Friday, June 5, 2009

Turning the heat up in the Food Network Kitchen

If you could wake up tomorrow and have any career, what would it be? I would either be a sports announcer or a Celebrity Chef with a prime time cooking show. As I have said over and over again, I have a bit of an obsession with the Food Network. My TiVo is full of cooking shows and I have a huge crush on Chef Bobby Flay.

When I found out that ESPN's Jamie Little is going to appear as a guest judge on this Sundays Iron Chef America, I must say that I was a bit jealous. Not only is Jamie absolutely beautiful, she has my ultimate dream job and NOW she is appearing on my favorite show, surrounded by my favorite Chefs. If Bobby Flay gets challenged, it means he will be cooking for Jamie & the other two judges. Unless the secret ingredient is a Rattle Snake, I will envy her for quite some time!

Although it is already queued on TiVo, I will certainly be tuning in on Sunday night.

The ESPN Press Release:
For almost a year, ESPN’s Jamie Little has kept a secret, but very soon she won’t have to worry about it any more. On Sunday, June 7, at 10 p.m. ET, Little, who works as a pit reporter on ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR, will appear as a guest judge on the popular Food Network program Iron Chef America.

The program pits a challenging chef against one of the network’s star chefs in a one-hour contest staged in “Kitchen Stadium.” The chefs must make a multi-course meal using a “secret ingredient” that they only learn about moments before the contest begins. Their work is then judged by a three-person panel to determine a winner.

Little taped her appearance in New York City nearly a year ago and was sworn to secrecy. “I even had to sign documentation that I would not reveal what the secret ingredient was,” she said.

How about a hint?

“The secret ingredient will not let anybody down,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be exciting, funny and maybe even gross to some. It’s the type of secret ingredient that everybody joked with me I would get if I went on the show, and I did, so that should build up some suspense.

“It’s been quite awhile since we shot that show, and I don’t think I’ve had that secret ingredient since then,” she said. “Ten different dishes of that one ingredient kind of wears it out. It made me over it.”

But that’s not to say Little didn’t enjoy her experience. “It was so fun. All the personalities that you see on the show every week were there, and it was a little intimidating. I was sitting between food critics who are on that show on a regular basis, and then there was me who represents ESPN.

“The two chefs we had on the show were a lot of fun, and I think people will be surprised by the outcome,” she said. “It’s tough – it was nerve-wracking because the fate of the chef lies on us three judges, and you feel bad that someone has to lose. But I was as honest as I could be

“It’s so much more than food. The whole timed element is so exciting, and of course covering racing, I love things that are timed and fast, and these guys are timed, they have to be fast, and they have to be so accurate and so perfect,” she said. “It’s all about not just the flavors but the presentation, the hard work that goes into it, being unique in the way that they serve it and the things they come up with. So I learned a lot.”

So come on Jamie – what was the secret ingredient?

“Thank goodness I’m not allergic to anything and I’m not one to say no to trying new things, because this definitely tested that,” she said. “It was a great experience overall. I was thrilled to be part of it.”

In addition to the original airing, the program is scheduled to re-air June 11 at 8 p.m., June 13 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 10 p.m.

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