Next Food Network Star renewed for 5th, 6th seasons as Food Network adds competitions

Food Network has already renewed its fantastic competition series The Next Food Network Star for a sixth season, and its fifth season hasn’t even aired yet. The Next Food Network Star 5 will air in June, and the sixth season will air a year later.

News of the renewal came in Food Network’s announcement of its new and returning shows. It’s also bringing back its far less interesting competition The Next Iron Chef, which will air in October, and has added three additional competition series.

Each episode of Chefs vs. City finds Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez in a new city competing in five challenges against a new team of “local foodies,” and it debuts in July. In January, the network will air Worst Cooks in America, on which “chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan each take on a team of six hopeless home cooks and try to transform them from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in only 10 days.” They’ll be eliminated weekly and the final two will “prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics who think they are tasting dishes prepared by chefs Anne and Beau,” according to the network. And a third season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown will air in 2010.

Food Network has also ordered a non-competition reality show: Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin, on which Corwin “tears through countries like Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and Peru on radical culinary adventures.” That sounds a lot like Discovery’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Food Network is a Brand for Life! [Food Network press release]

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