Thursday, May 26, 2005

Competition Is Heated For Next Food Network Chef

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The phrase, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” was never more appropriate than now for some aspiring cooking show hosts.

The Food Network is getting ready to hire a new host for one of its cooking shows by auditioning candidates on a reality series, The Next Food Network Star, debuting June 5.

Eight different chefs – including two caterers who work as a team – will appear on the four-week series and the winner will get a six-week series of their own in September.

Naturally, the competition could get heated but finalist Deborah Fewell says it’s more of a personal battle to be the best you can be rather than a food fight a la Iron Chef.

Fewell, a private chef in Pasadena, California, figures that cooking in front of a camera is harder than “trying to walk and chew gum,” and hopes that her personality comes out as well as her dishes.

Other aspiring celeb chefs include a model from New York City; a Los Angeles-based caretaker for developmentally disabled adults; and a 24-year-old wrestling coach from Columbia, Missouri.

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