Scoop: Food Network - February 2017 Programming Highlights

Scoop: Food Network - February 2017 Programming HighlightsFood Network keeps you warm this February with exciting new episodes all month long. Bakers vs. Fakers serves up delicious new challenges and incredible treats all while keeping everyone guessing - host, judges and viewers alike - as to which competitors are professional bakers and which are amateurs on Wednesdays at 10pm. Don't miss Ginormous Foods with host Josh Denny searching out the most audacious and tastiest treats around the country Fridays at 9pm.

Anne Burrell and RACHAEL RAY continue to whip their recruits into shape in the quest to name the best of the worst on new episodes of WORST COOKS IN AMERICA airing at a special time on Sunday, February 5th at 10pm and the following Sundays at 9pm. Plus get set for the final four episodes of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP Mondays at 8pm when Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman put the talented kid finalists to the test as they get one step closer to winning $10,000 and the title of Kids Baking Champion in the grand finale on Monday, February 27th at 8pm. Also in primetime, don't miss premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Cake Wars, Chopped, CHOPPED Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES and Guy's Grocery Games.

In daytime, don't miss premiere episodes of Giada Entertains, The Kitchen, Kitchen Sink, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and Valerie's Home Cooking. is the ultimate guide for Valentine's Day treats as well as winter comfort food including the new digital-only series Craveworthy Eats. Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

A partial list of highlights follows:


Bakers vs. Fakers - Premiering Wednesdays at 10pm
Buddy Valastro hosts this crafty culinary competition series, pitting professional chefs vs. amateur home bakers, where four contestants battle it out each episode for ultimate bragging rights. Over two rounds of culinary challenges, the competitors must come up with delectable desserts that need to impress a rotating panel of guest judges. With no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, a blind taste test will determine the best dessert all the while keeping the host, judges and audience guessing until the very end as to who is the baker and who is the faker.

Online, relive the baking fails, see epic reveals and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Beat Bobby Flay
Premiering Thursday, February 2nd at 10pm - "The Grid Iron Chef"
With Sunday's big game only days away, Bobby Flay's chef friends Josh Capon and Alex Guarnaschelli want to ensure that his competitive spirit is up to snuff. Silent but deadly chef Lee Chizmar and king of the modern steakhouse Todd Mark Miller are here to show Bobby who the real MVP is.

Premiering Thursday, February 9th at 10pm - "She Loves Me...Not"
Private chef Eric Adjepong goes up against California native Frank Otte to see whose food can win the hearts of The Chew's Daphne Oz and GOOD MORNING AMERICA co-anchor Lara Spencer. Will Bobby Flay be left broken-hearted this Valentine's Day?

Premiering Thursday, February 16th at 10pm - "You Won't Like Him When He's Angry"

Austrian chef Daniel Angerer is out to prove that his last win over Bobby Flay was no fluke, while Jersey restaurateur Jamie Knott hopes to become the new star of Bobby's nightmares. TV personality KRISTIN CAVALLARI teams up with Bobby's old friend Geoffrey Zakarian in hopes of an epic win.

Premiering Thursday, February 23rd at 10pm - "Roll With The Punches"

West coast boys Simon Majumdar and Curtis Stone are here to take down the king of the east coast. They've brought in chefs Perry Cheung and Richard Mancini with one goal in mind: to knock out Bobby Flay.

Online, find out what it takes to beat Bobbywhen Food Network chefs reveal the skills and tactics needed to defeat him. Check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, relive highlights, tour the set and much more. Join the conversation with #BeatBobbyFlay.

Cake Wars
Premiering Monday, February 13th at 9pm - "Roald Dahl"
Beloved icons James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the BFG come to the CAKE WARS kitchen to celebrate the 100th birthday of world-famous children's author Roald Dahl. Four bakers will have to put their imaginations into overdrive as they compete to have their cake at the center of this centennial birthday party and take home $10,000. Chloe Dahl, Roald Dahl's granddaughter, steps in as special guest judge with host Jonathan Bennett and judges Waylynn Lucas and Richard Ruskell.

Online, check out the images and recipes of the winning cake artists' magical creations, hilarious behind-the-scenes videos of Jonathan and the judges on set and more. Plus, weigh in on your favorites on Twitter using #CakeWars.

Premiering Tuesday, February 7th at 10pm - "Chocolate Obsession"
In this competition, the chefs get grand chocolaty surprises in each basket. The appetizers must combine white chocolate and soft shell crab. A chocolate adult beverage and a chocolate showpiece dessert keep the delicious theme going in the second round. The two chefs with the privilege of making chocolate desserts get luscious apricots to work with as well.

Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Katrina Markoff, Zac Young
Premiering Tuesday, February 14th at 10pm - "Blue Plate Fate"
Four modern diner chefs compete to transform the BASKETS into blue plate specials worthy of $10,000. In the appetizer round, the chefs must sling out dishes using some late night food and a classic three-ingredient sandwich. Then, the chefs get creative with a deep-fried snack in the entrée round. Some diner staples in the dessert basket are tasty on their own, but can the final two chefs succeed in reinventing them?

Host: Ted Allen Judges: Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos
Premiering Tuesday, February 21st at 10pm - "Chefs In a Pickle"
The tricky challenge in this competition is to include pickles in every dish -- including dessert! The first round has the chefs working with brine and Brussels sprouts. Half-sour but entirely delicious flank steak dishes are the goal in the entrée round. Then, pickles with peanut butter is an unusual but not unheard-of combo that the chefs find in the dessert basket.

Host: Ted Allen Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, February 28th at 10pm - "Raw Deal"
Raw fish is in the first basket, but in a rather unusual form. A wonder drink and some beautiful peppers must grace the entrée plates, then will a hefty salt block ruin the chefs' chances of success in the dessert round?
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Chris Santos

Online, check out photo and video highlights and compete like a CHOPPED champion for a chance to win prizes. Get culinary inspiration from the CHOPPED experts and learn the tricks contestants have successfully deployed to transform exotic ingredients, international spices and even wintry leftovers into winning dishes. Join the action with #Chopped.

Chopped Junior
Premiering Tuesday, February 7th at 8pm - "Chocoholics"
A lucky batch of junior chefs get to cook with chocolate in all three rounds to win over the judges. It starts with a fancy boxed assortment in the appetizer round, then the kids must figure out how to pair chocolate with a stinky cheese for their entrées. And in the dessert round, the finalists are startled by what they think are chocolate-covered bugs.

Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Ashley Graham, Jernard Wells
Premiering Tuesday, February 14th at 8pm - "Rise and Cook!"
Four young cooks set out to make the judges the most important meal of the day: breakfast! French toast and cereal are remixed in the first basket. Then, the kids struggle to make perfect eggs against the clock in the entrée round. The two finalists in the dessert round get to work with an extravagant breakfast-themed cake and a grown-up breakfast beverage.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Cliff Crooks, BETHENNY Frankel, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, February 21st at 8pm - "Heads Will Roll"
First, the kids open the appetizer basket to find something staring right back at them! A cute candy creation and a twist on garlic bread spice things up in the entrée round. Then, vegetables make their way into brownies in the dessert round, but the finalists have no problem repurposing them.

Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Kevin McHale, George Mendes

Online, super fans can find a huge treat with entertaining behind-the-scenes footage of the talented kid chefs and all their antics in between takes. Additionally, hear from the amazing panel of judges in interviews captured on set and upgrade your brown-bag lunch with ideas captured from the competition. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ChoppedJunior.

Cooks vs. Cons
Premiering Wednesday, February 1st at 9pm - "Tailgate Takedown"
Game day comes to the kitchen, as cooks kick off the competition by having to tackle sliders while incorporating tailgate snacks. In round two, the end zone is in sight, as judges Eddie Jackson and Daphne Oz join host Geoffrey Zakarian todecide who comes out on top when the pros and amateurs cook with pizza toppings.

Premiering Wednesday, February 8th at 9pm - "Tarts and Hearts"
Love is in the air as the cooks and cons put their hearts on the plate entwining tarts with vegetable or candy hearts. Round two seduces host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro, as chocolate is lovingly used to crush the competition.
Premiering Wednesday, February 15th at 9pm - "Macho Nachos" - SEASON FINALE!

Canny choices are made when the cooks chip away at their dishes, elevating nachos with the surprise ingredient of canned soups. In round two, judges Sunny Anderson and Daphne Oz join host Geoffrey Zakarian to decide which cook takes the cake as pros and amateurs work cake into their savory fare.

Online, after incognito home cooks battle undercover culinary pros, fans can catch highlights and quizzes to find out if you could pose as a pro chef. Join the conversation with #CooksVsCons.