Julia Child-Inspired Cooking Competition Set at Food Network and Discovery Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

Bon appetit! A cooking competition inspired by culinary legend Julia Child and featuring her “superfans” as contestants has been ordered at Food Network and Discovery Plus, Variety has learned exclusively.

Based on the legacy of Child, who motivated generations of home cooks with her talent, enthusiasm and humor, “The Julia Child Challenge” will see eight top-notch home cooks compete in high-stakes culinary challenges to find out who has the fire, skill and passion to win the first-ever primetime competition series dedicated to all things Julia, per the show’s official description. The competitors, all Julia Child superfans, share personal stories about their hero, cook in a kitchen recreated in the likeness of where Julia herself cooked, using the same ingredients Julia used and are even guided by Julia herself through a larger-than-life television screen right in the middle of all the action.

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How to watch this Phoenix chef compete on Food Network ‘Chopped’

It’s an eventful February for Phoenix chef Lawrence “L.T.” Smith, who will soon make his Food Network debut.

Smith was a college football player who turned to cooking after his dream of playing in the NFL was cut short. He spent several years working in the Valley dining scene at FOUND:RE hotel, Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Cafe before he and his partner Aseret Arroyo opened a farmers market taco stand called Chilte.

Earlier this month, he and Arroyo announced the opening of their first Chilte restaurant, which will be housed inside the resurrected Egyptian Motor Hotel on Grand Avenue.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. MST, friends, family and fans can watch Smith go head-to-head with other chefs on “Chopped,” Food Network’s long-running cooking competition.

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Lawrence L.T. Smith drizzles avocado crema over the Chilté Tacos Baja fish taco; the pink tortilla was made specially for October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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Guy Fieri’s ‘Tournament Of Champions’ Renewed For Season 3 At Food Network

EXCLUSIVE: Guy Fieri is cooking up another chapter of Tournament of Champions as Food Network renews the competition series for Season 3.

Set to return Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Tournament of Champions III will feature two-hour long episodes and 32 talented chefs vying for the $100,000 grand prize, the largest reward in the tournament’s history.

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Chef Kevin Lee appears on Food Network Sunday

Chef Kevin Lee knew 2022 was going to be an important year, and confirmation arrives Sunday night when he appears on a new Food Network cooking competition.

The longtime executive chef at Vast and corporate chef for The Social Order Dining Collective was already working daily on opening his first restaurant, but last week he got confirmation the segment he shot last summer of  “Alex vs. America” would air this weekend.

“Alex vs. America” is a new program, combining elements of Food Network hit shows “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who is no stranger to Oklahoma City, is the star of the show, taking on chefs from around the country in weekly mystery-basket cooking competitions with a $15,000 prize at stake.

Hosted by chef Eric Adjepong, “Alex vs. America” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on Food Network with episodes available on demand via  Discovery+. Guarnaschelli, a frequent

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