Upfronts 2013: Food Network Serves Up 23 New Series, Specials

Network's 20th Anniversary Year Will Also Feature 30 Returning Shows

New York--Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Food Network has no shortage of additions prepared for its programming menu.

Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network and sister service Cooking Channel, speaking to the press at a briefing before Scripps Networks Interactive's presentation to advertisers this afternoon at Alice Tully Hall, introduced a host of new shows that will appear on the channel over the course of the next year. All told, Food Network has over 23 new series and specials on tap for the upcoming year, as well as 30 returning skeins.

Giving You The Business, which bows on April 25 at 10 p.m., is a hidden camera show in which the owner of a restaurant chain picks four workers who are unwittingly competing to become a franchisee.

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri will expand the network’s Cook-Off franchise, this time with kids 8-13 exhibiting their culinary talents. The four-installment Guy & Rachael’s Kids Cook-Off (working title) is scheduled to premiere in September.

Launching in September or October, Grocery Games will feature various chef challenges emanating from different aisles throughout what Johnson called the “epicenter of the food world,” the supermarket.

A hybrid game show and competition series, Cutthroat Kitchen (working title) doles out $25,000 to four chefs who must decided to use the money to aid their cause and/or sabotage their competitors. Alton Brown will serve as the provocateur as the contestants strategize and  battle each other, pilfered ingredients, destroyed utensils and the clock to serve up the winning dish.  The show is slated to begin in September.

The Shed (wt) is a docuseries focusing on Brad Orrison and his family of “Mississippi millionaires,” whose fortune and family dynamics are shaped by their barbeque restaurants under that banner. It will bow in late summer.

On Bossover (wt), Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali’s restaurant partner and judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Italia, will drive makeovers for some of the worst bosses in the restaurant business – as nominated by their employees. The series will premiere in Ocotber.

Restaurant Impossible’s Robert Irvine will literally drive the bus as eight aspiring restaurateurs are dropped off to engage in a series of challenges, testing their skills to own restaurants. At the final stop, the winner of Restaurant Divided will be parked in front of his/her very own eatery. The series is on the docket for November

In Chef Marks the Spot (pictured above), two blindfolded chefs are plunged into a real-world environment far from a standard kitchen and pantry. After removing their blindfolds, the chefs only have a 50-foot radius, whether in a dormitory, shoppng mall, airplane, hospital. boardwalk or Times Square, to source their ingredients and prepare a masterful meal. Regulated by ankle monitors and armed with only a mobile cooking station, they must use their resourcefulness, creativity, and culinary prowess to impress the palates of a group of judges.

Cooking Channel is also heating up a number of new shows, including The Alie and Georgia Show, which takes the channel's Classy Ladies web series and makes a TV show about traveling with your best friend.

Read more about new prograamming from ther other Scripps' programming services here.