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Can You Guess Which of These Ridiculous Food Network Shows Are Real?

Yes, at least some of these shows exist and will be gracing your TV screens later this year

A logo is seen for Rooftop “Chopped” during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

You there! Step right up! Yes, you look like a person of intelligence and wit. A person of discernment! Exactly the type of person who will have no problem winning Guess Which of These Food Network Shows Are Real? That’s right, Food Network and the Cooking Channel have just revealed their lineups of new shows for the rest of 2021, some of which sound so outlandish they must be fake! Then again, maybe they’re not too ridiculous for the makers of Halloween Freakshow Cakes. Step right up and guess which of these are actually going to be on TV!

  1. Money Hungry: Hosted by Kal Penn, this show pits “super tasters” with “deep culinary knowledge” against each other in escalating taste tests.
  2. Ghost With the Most (working title): Professional chefs are paired with clairvoyants, who channel chefs from lifetimes past for the recipes to dishes of yore. Hosted by Theresa Caputo of Long Island Medium.
  3. Ben & Jerry’s: The Cold Wars (working title): An ice cream competition show in which teams of “future flavor gurus” attempt to impress the ice cream company’s executives and win a grand prize.
  4. All A-board!: Search For The Next TikTok Sensation: Host Ashley Tisdale travels the country to scout out home chefs whose food videos are ready to go viral. The catch? They must all be created on a board.
  5. Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark: Hosted by Sunny Anderson, confectioners are dropped in the Hersheyland amusement park at night after all the guests have gone home, and must solve puzzles and mold chocolate amid the abandoned rides.
  6. Spill the Tea: Jonathan Van Ness judges this competition show in which chefs steep increasingly creative ingredients in search for the perfect cup.
  7. Flavortown, USA: Viewers watch as Guy Fieri takes over an abandoned town in the American midwest to build it into the ultimate Flavortown, complete with four locations of Guy’s American Grill.
  8. Salad Spinner: In this new game show created in partnership with Sweetgreen, contestants spin a wheel to gather salad ingredients, and must create the “ultimate delicious bowl” with whatever they get. Richard Blais hosts.
  9. The Globe: Chefs must compete on “an immersive set of LED screens” that visually transport competitors to anywhere in the world, with Robert Irvine hosting and chef Daniela Soto-Innes acting as judge.
  10. Pep Talk: A limited documentary series focusing on the hottest peppers in the world, featuring DJ Khaled and David Attenborough (among others) as talking heads.
  11. Tiny Food Fight: Chef Darnell Ferguson and comedian Mamrie Hart host a tiny food competition, whatever that means.
  12. Chopped for Dogs: Hosted by Rachael Ray, it’s Chopped but you’re making dog food.

Aww, I’m so sorry! Money Hungry, Ben & Jerry’s, The Globe, Tiny Food Fight, and the one where chocolate makers have to run around an abandoned amusement park in the middle of the night are indeed real shows. Better luck next time!