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5 Food Network Shows We Can't Wait to Watch

Aug 20 2011 - 3:17am

It's no surprise that we are big fans of Food Network around here. While our FN staples like Bobby Flay [1], Giada De Laurentiis, and Paula Deen [2] will always hold a special place in our hearts, we're excited for the new crew that will take our screens by storm this Fall. Some are more well-known TV personalities and others you may not have heard of yet, but all five are sure to inspire your culinary chops. Take a peek at the five fresh faces on Food Network we can't wait to watch!

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Sugar High

The Host: Duff Goldman, formerly the star of Ace of Cakes, a show about his crazy cake shop in Baltimore, is back. We are happy to see him with a new regular spot on the Food Network.

The Show: Duff takes a cross-country trek to find the sweet secrets and techniques from the top dessert destinations all over the country.

We Can't Wait to See . . . and try the recipe Duff finds on the road for Pat Bing Soo (Korean Shaved Ice.)

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Sandwich King

The Host: Hooray for Jeff Mauro! This winner of the latest cycle of The Next Food Network Star used to be a private chef in the great city of Chicago.

The Show: On his new daytime show, Jeff will prepare sandwiches from some of his favorite local spots and take our preconceived notions of sandwiches to a whole new world. I wanted to taste everything he made on The Next Food Network Star and I'm sure the recipes on his show will be no different.

We Can't Wait to See . . . how Jeff will tuck things we never expected into an awesome sammy. On a slightly unrelated note, don't you think he's kind of dreamy?

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The Pioneer Woman

The Host: Ree Drummond has chronicled her life as a city-gal turned rancher's wife on her food and lifestyle blog: The Pioneer Woman.

The Show: Ree invites viewers into her home on the range to see how she creates everything from family dinners to girl-only extravaganzas. In between all the cooking, we'll get to learn what Ree's life is really like on the ranch.

We Can't Wait to See . . . how Ree manages to pull a perfect meal together with all those crazy kids.

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Sweet Genius

The Host: Ron Ben-Israel is a celebrated pastry chef known for his special occasion cakes. He's been featured all over and has officially landed his own (well-deserved) hosting gig.

The Show: Think of this show as Chopped for the pastry chef. It's a competition series that challenges America's premiere pastry chefs to create magical and inventive desserts given inspiration, surprise ingredients, and a finite amount of time.

We Can't Wait to See . . . what crazy ingredients will be supplied to the contestants. It always blows my mind when talented chefs create something from what appears to be nothing.

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The Host: San Diego-based food critic Troy Johnson started off writing about music, but he now shares his passion for food.

The Show: Troy's new show takes viewers on a cross-country journey for the most perfect versions of the foods he craves. He'll travel anywhere in pursuit of his favorite grub.

We Can't Wait to See . . . how Troy translated his uncanny ability to describe food into this culinary pursuit. It looks like delicious things are coming our way!

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