The Reality of Food on Food Network By Edan Goode

It’s time for Foodie News!

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay star in Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America."

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay star in Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.” Photo courtesy Food Network.

You know who you are. After a long day of work, you want nothing more than to sit down in front of TV shows about food! It is for you that Food Network exists. I am especially lucky because my bank (yes, the bank!) has three screens constantly playing Food Network. I think it’s meant to lull us while we wait in the long lines. It just makes me hungry.

There’s good news for all you TV foodies. The folks at Food Network asked the In Good Taste Denver blog to pass along word that two of Food Network’s most popular reality-TV-cooking shows are returning. Worst Cooks in America returns for a 5th season and Food Court Wars returns for its 2nd.

Premiering on Monday, Feb. 17, 9pm ET/PT, see chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay return to battle in Worst Cooks in America. The seven-episode season pits formerly undefeated series champ Anne against last season’s winner Bobby, each leading a team of disastrous cooks in an intense culinary boot camp designed to turn them into confident kitchen heroes. A $25,000 grand prize will be awarded to the contestant who achieves the most impressive culinary transformation, in addition to delivering a victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

Each of the 14 team members has been nominated by family and friends for their horrible cooking skills. Can you imagine that announcement? “Hey, honey, since I get sick every time I eat your food, I nominated you to go on this show and they think you’re just terrible enough to win!” Yea!

The winning cook (who will have improved greatly, we hope), gets a $25,000 grand prize.

Then, Food Court Wars starts its 2nd season on Sunday, February 23, (9pm ET/PT). Tyler Florence will again travel the U.S. helping aspiring entrepreneurs realize their lifelong dreams of opening a restaurant with the chance to open their own spot in a local mall food court, rent-free for a year. Before that happens though, two teams have to battle it out over the course of 72 hours with each time creating a great food court concept, marketing it and outselling the other time in one business day. The winning team is rewarded with their own, new food court restaurant. For the first episode, Tyler heads to Culver City, Michigan pitting a couple against two best friends.

Happy viewing! And eating…because you know you can’t watch those shows without getting the munchies. Just sayin’.

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