Baked In Vermont (Food Network)

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Baked In Vermont (Food Network) – Premieres 2nd December

Using the classic cooking show format, host and self taught professional baker Gesine Prado shows how to make a few baked items within a certain theme.

In keeping with older cookery programmes, Gesine has people arriving at an evening do, so goes about making five different things for the guest to eat. For each of the baked goods Prado mixes up the venue of her cookery between her kitchen, cookery school and what looks like her hallway.

Throw in some cutaways with her preparing other things for the evening and the big end reveal where everyone tucks into what’s been made, and the show is complete.

It basically a no nonsense baking programme that does what you’d expect.

2.8/10

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Eat Sleep BBQ (Food Network)

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Eat Sleep BBQ (Food Network) – Premieres 12th December

The second of the Guys’ Big Project winning shows. This focuses on all things barbecue as the host Rashad Jones heads off to various eateries to sample their wares.

In the show Rashad visits three barbecue places. While along with getting the customers saying why they love to attend the place, heads off to the kitchen to meet the cooks and to see how they make the stuff.

The show is like a more barbecue focused version Man, Fire, Food or Burgers, Brews & ‘Ques. And if you like seeing folks work a pit, this does the job.

2.7/10

The Grill Dads (Food Network)

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The Grill Dads (Food Network) – Premieres 12th December

One of the winning shows from Guys’ Big Project, hosts, dads Mark and Ryan, head off around the US to find places producing unique food all linked together by the cooking art of grilling.

The pair visit three different places, and do the usual food show standards of chatting to the owner, talking about how they got started up and then seeing how two of their signature dishes are produced. Then after the food is made there’s the usual tasting and describing what it’s like. 

The show is an easy watch which seems to be more focused on the making of the food than the similar programmes of Southern And Hungary, Big Bargain Eats and the like. And with the duo cracking bad puns and dad jokes it’s a lot more lighthearted as well.

3.2/10

Cajun Aces (Food Network)

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Cajun Aces (Food Network) – Premieres 2nd December 

Following the husband and wife culinary team of Sam and Cody Carroll who run two restaurants in Louisiana. In the show the couple devise two new dishes for each of their restaurants from a seasonal ingredient.

After coming up with the dishes they head off to show their chefs how to make them, and to add some last minute changes so they can be created easily and consistently during service. The show then follows the couple as the work at the high end restaurant while getting some of the customers giving their verdict on the dishes.

It’s some easy watching food based background viewing.

2.7/10

It’s Suppertime (Viceland)

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It’s Suppertime (Viceland) – Premieres 30th November

Chef Matty Matheson of Dead Set On Life fame hosts a straight up no frills cooking show. Each week Matheson shows how to make a meal with a difficulty rating of small, medium and big dog. Then as he makes the dishes he goes through what to do like a heavily tattooed Delia Smith.

Along with the cookery Matty meets up with a chef friend where they head off to a restaurant serving the same types of food he’s cooking up in the episode. And few snippets of Matty chatting to camera outside of the show where where he jokes about with Master Rang, and talks about the ingredients used and the sexual favours the well executed dish will get you.

It’s a decent cookery show that’s more informative than 90% of anything on dedicated cookery channels.

4.6/10

Iron Chef Showdown (Food Network)

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Iron Chef Showdown (Food Network) – Premieres 8th November – Renewed

Yet another version of Iron Chef, where in this iteration two professional chefs enter the Kitchen Stadium where they face off against each other in the bid to see if they can beat an Iron Chef.

In the first round the two pros have 30 minutes where they have to incorporate the given secret ingredient the best they can into a dish of their choosing. At the end of the round the host Alton Brown then picks the best dish, where the winner then gets to go head to head against an Iron Chef.

In the second round the two are given an hour to create a three course meal using secret ingredients revealed by the Chairman. After 20 minutes into the challenge the two have to serve the starter to the judges where they give a score to the two while they cook. At the end of the hour the remaining to dishes are served and judged, and a winner is decided.

It’s a show where if you like Iron Chef, this is more of exactly the same stuff you’ve seen before.

3.1/10

Stove Tots (FYI)

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Stove Tots (FYI) – Premieres 6th November

Cooking competition where three pre-teen kids go head-to-head to see who is the best chef. The small cooks are teamed up with one of their parents, so during the two rounds they can either bring in the parent to help for a minute or give them a time out if their advice starts to grate them.

During the first round all three go against each other, where they are given 30 minutes to cook a dish to use an ingredient that they were given a week in advance. If any rules of the competition are broken the team is is given a one minute penalty where they can’t do anything, then at the end of the round the worst performer is eliminated.

The second round involves the final two facing off creating a dish of their choosing within a set theme within 45 minutes. At the end of the time the dishes are judged and the winner gets a trophy.

The programme is the usual cookery style competition, and is only really for those that like to see overbearing parents harass their kids. It’s one to miss.

1.9/10