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Food Network isn’t about to let you run out of recipe ideas during lockdown.
On Friday, the Food Network officially announced four more “quarantine-edition” episodes of its daytime talk series “The Kitchen” following an inaugural “quarantine” episode on April 4.
The next episode is slated to air starting Saturday, April 25, and feature recipe ideas and tips from co-hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian. The remainder of the episodes will air on each subsequent Saturday through May 16.
Food Network has announced the air dates of additional “quarnatine-edition” episodes of “The Kitchen,” starring co-hosts Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli (not pictured) and Geoffrey Zakarian.
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“Viewers overwhelmingly responded to our first quarantined episode of The Kitchen, including all the tips for maximizing pantry staples to create meals that families can do at home during this difficult time,” said Courtney White, the president of Food Network, in a media release. “As our current situation continues, it is helpful to have relatable and trust-worthy advice from co-hosts like Sunny, Alex, Katie, Jeff and Geoffrey to help get our viewers through their own kitchen needs.”
In addition to its “at-home” episodes of “The Kitchen,” White told Deadline the network is actively “brainstorming” ideas for Ina Garten, whose recent recipe video for making a shockingly large cocktail went viral during the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
“We’re asking how we can take that content that people want and how we can approach in a totally different way. It’s been challenging and fun and new, from a production and technology lens, to figure out these approaches,” White said.
Guy Fieri, who is currently helping to spearhead a restaurant relief fund, is also said to be planning a few ideas, including a re-working of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” which usually follows Fieri’s visits to mom-and-pop restaurants across the country.
Instead, Fieri told the Washington Post that the newest episodes will be filmed in his own home, on five GoPro cameras, and follow along as he makes recipes submitted by the same far-off restaurateurs he would usually visit. His son Hunter, 23, will help produce, and his camera crew will watch remotely via FaceTime.
Fieri called the idea a “gigantic hot mess,” the Washington Post reported, but said he believes it will also be “awesome” and “creative.”
As for the rest of Food Network’s programming, White said many of the shows were months ahead, production-wise, so popular series like “Chopped,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” and even a new series from Martha Stewart, will air as scheduled.