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Food Network Premieres New Series 'Fat Chef' and Returns With a New Season of 'Heat Seekers' in January

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Food Network primetime heats up 2012 with eight new episodes of Heat Seekers beginning Monday, January 16th at 8pm ET/PT. Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking are back to spice things up and see who can handle the heat in this tongue-torching odyssey to discover the most deliciously spicy food across the country. Over the course of the season Roger and Aarón's journey to experience the spiciest dishes take them to restaurants in Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Diego, Tampa and Washington, D.C. With a high-stakes challenge at the end, the winner gets bragging rights, and the loser suffers a little public humiliation.

New series Fat Chef gives viewers an inside look at the struggle chefs face when their love for food becomes overwhelming and affects their health. Premiering Thursday, January 26th at 10pm ET/PT, the six episode series follows twelve overweight culinary professionals from Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio on their four-month venture to overcome weight issues with the help of therapists, nutritionists, and trainers. Each episode will include two chefs working with their health consultant, including Christine Avanti (nutritionist, author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food), Robert Brace (dubbed as one of New York's "top fitness gurus") and Brett Hoebel (previously one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser), as they look to defeat their abusive relationship with food and regain control of their lives.

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Premiering Monday, January 16 at 8:00pm - SEASON PREMIERE! "Dallas" Chefs Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking hit Dallas for a tongue-torching challenge of Hotter than Hell sliders - and the loser looks like a clown. Literally. Plus, the duo taste test Texas-style "Wangs" and creole-style enchiladas with ghost pepper sauce. Restaurants visited include: Buttons Restaurant, The Alligator Café, and Rooster's Roadhouse.

Premiering Monday, January 23 at 8:00pm "Las Vegas" With a name like Fire-Breathing Dragon, there's definitely going to be heat. Roger Mooking and Aarón Sanchez face off to see who can handle the hottest sushi roll on the Vegas strip, and somebody's going to really lose his shirt. Plus, the two sweat it out with a Mexican chicken dish, "Cry Today, Cry Tomorrow" and tasty, Jalapeno-drenched potato twisters. Restaurants visited include: LBS Burger Joint, Lindo Michoacán and Rice & Company.

Premiering Monday, January 30 at 8:00pm "San Diego" In San Diego, Chefs Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking tackle the hottest pepper they've ever tasted. It's a Naga Viper-drenched pork carnitas challenge with the loser singing for his food, Mariachi-style. Plus, they visit Charger football legend Junior Seau's restaurant for the hottest Ahi Poke in Southern California, and both turn up the heat with an island fiery favorite, mango pepper shrimp. Restaurants visited include: Seau's The Restaurant, Mama Jamaica's and Café Coyote.


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