Scripps preps kids edition of “Food Network Star”

Food Network has set a late August premiere date for its culinary competition series Food Network Star Kids (pictured).
July 20, 2016

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned cable net Food Network has set a late August premiere date for the junior edition of its culinary competition series Food Network Star.

Produced by LEG/Triage Entertainment, the six-part Food Network Star Kids (pictured) will feature 10 of the nation’s best young cooks as they compete in a variety of culinary challenges across television and social media for the chance to walk away with their own series on the network’s digital portal and a feature in Food Network Magazine.

Challenges will range from presenting a 30-second live audition for series hosts Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan to delivering dishes that express their “food personality” with Snapchat tips, and preparing lunches for Hollywood VIPs.

The series will also include such special guests as YouTube stars Gabriel Conte and Elise Strachan, comedian Loni Love and The Jungle Book actor Neel Sethi.

Competitors include Gracie Evans, 9; Isaiah A. Hooks, 13; Nicholas Hornbostel, 11; Tyra Jefferson, 11; Amber Kelley, 13; Sydnie Jaye Meyers, 9; Lexi Shuster, 9; Salvatore Soldo, 10; Sammy Voit, 11; and Liam Waldman, 12.

Food Network Star Kids is slated to premiere on August 22 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

The series is the latest in a wave of children-oriented reality programming from Food Network, following such successes as Kids BBQ Championship and Kids Baking Championship.

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