season of their Emmy-nominated show Parts Unknown. The premiere episode will be titled "Jerusalem," and Bourdain will explore Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza (this will be his first time filming there). Bourdain will be touring the following locales during the second season: Spain, Copenhagen, New Mexico, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo, and South Africa. It will most likely be very quotable
· All Parts Unknown Coverage [-E-]

Brew Dogs

Network: Esquire Network
Premiere Date: September 24
Martin Dickie and James Watt of the Scottish brewery BrewDog — the duo responsible for brewing the world's strongest beer (at 55% ABV) and stuffing it into a squirreltravel across America "to prove that the drink of the masses doesn't need to taste mass-produced." They'll visit a different "American beer town" in each episode of the hour-long series to "celebrate distinctive craft beers" and create a "locally-inspired draft."
· All Brew Dogs Coverage [-E-]

Knife Fight

Network: Esquire Network
Premiere Date: September 24
Top Chef season two winner Ilan Hall's new show puts two chefs in competition with each other at his LA restaurant The Gorbals in front of "a rowdy crowd, including friends, neighbors, and an eclectic group of celebrities, food professionals and die-hard foodies ." The rotating cast of judges includes actors Drew Barrymore, Elijah Wood, Eric Wareheim, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, and Erika Christensen; also chefs Elia Aboumrad and Michael Voltaggio. Says Hall about the show's origins, "This happened really organically, it was just one chef talking smack to another... It then became a full-fledged fight that we do all the time." There's no huge cash prize for winning. Just glory and a "crappy three-dollar knife."
· All Knife Fight Coverage [-E-]

The Getaway

Network: Esquire Network
Premiere Date: September 25
The Getaway is a travel series produced by Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero. It's a sort of Layover-esque series, except here, it's famous people giving tours of various exotic locales. The series was previously announced with the following hosts: comedian Aziz Ansari (Hong Kong), musicperson Eve (Jamaica), actress Aisha Tyler (Paris), and chef José Andrés (Puerto Rico). Newly announced hosts include actor Josh Gad (NYC), brothers Seth and Josh Meyers (Amsterdam), Parks and Recreation's Rashida Jones (London), and Freaks and Geeks writer Paul Feig (Boston). And here's a preview of comedian Joel McHale in Belfast.
All The Getaway Coverage [-E-]

MasterChef Junior

Network: Fox
Premiere Date: September 27
If Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot hanging out with a bunch of precocious kids is your idea of a good time, you'll love MasterChef Junior. It's just like the highly-rated MasterChef, but with children. There are a lot of comments along the lines of "This is probably the best molten lava cake we've had on MasterChef and you're nine years old." There is also a tiny spitfire who's bound for the Young Guns class of 2022 screaming things like "WHIP IT! WHIP IT LIKE A MAN" at her teammates.
· All MasterChef Junior Coverage [-E-]

Also Notable in September

· Rachael Vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off: A bunch of children led by Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri take on the world and learn some very important life lessons along the way. (September 8th, Food Network)

· Thieves, Inc.: "Professional security experts" Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble go behind the scenes at food and beverage retailers and try to stop people from stealing things. They "employ a wide variety of techniques and disguises to test the store's existing security systems and unsuspecting staffers." (September 11th, Food Network)

· Heartland Table: Publishing giant Random House is partnering with Food Network to create a television series based on the upcoming cookbook The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen. Thielen is a James Beard Award-winning food writer and former professional cook. (September 14th, Food Network)

· Food Fanatics with Eden Grinshpan: Eden Grinshpan, host of Eden Eats on Cooking Channel has a new one in which she "dives head first into the world of outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars." Which means Vegan Black Metal Chef and other people you probably haven't heard of. (September 13th, Cooking Channel)

· Bob's Burgers: The world's #1 animated television series about a family that runs a hamburger restaurant returns for season four. (September 29, Fox)



Top Chef: New Orleans

Network: Bravo
Premiere Date: October 2
Grab your knives and gumbo, or whatever: Top Chef's eleventh season returns with guest judges like Jon Favreau, Lea Michele, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, and Eddie Huang.
· All Top Chef Coverage [-E-]

[Vegas Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr]

Guy's Grocery Games

Network: Food Network
Premiere Date: October
The mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri will host a show in which professional chefs participate in "supermarket showdown" challenges with the goal of winning a $20,000 prize. Food Network wonks promise "a high energy battle of wits, creativity and skill."


[Photo: Travel Channel]

Bizarre Foods

Network: Travel Channel
Premiere Date: November 4
Host Andrew Zimmern tells Eater that 16 brand new episodes, including some set overseas, start airing November 4. Expect episodes set in Cleveland, Toronto, Atlantic City, and the highly controversial Pittsburgh.

This Fall

Big Tips Texas

Network: MTV
A new reality show from MTV that follows a group of bikini-clad waitresses "at the best little bar in Texas," the Fort Worth breastaurant Redneck Heaven. MTV says it'll premiere "this fall."
· All Big Tips Texas Coverage [-E-]


Law & Order: SVU

Network: NBC
Law & Order: SVU is indeed still on the air, and an upcoming "ripped from the headlines" episode will mash up the stories of the Trayvon Martin murder and the Paula Deen scandal. Actress Cybill Shepherd will play the Paula Deen-inspired celebrty chef character. Air date is unknown.
· All Paula Deen Coverage [-E-]

2014 and Beyond

· Mixology: Set to premiere on ABC in mid-season 2013-2014 — the official website says "coming soon" — Mixology is a maybe-weird high concept show from the writers of The Hangover. The official description: "One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan's trendy meat-packing district." (ABC)

[Photo: MTV]

· MTV's House of Food: MTV gets in on the food reality game: the show will feature "a group of aspiring young chefs [living in] a house in Los Angeles where they will learn from noted culinary honchos and compete for the apprenticeship of a lifetime." No culinary honchos have been named at this time. (MTV)

· Snackdown: Hosted by Eddie Huang, the show is a half hour competition that sees "amateur chefs battling it out in an array of snack-inspired challenges for a cash prize." Judges include model Chrissy Teigen, chef Jason Quinn (The Playground, Santa Ana, CA), and an unnamed third judge. (MTV)


· Food Fighters: Set for a mid-season debut in NBC, Food Fighters is hosted by Man vs Food's Adam Richman is being called "the ultimate culinary clash." In the show, amateur cooks "test their skills against professional chefs." The professional chefs have not been announced. (NBC)

· Hungry Investors: New Orleans chef John Besh and former Top Cheftestapant Tiffany Derry will join Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer as the show's "all-star squad of restaurateurs" who will pit two restaurants against each other for the chance to win "a significant cash investment." Targeted for Spring 2014. (Spike)


· The Taste: Season two of The Taste is actually happening, although this time Brian Malarkey was not invited back to join judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, and Ludo Lefebvre. (ABC)

· All Food TV Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Fall Previews on Eater [-E-]

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