Season 3 of the B-list celebrity cooking show commences
Check out the lineup for next season's 'Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.'
We thought Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri decided to swap B-list celebrities for kids to train as chefs, but it turns out the kids are just another side project. The lineup for season three of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off has been announced, and it doesn't fail in the old-school hip-hop category.
The lineup: Judy Gold (The Rosie O'Donnell Show), Florence Henderson (Carol Brady!), Chris Kattan (SNL), Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor), Tiffany (the singer behind "I Think We're Alone Now"), Penn Jillette (a magician/comedian), Herschel Walker (former NFL0er), and Vanilla Ice (of "Ice, Ice Baby").
The new season premieres in January 2014, with Ray and Fieri coaching the eight celebs through cooking challenges, with the potential to be the next Lou Diamond Phillips or Dean McDermott (as in, the next winner of this pseudo-celebrity cooking competition). Meanwhile, we're going to play "Where are they now?" with the rest of The Brady Bunch cast.
Herschel Walker to Compete on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Season 3
The show premieres tonight (Monday, Jan. 6) at 9pm eastern time on Food Network. It will also be repeated several times throughout the week. See our UGA TV Schedule for details.
Herschel Walker will compete on Guy Fieri’s team. Here is the complete list of celebrity contestants divided by team:
Guy Fieri’s Team
Rachael Ray’s Team
Walker is the second Georgia Bulldog football player to appear on the cooking show. Last season, Hines Ward came in third place after losing to actor Dean McDermott.
If you’ll recall, Herschel also appeared on the second season of Donald Trump’s reality show The Celebrity Apprentice back in 2009. Walker was “fired” after Task 9.
In Rachael vs. Guy, Herschel will be competing to win a $50,000 prize for his charity of choice, Patriot Support, which provides “highly-specialized behavioral health treatment to Service Members, Veterans and their Families.”
Walker, 51, played at UGA from 1980 until 1982 and won the Heisman Trophy after his junior season. He owns Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub & Grill in Athens, among other ventures.
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He hosted his own cooking show
As it turns out, Coolio's cookbook didn't come out of nowhere. In fact, he'd previously shown off his culinary skills in his 2008 online cooking show Cookin' with Coolio.
According to a 2008 review from Slate, "Where Emeril would say, 'Bam!' Coolio booms, 'Shaka Zulu,' tutoring his audience in the preparation of dishes that include caprese salad, sautéed spinach, and "game-day turkey." Nothing is fancy. Everything is sound."
You can check it out and judge for yourself here.
Chef Jack Witherspoon's Confectionery Creation is Helping Kids with Cancer
Not many teenagers can say they run their own nationally successful business. Not many teenagers can say they&aposve competed on both Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Chopped Junior. And not many teenagers can say they&aposve beaten leukemia three times. Nineteen-year-old Jack Witherspoon, however, can say all of those things.
It was during Jack&aposs second relapse with leukemia, when he was just six, that the very beginnings of his business, Chef Jack&aposs Kitchen, started coming together.
"I was stuck in the hospital a lot. I couldn&apost play sports, couldn&apost hang out with my friends. But I stumbled across the Food Network, and I fell in love with cooking," Jack told us. "I had my mom write down recipes, we&aposd go home, we&aposd make them, and then eventually I started getting a little bit of attention from the media."
After chopping and sautéing his way through multiple national cooking shows (he was on Rach&aposs team on Rachael vs. Guy!), and even releasing his own cookbook, Twist It Up, Jack&aposs interest in food began shifting from savory to sweet. Once he perfected the recipe for his Skonies (part cookie, part scone), Jack knew it was time to go into business.
"I had never really seen anything on the market that was a cross between a cookie and a scone," Jack said. "I was really trying to emulate something that wasn&apost too sweet, but not like a biscuit. Something that was just sweet enough."
Jack&aposs vanilla bean Skonies
While Jack&aposs Skonies (available in vanilla bean and cinnamon sugar) certainly put a few extra bucks in his pocket, much of the proceeds benefits pediatric leukemia research.
But that&aposs not all Jack is doing for young cancer patients – he&aposs also giving them hope. Skonies will soon be available for purchase in hospital cafeterias, where Jack hopes his treats will inspire hospitalized children to keep fighting.
"I really think that&aposs where my product is most impactful," he said. "You don&apost want to just survive. You want to thrive and you want to be able to accomplish your dreams, too. Having a cancer survivor that&aposs living his dream – seeing that as a patient I think would be really inspiring, and that&aposs kind of what I want to do."
At not even 20 years old, Jack has already achieved more than most people do in their lifetimes. So is the young chef, baker, and entrepreneur ready to kick back and take a well-deserved break? Well, maybe someday. He still has a few more things he&aposd like to do first.
"I&aposd love [my Skonies] to be in all the hospital cafeterias nationwide. I&aposd love to be in bigger retailers too, all the major grocery chains," he said. "I would also love to tour the hospitals and give cookie demos and speeches, and really help spread the word."
Chef Jack&aposs Skonies are now available in the Cleveland University Hospital cafeteria and will soon be sold at UCLA. Grab your own pack of Skonies here.
Rachael Ray faces the heat again with Guy Fieri in 'Celebrity Cook-Off'
Rachael Ray is back with a third season of "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," which airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on the Food Network, and Ray tells us that cooking should be at the top of everyone's resolution list.
"People are nesting in a bit, at home watching more TV," says Ray. "Cooking more and being more in charge of their food has to be on the list."
The competition features Florence Henderson, Penn Jillette, Vanilla Ice and Chris Kattan among its contestants this season, and pits Ray's team against the squad of hair-raising chef Guy Fieri.
"Guy and I are both loud, volatile, cartoon bobble-head people," says Ray, who told us she plans to open her own restaurant in Brooklyn soon.
"I have a real draw to Brooklyn," she says. "I live in Lower Manhattan, and I want it to be close to home."
For now, Ray is just excited about what she calls the legitimacy of "Rachael vs. Guy" among the many contrived reality shows on the air.
"There's literally blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes," she says. "A lot of competition shows tend to bring out the worst in people, and you can tell they've been produced to go after each other."
Not on this series. Ray says teammates are rooting for each other to put out the best food possible.
"You're watching people attempt to be a chef," she says. "That's tense enough."
Last night’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off faced a lot of stiff competition for our viewing attention. What luck did this senior project of a TV show have against the likes of the Golden Globes, new episodes of Downton Abbey and The Good Wife, and the premieres of Girls, Enlightened, and Californication? Also, what luck did it have against the Weather Channel, recorded episodes of C-SPAN’S BookTV, or that Animal Planet show where they just tell you the ways different breeds of dogs are nice? In general, when I look across the faces of the remaining six contestants — Kathy Najimy, Carnie Wilson, Hines Ward, Dean McDermott, Cornelia Guest, Johnny Weird, and Chilli — “luck” is not a word that springs to mind at all. I see an explicit absence of it. Actually, maybe their faces do make me think of HBO’s Luck, and how it was probably a bad idea to make a show with all those old, washed-up horses, and how merciful it was they all got shot.
The second episode of the season is titled “Hollywood Walk of Farm,” and it’s a subtle reference to how if you are very famous in show business you get an area of sidewalk in a gross part of Los Angeles (and then crusty punks let their dogs pee on it), and also how this week’s challenge involves walking around a farm. I’m sure the contestants were not told what this episode was titled because otherwise I bet Kathy Najimy would have not wasted a second reminding everyone she is the only one with an actual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I find Kathy very charming, but when everybody else introduces themselves to the crowds of diners by way of, “Hi, I’m Johnny,” or, “Hey guys, I’m Dean,” Kathy says, “Hello, I am KATHY NAJIMY.”
This week’s challenge is “all about respecting your ingredients” if that were the case, I don’t think most of these people would be let anywhere near these ingredients. The teams will harvest their vegetables from the fields of Underwood Family Farm, then cook their meal for the workers on the grill. Carnie is appalled, saying, “I don’t BBQ. I prepare the food to be BBQ’d by somebody else.” I think she means that to sound condescending, but kitchen-wise, isn’t doing all the prep work lower on the totem pole than actually cooking the meat? Oh, cool, I just caught myself trying to examine the logic of anything this madwoman says. Kathy and Cornelia both start vibrating at higher frequencies over the chance to cook vegetables as they remind us a dozen times, they are both vegetarian “chefs.” Strong language. Cornelia loves nothing more than clopping around in her garden barefoot, though I get the feeling that afterward she has a boy who scrubs her feet for her.
Speaking of scrubbing feet, Chilli and Hines Ward do not share Cornelia’s love of getting their toes, or any other part of themselves, muddy. Chilli is wearing sandals and tip-toes around the fields like a drunk tight-rope walker. She says, “I don’t like dirt, and I don’t like bugs.” Hines is nearly as plain about it. “Animals stink. I don’t really care to touch animals.” Chilli and Hines are the only competitors of color, as long as you don’t count what’s up with Kathy and Carnie’s roots, but I don’t understand Chilli’s assertion that this shared heritage explains their mutual disgust for grime. I think it’s actually because they have both been rich for a long time.
Team Guy and Team Rachael each pick new team captains for this challenge. Cornelia, what with her mud feet, is a natural choice to lead Team Guy in this vegetable face-off Carnie takes the reins for Team Rachael, as she is a sane, rational, organized, inspiring leader. Her first order of business as team captain is to scream nonsense words at the top of her lungs and then slap herself in the face until tears come out. Chilli digests the news that she’ll actually have to “farm” the ingredients herself, and if you look closely enough at her forehead you can almost see her try to instantaneously develop psychic powers and signal her management to get her the hell off this television program.
Each team member must choose a different protein, so naturally a scarecrow is rolled out with labels of main-course options attached to parts of its body. That is a totally regular thing we all understand, a good, old-fashioned game of Reverse Pin the Tail on the Scare-Donkey. Team Rachael must pick second, and Carnie is furious when Chilli picks salmon before her. Johnny naturally chooses chicken breast, his fatless, tasteless protein of choice. He looks even more Reubensesque in this episode. (I do not mean Rubenesque, as in pleasingly plump and suggestive of the painter Rubens I mean that he looks even more like Paul Reubens.)
Once again, the teams brainstorm their dishes with Rachael and Guy in separate trailers. Rachael does not seem to like anybody on her team very much, but how could you like anybody who suggests a dish called “Eggplant Farmesan,” as Kathy does? “Farmesan” is a horrible, disgusting word, and it brings to mind what the teenagers who work at the farm might call horse semen. It appears that the only thing Hines knows how to cook is meat with scallions and soy sauce on it, and when Rachael tries to suggest a chimichurri sauce for his flank steak, he gets extremely overwhelmed. He nods and repeats, “Yes,” and then says, “I don’t know what she’s talking about.” That’s not the last time we will hear that refrain from Hines. How did this guy learn so many dance moves on that other show?
Over in Trailer Guy, Cornelia wants to make stuffed mushrooms, and Chilli says, “I’m a little nervous about the mushroom dish because a lot of people don’t like mushroom dishes.” That’s a good reason to be nervous about the mushroom dish. Johnny wants to make more healthy, flavorless food, but Guy talks him into making a watermelon salad. Johnny names that dish “water salad,” and he keeps repeating it, and I just want to tell him, “Please stop saying ‘water salad.'” Ol’ Daddy Dean is going to cook lamb chops with strawberry mint jelly. Dean is starting to seem like a ringer, and it turns out it’s because he kind of is. We learn that he used to work as a cook in a restaurant, and that he has serious ambitions for a culinary career after this show. I almost wrote about how that’s not fair, then I caught myself when I remembered that this show, and everyone on it, does not live in any kind of normal, human world governed by regular values.
The seven contestants head out into the vast fields of Underwood Family Farm to gather their vegetables, and it’s a genuinely difficult task. These guys are bozos, but would you know how to distinguish what’s what on a giant farm by yourself? As Dean says, “It’s too big of an area.” Hines is so uncomfortable on the farm. “I don’t even know what the hell fennel is.” Carnie and Kathy, of Team Menopausal Hilarious Ladies, run around screaming with a red wagon. They do not seem any more calm once they begin to set up in their outdoor kitchen. Carnie screams, “Where are the pans?” and then starts repeating, “Butter?” over and over again such that I think she may be having an actual breakdown.
The suddenly levelheaded Najimy talks her down. She says, “Carnie, we need you more than you’ll ever know.” What does that even mean? Why can’t she ever know how much you need her? “Carnie, your face is the Keymaster and Guy’s beard is the Gatekeeper and only you can unlock the passageway to the Thetan home planet.” Sufficiently calmed down, Carnie rips the top of the ketchup open with her teeth and gets a mouthful of ketchup water. I think she just wanted the ketchup as a snack every day at 3 p.m. she eats 24 ounces of Heinz to keep her blood sugar up.
Not content to only gross people out with something called “water salad,” Johnny calls his proscuitto-wrapped chicken skewers “chicken marbles.” That sounds delicious, and I would certainly eat that food prepared by this ice skater. “I have marbles, Greg could you milk me?” The chefs scramble to finish their dishes within the hour. Chilli sets the cedar plank on fire, and she asks for help putting out the fire. Hines says, “I don’t know what the hell a ‘fire’ is.” Daddy Dean, as they call him, saves the day, and he also helps Cornelia finish her dish. Plus, he added gelatin sheets to his strawberry mint jam. What a pro this guy is. Kathy is running behind and isn’t sure her eggplant or fennel salad will be finished in time. To remind us of this drama, she says “fennel salad” many, many times. Is she paid by the fennel lobby to try to say “fennel salad” on TV as much as possible? That’s a strange contract. A lot of the chefs didn’t finish cooking their vegetables, but time is up.
For professional entertainers, they’re all bad at introducing food to 25 strangers. Hines says to the farm workers, “I picked up some doo-doo out there,” which is a fun joke about how he hopes to never do manual labor ever again but he’s happy that they get to enjoy it daily. Maybe it’s their doo-doo. Kathy hams it up talking about her eggplant farmesan. “Get it?” she screams. She is so nervous, and she says, “My stomach is around my feet.” Carnie thinks to herself about where her stomach is at that moment — probably in a landfill somewhere.
Team Guy presents its dishes. Johnny knows that there may be problems with his chicken marbles, so he says he makes a point to present himself well. And then he does so poorly. He misremembers the name of ingredients and rambles and winks and bows and at one point lays down on the ground and goes to sleep. Luckily, everybody loves his “water salad.” Cornelia dramatically declares, “Our fate is not in our hands. It’s in the fate of these families.” Yeah, these farm workers definitely have it made, Cornelia they always have so many people’s destinies in their hands. Wouldn’t it be great to switch places with them? They probably take their shoes off all the time.
The workers vote, and Team Rachael wins the challenge. Hines’s flank steak, which did not contain Rachael’s chimichurri, was the crowd’s favorite. Dean and Cornelia, with the least successful dishes from Team Guy, must face off in Battle Corn. Cornelia’s first thought is to combine the corn with tomato, and she pronounces “tomato” exactly like you might expect someone like her to pronounce it. Naturally, Dean’s first thought is corn omelette. Oh, you mean “the usual”? We all wake up and order corn omelettes all the time. “I don’t want anything fussy today. Just a cup of coffee and a corn omelette, please.” Much like Dean, a corn omelette is an American classic. He grabs cheese as well, saying, “An omelette without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze,” which is a variation on the classic French saying, “Frisee without lardons is like sex without hard-ons.”
Dean’s 15-minute corn omelette is very busy on the plate, with apples, avocado, grilled toast points, and more it looks like the sort of thing you’d see on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where the locals talk about how big the portions are while Guy nods and pretends to look interested. An interesting aside about that show, which I sort of watch a lot: Guy hates eggs, in any form, and egg dishes are the only things he won’t pretend to like on the show. In fact, if you type “guy fieri hates” into Google, it suggests auto-completing it with eggs, Jews, or gay people. That’s not a joke.
Cornelia’s corn salad is very boring. She is that particular type of Mom-Cook who spends a lot of money for ingredients at Whole Foods and is very into being healthy, but all she really likes to eat is vegetables, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. It’s not interesting, and the judges are not having it. Or maybe Guy is not into it because he’s exhausted from his crazy, heinous sunglasses burn line. Even though he’s been on television for what seems like a decade now, you still can’t get this guy to throw on some sunscreen. What a clown. Cornelia is sent packing, and now that Dean has revealed his desperation for a post Cook-Off culinary career, she is happy for him. He wants it more. Guy just wants to take a nap.
What to Watch Monday: The Teen Wolf Pack Is Back, a New Bachelor, Hostages Ends and More
On TV this Monday: CBS’ Hostagescrisis comes to an end, The Bachelor roses to the occasion and death doesn’t really become Teen Wolf. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Bachelor (ABC) | Season 18 premiere: Single dad/former Bachelorette contestant Juan Pablo Galavis searches for his soul mate as this inexhaustible “reality” series churns on.
8 pm Almost Human (Fox) | When a psychopathic killer straps a bomb to Kennex’s neck, the team must race to save his life. Guess this would be a really bad time for Dorian to start malfunctioning, eh?
8 pm Antiques Roadshow (PBS) | Season 18 premiere: Items up for appraisal include a first edition of the Book of Mormon (raise your hand if “Hello! My name is&hellip” just popped into your head) and a plate designed by Picasso.
9 pm Hostages (CBS) | Two-hour season finale: Duncan decides to use Sandrine to save Nina and Sawyer the First Lady confronts Ellen and forces her to tell the truth about the assassination plot.
9 pm Single Ladies (VH1) | Season 3 premiere: A wedding brings the ladies together.
9 pm Major Crimes (TNT) | The squad hustles to stop a serial killer a game of chess turns dangerous.
9 pm Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (Food Network) | Season 3 premiere: This round’s aspiring fame reclaimers foodies include Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan, former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, Mrs. Brady aka Florence Henderson and s rap sensation Vanilla Ice.
10 pm Teen Wolf (MTV) | Midseason premiere: After kinda dying a little the last time we saw them, Stiles, Scott and Allison experience odd effects.
10 pm Castle (ABC) | Castle and Beckett hunt a serial arsonist-turned-murderer Ryan’s wife goes into labor, but disaster threatens to ruin the day. Watch a sneak peek and check out some hot (get it?) photos.
11 pm Wolf Watch (MTV) | Series premiere: Wipeout front woman turned Teen Wolf co-star Jill Wagner hosts this Talking Dead-like deep dive into MTV’s lycanthropic drama.
NEXT MONDAY: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast, Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist return…. Lost Girl, Switched at Birth, Being Human, The Fosters, and Archer premiere… Intelligence bows in its regular time slot… and Chozen and Bitten debut.
Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!
Get to Know Tiffany — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, January 4th, 2014
FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.
Singer Tiffany, best known as the voice of the s, is a critically praised songwriter in Nashville. She recently released her eighth album, Rose Tattoo. Besides music, Tiffany has starred in TV movies and appeared on The Young and the Restless and How I Met Your Mother. She also recently opened a vintage clothing boutique in Nashville. Not only can she sing to entertain, but Tiffany also loves to cook and entertain, which is her plan of action for the competition. Tiffany is playing for The Caring Place.
Describe your cooking style in three words.
T: Spicy, global, healthy
What’s the first food you recall making?
T: Pot of pinto beans with my grandmother
What’s the most-memorable meal you have ever had?
T: Dining at a castle in England for my birthday
Who is your favorite chef or food TV personality, past or present?
T: Gordon Ramsay
What food will we never catch you eating?
T: Blue cheese
What’s your signature dish?
T: Mediterranean Lemon Chicken
What’s your guilty pleasure food?
T: Mashed potatoes and gravy
What’s your favorite kitchen tool that you can’t live without?
T: Lemon juicer
What’s the weirdest item we’d be surprised to find in your fridge?
T: An array of apple cider vinegar
What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
Going into Rachael vs. Guy, who would you pick as your biggest competition and why?
T: Florence Henderson because she’s America’s favorite mom!
Why do you want to be the next Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off Champion?
T: Because I absolutely love to cook.
Rapid fire: Think fast!
Sweet or Savory? Savory
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
Ketchup, Mustard or Mayo? Mustard
French Fries or Onion Rings? French Fries
Salt or Pepper? Pepper
Burger or Hot Dog? Burger
Beer, Wine or Liquor? Wine
The eight celebrities arrive in New York City as Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri select their teams. The celebrities get right to work for their first cook-off challenge.
Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri challenge the celebrities to make Hawaiian-inspired hors d'oeuvres and a team cocktail to serve 50 guests at a luau party in only 90 min. The guests fill out comment cards rating each team's dishes.
On a cruise ship, the remaining celebrities from Team Rachael and Team Guy must prepare a 3-course dinner with a 5-min presentation to entertain the judges' panel of Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant, Todd English and Aaron Sanchez.
The remaining celebrities arrive at Coney Island for a mini challenge of creating their twist on French fries to win an advantage in the main challenge. Next, the celebrities make signature hot dogs to serve to the boardwalk.
The remaining celebrities must create, shop, cook and package their own signature food product. Each team must promote and sell their products to the public for tokens, and the celebrity with the most tokens from each team wins.