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[12/07/17 - 08:35 AM]
The Games Are Afoot as Culinary Masters Face Off for First-Ever "Chopped Gold Medal Games"
A rotating panel of Chopped judges, including Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian determine which four culinary contenders move on to the finale for a chance at winning the gold and walking away with $50,000.

[via press release from Food Network]

THE GAMES ARE AFOOT AS CULINARY MASTERS FACE OFF FOR FIRST-EVER "CHOPPED GOLD MEDAL GAMES"

Five-Part Tournament Premieres Tuesday, January 2nd at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network

Get Inspiration from the Mystery Basket Ingredients at FoodNetwork.com and New #InspiredBy Episode

NEW YORK - December 7, 2017 - Sixteen world-class chefs face off for the first-ever Chopped Gold Medal Games, premiering Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over the five-part tournament, host Ted Allen challenges these elite competitors to create gold medal-worthy appetizers, entrées and desserts, utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients each round with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped judges, including Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian determine which four culinary contenders move on to the finale for a chance at winning the gold and walking away with $50,000. Let the games begin!

"Viewers will be amazed as these sixteen competitors flex their culinary muscles with challenging themes and ingredients that showcase their talent as well as their athleticism to deliver delectable dishes to the judges for a chance at supreme victory...and a $50,000 grand prize," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Through four preliminary heats, four new chefs compete each episode with one of the culinary themes they are experts in, including baking, grilling, frying, and racing the clock - which tests the chefs' speed under pressure, as they have five minutes less each round - to create their dishes and impress the judges for a shot at competing in the finale on Tuesday, January 30th at 10pm ET/PT. In the frying heat, four fry masters open their appetizer basket to see it packed with a fun fair treat, and a gamey meat. For the entrée round in the grilling heat, the chefs battle to prove why grilling is a winter "sport" worth cheering for, as they encounter a guilty-pleasure snack and a Korean side dish in the mystery basket. In the baking heat four fierce competitors must get creative with a grocery store breakfast dough and a lovely cut of lamb for the appetizer basket. And in a Chopped first, in the "racing the clock" heat, speed demons in the kitchen will have five minutes less than usual each round to create a phenomenal meal, despite being burdened with some extremely tedious prep work with such ingredients as wild watermelon and an expensive fish in the entrée round. Which chef's dishes will prove podium-worthy and earn them a spot in the finale for the chance to win the coveted gold medal and $50,000 grand prize?

Go behind the scenes of Chopped Gold Medal Games at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped. Discover photo and video highlights, relive top moments from the tournament, and get inspired by mystery basket ingredients. Join in on the conversation using #Chopped.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is the #2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.9 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www,cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.





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[12/14/17 - 01:11 PM]
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Announce "DC in D.C."
Events will take place Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, at the Newseum, and will culminate with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series "Black Lightning."

[12/14/17 - 12:57 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates the Pol-Idays with "The 12 Days of Dr. Pol" Marathon
The marathon continues through the new season, which premieres Saturday, January 6 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/14/17 - 12:30 PM]
Nickelodeon's New Original Animated Series, "The Adventures of Kid Danger," to Debut Friday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
The original "Henry Danger" live-action cast will continue their roles, now as voice talent, on the brand-new animated series.

[12/14/17 - 11:43 AM]
TLC Welcomes New Series "Seeking Sister Wife" and Fan Favorite "Sister Wives" Returns
The newcomer follows three families - the Alldredges, the Brineys and the Snowdens - all of whom are in various phases of seeking, dating or transitioning a new sister wife into their lives.

[12/14/17 - 11:31 AM]
Discovery Takes to the Gritty Streets of Memphis in the All New Series "Street Outlaws: Memphis"
The all new series debuts Monday, January 15 at 10:00/9:00c on Discovery.

[12/14/17 - 11:29 AM]
Food Network Renews "Best Baker in America"
The new season of seven episodes will go into production in early 2018 and is slated for a spring launch.

[12/14/17 - 11:00 AM]
History's "Pawn Stars" Celebrates 500th Episode with Back-to-Back Episodes Premieres Monday, January 22 at 10PM ET/PT on History
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[12/14/17 - 10:47 AM]
NBC Sets Thursday, February 1 for Preview of Its New Comedy "A.P. Bio"
The series will then return Thursday, March 1 following the network's coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.

[12/14/17 - 10:18 AM]
The Dakota Boys Return to Discovery with an All-New "Gold Rush" Spin-Off "Gold Rush: White Water"
Gold miners Dakota Fred and his son Dustin are back - returning to McKinley Creek Alaska, determined to make a fortune no matter the risk.

[12/14/17 - 10:15 AM]
Jason Momoa Adventure Series "Frontier" Renewed for a Third Season on Netflix
Season three will include six episodes and premiere in 2018.

[12/14/17 - 10:11 AM]
Science Channel Decks the Halls with Mistletoe and Myths for the "MythBusters Mega Merry-Thon" Beginning Friday, December 22 at Midnight
This year's marathon is bigger than ever, starting with the very first myth - "Jet Assisted Chevy," which premiered in 2003 - and ending with the latest myths from the new episodes "MythBusters."

[12/14/17 - 10:05 AM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Catherine Keener Joins Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Kidding"
The series stars Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades and reunites him with Oscar winner Michel Gondry, who will direct the project.

[12/14/17 - 10:00 AM]
Hit HBO Comedy Series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Starring Larry David, to Return for Its Tenth Season
Said Larry David, "As I've said many times, when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so."

[12/14/17 - 09:56 AM]
ABC Pulls "The Great American Baking Show" from Schedule
The decision follows allegations of sexual harassment against judge Johnny Iuzzini.

[12/14/17 - 09:43 AM]
National Geographic's Groundbreaking New Documentary Series "Chain of Command" Reveals 360 Portrait of America's War Against Extremism as Never Seen Before
The series premieres Monday, January 15 at 9:00/8:00c with a double episode, and will be available for sale the day after broadcast on digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.