Incredible Edible America (Food Network)

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Incredible Edible America (Food Network) – Premieres 5th June

Comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife, food blogger Audrey, set off around America to visit eateries that offer unique dishes and to see how they’re made.

In each episode they focuses on a US city, where the dishes the Dunhams try are on the more eccentric end of the culinary scale. Along with trying the dish, they meet the chef behind it and find how what was the inspiration in its creation, and how everything is cooked and plated.

For a cooking travel show there’s no real difference between this and other programmes in the genre like Vinny & Ma Eat America, Buddy’s Family Vacation or Guy And Hunters European Vacation.

2.0/10

Great Food Truck Rally (Food Network)

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Great Food Truck Rally (Food Network) – Premieres 20th May

A cooking competition where three teams of wannabe food truck owners go against each other in the bid to win $10k to put towards their startup truck.

The competition is broken into two rounds, in the first the three teams are given their own food truck to designs they supplied and they are given 24 hours, from midday to midday, to earn as much as they can. To start them off they are each given $350 for them to buy their food for the competition.

After going to various itches during the first day, the teams are given an additional challenge to incorporate an additional dish to their menu, then with an hour to go the teams have to met at a selected spot where they go against each other. At the end of the 24 hours the team that has earned the least amount of cash is eliminated.

In the final round the remaining two teams have to include a breakfast dish to their menu, and the first team to make $200 in sales and reach the meeting spot win the grand prize.

While it’s reminiscent of Food Truck Face Off, for a cooking competition it’s not too bad a watch.

3.9/10

Iron Chef Eats (Food Network)

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Iron Chef Eats (Food Network) – Premieres 16th April

Tenuous spinoff list show where chefs that have appeared on Iron Chef talk about the places where they have had the best versions of the meal that the episode is focused on.

Along the same lines as shows such as Best Ever, Food Porn and the like, have the chef describe how the dish is produced and why they like it so much, while showing someone as they piece it all together.

Bar the tie in to a cooking competition, It’s no different to any other food list show.

1.7/10

Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food Network)

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Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food Network) – Premieres 16th April

Cooking competition where 7 regular chefs are pitted against each other, where the overall winner has the chance to become an Iron Chef if they can win a three round final against current Iron Chefs.

To find the overall winner the chefs go through the usual weekly knockout format where each week has two rounds. The first round has all the chefs creating a dish that has to use a required ingredient, after the dishes have be made and sampled, the worst performer is put into the elimination round where they face the chef that the round winner nominates.

In the second round the two chefs are given a main ingredient to use where they have to make three dishes featuring it. Their dishes are then tasted by three guest judges, and the loser is eliminated from the competition.

For a cooking competition it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill job.

2.6/10

Help My Yelp (Food Network)

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Help My Yelp (Food Network) – Premieres 10th April

Similar to Kitchen Nightmares, chef Monti Carlo heads off to a struggling restaurant to see what has been going wrong and help improve it’s recent yelp reviews.

After meeting the owners Monti sets up cameras around the restaurant to monitor what is going on, and brings in a few local yelp reviewers to get feedback on the dishes they serve. After viewing the service and armed with the responses, she tells the owners on how to improve their business along with adding a couple of new dishes to the menu.

With the improvements in the kitchen made, they then monitor another service where a few more yelp reviewers are brought in where the improvements are noted and their scores increased to the owners delight.

It’s pretty much a striped down version of Kitchen Nightmares and Say It To My Face, but without the owners resisting the changes put to them to improve their business.

2.9/10

Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip (Food Network)

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Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip (Food Network) – Premieres 3rd March

A cooking show where two chefs Chuck and Danny go to an area of Canada visiting various independent places that produce their own food.

After being shown around each place they pick up a few ingredients, and at the end they invite everyone they’ve met for a banquet using everything they’ve collected on the trip.

It’s reminiscent to a Canadian version of The Hairy Bikers Best of British.

2.3/10

Bakers vs. Fakers (Food Network)

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Bakers vs. Fakers (Food Network) – Premieres 25th January – Renewed

A baking competition show that is the cake makers answer to Cooks vs. Cons where four bakers, two professionals and two amateurs, go against each other to win a prize of $15k to the amateur and $10k to the pros.

The show is set over two rounds, the first round is where they are given an item to produce along with an ingredient that has to be used in it. After they complete their dish the three judges pick the person to be eliminated, where after the losing contestant reveals if they are an amateur or pro.

The second round the remaining bakers are given free reign on what to produce but are given a range of selection of ingredients to be used in the round. As the round is concluded the the winner is picked and the competitors reveal their professions.

If you liked Cooks Vs. Cons then this is more of the same.

2.8/10