Get ready to spend some quality time on your couch because this Fall there is so much food reality television premiering that you couldn’t watch all of it and simultaneously hold down a full-time job. For real: alongside ongoing shows like Bizarre Foods, Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and the brand new Hotel Hell (more seasons of Kitchen Nightmares are forthcoming), Next Great Baker, Cupcake Wars, and MasterChef, there are a ton of new shows premiering soon.
Tomorrow will see the season two premiere of Food Network’s extremely extreme Extreme Chef and the pilot of ABC’s chronological caper Time Machine Chefs (although it’s unlikely it’ll get picked up for a full season). Next week is the premiere of the new series Beat the Chefs (amateur cooks versus the likes of Beau MacMillan, Antonia Lofaso, and Jeff Henderson) on the Game Show Network.
Anthony Bourdain begins his farewell to the Travel Channel when the final season of No Reservations starts in early September, which is also when hamburgerman George Motz premieres his new show Burger Land (also on the Travel Channel). Later this Fall, Jamie Oliver plans on racing both British and America chefs across the USA in Chef Race (on BBC America). And then there’s the Next Iron Chef in November.
Season four of Top Chef Masters is currently airing, and while no announcement has been made by Bravo, there’s sure to be another food show airing immediately afterwards. While regular old Top Chef seems to be filming in Alaska right now, Masters might be over too quickly for them to edit in all those beauty shots of Glad products. Best guess? Next up is Life After Top Chef, which is rumored to have filmed this past Spring and follows former cheftestapants Jen Carroll, Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, and Spike Mendelsohn around to see what they’re up to. Expect an announcement from Bravo of some kind soon. In order, here’s everything that’s premiering:
· Extreme Chef: August 16, the second season of the show that makes chefs compete in extremely extreme challenges. (Food Network)
· Time Machine Chefs: August 16, Chris Cosentino, Art Smith, Ilan Hall and Jill Davie go back in time. (ABC)
· The Great Food Truck Race August 19, food trucks that race, hosted by Tyler Florence. (Food Network)
· Beat the Chefs: August 23, amateur cooks go against professionals like Beau MacMillan, Antonia Lofaso, and Jeff Henderson. (Game Show Network)
· Burger Land: September 2, George Motz explores America’s wealth of hamburger sources. (Travel Channel)
· No Reservations: The Final Tour: September 3, Bourdain travels the world, eating and drinking. (Travel Channel)
· Next Iron Chef: November 4, chefs duke it out to become an Iron Chef. (Food Network)
· Chef Race: UK vs. U.S.: Fall, chefs race across the country, produced by Jamie Oliver. (BBC America)
Beyond Fall 2012
· Coffee Hunter: “Later this year.” Philadelphia coffeeman Todd Carmichael travels the world in search of the best in beans. (Travel Channel)
· Women of Taste: Undated, a restaurant-themed reality show starring six women, one of whom is rumored to be Eater LA editor Kat Odell. (Bravo)
· Life After Top Chef: Undated, the lives of cheftestapants of yore. (Bravo)
· The Taste: Undated, Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain’s mysterious competition show. (ABC)
· Food Court Wars: Undated, Gordon Ramsay, Tyler Florence, and a food court in Alabama. (Food Network)
· Chef Wants a Wife: Undated, a chef dating show.
· Food Chain: Undated, Paula Deen’s cooking competition show.
· The Layover, the final season of Anthony Bourdain’s servicey travel show. (Travel Channel)
· Unnamed Anthony Bourdain Travel Project: “Early 2013,” your guess is as good as anyone’s. (CNN)