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WFC News Archive for February 2014

Max Silvestri, Gail Simmons & Marcus Samuelsson to Host The Feed on the New FYI Network

by Hillary DixlerBig news for food television: A+E Networks has announced the launchof FYI, a new network focusing on "personal creativity" and "adventurous approach to viewers' taste, space, look, journey and more." The network will debut on July 7, and has already greenlighted six original series and has two pilots in development, as first noted by the Hollywood Reporter. The slate includes programs featuring Gail Simmons, Marcus Samuelsson, Max Silvestri, as well asTiffany Derry, Jeffrey Saad, and the Epic Meal Time crew. Among the new series is a "part road show, part buddy comedy, part talk show" called The Feed, starring Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, NYC chef and The Taste judge Marcus Samuelsson, and comedian and Eater's former Top Chef recapper Max Silvestri. Together the hosts will "anchor a rollicking adventure into the creative world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America." Says Silvestri: "It is high-time Hollywood cashed in on my appeal among upscale women in their early 40s." The guys behind YouTube's Epic Meal Time will be getting their own series, fittingly called The Epic Meal Show. The premise is similar to the team's YouTube videos, featuring recipes that are "visually mind-blowing spins on food preparation and presentation." Presumably there will be lots of junk food and bacon.

February 26, 2014
FYI Network Sets First Slate, Launch Date (Exclusive)

The first batch of shows include a pair of home renovation shows, a new twist on YouTube Sensation "Epic Meal Time" and a style makeover series. A&E "B.O.R.N. to Style" cast A version of this story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reportermagazine. RECOMMENDED FYI Network Hires Two Development Executives  FYI has set a date.

February 26, 2014
WFC Announces First Round of 2014 Qualifying Events

They're here! The first round of the 2014 World Food Championships Automatic Qualifiers have been announced! Whether you're in to whipping up a batch of cookies, churning out an unforgettable plate of pasta, making a mean pot of chili, or something in between, there's an AQ for everyone! Remember, the only way to get in to the WFC is to WIN, so check out the list, get to cooking and get to winning!

February 5, 2014