Food Network Announces October Programming Highlights

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Food Network leaps into fall with three news series and eight season premieres of primetime and daytime favorites. Sunny Anderson hits the road in her new series Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson premieringSaturday, October 6th at 9:30am as she searches for the nation's best home cooks. Sandra Lee also ventures out of her home kitchen to discover the secrets behind famed restaurant dishes and then remakes them with her unique twist in Sandra's Restaurant Remakes premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10am. In primetime, Ben Vaughn joins the Food Network lineup as he cleans up restaurants to ensure they pass inspection in new series Health Inspectors premiering Friday, October 26th at 10:30pm. Food Network also boasts new primetimes seasons of Halloween Wars, Cupcake Wars, Sweet Genius and Mystery Diners, while also amping up the daytime roster with new seasons of The Best Thing I Ever Made, Guy's Big Bite, Giada at Home and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

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SERIES PREMIERES

Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson - Premiering Saturday, October 6th at 9:30am

Sunny Anderson hits the road to track down the unsung heroes of the American culinary world - home cooks. Sunny travels across the country to discover the inspirational stories of the people behind the recipes while learning a few tips and tricks of her own in a new daytime series. Whether Sunny tastes Grandma Williams' authentic squash pie which is the talk of Fayetteville, N.C. or Mary's granola recipe which is in such high demand that she now sells it in grocery stores, these homemade recipes tell a story and each starts in the home kitchen.

Sandra's Restaurant Remakes - Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10am

Sandra Lee heads out of the kitchen to visit famous restaurants and discover their most celebrated and delicious dishes in her new series Sandra's Restaurant Remakes. She then heads back home to recreate restaurant quality dishes with tricks and shortcuts all her own. She makes the astonishing attainable, the exotic easy, and the remarkable, relatable.

Health Inspectors - Premiering Friday, October 26th at 10:30pm

A visit from a restaurant health inspector can potentially shut down a food business instantly and permanently if they aren't up to code, but in Health Inspectors, Ben Vaughn is here to make sure that doesn't happen. He makes his living cleaning up restaurants that have all sorts of violations, holding them accountable for the messes they've made and ensuring they pass inspection. In each episode, Ben outlines what restaurants must do to maintain proper kitchen safety and cleanliness before the health inspectors come in for review. Ben's helping hand can only go so far, and at the end of the day, the restaurant must pass the health inspection in order to stay in business.

PRIMETIME SEASON PREMIERES

Halloween Wars - Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 9pm

Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 9pm -"Evil Clowns" - SEASON PREMIERE!
In the first of four battles, five teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must combine their arts to create the most terrifying clown imaginable. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special guest judge: Shawnee Smith

Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 9pm - "Battle of the Vampire Killer"
Four remaining teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must capture an epic battle in which a vampire killer slays his prey. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special guest judge: Rutina Wesley

Premiering Sunday, October 21st at 9pm -"Science Gone Wrong"
Three remaining teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must capture the terrifying moment when a mad scientist's creation goes horribly wrong, with one team being eliminated at the end. Special guest judge: Chaske Spencer
Premiering Sunday, October 28th at 9pm - "Zombie Wedding"

In the epic finale, two teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must evoke the scene of a romantic yet horrific zombie wedding. At stake is the Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judge: Sara Canning

Cupcake Wars - Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 8pm

Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 8pm - "Big Time Rush" - SEASON PREMIERE!
It's going to be big time competition as four bakers fight for the chance to serve their cupcakes backstage to at an exclusive party for the boys of Big Time Rush.

Premiering Sunday October 14th at 8pm - "Mary Poppins"
Four bakers will need more than a "Spoon Full of Sugar" if they want to win the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a cast and crew party for the Los Angeles premiere of the musical, "Mary Poppins".

Premiering Sunday October 21st at 8pm - "Cody Simpson"
Mother knows best as four mother-daughter teams compete for the chance to go backstage with pop idol Cody Simpson and serve their cupcakes at an exclusive fan event.

Premiering Sunday October 28th at 8pm - "Magical Cupcakes"
Bakers will be trading in their whisks for wands as they duke it out to win the opportunity to have their cupcakes center stage at an exclusive event at the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

Sweet Genius - Premiering Thursday, October 18th at 10pm

Premiering Thursday, October 18th at 10pm -"Cuckoo Genius" - SEASON PREMIERE!
In the first test of genius, canine cuteness inspires the chefs to create a chocolate dessert from an iconic breakfast food and bland bread. In the second test, the chefs get an entertaining inspiration, peanuts and a sweet drink, but one chef's mishap with a critical element on the plate causes disappointment. With two chefs left to compete for the grand prize, a charming, chiming object gets the chefs' imaginations ticking, but who will make the better cake from a supermarket treat and an aromatic grass?
Competitors: Stephen Collucci, Matt Marotto, Harlee Morrow, Jen Yee

Premiering Thursday, October 25th at 10pm - "Halloween Genius"
In celebration of Halloween, the Sweet Genius is stirring up some devilish trouble. Chef Ron's first inspiration is bound to get the chefs' blood pumping, as they race to put together chocolate desserts from an Asian drink and dried fungi. Then, in the second round, a haunting apparition inspires the chefs to use onions and a strongly flavored novelty candy. With $10,000 at stake, a creepy critter crawls on the scene to scare the chefs into action.
Competitors: Julia Freed, Sarah Mironczuk, Matthew O'Haver, Padua Player

Mystery Diners - Premiering Friday, October 19th at 10pm
When a restaurant owner suspects employees of not doing their jobs - whether it be stealing, lying, mistreating customers or generally doing lousy work - they call in the Mystery Diners. These Mystery Diners are undercover operatives who go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras and perform surveillance to find out what's really going on when the boss isn't around.

DAYTIME SEASON PREMIERES

Best Thing I Ever Made - Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 10:30am

Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 10:30am - "Fry This" - SEASON PREMIERE!
The kitchens of Alex Guarnaschelli, Anne Burrell, Graham Elliot and Sunny Anderson are sizzlin' as they cook up their best ever fried dishes. From a classic eggplant parmesan to a buttery lobster corn dog, these are just a couple of the delicious dishes they fry.

Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30am - "Pure Perfection"
Meticulous masterminds Ted Allen, Geoffrey Zakarian, Sam Choy and Ron Ben-Israel share the recipes they've been perfecting for years. Discover the secrets to creating flawless dishes.

Premiering Sunday, October 21st at 10:30am - "Rise and Shine"
Join Alton Brown, Anne Burrell, Marc Murphy and Graham Elliot for breakfast and find out why their dishes are the best way to start the day.

Premiering Sunday, October 28th at 10:30am - "Hauntingly Good"
Sunny Anderson, Jacques Torres, Susan Feniger and Eric Greenspan dig into their bag of tricks and scare up the best Halloween treats.

Guy's Big Bite - Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30am

Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30am - "Global Fusion" - SEASON PREMIERE!
Guy Fieri brings several of his favorite global flavors together in one meal. He whips up a Spicy Tuna Flatbread, his Tri-Color Beet Salad and a refreshing Caribbean Ginger Fizz.

Premiering Sunday, October 21st at 10:30am - "Loco For My Moco"
Guy Fieri cooks up an island-style, comfort food meal. He re-creates his favorite dishes from Hawaii, including Poke, a raw fish salad, and Loco Moco, a hearty favorite among locals that features a hamburger patty, rice, fried eggs and lots of delicious gravy. He washes it all down with Guy's King Kamehameha Mai Tai, fit for royalty.

Premiering Sunday, October 28th at 10:30am - "Naughty and Nice"
Guy Fieri loves food that not only tastes great, but also makes you feel great. Guy offers both with a meal that balances indulgence with nutrition serving up Fried Chicken Salad, Fresh Juice Blends and Strawberry French Toast to satisfy and nourish.

Trisha's Southern Kitchen - Premiering Saturday, October 20th at 11am
Music superstar and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood brings her family-inspired recipes and food traditions back to Food Network for a second season. The series invites viewers into the kitchen with Trisha for her favorite meals, nostalgic stories and visits from family and friends. Trisha prepares traditional dishes from her childhood and serves up unique how-to tips and techniques for down-home

Giada at Home - Premiering Saturday, October 27th at 11:30am
Premiering Saturday, October 27th at 11:30am - "Haunted House" - SEASON PREMIERE!
Giada De Laurentiis hosts a spooky backyard Halloween party with a fun haunted house and delicious treats that celebrate the flavors and colors of the season. Giada creates whimsical Chocolate-Orange Cake Pops, Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies and Grape and Mango Parfaits that kids of any age will love.

FEATURED SERIES

$24 in 24 - Premiering Mondays at 10:30pm

Premiering Monday, October 1st at 10:30pm -"Los Angeles"
Jeff Mauro hits Los Angeles with a mission to find local cuisine on the cheap. He discovers a hearty Cuban breakfast sandwich at Porto's Bakery, traditional Spanikopita at Papa Cristo's for lunch, savory Tofu Seafood Soup for dinner at Tofu Ya and fresh, hot mini-donuts at Zelda's Corner - all within the $24 budget.




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