Food Network Announces October Programming Highlights

Food Network Announces October Programming Highlights

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.

Premiering Monday, October 8th at 10:30pm -"Minneapolis"
Jeff Mauro sets out to prove that the Midwest does have great food at a great price. He finds amazing Mexican dishes that rival gourmet restaurants at Maria's Café and Sonora Grill, and also learns what it means to "walk a fish" in a deep fryer at The Anchor Fish and Chips.

Premiering Monday, October 15th at 10:30pm -"Boston"

Jeff Mauro eats his way through Boston discovering neighborhood gems that offer delicious food for a bargain. He pit stops at The Neighborhood for a traditional breakfast with eggs, homefries and unlimited coffee before heading to Quincy Market's Fisherman's Net for tasty clam chowder. For dinner, Jeff munches on homemade rice balls at Sal's Ristorante & Pizzeria, and no trip to Boston is complete without a cannoli at Caffe Paradiso.

Premiering Monday, October 22nd at 10:30pm -"New York City"
Jeff Mauro starts his New York food adventure at The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a bagel breakfast sandwich and then chows down on signature slices from Artichoke Basille's Pizza for lunch. Jeff satisfies his afternoon sweet tooth with a Cafe au Lait Glazed Donut from Dough before chowing down on a fried chicken dinner at Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter.
Premiering Monday, October 29th at 10:30pm -"Philadelphia"

Jeff Mauro eats his way through the City of Brotherly Love starting with breakfast at Cedar Park Café. He stops in for lunch at Gooey Louies before sampling an apple dumpling at Dutch Eating Place in Reading Terminal Market. He caps off his eating tour with a scrumptious dinner at Pete's Famous Pizza and Restaurant.

NEW EPISODES

Chopped

Premiering Tuesday, October 2nd at 10pm - "No Kidding"
Four talented teenagers bravely attempt the Chopped kitchen. The all-star young cooks amaze the judges with their appetizer dish featuring fish filets and a sugary frozen treat. For the entrée round, it's cotton candy and French-fried onions before the two remaining teens find movie-theater popcorn in the dessert basket.

Premiering Tuesday, October 9th at 10pm - "Charge"
With pluck aplenty, four chefs charge into the competition, but spaghetti in a can causes trouble in the first round. In the entree course, everybody raids the pantry for potatoes to complement the tile fish from the basket, and the chefs must create a dessert with cocktail franks in the final round.

Premiering Tuesday, October 16th at 10pm - "A Very Piggy Halloween"
Getting piggy with it for Halloween, the chefs have to cook with snouts in the first round. Then, the competitors find a dangerously hot ingredient and popping candy in the main course basket before pulling out all the stops to make lollipops and cereal bars into devilishly delicious desserts.

Premiering Tuesday, October 23rd at 10pm - "Pigging Out"
The chefs learn that they will be cooking with unusual cuts of meat, embracing the philosophy that almost every part of an animal can be considered food. The first surprise comes in the appetizer basket - a whole pig's head. The chefs open the entrée basket to find how the nose-to-tail theme will play out, and the task looks three-times more difficult. When the competitors open the last baskets, their faces say it all: it's going to be a very tough round.

Iron Chef America

Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 10pm - "Zakarian vs. Frauneder"
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Eduard Frauneder, executive chef at Edi & The Wolf in New York. Judges are Jeffrey Steingarten, Cady Huffman, and John Curtas.
Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10pm - "Garces vs. Weitzman"
Iron Chef Jose Garces faces off against challenger Rebecca Weitzman. Chef Weitzman is the executive chef at Thistle Hill Tavern in Brooklyn, N.Y. The judges are Karine Bakhoum, Art Smith, and Julie White.

Restaurant: Impossible

Premiering Wednesday, October 3rd at 9pm - "Whistle Stop"
Chef Robert Irvine's latest mission takes him to Hot Springs, Ark., to meet widow, Linda Todd, the owner of The Whistle Stop Restaurant. Linda took over the business five years ago, depleting her entire savings and her children's inheritance money. Despite being the manager, Linda has no idea how to run the restaurant - it's dingy, dirty, rundown, and visibly falling apart. With $10,000, can Robert fix the Whistle Stop in two days, or will this be the restaurant that derails him?

Premiering Wednesday, October 10th at 9pm - "Valley Inn"
Chef Robert Irvine is in Palos Hills, Ill., to help save the Valley Inn Restaurant. Faye and Frank Ristucci opened the Valley Inn 40 years ago. A very profitable restaurant once upon a time, the Valley Inn fell on hard times hit when Frank passed away. His sons, Dennis and Frank Jr., stepped up to the plate, but everyone seems downtrodden and it's affecting the restaurant. Robert has two days to help Dennis regain his passion and $10,000 to bring this restaurant back to its glory days.

Premiering Wednesday, October 17th at 9pm - "Oleander"

Chef Robert Irvine heads to Olean, N.Y., to meet Kelli Truman and her daughter, Abby, the proud owners of the Oleander Bar and Grill. The mother-daughter team only opened the restaurant six months ago, but they're already facing financial ruin. The stakes are higher, because Abby's seven months pregnant, and she can't afford to lose the restaurant. The tension between the two escalates as they argue over coupons and employees right in front of customers. Robert has two days and $10,000 to turn the lackluster restaurant around, or otherwise Oleander is on the fast lane to failure.

Restaurant Stakeout

Premiering Wednesday, October 10th at 10pm - "Act Like the Boss"
Willie Degel comes to the aid of Dawn, owner of the Liberty Bar and Grill in Hoboken, N.J. After 14 years in business, Dawn's restaurant is struggling, and she's called Willie for answers. He soon discovers that Dawn's hands-off management style has created a leadership vacuum and some serious personnel issues that threaten to bring the business to its knees.
Premiering Wednesday, October 17th at 10pm -"That Money's Out the Door"
Willie Degel steps in to help Anna Maria, chef and owner of Anna Maria's Italian Restaurant in Larchmont, N.Y. While her food gets raves, her restaurant has developed a reputation for nickel-and-diming the customer and it's driving business out the door. If Willie can't solve the service problems, Anna Maria's dream of running her own restaurant is destined to become a nightmare.

Premiering Wednesday, October 24th at 10pm-"This Place is a Circus"
Willie Degel is called in to help a desperate owner, Antony, save his Italian restaurant, Serata, in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Antony's rowdy employees have created an atmosphere that's more sideshow than serene, and business is suffering. The situation is complicated by the fact that Serata's main investor, Vinny, is also Antony's best friend. The two lifelong friends need Willie to get their restaurant back on track before their business and relationship come to an unhappy ending.

ON-AIR THEME WEEKENDS
Tailgate Party Weekend - Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th from 7am - 2pm
The season is on! Get ready for College and Pro football partying with a weekend block of recipes from Food Network's top chefs. With premiere episodes from Paula's Best Dishes, The Pioneer Woman, Giada at Home, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian, Guy's Big Bite, Sandwich King, The Best Thing I Ever Made and Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson.

Sweets and Treats Weekend - Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd from 7am - 12pm
Get ready for Halloween with a weekend block of sweet recipes featuring new episodes from Paula's Best Dishes, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Sandra's Restaurant Remakes, Guy's Big Bite, Sandwich King and The Best Thing I Ever Made.

PREMIERE EPISODES

Daytime: Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction, Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen, Mexican Made Easy, Paula's Best Dishes

Primetime: 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, Diners Drive-ins and Dives

DIGITAL CONTENT

Halloween
Scare up some fun this Halloween with all-new recipes for ghoulishly great treats and spooky party foods from Paula Deen, The Neelys and the queen of Halloween herself, Sandra Lee. Plus, vote for your favorite of Sandra's costumes, from Madonna to Lady Guinevere.

Canning, Pickling & Preserves 101
Yes, you can! And pickle, and jam, for that matter. Find easy, approachable instructions for preserving the best in-season produce. Alton Brown demystifies the pickling process and Ree Drummond shows viewers why they shouldn't be afraid to DIY a jar of seriously good jam.

Tailgating
Whether you're rooting for the home team or just rooting for a good time, Food Network's tailgating bites will have people cheering straight through to the fourth quarter. Sample the best wings from Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and Paula Deen, or try one of Jeff Mauro's must-have meatball sandwiches.

5 Weeknight Dinners: Fall
Warm up to cooler weatherwith easy yet satisfying Monday-through-Friday dinner ideas from Food Network. Try 50 simple soups, 20-minute pastas from Giada De Laurentiis and Melissa d'Arabian's money-saving weeknight meals.

Fall Entertaining Guide
Food Network chefs have easy menus for fun fall get-togethers, both indoors and out. Follow Ina Garten's foolproof party plan, or whip up one of Anne Burrell's crowd-pleasing potluck ideas.

Fall Produce Guide
Celebrate the Autumn harvest and cook up warming comfort food favorites with squash, apples, pumpkin and more fall produce. Find out how Ron Ben-Israel prefers to serve his apples and get Alex Guarnaschelli's tips for picking the freshest fall produce at the market.

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