Food Truck Nation (Travel Channel)

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Food Truck Nation (Travel Channel) – Premieres 12th March

The food truck equivalent to shows like Late Nite Eats, Cheap Eats & Burgers, Brews & ‘Ques. This has host Brad Miller going around the US to various food trucks that either have unique items on their menu, one off modifications to the truck or a bit of both.

Like the aforementioned shows, Brad goes to a food truck where he meets the owner and has a brief chat about how they got started. He then gets shown the truck modifications and why they need them, and finishes off with getting shown how they make their signature dishes. Then after sampling the food Brad chats with a few of the customers talking about how they like the place.

As food travel programmes go it goes along at a decent pace and does what you expect.

2.7/10

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Best In Food (Food Channel)

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Best In Food (Food Channel) – Premieres 28th January

A show that follows the finalists competing in a national cooking competition. The programme starts off by revealing what competition it will be following, then giving a brief summary of the history of it and the subdivision of the event the people are competing in.

After showing what the judges will be looking for in a winning entry, the programme then goes through each entrant one at time. Where it follows each person from entering the stage, making their dish and then presenting what they’ve cooked to the judges. During this time the entrant talks about how they’ve come up with what they’re cooking, how and why they came to enter the event, and what they’ll be spending the prize money on if they win.

Then when the programme has gone through all the competitors, it shows some brief shots of the judges deliberating before revealing who won. For what it is, the show is like a brief recap of a tournament where you don’t end up invested in anyone shown, making it a bit of a slow watch.

1.7/10

Nailed It (Netflix)

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Nailed It (Netflix) – Premieres 9th March – Renewed

A baking competition based on the internet meme where attempts to mimic a cake end up with comedically disastrous results. Hosted by Nicole Byer, who along with chef Jacques Torres and a guest baker, judge the attempts of three contestants over 2 rounds as they try to win $10k.

In the first round the contestants are set a small challenge where they have an hour to recreate a particular confectionary. At the end of the round the best performer is crowned with a golden hat while the person that finished last gets some bonus help in the next round.

The second and final round has three contestants trying to recreate a larger cake in a two hour time limit. Where all three have the chance to use a help button that brings in the guest baker, who give them advice on what to do in a three minute period. The worst performer in the last round is also given a buzzer where if used, Byer will annoy and try to distract the other two contestants for three minutes.

At the end of the round the cakes are judged and the maker of the best cake gets the $10k. As baking competitions go this one is a grind to get through, due to it relying on the cakes being made to look bad. This goes against the whole comedy surprise of the nailed it meme, so this is just showing us bad bakers presenting predictably bad looking cakes.

1.3/10

Ridiculous Cakes! (Food Network)

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Ridiculous Cakes! (Food Network) – Premieres 1st January 

Extravagant baking shenanigans where in each episode three different bakers are followed as they each take on a difficult cake request from their clients.

After getting the brief on what needs to be made the programme goes between each of the bakers as they plan out, and then execute the making of the cakes. All the while the bakers explain the processes they need to go through and highlight the trickier aspects and detailing how they achieve the results.

Then when the cake is finished the programme follows the bakers as they transport and then present the finished product to the client, who end up in awe of what’s been made.

The way the programme is set up, it’s similar to other baking shows like Vegas Cakes, Texas Cake House & Freaky Sweets, but instead of padding out the time showing them do a couple of smaller orders, it keeps going with the extravagant stuff. For a show about ridiculous cakes, it does exactly what you’d expect.

2.9/10

Baked In Vermont (Food Network)

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

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

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