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A Hearty Serving of Food Reality Shows

I know that you guys — like me — are very excited for Bravo's "Top Chef Miami," which starts on June 13. But if you need some food-centric reality TV to hold you over until then, there is plenty to go around. A sampler:

  • Chef Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" (pictured) premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.
  • Bravo's brilliantly conceived "4 Star All Stars" special, pitting "Top Chef" finalists from seasons 1 and 2 against each other, airs this Wednesday, June 6, at 10 p.m. I'm totally rooting for Harold to kick Ilan's butt.
  • "The Next Food Network Star" had its two-hour premiere last night, and if Yum's recap is any indication, this season is going to be much better than the last two.

By the way, Yumsugar will also be recapping "Hell's Kitchen" and "Top Chef Miami," so if you're a fan, you can follow all the action over there. For more on tonight's season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen," and to watch a video of the contestants,

I've never gotten into "Hell's Kitchen," but after reading more about it, I'm not sure why I've been avoiding it. It sounds like "Top Chef" with a slightly megalomaniac host (Ramsay) and a very cool prize: The 12 contestants are vying for the job of head chef at a new Italian restaurant at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Vegas. Meet the competing chefs below.

Photo and video courtesy of Fox

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