CHILLI, GILBERT GOTTFRIED, CORNELIA GUEST, DEAN MCDERMOTT, KATHY NAJIMY, HINES WARD, CARNIE WILSON AND JOHNNY WEIR COMPETE FOR CHARITY
SEASON PREMIERE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH AT 9PM ET/PT
FOOD NETWORK icon RACHAEL RAY and best-selling cookbook author and successful restaurateur GUY FIERI, return to coach and mentor eight new celebrity contestants for the second season of RACHAEL VS. GUY: CELEBRITY COOK-OFF, premiering SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH at 9pm ET/PT. The eight celebrities are divided into TEAM GUY and TEAM RACHAEL, as they head out to the west coast to compete over the course of six episodes in intense weekly challenges that are sure to have them working, fighting and laughing along the way. The losing team must send its two bottom-rated contestants to face off against each other, with one member sent home each week in a blind tasting elimination challenge. The last celebrity standing will join the ranks of season one winner, LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS, and win $50,000 for the charity which they are playing for.
“I am thrilled to be returning with Guy for a new season of Rachael vs. Guy,” said RACHAEL RAY. “We are upping the ante this season, with eight new celebrity contestants, thrilling challenges and great humor. Viewers will be amazed at the contestants’ skills in the kitchen as they battle it out for their charity. And it is always great to compete for ultimate bragging rights against Guy.”
“Rachael’s like family, and when we go into the show, our sibling rivalry comes out. It’s fierce, but we have a blast,” said GUY FIERI. “The great part of Rachael vs. Guy, outside of Rachael and I spending 14 hours a day together, is that our celebrity guests can actually cook. The reason they’re on the show is because they truly want to become better cooks while raising money for charity.”
The eight celebrity contestants competing for the title of COOK-OFF CHAMPION and a cash prize include CHILLI (member of pop/R&B group TLC), GILBERT GOTTFRIED (actor, comedian), CORNELIA GUEST (designer, author, philanthropist), DEAN MCDERMOTT (actor, reality television star), KATHY NAJIMY (actress, Sister Act), HINES WARD (former NFL player; Super Bowl Champion and MVP), CARNIE WILSON (singer, Wilson Phillips) and JOHNNY WEIR (two-time Olympic Figure Skater, three-time U.S. National Champion).
In the season premiere, Rachael and Guy meet the eight celebrity contestants as they pick their teams, with CHILLI, CORNELIA GUEST, DEAN MCDERMOTT and JOHNNY WEIR joining TEAM GUY; and GILBERT GOTTFRIED, KATHY NAJIMY, HINES WARD and CARNIE WILSON for TEAM RACHAEL. The competition begins as the teams must cook a prix-fixe tasting menu at a Los Angeles dinner theater, as well as perform a three-minute skit for one hundred theatergoers, including Rachael and Guy, and special guest judges from the editorial staff at Entertainment Weekly. The judges and dinner guests will vote on the team’s dishes, leaving the bottom two celebrities to compete in a sudden death challenge. At the end of the day, one celebrity is eliminated from the competition.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH AT 9PM ET/PT
“HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FARM”
TEAM RACHAEL and TEAM GUY take to farming in this episode at UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARM, as they gather produce and create fresh, farm-to-table dishes for the staff, family, and friends. It’s a good, old-fashioned feast served family-style in the middle of a farm. The Underwood family and their guests vote on which team wins, with the least successful celebrities on the losing team going head-to-head in a sudden death challenge to determine which one goes home.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH AT 9PM ET/PT
“BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CLASSICS“
The teams revamp the menu of MEL’S DINER on Sunset Boulevard by putting a new and unique spin on three classic diner foods. They will cook their dishes and then, in old-school, diner fashion, dress the part with outfits, paper hats, and hairnets to serve to customers inside the restaurant and in their cars. In the end, the customers decide the winners of the competition, leaving two celebrities to compete in the elimination challenge.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT 9PM ET/PT
It’s a battle of the sexes as the teams must throw a birthday party for one lucky girl and boy. After receiving instructions from the birthday boy and girl, each team cooks and serves the meals to the pint-sized partygoers. RICO RODRIGUEZ from Modern Family will help judge the celebrities, with the bottom two battling it out in a sudden-death elimination.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD AT 10PM ET/PT
“LIGHTS, CAMERA, LUNCH TRUCKS”
With four celebrities remaining, Rachael and Guy explain the penultimate challenge, as two food trucks – one branded Team Rachael and the other Team Guy – roll into the parking lot. The teams must choose a theme and come up with menu items for their truck. Season one winner Lou Diamond Phillips guest judges with a surprising double elimination to determine which celebrities go on to the finale.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH AT 9PM ET/PT
The two finalists go out with a bang, as they host an elite Hollywood dinner party. They plan, cook and serve a three-course meal for the dinner guests, which include surprise guests Kathy Griffin, Chef Nancy Silverton, Chef Suzanne Goin and other notable chefs, along with their respective charity executives. These dinner guests help determine which celebrity will earn a $50,000 grand prize for their charity and bragging rights as winner of Celebrity Cook-Off.
CARNIE WILSON’s Charity is the AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE (www.autism.com). Chili is playing for CHILLI’S CREW (www.facebook.com/pages/Chillis–Crew/120662981411979), the Atlanta-based community organization dedicated to empowering young women between the ages of 12-18 to develop and maintain self-respect, and a healthy lifestyle by providing guidance, advice and professional makeovers. CORNELIA GUEST is playing for the HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW YORK (www.humanesocietyny.org/). DEAN MCDERMOTT is playing for MIRACLE BABIES (www.miraclebabies.org/, founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand and based in San Diego, is a non-profit organization structured to provide education and financial support to families with newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care), GILBERT GOTTFRIED for THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER: THE FRIARS FOUNDATION WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT (www.giftoflaughter.org/), HINES WARD for HINES WARD HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION (www.hinesward.com/helping-hands-foundation.php), JOHNNY WEIR for the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION (www.hrc.org/), and KATHY NAJIMY for PETA – PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (www.peta.org/).
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off is produced by Jane Street Entertainment.
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