Food Network viewers have no shortage of Guy Fieri shows to watch, that's for certain. And come October, they'll have one more. Along with "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" (currently in its seventeenth season), "Guy's Big Bite," "Guy Off The Hook," and "Rachael and Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" (with Rachael Ray), the network will premiere an entirely new series hosted by Fieri, "Guy's Grocery Games."
(Not to nitpick, but dude's name is in all the titles, self-promotion that rivals even the most vain rappers...)
The show, The Wrap reported (via Yahoo News) Aug. 22, is set for a 13-episode run. It will feature four chefs competing in three cooking challenges. Set in a grocery store, they will traverse a grocery store following a number of "real-world" challenges in order to complete the task of creating tasked dishes.
The network described the new series: "From shopping on a budget to substituting ingredients when the essentials are out-of-stock to cooking a complicated dish with five items or less, the chefs' culinary and improvisation skills are put to the test. In the end, the food does the talking, and one-by-one the losing chefs are eliminated by a rotating list of guest judges."
When one chef remains, they will go "on a shopping spree of a lifetime to make big bucks," Food Network said.
Bob Tuschman, Food Network general manager and senior vice president, described the competition show as "a high energy battle of wits, creativity and skill."
"Guy's energy, popularity and expertise make him the complete package as a host," Tuschman added. "Viewers will love watching these clever chefs compete in a high energy battle of wits, creativity and skill and will never look at their grocery store in quite the same way."
The show might sound a bit familiar, sort of a cross between the old series "Supermarket Sweep" and "MasterChef." Still, it should prove an exciting platform for Guy Fieri, the improvisation aspect of the new show more than likely very relatable for the former restaurant manager. Having to deal with out-of-stock items and demanding customers can spur the creative process -- something of which he undoubtedly knows.
But his fans don't have to worry about Guy Fieri television being out-of-stock. Between new shows and re-runs on the Food Network, they can definitely view to their culinary satisfaction the cooking and food-related hosting exploits of the 45-year-old cook who rose to fame after winning the second season of "The Next Food Network Star."
"Guy's Grocery Games" is currently in production.
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